By Brittany Becknel
The Stamford Bulldog coaches have brought much attention to our school the past few years, whether it was in football, basketball, baseball, or track. Everyone knows that all coaches help out in each sport but each sport has its own specific coach and in baseball, that coach is Lannie Templeton.
Coach Templeton has been married for 34 years to his wife Sandy, who is the secretary at Oliver Elementary. They have 2 sons; Kolby who is 25 and works on a game ranch and Kyler, who is 21 and goes to college at Wayland Baptist where he plays baseball.
Coach Templeton, also known as Coach Temp to his students, graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Geology. He has worked as a teacher and coach for 22 years and doesn’t see his career ending any time soon. He worked as a teacher mainly, but while he lived and taught in Merkel, he became their part-time assistant coach for baseball. When asked why he chose baseball, he said, “I have always played the game and enjoyed being part of baseball.” He taught at Merkel for 4 years and coached baseball for 2 of those years. He then moved to Stamford and began teaching and coaching for our high school. He teaches chemistry, physics and scientific research and design as well as helping coach football, basketball and baseball. He shares the coaching duties with Coach Jeremy West, who recently won the Assistant Coach of the Year for the Texas Baseball Coaches Association.
Coach Temp has high hopes for this year’s baseball season and so far, the boys have done a tremendous job with a record of 4-0. He believes that they can make it back to state and get another ring because of the pool of players we have this year. Coach Temp says all the boys have great talent and that makes him excited to see what this season has in store for them. Coach Templeton is looking forward to the game against Anson because they are a talented group of guys just like Stamford.
The Stamford Bulldog baseball team only lost two players last year, Jessie Ramos and Blake Barnett. Returning for this year are seniors Kyle Barnett, Hagen Hutchinson, Mario Gonzales, Dalton Mathis, Keontay Smith, Austin Alvarado, Isaiah Llewellyn, Kyler Kuenstler, Brady Pair and Daniel Medina, who is out because of an injury. This year’s juniors are Gus West, Ty McLemore and Bo Wimberly. Right behind our juniors is sophomore Michael Gonzales and freshmen Ligon West and Wes Hutchinson. Coach Temp claims that pitcher Kyle Barnett and outfielder Hagen Hutchinson are the players to watch right now in the season. Freshmen Ligon West and Wes Hutchinson are new to the team this year but aren’t new the baseball. Coach Temp expects a lot from these freshmen and so far they’ve lived up to his expectations.
Coach Templeton and the baseball team would like to thank all of those who have helped remodel the baseball field this year. He knows how much effort was put into it and he is proud of how well our field turned out. He says that our field is, “A field to be proud of.”