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HOUSTON – John Hoye wanted to ride the momentum of John Cooper's greatest season in program history when it came to attracting a top-tier candidate for the next head coach.
Erik DeHaven fit the bill.
The St. Pius X coach was formally introduced on Tuesday as John Cooper's new head coach exiting Pius X after five years, spending last season as the Panthers head coach.
"We had a really good season and we wanted to capitalize on that and I think we're at a crossroads where we've done a lot of introductory things and we have established ourselves in our early years of SPC," Hoye, the John Cooper School athletic director, said. "We've made some noise this year and I think we'll be competitive again next year. I think you always want a coach that you have confidence in to continue what you've been doing.
"I think he has the ability to do that."
DeHaven takes over John Cooper School with 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level.
"The biggest thing for me is to build something from the ground up," DeHaven said. "Cooper had a great season last year. I'm at a point in my coaching career the opportunity for the first time to really get into a K-12 school and grow them homegrown is something that really excites me."
The search was nationwide and Hoye said they received more than 70 applications. Three finalists were brought on campus and were great candidates but Hoye continued to say DeHaven stood out in the process.
In his most recent stop, DeHaven helped guide St. Pius X to a No. 1 ranking in the state and was named a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Private School Coach of the Year Award.
"The last five years have been some of the best years of my life as far as coaching," DeHaven said about St. Pius X. "Tremendous support from the athletic director to head of schools. The kids are honestly a direct reflection of who they are from eight to three and it shows up on the field. It was a blessing and a tremendous opportunity to be there.
"Just like anything in life, I felt like the time is now."
DeHaven is taking over a young program as John Cooper School just completed its eighth season.
The Dragons are coming off their best year in program history, going 9-1 and finishing as runner-ups in the Southwest Preparatory Conference 3A State Championship game.
DeHaven wants to continue that upward trend as he takes over.
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It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.
Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.
While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.
On Yordan Alvarez the leader, one of two constants in a clubhouse bracing for change and the responsibility he wants to shoulder as a result - https://t.co/sZGlI5taBQ
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2024
Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.
Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.
Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.
He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.
So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?
Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.
One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.
Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.
So what does all this mean for Yordan?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!
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