At the end of this school year, Pleasanton’s Jeff Nimietz retired as the Eagles head baseball coach to become a full-time teacher. On Wednesday, June 12, Lance Standley resigned from Gregory-Portland as the 5A head baseball coach to take the position as head baseball coach at Pleasanton High School.
“The guy is a winner,” stated Pleasanton Athletic Director, Tab Dumont. “He liked our area.”
Standley’s youngest daughter just graduated from high school and will be attending Coastal Bend College here in Pleasanton. His oldest daughter will be attending UTSA.
“They’ve got their whole life planned out. He’s coached against Pleasanton before many years ago and he’s told me he was always impressed with our kids, our coaches and so forth. He always thought it would be a good job.”
Dumont stated that Standley did a lot of homework on him and Pleasanton.
“We both turned rocks over and investigated each other pretty thoroughly.”
What impressed Dumont the most out of all the research he did on Standley was that he’s taken programs that weren’t very good and in two or three years he’s turned them around. Dumont feels like Standley is getting a good program right now with taking the position at Pleasanton.
“What I love about it is they’re all in, they’re bringing their whole family here. They’re going to live in this community,” said Dumont, who mentioned that Standley’s wife will also be a teacher at Pleasanton Elementary.
Coach Standley met with the Pleasanton Eagles baseball team and their parents on Thursday, June 13 to introduce himself.
The Pleasanton Athletic Department is welcoming in six other new coaches to their staff. They are Terina Aguirre who will be assistant coach for high school volleyball, basketball and track, and junior high volleyball and track; Wesley Jellson who will be the assistant women’s soccer coach; Daniel Sanchez who will be football defensive coordinator and assistant football coach; Jacob Arevalo will be assistant football and baseball coach; Jason Mills will be coaching junior high football, basketball and track; and Jake Michaels will be coaching junior high football, soccer and track.
Please look for a feature story on each of these seven coaches throughout the summer in the Pleasanton Express.