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Burton's Adams resigns baseball post, stays on as football coach

Kevin Mays, [email protected] • Jun 19, 2018 at 5:06 PM

NORTON — After eight years of serving as head coach for two major sports programs at J.I. Burton, Jim Adams is going back to working as head coach in just one sport at his alma mater. 

Adams confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned as coach of the baseball program but will continue as the Raiders’ football coach. 

“I’m 58 years old and I’m an old 58 and I just have to take better care of myself,” Adams said. 

He is still recovering from an injury he suffered in early April after being hit with a baseball during practice. The injury has since set up a serious infection in his leg.

“I was not physically able to do what I needed to be doing and that was very frustrating,” the veteran coach said. “I’ve got football coming up and I’ve just got to get better and get focused on that. The previous seven seasons were great.”

Adams is entering his 40th year of coaching with the Burton football program. He has been head football coach since 1998 and has guided the Raiders to five state championship games. 

Eight years ago, Adams assumed the duties of baseball coach. 

In the eight seasons on the diamond, his teams amassed a record of 111-73 and had a winning record each season.

“Most of the games we lost were to Double-A schools or to (Class 1 perennial power) Eastside,” Adams said. “We just didn’t play pushovers.”

One thing Adams enjoyed about baseball, he said, was a chance to interact more with the players, especially those who also played football.

“It gave the players a chance to see a different side of me,” he said. “Football and baseball are just completely different animals. With football, everything is so structured and you have to stay on it every second. Baseball is a little more laid back.”

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