An off season of speculation and a two-month search ended December 17, when Blaine athletic director Wayne Vezzetti hired former Borderite assistant coach Alisa Burk to replace the departed Tim Esposito as head coach of girl’s softball at Blaine. Burk, a 2004 Blaine high school graduate, played her college ball at division two Lincoln Memorial University, where she also served as a fifth year student assistant coach, before serving as Esposito’s assistant last season.
“We are excited about Alisa coming on,” Vezzetti said, “she’s played the game at a high level, she has experience and has high expectations.”
After two consecutive trips to the 2A state softball tournament, Burk inherits a very young team that lost seven seniors including all-world pitcher Caitlyn Dudley.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” said Burk, “I want to bring aspects of the college game to the girls, so they can learn the game and think about it.”
Burk sees the youth movement as a teaching opportunity.
“My style is different than coach Esposito’s,” Burk commented, “we’re going to move the game, play aggressively and try to bring more excitement into the game.”