A Brief History of HCYA Baseball

In the 1990’s, HCYA was formed as an organizing force for homeschool activities of all kinds in the Houston area. Soon thereafter, the HCYA Eagles baseball team was formed by C.J. and Debby Coolidge (team directors) and Larry Cochran (head coach) as the first team in the city to provide Houston-area homeschoolers an opportunity to compete against private and public schools’ baseball teams.

As the millennium turned, Coach Cochran teamed up with Coach Jeff Hartline of the Nashville Monarchs to organize the first of what would become an annual tournament of homeschool teams across the nation – the Homeschool World Series.

The Eagles won that inaugural tournament to become the first ever national champions. In honor of his contributions in organizing the event, the championship trophy for the Homeschool World Series has thereafter been known as the “Cochran Cup”.

In the years since, several other homeschool teams have been formed in Houston to serve different sections of town, but HCYA has continued its tradition of high quality baseball with a uniquely Christian approach.

Historical Results

  • 2000 - National Champions
  • 2001 - National Runner-up
  • 2002 - National Runner-up
  • 2003 - Eliminated in Regional bracket
  • 2004 - 2nd in Regional bracket. Worlds Series Qualifier. All-region: Charles Coolidge, Ryan Moreau, Kenny Perkins. All-American: Ryan Miller.
  • 2005 - Eliminated in Regional bracket. All-region: Rocky Roesler, Kenny Perkins, Luke Coolidge,
  • 2006 - Eliminated in Regional bracket. All-region: Luke Coolidge.
  • 2007 - 4th in Regional bracket. Worlds Series Qualifier. All-region: Trey Fox, Quentin McKeon, Luke Coolidge, All-American: Luke Coolidge.
  • 2008 - Eliminated in Regional bracket
  • 2009 - Eliminated in Regional bracket
  • 2010 - 4th place (Division 1). All-Americans: Dylan Bates, Ben Payne, Juan Solis.
  • 2011 - 13th place (Division 2). All-Americans: Nathan Falkenstine, Will Leighton.
  • 2012 - 13th place (Division 2). All-Americans: Josh Tobias, Drew Leighton.
  • 2013 - 7th place (Division 1). All-Americans: Joey Zepeda, Drew Leighton. Won Flatonia Stanley Krist Tournament. (Win%, Streak*). Ended 18-12-1
  • 2014 - 13th place (Division 2). All-Americans: Kristopher Nguyen, Daniel Goss. Final record 16-15
  • 2015 - 17th place (won Division 3). All-Americans: Kevin Mikulan, Cody Nguyen, John Merkle. Won St. John XXIII's Invitational. Finished 18-16-2
  • 2016 - 14th place (Division 2). All-Americans: John Merkle, Bryce Roberts. Won El Campo Invitational. (Wins, Streak*, Shutouts, Run Diff, Avg). Ended 23-18-1
  • 2017 - 9th place (won Division 2). All-Americans: Nolan Rising, Jacob Steinman, Micah Davis. (Fielding%, Double plays). Final record 18-16
  • 2018 - 11th place (Division 2). All-Americans: Jacob Steinman, Mark Davis. (Team ERA, Consec. shutouts). Final record 17-18

Alumni College Baseball Players:

  • Matt Zappasodi ('02) - Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN
  • Matt Fuller ('06) - Alvin Community College, TX
  • Dylan Bates ('10) - University of Houston, Victoria, TX
  • Brodie Brown ('10) - Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX
  • Nathan Falkenstine ('11) - University of Houston, Victoria, TX
  • Sam Payne ('12) - Lone Star College, Houston, TX
  • Chris Amend ('14) - Alvin Community College, TX
  • Daniel Goss ('14) - Wharton County Junior College, TX
  • Kris Nguyen ('14) - Alvin Community College, TX
  • Toby Stringer ('17) - Cisco College, Cisco, TX
  • Jacob Steinman ('18) - LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

In Memory of Ryan Miller #22

In honor of the sacrifice he made for our country, giving his life in action in the war in Iraq in September 2006, HCYA Baseball has permanently retired the number 22 for Lance Corporal Ryan Miller. Before he was a war hero, he was an All-American ('04) for the HCYA Eagles, and a great teammate. He will never be forgotten by this organization.
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