Victoria West's McNary heading back to Western Texas College

May 29, 2011 at 12:29 a.m.
Updated May 30, 2011 at 12:30 a.m.

Rome McNary was one of the most successful softball coaches in Western Texas College history. He holds the best record in the sport of any coach in the school's history, and led it to its first national title berth.

And after three years away from the college ranks, he's ready to return.

The West softball coach and Cuero graduate has accepted a job to coach softball again at Western Texas College in Snyder. He notified the VISD athletic department and the team on Thursday after receiving the job. McNary coached the Lady Westerners first as an assistant coach from 2003 to 2004, then as head coach from 2004 to 2007.

"When I was was Western Texas, we had a lot of success, and this is a good chance to go back," he said. "I've been there before and I'm comfortable with it.

"When I left college, I felt at some point I would be going back."

McNary finishes his career in Victoria with a combined record of 51-48-1 and one playoff appearance. The Warriors finished the regular season 19-12 and in fourth place this year in District 30-4A. They would advance to the area round of the playoffs and take Alice to three games before losing.

"We had a very successful year," McNary said.

His track record at Western Texas College was one of success. McNary left Western Texas College after the 2007 season with a record of 122-89, after leading the team to its first regional title and only NJCAA national tournament berth in 2007.

"Rome was wonderfully successful at WTC," said the college's president, Mark Dreith, in a news release. "We know his return means good things for our softball team and athletic program."

Western Texas College's previous softball coach and McNary's successor, Steve Kissel, resigned earlier this month for personal reasons after going 76-77 over three seasons.



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