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Coach Craig McFarland Named Head Coach


Head Coach Craig McFarland

Head Coach Craig McFarland

Congratulations to new Head Baseball Coach Craig McFarland, who is taking over the reigns of the Alvin Boys Baseball program. The head coaching position was vacated when the well-respected former Head Coach Mike Rogers resigned to take over the head coaching position in Lake Travis after legendary coach Roy Kinnan retired.

Coach McFarland, known affectionately as “Coach Mac,” has been at Alvin High School working closely with Rogers for a number of years and is a player and fan favorite. McFarland claims Alvin High School as his alma mater. He was  an all-around athlete, setting the stolen base per season record by averaging over one bag per game, holding that record for over 25 years. He was named to the 1980s All Decade Teams for both baseball and football.

At the Univerisity of Arkansas, Monticello, McFarland was an All American (Baseball) and is in the UA Hall of Fame (Baseball).

He has extensive teaching and coaching experience. His teaching experience includes one year of History at Hampton High School in Arkansas and 18 years at Alvin High School teaching Physical Education and Teen Leadership. His coaching experience includes one year as Head Baseball Coach at Hampton High School followed by 18 years of coaching at Alvin High School including five years as JV Baseball Coach, eight years as Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach, five years as Varsity Football Assistant Coach, and seven years as Freshman Football Coach. McFarland’s father, Coach Johnny McFarland, coached and taught at Alvin High School for 35 years.

When not on the field or in the classroom, McFarland enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Julia and twin sons, Jax and Jet.  Alvin High School can look forward to many successful years under the leadership of Head Coach Craig McFarland.

Mickey Mantle Tryouts

Mickey Mantle tryouts are scheduled for May 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field.

Players should report dressed in normal baseball attire, including a cap. Bring standard baseball equipment (bats, gloves, and so forth). A parent meeting follows the tryouts.

Get Physical!

All players make sure that you get your annual physical before school starts!

Complete pages 1 – 3 of the AISD physical form, and give the form to your doctor to complete page 4. Bring the completed form (all four pages) to your coach on the first day of school (August 27).

See the Documents page (Media > Documents) for AISD and UIL documents that are relevant to athletes.

Congrats to Nathan Eovaldi on Winning Your Marlins Debut!

Nathan Eovaldi Miami Debut

Nathan Eovaldi at his Miami Marlins Debut

Nathan Eovaldi, an Alvin High School alum, was drafted by the Dodgers out of Alvin High School in 2008 and was recently traded to the Miami Marlins, where he made his first start Saturday, winning his debut!

He allowed one run in 5 ⅓ innings, striking out five.

Oh, and you Alvinites might recognize his Miami jersey number too. He’s number 24.


500th Win for Head Coach Mike Rogers

Coach Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers coaching his 498th win

February 24th at the Pearland First Pitch tournament, Alvin High School defeated Cy-Falls. The win gave Alvin Head Coach Mike Rogers his 500th win.

Rogers is a veteran coach of 31 years is in his 10 year at Alvin High School. The Yellowjackets are currently 11-4 and begin district play Tuesday, March 13.


Nathan Eovaldi Wins his Major League Debut: Starts Again Friday

Nathan Eovaldi Debuts for the Dodgers

Nathan Eovaldi Debuts

Nathan Eovaldi wins his MLB debut Saturday, August 6 in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 6’3, 195 lbs pitcher, drafted as a senior from Alvin High School, was called up by the Dodgers from AA Chattanooga Friday, August 5 to start Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks.

He wasted no time in the first inning, retiring the side in order with two strike outs and a ground out. It was a night of firsts with Eovaldi getting his first MLB hit in his first MLB plate appearance with a single to right field off of Arizona pitcher Joe Saunders, a hit which resulted in his first run.

Throwing fastballs in the mid to high 90s and mixing in sliders to keep the hitters off balance, Eovaldi recorded seven strike outs in five innings of work, the fourth-most in Dodgers history for a pitcher making his debut.

Eovaldi is scheduled to start Friday in his home debut in Los Angeles against the Houston Astros at 9:10 pm.

Watch the free game on on your PC, DirecTV on channel 678 (with the Sports Package), or gather with friends at Alvin Golf & Country Club to watch it on their big screen. Beer, soft drinks, and snacks will be available. Doors open at 8:30 pm.

Nathan Eovaldi to Start for Dodgers Saturday

Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi, former ace pitcher for the Alvin High School Yellowjackets, is scheduled to start for the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:10 PM Saturday, August 6, 2011 (central time).

Nathan was already throwing in the high 90s at AHS, was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school, and has been moving through the ranks of their farm system.

  • View Nathan’s MiLB stats
  • View the game on MLB.TV (free game)
  • Channel 686 on DirecTV with Sports Package (Fox Sports Arizona)


Nolan Ryan Strikeout Record Broken!

In the same week in the 2008-2009 season, both Aaron Stewart and Josh Land broke Nolan Ryan’s 44-year old senior year strikeout record of 21 batters retired.

Congratulations to both pitchers!

Other notable high school highlights include

  • Aaron Stewart
    First Team All-District and Second Team All-Country honors.
  • Josh Land
    Pitcher of the week
    Led the Houston area in wins

Aaron now plays for the University of Houston Cougars, and Josh plays for the Galveston College Whitecaps.

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