East County Sports

Monarchs tab Burns for baseball post



By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

SPRING VALLEY — Jessie Burns, who served as an assistant coach on some of East County’s top high school baseball clubs over the past decade, has agreed to take over as head coach at Monte Vista. With the Monarchs, it will be his first head coaching assignment, making Burns, 27, the youngest current baseball head coach in the Grossmont Conference.

Jessie Burns, the new head baseball coach at Monte Vista

Most recently, Burns served as an assistant under Jordan Abruzzo at Grossmont High, advancing to the 2021 CIF-San Diego Section Open Division championship game as the top-ranked ballclub covering San Diego and Imperial counties.

An outfielder and left-handed pitcher at El Capitan High (Class of ’13), Burns tied for first among all East County players in triples (5), while posting a 5-5 pitching record with a 3.03 earned-run average in 60.0 innings. He gained El Cap’s pitching start in the CIF D-1 playoffs.

His best single-game batting effort came on May 13, 2013, when Burns batted 5-for-5 with two triples and seven RBI.

Burns’ best pitching effort came two days earlier when he spun a 5-hit shutout over Santana to break the teams’ deadlock for first place, as the Vaqueros went on tot the league pennant. A month earlier, he also blanked the Sultans on an 8-hit shutout, striking out six and picking off three runners at first base — an unofficial East County record.

His efforts earned the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Burns a second-team berth on the 2013 Alll-East County team and helping the Vaqueros to the Grossmont Valley League crown.

The following season, Burns began his coaching career as an assistant with his alma mater, then joined the Foothillers for a 3-year stint. Then at Grossmont, the Hillers’ title game appearance was followed by a berth in this past season’s Division I title contest.

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