Kirk Bullinger departing Archbishop Shaw head baseball coaching job
For the second time in the last two weeks, an accomplished baseball coach and former player has hit the open market and is available for hire.
After seven years on the job, head baseball coach Kirk Bullinger and Archbishop Shaw are parting ways.
Shaw has offered Bullinger to remain at the school in another capacity.
Bullinger spent seven years on the job with the Eagles, posting a 94-136 record. Bullinger succeeded Doug Faust, who departed Shaw for the head coaching position at Loyola following the 2012 season.
Bullinger guided Shaw to winning seasons in his first three seasons, winning first round playoff games in the Class 5A playoffs in 2014 and 2015 before the Eagles struggled over the past three seasons.
The former Rummel and Southeastern star served as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans from 2007-09 after playing in the major leagues for five years between 1998-2004 for Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia and Houston. Bullinger pitched 14 seasons in professional baseball, including with the New Orleans Zephyrs from 2002-04.
“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” Bullinger said. “It was an enjoyable seven years. Unfortunately, we were not able to finish what we started. It was not a happy ending without a district title. We did win a district championship in our first season. Hopefully, I will be able to move on to bigger and better things. I wish the program and school nothing but success moving forward. I will be glad to help the new coach settle in. There are no ill feelings toward the school.”
On April 22, Rummel and Tulane Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Francingues retired from his job as head baseball coach at John Ehret after seven years.
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