Burns resigns to take top jobs out west in Mason

Coach returns to home town after two years in Thorndale


Kade Burns was 15- 6 in two years as head football coach with one playoff appearance. He was a standout golfer at Mason in high school. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Kade Burns was 15- 6 in two years as head football coach with one playoff appearance. He was a standout golfer at Mason in high school. Reporter/Bill Martin

THORNDALE—Thorndale Athletic Director and head football coach Kade Burns has resigned to take the same positions in the Mason ISD.

Burns is from Mason and attended college at Abilene Christian.

Thorndale ISD Super intendent Casey Callahan said he was expecting Burns’ official letter of resigntion Tuesday night.

“TISD has posted the job listing and is currently taking applications,” he said.

Calls and messages to Burns’ phone by the Reporter went unanswered.

Thorndale was Burns’ first head coaching job after coming over from Monahans two years ago.

Burns, 33, replaces Russell Joy who resigned unexpectadly in May and Burns will have the priveledge of coaching the reigning Class A player of the year in running back David Mora (3,573 yards, 36 TDs).

Mason—a 12-2 regional finalist a year ago—is in District 13A, Division I and is expected to battle for a playoff spot this season in a district with Goldthwaite, which has captured two state championships and played in three straight title games.

The Burns-led Bulldogs fell to Goldthwaite in the first round of the playoffs in 2009.

Burns leaves after just two years and led the Bulldogs to a 15-6 mark in football with one playoff appearance.

Thorndale had a tough transition into Class 2A this past school year and made the playoffs in just one sport—girl’s basketball.

Despite going 7-3, the Bulldog football team could not crack the playoff bracket in a competitive district.

Burns finished as second runner up at the state golf tournament in 1995 representing Mason and played collegiatley at Abilene Christian.


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