I am extremely pleased to officially announce that the San Marcos Panthers Baseball team will have three great coaches for the upcoming season. Coach Michael Rocha will lead the Panthers, and he will be assisted by Coach Jordan Etier and Coach Mark Etier.
Coach Rocha is a former All-American pitcher for the University of Oklahoma and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies following his senior year – a year that saw him post a 10-3 record and 1.75 era, set several school records, and earn his degree. Coach Rocha opted not to sign with the Phillies, but instead returned to OU as part of the staff, serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach. Coach Rocha is a Central Texas native, having been born in Austin and graduating from Hays High School as an All-State pitcher. Coach Rocha now lives in the Lockhart area with his wife. And God willing, the Rocha’s will welcome into their home a baby girl – their first – who is due before the season arrives. Coach Rocha is also a trained paramedic and works in private security, ensuring the boys will be in good hands.
Coach Jordan is a lifetime Longhorn, earning three Big 12 Championships and two College World Series appearances as an infielder for legendary coach Augie Garrido. Coach Jordan earned his bachelor of science degree in applied learning and development from UT, and has been coaching youth baseball in the Austin area since 2012. Coach Jordan played his high school baseball at Westlake HS, where he was a three year varsity letter winner and three time All-District selection.
Coach Mark – Jordan’s dad – is also a former collegiate baseball player, first at McLennan Community College and then TCU. While at TCU, Coach Mark led the team in batting, generally batting in the third or fourth spot. Coach Mark was the first student at Westlake HS to play Division I baseball and was also a nine time letter winner in four different sports. Over the years, Coach Mark has coached many select teams to state and national championships, including a team that won the Cooperstown World Series.
On a personal note, I will share that my son has played on a team coached by Coach Jordan and Coach Mark for the past year (and my nephew has been on the team for several years). Without a doubt, Coach Jordan and Coach Mark run the most efficient and productive practice that I have ever seen, and my son has improved dramatically under their tutelage. I can also say that their demeanor both at practice and during games is the most positive and encouraging that I have ever witnessed – far more so than my own.
I really cannot express how excited I am that Coach Rocha, Coach Jordan, and Coach Mark have agreed to lead the Panthers in this, our inaugural season!