Former Cy-Fair Coach inducted to Hall of Fame

Former Cy-Fair coach inducted to Hall of Fame

Former Cy-Fair Coach inducted to Hall of Fame

By: Max Diehl, Editor

Cy-Fair High School is well known for excellence in academics and athletics, and one major contributor towards its legacy is being recognized for his work. Former head baseball coach Woody Champagne has been named to the 2019 class of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and will be inducted this weekend in Waco, Texas.

“This isn’t about me” Champagne said “but about the boys and the coaches and the school.”

Champagne taught, and coached at Cy-Fair for 34 years, with a historic record of powerhouse teams, and unmatched playoff runs. He led a team to a state championship in 2007, and multiple teams to semifinals or 2nd in the state, like the historic 1984 team.

“There were many teams that are a special memory for me,” Champagne said. “Our awesome 2007 state champions, the 1984 finalists, the many district champs, and definitely my last team, the 2014 team.”

Although Champagne and Cy-Fair made the news for baseball wins and excellency, they also made the news when two powerful world leaders came to a Cy-Fair game for some baseball.

“We had a chance to meet both Bush (Sr.) and Gorbachev, and that is an experience I plan on sharing at tomorrows induction. You just don’t forget those things.”

Players pour a cooler of water on Coach Champagne

Through his profession, Champagne achieved a coveted and incredibly difficult feat; he earned 600 wins throughout his career. Over a tremendously successful career, Champagne taught and coached hundreds of students, and even taught the kids of some of his former students. It cannot be overstated how much of a passion Champagne has for coaching- he knew that was his calling at age 12, and continued to follow his passion for teaching as well, but most importantly, he followed his passion for helping kids.  

“For 34 years I had maybe 50 or 60 boys, and each year was different, but just as amazing” said Champagne “I enjoyed every year, and seeing the outcome”.

After 40 years of coaching, 34 of which were at Cy-Fair, Champagne understands the impact and the effect that the idea of BFND holds.

“I know how special of a place Cy- Fair is. BFND still means so much to me. And it always will”.

A former student, and later a fellow teacher, coach John Sierra, holds Champagne in very high regard.

Gorbachev stands, ready to throw the first pitch at a Cy-Fair baseball game

“I loved playing for him, and… I got to come back and be a student teacher with him.” said coach Sierra. “I really enjoyed my time with him.”

Sierra also discussed the honor that it is to be inducted to the THSBCA Hall of Fame. “It is a huge, huge honor to be inducted to the hall of fame by your peers and it is a testament to all the work he did.”

Coach Champagne said that through all of his years and through every experience, there is one word that sums it all up. “Awesome. Absolutely awesome”.