For the fourth time in four years, the Western Boone baseball team will have a new man in charge of the program.
But if the enthusiasm of new head man Cesar Barrientos is any indication, this may be the coach that sticks.
"I think the change is personality," Barrientos said. "My personality is aggressive and strong. Our mistakes are all going to be aggressive. The kids love it. It is the same football energy on the baseball diamond. They are really feeding into it and like it. They have bought in. Even the kids who were skeptical at first have caught on. I am excited about that."
Barrientos said it took a little while for the team to adjust to his coaching style.
But now they have adapted well to it.
"It's tough," Barrientos said. "But the buy-in is great. Even the multi-sport athletes have been coming in (to off-season workouts) because they felt the buzz from their teammates. I think the buy-in is huge. That is what is going to get us over the hump."
Barrientos said that he thinks the Stars have the team that can surprise some people this season.
"Our expectation is that we are going to be that team that no one wants to play," Barrientos said. "We have a good, aggressive approach. We have a young team, but I think our seniors have shown some good leadership that is going to get us over the hump this year. I think we are going to be real competitive."
While the weather hasn't been ideal for any spring sport so far, Barrientos has liked the way practices have been going.
"I think we finally settled in,” Barrientos said. “That first adjustment coming outdoors is always tough after you have been inside. The dimensions don't make sense, and I think everyone was a little shell shocked with the distances. But we have come outside as much as we could. The energy has been great so it has been tolerable.”
Barrientos said the Stars will have several leaders this season.
See Thursday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.