BRENHAM — Chase Wheaton, who was an outfielder at Brenham, has been hired as the school’s head baseball coach. Wheaton spent last season at Pearland, going 22-8, including a 13-1 record in District 23-6A to win the league title by two games over Houston Strake Jesuit.
Wheaton replaces Klein Collins’ Chris Griffin, who took the job last month, then backed out of the position. Brenham fired Lanny Williams after the Cubs missed the playoffs for the first time in 35 years. Williams, who was 161-82 in six seasons, was hired at Cedar Park.
Brenham was 21-11 this past season, going 7-7 in 19-5A to tie for fifth.
Wheaton, who graduated from Brenham in 2004, played at Wharton County Junior College two seasons and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two years, earning All-Southland Conference honors both years. Wheaton spent six seasons teaching and coaching at Brenham and then went on to be an assistant at Cypress Falls for three seasons.
This is the second straight year Wheaton has been hired after the school year ended. Pearland turned to Wheaton a year ago when longtime head coach Anthony Scalise left in August to become an assistant at Rice.
Wheaton-coached Pearland swept Clear Lake in a best-of-3 bi-distict series, but lost to Humble Atascocita 6-5 in eight innings in a one-game area series.
Wheaton was an all-state player as a senior for Jim Long when the Cubs went 28-9. Brenham made the state tournament Wheaton’s junior season. He also played football and was on the track team.