Trey Rogers may be in his first season as a head baseball coach, but he doesn’t show signs of a rookie coach that usually has to take some time adjusting to the new position.
In his first year at LaPoynor High School, he looks like an experienced coach as he has guided the Flyers (15-6-1 and 10-4 in district) to a district championship and their first trip to the playoffs in many years.
After never winning a playoff game, they are now two wins away from clinching a trip to the state tournament.
The team swept Sulphur Bluff and Union Hill for their first playoff wins and they open their regional final series against the Wells Pirates on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Jacksonville.
Rogers graduated from Athens High School in 2000.
After high school, he was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Cincinatti Reds but decided to attend college and signed with Paris Junior College. He played two years with the Dragons before he graduated and transferred to UT Arlington.
Unfortunately, his playing career came to a close after a car accident.
For nine years and counting, Rogers has been active as member of various youth sports in Athens. He coaches little league baseball and is the president of the Athens Youth Football Program.
For the past seven years, he has coached a traveling select baseball team.
“Baseball is my passion and I enjoy spending time with the kids and watching them develop into young men,” Rogers said.
“I love teaching the game of baseball and helping someone out in any way I can. Also I would like to thank the LaPoynor Board Members and Administration for this awesome opportunity. I have a great group of kids and the parents are outstanding, all I can say is that LaPoynor is a great place to be.
It took some time, but the team eventually brought into Rogers’ mindset.
“I set a goal at the beginning of the season to my boys, I told them our goals were to make sure that they got better at each practice than they were the day before,” he continued.
“Here we are in the regional finals. Being two wins away from the state tournament in my first year as a high school coach is something very special to me. I will never forget these group of kids, they have worked their tails off from day one, and now the hard work should reward these kids. We will leave it all on the field win or lose. I can assure you that.”