DORA — Jase Trotter didn’t intend to be a high school coach — at first.
Now he’s landed his first head coaching job. Trotter was officially named the Dora High School head baseball coach at the Walker County Board of Education meeting last week. He served as an assistant under former head baseball coach Justin Blevins last year.
Trotter, a former Oakman High School star athlete, was headed toward a different career path in college before making a change.
“I was going into college to be an engineer — because I was thinking money,” Trotter, 24, said. “But once I came back home, I started missing sports. From there, it was a simple change-over to education. This was my way back into it.”
Trotter graduated from Bevill State and got his degree from Athens State. He is currently working on his master’s degree in education at West Alabama. He married wife Taylor Kimbrell in May.
Trotter played shortstop on Oakman’s baseball team and was a First-Team All-State quarterback during his senior season with the Wildcats in 2013. In his coaching career, he’s served as an assistant coach at both Jasper and Oakman before landing at Dora last year.
“Since Day 1, (Dora) has been the most welcoming place I’ve been. I was able to step right in and it felt like family,” said Trotter, who mentioned the hospitality of Dora Principal Paige Abner, football coach Bart Lockhart, Blevins, baseball assistant Jig Willingham and Dora supporter Tony Headrick.
Trotter, who came to Dora as a football assistant, jumped at the chance to be the head baseball coach.
“(Blevins) left me in a position where it was hard for me to say no. The way they’ve been doing things is great. It’s time for me to put my own tweak in there. We only lost three guys from last year. Everybody else is coming back. We will have a lot of seniors. I expect good things,” Trotter said.
Dora drops from Class 5A to 4A this year. The Bulldogs will be joined in Area 8 with Fultondale, Oak Grove and Indian Springs.