Palisade baseball coach Howard resigns
After four successful seasons, Palisade High School baseball coach Aaron Howard announced his resignation on Thursday.
Howard was 60-22 with the Bulldogs and led the team to two Class 4A Western Slope League championships. Palisade qualified for the playoffs each year of Howard’s tenure and this year hosted a playoff regional for the first time since 2013. The Bulldogs lost 3-2 to Evergreen in the opening game to finish the season 16-4.
Howard, along with a group of parents, spearheaded improvement efforts at Palisade’s on-campus baseball field. The new additions were larger dugouts, a small clubhouse and an entirely new backstop complete with netting.
The coach, twice selected as the 4A WSL coach of the year, said he’s stepping down to spend more time with his wife and two sons.
“I am very fortunate to have a wonderful wife, who has supported me these past four years so I could do what I love, which is coach baseball,” Howard said in a news release. “However, I am at a point in my life where I want to watch my kids grow up and not miss out on any of their activities.
“It has been a true joy and privilege to be the head coach of the Palisade Bulldogs,” he added “It’s a phenomenal community with many quality people and student athletes. The administrative team at Palisade High School has been amazing and very supportive of our program. This program is successful because of all the people involved. I feel the program is in a very healthy state and I hope it continues to grow.”