Phil Houston Steps Down as Bruton Baseball Coach

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Phil Houston has resigned as the baseball coach at Bruton after seven seasons. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Phil Houston has resigned as the baseball coach at Bruton after seven seasons. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

Bruton High is in the market for a new varsity baseball coach after Phil Houston announced his resignation from the position.

Houston, who has been the head coach for Bruton’s baseball team for the past seven years, decided it was time to step away for coaching in order to spend more time with his family.

“My sister is about to have a baby, my brother just got married and my little one is about to turn two,” he said. “I figured it’d be good to take some time away.”

As well as needing to spend time with his family, Houston also needed to take time away from coaching to focus more attention on the DECA club, a co-curricular club for marketing students, he advises at Bruton.

Stepping away from coaching will likely not spell the end of Houston’s coaching career, as he predicts he likely coach again – but probably not for at least the next 18 months.

“I feel like I’ll get back into coaching. I just want to take some time away, let me batteries recharge,” said Houston, who will continue teaching math and marketing at Bruton.

Bruton Athletic Director Richard Onesty thanked Houston, a Bruton alumnus who led the Panthers to a 2-18 record last season, for his years of service to the baseball program.

“When you lose a baseball guy, you lose a lot of knowledge and dedication,” Onesty said of Houston. “Anybody that has been in the program as long as he has — player, manager, coach, whatever — you lose a lot of valuable baseball knowledge. Even though we weren’t always successful on paper, we tried to create successful young men in the baseball program.”