Tom Donald steps away from Buchanan baseball program

Buchanan baseball coach Tom Donald is stepping away from the program. The highly successful 20-year head coach had been suspended since the beginning of the season for undisclosed reasons. COURTESY OF AN EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Donald will not coach baseball this season at Buchanan.

The highly successful head coach told his team Thursday afternoon he was stepping away from the program to attend to personal matters.

Donald had been suspended since the season began on Feb. 12 for undisclosed reasons.

“This is the right thing to do at this time,” Donald told the Clovis Roundup. “It will allow me some time for person self-reflection and take stock in what’s important. The silver lining has been that I’ve been able to spend some time and gain perspective.”

Donald was expected to return on March 21 just before Tri-River Athletic Conference was set to begin.

The head coach said he is uncertain in his coaching future and stated, “It’s my decision to step away.”

According to Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Donald has posted a career record of 485-135-5 to go along with two national titles (2011 and 2016), six section (‘05, ‘06, ‘10, ‘11, ‘15, ‘16) and nine league championships.

Donald will continue to teach at the school. w

Brad Fontes, the head coach at Central last season who returned to the Bears’ staff this season, was named head coach for the remainder of the season

The Bears are currently 5-1 and ranked No. 10 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

Paul Meadors is a man of many talents. He is a elementary school teacher, Junior High athletic director, and basketball coach in Traver, CA, in addition to serving as the Sports Editor for the Clovis Roundup. He is also the author of the humorous book “Letters to eBay,” and he has recorded a piano album of his own compositions titled “Surviving the Storm.” He lives in Fresno with wife Lori and daughters Georgie, Alex and Ruthie.