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Head Coach

Doug Rush returns to lead the Tomball High School Baseball program.  After playing college baseball for four years at North Texas State University, Rush began his coaching career in 1986 at his alma mater, Denton High. He was there for seven seasons as the assistant varsity baseball coach while also coaching freshman football and 8th grade basketball. From there, Rush went on to Lee College as the pitching coach and then on to head coaching stops at Killeen Ellison, Waller, Spring and now Tomball. During his time coaching at these places, Rush also coached many seasons of football, basketball, and cross country.  During his 3 years in Tomball the Cougars have posted a record of 89-21 going to the regional semi-finals in 2012 and the area round in 2014. In 2013 the team won the first team state championship in school history. They were district champs in 2013 and 2014 and Rush was voted district coach of the year both seasons. In 2013 Rush was named Texas sports writers 4A coach of the year for the state of Texas. Rush was also honored with being selected to coach in the Texas High School All Star Baseball game in June of 2014. He and his wife Sara, an assistant principal with Tomball ISD, have three children. Jordan, Haley, and Nolan.


Assistant Coaches


Joe Heckathorn has been coaching for 13 years, 3 of which have been for the Pride of Texas, Tomball High School.  Joe Heckathorn is returning to coach the offensive line and is a varsity assistant baseball coach as well. Coach Heckathorn co-teaches math and social studies. He enjoys sports, fishing, and riding motorcycles. He has been married for 12 years to his beautiful wife, Jenny, and they have two children; son Gehrig 8, and daughter Sofia 5.

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