The Midland College Chaparrals baseball head coach David Coleman is optimistic about the upcoming season after coming off the teams first Region V tournament win last season and the team’s first appearance at the NJCAA World Series. The season begins against Weatherford at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at Christensen Stadium.
“We have a lot of new faces this season,” Coleman said. “But, those new players coming here know that we have a certain expectation.”
Coleman has been with the team since 2006 as the second head coach in the team’s history. Coleman was named conference Coach of the Year in 2013 and Jeremie Fagnan was named Player of the Year. Coleman and his coaching staff hope to continue to build on the success of the previous years.
This season the team will also see renovations done to Christensen Stadium. The stadium, built in the 1950s, has been in need of renovations since being vacated by the Midland Rockhounds in 2002. The renovation budget money is designated to remodel the concession area and press box as well as extend the dugouts.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Coleman said.“It’s absolutely wonderful that these renovations are happening. The players need to see that the community supports them and this is a good way to show them.” Coleman also thanks the MC board of trustees for designating the money for the renovations. The renovations to the stadium are scheduled to start as soon as possible, but no specific completion date has yet been set