The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
PORT NECHES – Apparently, the Port Neches-Groves baseball program’s tradition also includes the head coach leaving big shoes to fill. That’s exactly the case now, as head coach Mark Brevell stepped down last Thursday to take a job as a middle school coach.
Brevell took over in 2011 from previous head coach Jay Stone, who led the 2004 Indian team to the state semifinals. In his three years at the helm, the Indians reached at least the second round of playoffs each season and took the District 20-4A title in 2012 with a perfect 14-0 record.
He leaves the program with a career record at PN-G of 64-29. He had been an assistant coach under Stone since 2007 and was formerly a head coach at Lumberton.
Brevell had a bumpy start to the 2013 season, as a recording of him yelling at players surfaced on social media. That led to a brief suspension before the season while an investigation into the incident was conducted by the school’s administration. Brevell was then reinstated in time for the Indians’ first game of the season.
From that rocky start, Brevell led his team to another playoff appearance and a second-place district finish. The Indians beat Humble Summer Creek in a one-game bidistrict series before falling to Georgetown in the area round.
Shortstop Dylan Saatzer was named Defensive Player of the Year from District 20-4A while freshman left-hander Ryan Leckich was named Newcomer of the Year.
Brevell himself took home Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2012 with Livingston’s Robb Kirkland.
“We’re going to conduct a statewide search for our next coach,” PN-G boys athletic director Brandon Faircloth said. “We’re confident we can hire a highly qualified individual who can come in and maintain the high standards of the PN-G baseball program.”
In other PN-G news, the Indians will be looking for two new varsity football coaches. Dustin Weisinger, who joined the Indians two years ago out of the Austin Westlake program, has taken a job back with Westlake as a position coach.
Defensive line coach Mike Arnaud also stepped down from the varsity staff to take a job at the middle school level. Faircloth hopes to have both spots filled soon.