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SOFTBALL: Aaron Burke replaces Doug Stuart as head coach at Waynesboro

Waynesboro's softball team got a bit of shake-up last week when longtime head coach Doug Stuart turned in his resignation.

"On April 21, 2015, the head varsity softball coach, Doug Stuart, and the assistant varsity softball coach, Crystal Kump, resigned from their positions with the WASHS softball program," Waynesboro athletic director Eric McIlquham wrote in an emailed statement.

Stuart was in his 15th season as head coach of the Maidens, and the resignation came with Waynesboro's record sitting at 1-9.

Aaron Burke, who began as the Waynesboro JV coach last season, has been named the interim varsity coach.

"My coaching philosophy is that I want to be a players' coach," Burke said. "It's really about team; we're playing for each other and for the team, and if we can all buy into that, everybody around us is going to get better, and the results will come from that."

Burke said he and McIlquham are looking at this as a possible fresh start for the Maidens.

"We had a meeting with the AD, myself and the girls, and how this is a fresh start all the way around," Burke said. "I want to open the door for more competition. We have 27 roster players (between JV and varsity). We'll be seeing who is the best fit for each position and giving everyone a fresh chance."

Burke is currently a special education teacher at Waynesboro Middle School and has spent time coaching baseball as a volunteer at both the JV and varsity levels at Chambersburg and Greencastle-Antrim.

"I've picked up a lot from being on coach (Bob) Thomas' staff, and the same thing with coach (Eric) Shaner," Burke said. "They've had a lot of success at those places, and I'll be trying to move some of those things in with these girls here."

Justin Moore has been tasked as the interim JV coach at Waynesboro, according to McIlquham.