Langham Creek baseball coach reaches 600-win milestone

April 25, 2019

Longtime Langham Creek High School head baseball coach Armando Sedeño picked up his 600th career win on April 2, with the Lobos earning a 4-3 win against Bridgeland High School. Sedeño came to Langham Creek in 1990 and led the Lobos to the state tournament in 2016.
Longtime Langham Creek High School head baseball coach Armando Sedeño picked up his 600th career win on April 2, with the Lobos earning a 4-3 win against Bridgeland High School. Sedeño came to Langham Creek in 1990 and led the Lobos to the state tournament in 2016.

April 25, 2019—Longtime Langham Creek High School head baseball coach Armando Sedeño has seen the ups and downs of the sport, which includes deep postseason runs from his Lobos and seasons where wins and playoff spots were harder to come by.

This year’s Lobos helped Sedeño add another milestone to his career, as he picked up his 600th career victory with Langham Creek’s 4-3 road win over Bridgeland High School on April 2. It comes nearly five years after he won No. 500, which clinched an outright district championship to end the regular season.

“I never think about the part of winning,” Sedeño said. “It just comes to the territory of being old and when you’ve been in this business long enough, you hopefully gain victories.”

As special as the milestones are, Sedeño, who is in his 29th season with the Lobos, knows a great deal of reaching those is players willing to buy into a program and supportive families, community members, campus staff and school administration to help carry a vision.

Langham Creek High School head baseball coach Armando Sedeño (holding cake with red hat) and the Lobos celebrate the longtime coach’s 600th career win. Sedeño credits players, families, community members, campus staff and school administration for the program’s success.
Langham Creek High School head baseball coach Armando Sedeño (holding cake with red hat) and the Lobos celebrate the longtime coach’s 600th career win. Sedeño credits players, families, community members, campus staff and school administration for the program’s success.

Following his playing days at Lubbock High School, Ranger Junior College, New Mexico Highlands University and Lubbock Christian University, Sedeño’s coaching career started in Victoria ISD before stints at Brownfield and Spring Westfield high schools. He came to Langham Creek in 1990 and became a fixture in the community.

He’s remained with the Lobos and turned down chances to leave.

“The community was really big into baseball and that helps a lot,” Sedeño said. “Everything we have here at this stadium is the result of our community. From the batting cages to the way the field is set up. Everything that we have is because we’re had great community members going all the way back to the early 1990s.”

Sedeño didn’t always see himself as a career baseball coach, but his idol – former Lubbock Monterey High School Coach Bobby Moegle – showed him that loyalty and hard work could be rewarding. Moegle retired in 1999 with 1,115 career wins, 33 district championships and four state titles.

Even more impressive was he only had 267 losses – Moegle’s teams won 80 percent of their games in his 40 years. He became the first high school baseball coach inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

“I’ve always used him as a guide to excellence,” said Sedeño, who faced those stout Lubbock Monterey teams while roaming the outfield for Lubbock High School.

Said Moegle: “I think he tried to emulate our program a little bit with the success I had and he done great since he’s been there. He’s in one of the toughest areas in American to play in, so him winning this many games is really remarkable.”

The road to 600 wins has seen its ups and downs for Sedeño and the Lobos. No. 500 came with a trophy for the District 17-6A title and set up the first of two consecutive trips to the regional finals. Langham Creek broke through in 2016, making its first-ever state tournament appearance in a 30-win season.

The Lobos missed the postseason in 2017 and 2018, but remained in contention down to the end of the regular season. That’s the case again in 2019.

Unlike five years ago, there was little time to celebrate. Sedeño and his players did share a moment the day after No. 600, emphasizing what – or more specifically, whom – has kept the coach coming back. Players reached out through text message or phone calls, while even more shared their congratulations on social media.

“For them to say ‘Thank you,’ the reality should be me saying thanks to them for allowing me to coach them,” Sedeño said. “Those guys – even the ones from Brownfield and Victoria – I appreciate them.”

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