Nederland Bulldogs appoint new baseball coach – Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — The Nederland Bulldogs baseball program will have a new coach running the show, pending board approval.

Kyle Green, who has served as the program’s assistant coach for the past five years, will take over the program after Bryan Spell, who will take charge of the high school’s vocational and technical education program.

Green, a 1989 graduate of the Nederland School, played baseball at Lamar University, where he held the strikeout record for several years.

“It’s my hometown,” Green said. “It was always a dream of mine. I was very lucky to work for Coach Spell. He kind of brought me back to baseball because I didn’t know if I was going to stay there. Fortunately, Coach Spell and Coach (Monte) Barrow were there to open the door for me.

Barrow, who is also the district athletic director, said he has been a huge asset to the program.

“Our kids have really responded to him since he’s been an assistant here,” Barrow said. “He does a great job with our pitchers, but he also knows the whole game. I’m really excited for our program. He is known to many people. It was not a difficult decision for me. Obviously, our entire program is going to be missed by Coach Spell. We wish him the best.

Kyle Green, who graduated from Nederland in 1989 and played baseball at Lamar, has been an assistant coach at Nederland for five years. (Chris Moore/The News)

Green said he was grateful to be part of a program that has such high expectations.

“It’s a program that has had nothing but success,” he said. “It’s a challenge. My job is to get these guys to do what we’ve done and maybe add a little something to it. If you’re not ready to take that pressure and you want that pressure, you’re probably in the wrong job opportunity.

Green was the head coach of Vidor High School for 13 years. Meanwhile, he said his main goal was to try and expand the roster. Green said the Dutch program faces similar issues because high school baseball across the country is seeing lower attendance.

“We have to interest them and give them importance,” he said. “They must have a passion for the game of baseball. We have it, but we don’t want to lose it. Our numbers are down and we need to get them back up. I do not know why. My goal is to engage children and make them want to play ball in high school.

Green said the mission will begin by reaching out to lower levels.

“It’s something that Coach Spell and I talked about and he was okay with it, but it was so drastic,” Green said. “One year we went from three teams with 16 guys in one team to last year we had two teams and only 27 kids in the program. We have our work cut out for us. We have to make it big and make it fun.

The Bulldogs will return most of last year’s starters. Green said he has already spoken with the team.

“Things are going to be a little different,” he said. “The way we conduct our practice and how we take to the field will be a change. They have to be ready for it, but my goal is to allow them to do all aspects of the game. Each player will know how to play and the children will learn to do several positions.

The move will be official pending board approval next week.

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