The new New Deal Baseball Coach is an old New Deal player. Jason Ybarra returns to his alma matter to lead the Lions on the diamond.
"Going to school here my entire life, it's a huge honor to get to be able to come back to coach the kids that I once used to be."
Ybarra takes over for David Turner who left after nine successful years to coach at Shelbyville. Turner led the Lions to nine playoff appearances, six District Championships, 2 trips to the State Tournament, one State Runner-up and 170 wins. Ironically, Ybarra played under Turner and helped inflate those numbers playing on the two State Tournament Teams.
"Coach Turner is a great coach. We had huge success. He actually started out with my group. He's left a legacy here and I'm gonna have to fulfill it. Tradition is big here for New Deal."
Coming back to coach the school he played at and being not far removed from playing at the school, the 25-year-old Ybarra could be the Kliff Kingsbury of New Deal...
"I've heard that before. My fiance actually said, Oh I'm gonna make shirts that say Our Coach is hotter than your Coach. That's all on Kliff though. That's his thing."
Ybarra actually ties the knot Saturday as he marries his girlfriend and he couldn't be happier.
"I'm able to move back up here, closer to family, keep her close to her family and make her happy..."
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