Powers leaving for Neosho
Jade Samborski tapped to head baseball program
The coaching carousel at Cassville High School continued to turn this week with the district announcing Jade Samborski as its new baseball coach.
Samborski was hired for the position after Danny Powers resigned.
Powers accepted the position of head baseball coach at Neosho High School less than two months after being named the new Wildcats skipper, when Kyle Wood left to take a position at Monett.
The coaching dominos began to fall when the Neosho district chose not to renew the contract of coach Donny Pennington.
According to Powers, he was not looking to change jobs. A friend in the Neosho district asked him to interview as a favor and it progressed from there.
"I had no plans to leave Cassville," Powers said. "The offer, however, was just too good to pass up."
With Powers already under contract, for the 2015-2016 school year, the district said they would only release Powers if a suitable replacement could be hired.
Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin immediately launched a search for a replacement and landed what he called a great choice in Samborski.
Samborski has 18 years of coaching experience, including six as a head coach at Harrisonville High School, where he won two district titles and led the Wildcats to the final four.
He was a four-year letter winner in baseball and a three-year letter winner in football at Oak Grove High School. Samborski was a member of a fourth-place team his sophomore year in baseball. He attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall.
While at Missouri Valley, Samborski was a student assistant coach in the football program, which won the Heart of America Conference championship and competed in the playoffs in 1999.
He began his baseball coaching career the same year as a volunteer assistant coach at Odessa High School, where he was responsible for outfield play and hitting.