HIGHLANDER BASEBALL COACHING STAFF



HEAD COACH RON EASTMANN

Coach Eastman enters his 18th season as the Head Baseball Coach of The Woodlands High School, and is the coach with the most wins in Highlander history with a record of 391-129 and 13 district championships. Eastman’s overall record in 25 years as a head coach is 547-239. In 2013, the Highlanders won their 3rd state title and he was named the National High School Coach of the Year for the third time.

As selected by his peers, in 2017, Coach Eastman was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December in Tucson, AZ.

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ASSISTANT COACH SHANE GRAVES

Coach Graves has been coaching with The Woodlands Highlander baseball program for twenty years. He is a graduate of Nacogdoches High School where he played football and baseball. Coach Graves played college baseball at Stephen F. Austin State University and is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University. He was a proud member of the 2000 5A State Championship coaching staff. Coach Graves has served as the pitching coach for the Highlanders for 14 years including the 2006 State Championship and 2013 State Championship. He also serves as Athletic Coordinator and Head Football coach for The Woodlands Ninth Grade Campus. He and his wife Dina have two daughters, Peyton and Rylie and a son Bryce.





ASSISTANT COACH CHRIS HARDEN

Coach Chris Harden enters his 16th year as Assistant Coach for The Woodlands Highlander Varsity team. He is a 1988 graduate of Cheboygan High School, Cheboygan, MI, where he played Varsity baseball, football and basketball. He attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, where he earned his Bachelors in Math Education in 1997. At Ferris State he was a four-year Varsity baseball player. In 1993, he was named the MVP for the Ferris State University Baseball Team, and in the same season made Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1st Team AllConference. Coach Harden is currently a Math teacher at TWHS. This is his 19th year of teaching, the last 17 with CISD. He is a single parent with eighteen year old twin sons, Jarrod & Jordan. He is the son of Richard & Lucy.




ASSISTANT COACH DAYNE MITCHELL

Coach Dayne Mitchell enters his 15th year coaching baseball overall and 3rd in the high school ranks. He will serve as the JV Head Coach the Highlanders and assist Varsity throughout the year. He spent three years working with a Colorado Rockies Cross-checker and has learned from pitching guru’s Tom House and The Texas Baseball Ranch. He played Varsity Baseball and Basketball at Westwood HS in Austin where he graduated from in 2003. He hit leadoff for the Warriors while getting the Honor Mention award his senior year. In basketball, he led Central Texas in free-throw shooting percentage at 88.7% and was named to the Second team. He is married to his wife of three years Kandace Mitchell who teaches 7th grade Science at Irons MS.





ASSISTANT COACH JOHN HAYS

Coach Hays will be entering his fourth year as coach for the sophomore team at TWHS, where he also coaches freshman football. Prior to this, he coached football and basketball at McCullough Junior High. Coach Hays ia a graduate of Peoria High School in Arizona and Texas A&M University (Class of '06). His wife, Heather Hays, is also a teacher at TWHS.








ASSISTANT COACH CHAD ROZELLE

Coach Chad Rozelle is in 19th year of teaching & coaching and his 8th year with the The Highlander Baseball Program assisting at all levels as a volunteer. Coach Rozelle teaches a high school credit Health class at McCullough Jr. High as well as coaching seventh and eighth grade football. Prior to McC he served as the JV Baseball coach at College Park High School from 2005-2008 and from 1998-2005 coached The Woodlands Sophomore Baseball team for seven years. Coach Rozelle is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M.






ASSISTANT COACH JEFF LILLEY

Jeff is entering his 10th year as an assistant for the Sophomore team. He currently teaches at McCullough Junior High. Jeff graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, (now Louisiana-Lafayette). He coached baseball for two years in Louisiana at Merryville High and Oberlin High and then moved to Texas and coached baseball at Hull-Daisetta High School. After five years at Hull-Daisetta, Coach Lilley moved to Cypress with his wife Katrina and their two children, Kaitlyn and Carter.