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Yoakum names new baseball coach

By MIKE FORMAN
June 14, 2010 at 1:14 a.m.
Updated June 15, 2010 at 1:15 a.m.


Bobby Nicholson fileHigh school: Industrial.

College: Alvin Community College, Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Coaching: 14 years at Pleasanton. 11 years as head baseball coach with 171-93 record. District coach of the year 2001, 2005, 2007.

Bobby Nicholson is aware of Yoakum's success in baseball.

"I've always heard good things about Yoakum," Nicholson said. "I know it's very traditional in baseball. I've even talked with some of the umpires I know. They had nothing but good things to say about their kids."

Nicholson will get the opportunity to put his imprint on the Yoakum program after being named the school's head baseball coach.

Nicholson's hiring was approved by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Yoakum school district board of trustees on Monday night.

Nicholson has coached baseball and football at Pleasanton for 14 seasons.

He has been the head baseball coach for the past 11 years and had an overall record of 171-93. The Eagles were a Class 4A team for 12 of the 14 years Nicholson coached, but they made 12 playoff appearances.

"I believe in old-school discipline," Nicholson said. "I'm an aggressive coach who like to make things happen."

Tom Kelley, superintendent of the Yoakum school district, said the district received over 30 applications for the position, which became vacant when Jace Wood resigned at the end of the school year.

Wood coached at Yoakum for 30 years, including 28 as the head baseball coach and had a 488-266 record that included two state tournament appearances.

"I want to get a feel for what the kids are like," Nicholson said. "I talked to Jace when I was town the other day and got to watch the kids in summer conditioning.

"I'm going to talk to Jace and see what works there. I'm not coming in to change things. If I can make it better, that's what we're going to do."

Nicholson is no stranger to the area. He graduated from Industrial where his father, Bob, was the athletic director for 23 years before becoming the high school principal and school district superintendent.

Nicholson played baseball at Alvin Community College and was a member of Texas A&M-Kingsville's 1995 Lone Star Conference championship team.

"I have daughters who are 9 and 7 and my wife and I wanted to get back to this area," Nicholson said. "We were looking around and Yoakum was right at the top of our list."

The recent University Interscholastic League realignment moved Yoakum and Pleasanton into District 28-3A, which should make for some high-intensity games next season.

"That will interesting," Nicholson said. "It's going to be real strange. When we come to town, there should be a heck of a crowd."

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