Coach Craig Coheley is in his first year as the Head Baseball Coach at Saginaw High School after serving the previous four years at 3A Leonard High School. The 27-year veteran has been married to wife Christie for the past 27 years. The couple resides in Saginaw and have two sons: Colson (19) who attends the University of North Texas studying Business and Cirby (14), who is an eighth-grader at Highland Middle School and will attend Saginaw High School next year.
Coach Coheley teaches World Geography and World History and also coaches football.
Coheley, a 1989 graduate of Midwestern State University, has served as a Head Baseball Coach for 26 of his 27 years in coaching. He has had stops in Holliday (2 years); Wichita Falls Rider (1 year); Wichita Falls Hirschi (10 years); Rogers (5 years); Farmersville (4 years); and Leonard (4 years). He has won over 425 games in his career, twice taking teams to their best season in school history at Rogers (36-2) and Farmersville (31-9). He has 53 playoff wins against 19 losses.
Other accomplishments include a State Championship (Rogers HS) in 2007 and two other trips to the UIL State Baseball Tournament in 1992 (Holliday) and 2006 (Rogers). His 2007 Rogers team finished 38-2, not losing a single game to a 3A team. In that same year, Coheley was elected by his peers of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches to Coach the Texas All-Star game.
In 2007 he was named the Texas High School Baseball Associated Press Coach of the year. In 2006, he was awarded the Waco-Tribune Centex Baseball Coach of the year. He has been named District Coach of the year six times.
In Coheley’s first year of coaching, he guided the Holliday Eagles to a 17-5 record and followed that with a 22-4 record and a berth in the 1992 UIL State Semifinals. After a one year assistant stint at Rider, Coheley moved across town to Hirschi. He eventually guided Hirschi to it’s first birth in the 5A playoffs in 13 years after inheriting a 1-26 squad. At Rogers, his teams had a five-year record of 136 wins and just 34 losses.
He lists his most satisfying season as being a 31-9 campaign in 2012 at Farmersville. The team advanced to 4A Regional Finals despite having one of the state’s smallest enrollments. His Farmersville teams made the playoffs three of four years in Class 4A.
At Leonard, Coheley led the Tigers to their first berth in the playoffs since 1996 in 2013, his first year there. Three of his four Tiger units qualified for the 3A playoffs. His teams have qualified for the state playoffs 15 times in his career.
Coheley attended High School at Wichita Falls Hirschi where he lettered in Football and Baseball. He played one season of baseball at Midwestern State University.
He spends his summers coaching his son’s select team, the 15u Majors North Texas Longhorns.
“Me and my family are delighted to be here at Saginaw. We love the kids here. We look forward to great things in the upcoming years as we become strong members of the community,” Coheley said.