Coach Leonard Toups at Aldine. Via VYPE
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Entering his third season on the north side, Leonard Toups is getting the special opportunity to coach at his alma mater in his first head-coaching job.
"I love that I can still be a part of the game," Toups said. "Is there really a better job than that? I get paid to teach the game of baseball and have fun every single day."
After playing at Aldine High School, Toups played junior college baseball at UT-Brownsville. He then played Division I baseball at Texas Southern and was a part of the 2008 SWAC Championship team.
Heading into this year, Toups said the first goal of the season is to win a district championship. What's even cooler for Toups is that he is getting to coach his son Johnny.
"Honestly, it's a lot of fun. I can assure you that he gets no special treatment. I am demanding of all of my athletes and hold them all to the same standard. He knows that I'm coach Toups on the baseball field between the lines and dad outside of them."
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