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Former Chap Pitcher Henderson Joins MLB Brewers
After a 10-year stint in the minor leagues former MC Chap pitcher Jim Henderson joined the Milwaukee Brewers up from AAA Nashville. Henderson a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada played for the Chaps for two seasons beginning in the 2000-2001 season.
Head Coach: Midland College
Coleman comes to Midland College with a wealth of collegiate coaching experience following his outstanding playing career. Coleman played high school baseball at Lubbock Monterey under the tutelage of legendary coach Bobby Moegle. Coleman's college baseball career began at Vernon College (Vernon, TX), where he played for two seasons and earned an Associate of Science degree in 1989. The next stop for Coleman was a return to his hometown and a stint at Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock, TX) where he also played for two seasons. Coleman earned two letters at LCU and helped lead the Chaparrals to the 1991 NAIA World Series. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from LCU in 1992. Following his time as a player, Coleman returned to Vernon College in 1991 where he worked as an assistant baseball coach for two seasons.
After his time in Vernon, Coleman became a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) where his duties included working with outfielders and assisting with on-campus recruiting of student-athletes. Then in 1995, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Texas - San Antonio. His responsibilities at UTSA included working as the hitting coach, working with catchers and infielders, third base coach and recruiting coordinator. During his three years at UTSA, Coleman was highly successful in recruiting talented student-athletes to the program. That success included the recruitment of a southpaw pitcher from Corpus Christi Carroll High School named Hector Rodriguez. Rodriguez would become Coleman's assistant coach at Midland College eight years later. Coleman completed his Master of Education Administration degree from Texas A&M University in 1995.
In July 1998, Coleman returned to "Aggieland", but this time as a full-time assistant on the staff of longtime A&M coach Mark Johnson. Coleman's duties included working as the catcher's coach, recruiting supervisor and equipment coordinator. During his second stint on the A&M staff Coleman helped guide the Aggies to a 308-187-1 (.621) overall record from 1998 through 2005, including two Big-12 Conference titles and an appearance in the 1999 College World Series in Omaha, NE. Coleman left Texas A&M in May of 2005 and returned to his boyhood home where he was named head coach of the Lubbock High School baseball team in July of 2005. He coached at LHS for one year when the opportunity to return to college baseball appeared.
Assistant Coach: Midland College
Another member of the baseball staff is Assistant Coach Hector Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a native of San Antonio, but completed his high school years at Corpus Christi Carroll High School. Following his high school graduation, he continued his playing career at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was an outstanding pitcher. There he earned four varsity letters and was named team captain in his senior season at UTSA. Rodriguez earned his BA in Kinesiology in 2004 from UTSA and began working as a student coach that year. During the summer of 2004, Rodriguez worked as a pitching coach for the Allegany County Nitros of the New York Collegiate Summer League. There he coached former Chap players Eric Moya, Patrick Smart and Chris Ryan.
Beginning in the 2005 school year, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach at UTSA and in the summer of '05 he was the pitching coach of the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League. Rodriguez joined the Chap staff, on a part-time basis, shortly after finishing his time in Minnesota. Recently he was hired as the pitching coach of the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate League for the summer of 2006. Rodriguez was named interim co-head coach of the Midland College Chaps following the mid-season departure of former coach Steve Ramharter. Rodriguez helped lead the Midland College Chaps to a 41-13 overall record and the Chaps first appearance in the NJCAA Region V Baseball Tournament since 2003. He was named full-time assistant coach of the Midland College team in June of 2006.
Rodriguez' duties will include pitching coach, first base coach, recruiting and equipment coordinator.