By CLINT FOSTER
MILLSAP – After falling just short of the playoffs in 2014, Millsap ISD is ready to usher in a new era of Bulldog baseball.
Monday, Millsap announced the hire of Ed Padalecki as the high school's new head baseball coach – a move they hope will give the Bulldogs an edge as they enter into yet another tough baseball district for the 2015 season in District 11-3A.
"It is exciting for us to attract someone of coach Padalecki's background and quality for the baseball program at Millsap ISD," Millsap Athletics Director Ron Berry said. "I am confident coach Padalecki will do an excellent job."
Padalecki comes to Millsap from Hutto High School, where he served as the Hippos' head JV baseball coach and an assistant for varsity football and baseball for the past two seasons.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Bloomington High School, followed by a stint at Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD where he coached middle school and JV baseball and varsity football at Saginaw High until moving to Hutto in 2012.
In addition to coaching high school, Padalecki has been a summer baseball coach at TCU since 2010 and took on the same role at Texas A&M in 2012. He continues to serve both the Horned Frogs and Aggies each summer.
The search for a new head baseball coach at Millsap began after previous head coach Brad Littlefield requested the position of the Bulldogs' head golf coach for next school year instead.
"While we will miss [Littlefield] in baseball, we are very excited about the new opportunities for our golf athletes and the expertise he brings to the golf program," Millsap ISD said in a press release.
As for Padalecki, he said he is excited to join the Bulldog family and has plans to take Millsap athletics to new heights of prosperity.