Lady Tigers lose second softball coach this year

After barely two months on the job, Rockdale softball coach Walt Mangan has resigned.

Mangan’s wife, who is a nurse, couldn’t find employment in the area so they decided to move on and his resignation was accepted by the school board Monday night.

Mangan was hired to replace Kristen Gunter who was getting out of coaching for health reasons and moving to Hutto.

Gunter had been here for two years and fashioned a 29-27 record, leading the Lady Tigers to the playoffs this past season.

Mangan came to Rockdale from Hamshire-Fannett where he went 0-10 as head football coach.

The Tigers had been one coach short since Trevor Marshall resigned early in the school year.

Mangan, 45, was hired away from Kemp in 2007 to get Hamshire-Fannett’s football program back on track as he had done at Kemp, leading the team to its first non-losing season in eight years.

Mangan Mangan Mangan, who is known as a strict disciplinarian was also scheduled to join the football staff.

Mangan had applied for the Van Vleck head football opening in April.

“Anytime you can get someone with his experience and success it’s a plus,” Miller said.

The kicker in all this is that Mangan was the softball coach at Brenham when Gunter was an All-American player there.

Mangan was 274-99 in softball and won seven district titles including a trip to the state tournament.

Mangan’s son Kyle started at middle linebacker for Texas A&M last season as a redshirt freshman so Mangan is happy to be a hop, skip and a jump from College Station to watch his son play on Saturdays.

Mangan’s oldest son—6-foot- 4, 245-pound Wesley—played tight end at McNeese St., the 2009 Southland Conference champions.

Mangan also has a five-year old son.

Softball honors

Left off the recent listings of the All-Brazos Valley team were Rockdale’s Megan Hearn, Kelsey Fischer and Briana Mireles.

Hearn came out of nowhere to lead the 17-16 Lady Tigers in hitting and propel them to five straight district wins into a playoff position.

The senior-to-be third baseman batted .542 with 12 extra base hits and 21 runs batted in—both best on the team.

Graduated senior Kelsey Fisher finished off her steady career with a .416 batting average, while knocking two home runs, producing 20 RBI and swiping 29 bases, second only to Kassie Roddam’s school record 59.

Junior-to-be Briana Mireles was also a consistent producer for the Lady Tigers, hitting .429 with 13 runs batted in and 15 steals.

Hearn was named to the second team, while Fischer and Mireles were honorable mention.

Roddam was named to the first team.

The 5ive

Just in case you were struggling to come up with something, here are five reasons to hate soccer:

1. It’s hockey on grass. (Or, hockey is soccer on ice).

2. Can go three hours without scoring. (We already have the Houston Astros).

3. You can’t use your hands. (Like going out on a date with a preacher’s daughter).

4. The possibility of complete embarrassment if the United States would actually win a match.

5. Vuvuzela.


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