Brashear, Vrana promoted at JHS



Brandon Brashear

Brandon Brashear

Two hometown kids have been tabbed with leading programs at Jourdanton that they cut their teeth on during their high school days.

Brandon Brashear and Jessica Vrana have been promoted to Head Coach in tennis and softball respectively.

Brashear takes over Jourdanton tennis after serving five years as an assistant under his mother, Debbie, who retired from teaching and coaching earlier this month. Vrana, a former standout with the Squaws and member of the Schreiner University softball team, was promoted following the departure of Lexi Smith after one season.

Brashear played under his mother’s direction during his days as a student at Jourdanton. The moment of getting to take over the program his mom built was “surreal” to him.

“It’s a real surreal moment,” Brashear said. “Being a player, then coming back as an assistant with my mom was an awesome experience, getting to learn from her. Finally getting able to take control of the tennis program, it’s awesome.”

Lexi Smith (left) and Jessica Vrana (right) perch on the top step of the dugout during a game in 2020. Smith resigned as Head Coach in early June to take another coaching job. Vrana was promoted to fill the vacancy. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Lexi Smith (left) and Jessica Vrana (right) perch on the top step of the dugout during a game in 2020. Smith resigned as Head Coach in early June to take another coaching job. Vrana was promoted to fill the vacancy. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Brashear will lean on the examples and teachings his mom gave him during her time as Head Coach. He hopes those experiences will help him pass along their tradition.

“It’s awesome to be a part of that culture,” Brashear said. “To be able to build onto that culture, it’s real nice. I just hope to add my own little flavor to the culture.”

Vrana was a second-team All-District selection as a pitcher for the Squaws in 2014. She helped guide the Squaws to the Area Round of playoffs that year.

Following her high school career, Vrana signed to play in college with the Schreiner Mountaineers. In her final year at Schreiner, Vrana compiled a 7-4 record in 18 appearances with 46 strikeouts and a 3.58 ERA.

Brashear’s retirement also left a vacancy for the cross country team. Allison Richter will take the helm of the team in 2020.

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