January 8, 2018
Former Jersey Village High School Baseball Coach Mike Maddox will be inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 12 during the association’s 2018 convention in Waco.
By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS
Jan. 8, 2018—Mike Maddox, who spent all but three of his 32 years as a successful baseball coach at Jersey Village High School, will officially have his name among the state’s best as he’ll be inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 12 at the association’s 2018 convention in Waco.
“It has been something I never thought about much,” said Maddox, who finished his coaching career with 527 wins and 17 playoff appearances. “When you do your job with love and passion it is something that doesn’t enter your thought process. I do know I was shocked when I got the call.
“Since that time I have come to realize this is not just an award for the individual, but an award for the whole family.”
The hall of fame banquet is on the second day of the association’s 47th annual convention at the Waco Convention Center.
Maddox’s two-person induction class also includes David Tidwell, who coached 33 years – 23 at Belton High School where the Tigers won 491 games and a state championship during Tidwell’s tenure. The banquet’s guest speaker is Cal Ripken Jr., a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame best known for his streak of 2,632 consecutive games played over the course of 16 seasons.
Maddox began his coaching career at Bellaire High School in Houston ISD under the legendary Ray Knoblauch, a member of THSBCA Hall of Fame’s inaugural class (1990). He led the junior varsity to a district title in his only season before moving to Houston St. Piux X, his alma mater. Maddox led St. Pius X to a state championship in 1978.
He then moved to C.E. King High School for one season before making his way to Cy-Fair ISD in 1979, coming to Jersey Village that fall and staying until he retired from teaching in 2014.
“I have known Maddox for 25 years now. I grew up across the street from him and he was my coach in high school at Jersey Village,” said Blake Wyatt, a former Falcons player and the school’s present varsity coach. “It is truly an honor to be coached by him and work side by side with such an amazing coach.”
The THSBCA Hall of Fame honors baseball coaches who have made outstanding contributions to their program, players, the sport and the association. A committee, which consists of THSBCA officers and alumni association members, selects the hall of fame members, who must receive 75 percent affirmation vote to be inducted. Honorees receive an engraved plaque and hall of fame ring, while an identical plaque will be displayed at the THSBCA Hall of Fame at the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham.
Throughout his years, Maddox’s impact goes beyond his resume.
“He was tough but he was an excellent coach and I am confident that I was better prepared than my peers for the next level,” said Ryan Ware, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1993 after starring at Jersey Village and the University of Houston. “So many of the lessons taught and learned at that age aren’t realized immediately, but sometimes many years throughout the road. To this day there are things I learned from playing under Maddox that apply and allow me to be the best I can be.”
Jersey Village made 15 playoff appearances during Maddox’s tenure, a model of consistency built on demands and high expectations from all his players stayed.
“No matter how good your talent, Coach Maddox always expected your best,” said Victor Landa, a 1992 Jersey Village graduate. “Coach Maddox’s rules were well known and consequences were given if not followed. If you missed practices, you missed games. If you were messing around during practice, everyone ran.”
With his tough coaching, Maddox helped players understand the level of hard work, commitment, and self-confidence it would take to be best the ball player and teammate one could be.
In turn, Maddox was named Coach of the Year of his district nine times. He was inducted into the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2009.
“Coach Maddox instilled a work ethic, and an expectation level in each of us that I truly feel helped all of his players reach levels that I’m not sure we would have achieved otherwise,” said Trey Witte, who followed his high school playing days at Texas A&M University before he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1991. “He challenged us both as a team, and at times personally, when we needed it so that each of his teams embraced and took on as their own personality.”
To many players, Maddox was not only a coach, he was a person to whom they could look up. He helped waves of talented baseball players move on to the next level.
In 1999, the Jersey Village community proclaimed a Michael Scott Maddox Day in appreciation
Nick Stavinoha (left), a 2000 Jersey Village graduate who spent parts of three seasons (2008-10) with the St. Louis Cardinals, is one of many former Falcons during Mike Maddox’s tenure who went on to the next level. Maddox was on hand in 2015 when Jersey Village retired Stavinoha’s jersey.
“He was a leader of young men, a mentor, and a father figure to many. Coach Maddox would go out of his way to comfort a young man that was going through harsh life changes or struggling for any reason at all,” said Nick Stavinoha, a 2000 Falcons graduate who spent parts of three seasons (2008-10) with the St. Louis Cardinals. “He was a man that would discipline those deserving, reward those who worked the right way, and put his arm around you if life was taking a toll. He was a role model for all players who came through his baseball program.”
The Falcons’ best stretch under Maddox was in the early 1990s. The 1992 team reached the regional finals and a year later, Jersey Village reached the regional semifinals.
“The daily stories of his past players and highlights of his career accomplishments gave me yet another perspective of how much his players meant to him and how appreciative he felt for the opportunity to make a difference,” said Robb A. Jensen, a former Jersey Village player and later, the head coach. “I witnessed the relationships formed with previous players and saw the pride that he had on their success.”
Maddox believes his Jersey Village family and the loyalty from coaches Tommy Marshall, Rudy Phillips, and David Snokhous made this accomplishment all possible.
“He’s a student of the game. His love and passion for the game is what makes him stand out above the rest,” said Snokhous, the Falcons’ longtime head football coach.
Added Jersey Village Principal Ralph Funk: “The success he experienced on the diamond is second to the positive influence he had on the lives of many young people during his career. His legacy will always be a part of Jersey Village High School history.”