Former Brenham High School head coach Lanny Williams addressed his recent departure from the Cub baseball program in a written personal statement received by the Banner-Press on Wednesday.
Williams, who joined Brenham baseball as an assistant for the 1996-97 season under then-head coach Jim Long, assumed head coaching duties ahead of the 2012-13 campaign. He compiled a 159-80-2 record in his seven seasons at the helm, including an 83-27 district mark and three district titles while posting a 23-17 record in postseason play.
Williams confirmed today via a phone interview that he has accepted an offer to become Cedar Park High School’s next head baseball coach, while BISD continues its search for Williams’ replacement.
Williams’ statement to the Banner-Press reads as follows:
“It became clear to me over a year ago that the administration at BISD was no longer supportive of me and my baseball coaches; therefore, after 23 years of coaching and teaching in Brenham ISD, I have decided to leave Brenham and coach elsewhere. I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn from and coach with many great men during my time here: Jim Long, Glen West, Bob Purl, Tim Oehrlein, Brady Pennington, Josh Potter, Craig Agnew, Brian Thiebaud, Steven Lee, Casey Sink and more recently Mike Adams, Brett Mouser, Ryan Cook and Steve Puckett all who have left the coaching ranks in Brenham. Along with the current baseball coaches Trey Marik, Brian Harris, Noe Castellanos, Matt Thaler, Zach Baker and Cullen Jozwiak and incredible leaders like David Yeager, Jon Forsythe, Mike Watts and Steve Skrla who always were and have continued to be very supportive of what we did and stood for as an athletic department from 1996-2016
“My wife, Vickie, and I have invested in this community and have raised two beautiful daughters here. And now as BISD Alumni, I have seen them hurt by ugly gossip and ridiculous rumors spread by several who feel it necessary to make crude comments on social media.
“I have never claimed to be a perfect person, but I have done nothing wrong, broken no rules, and have upheld the policies that were put in place by our athletic department and by UIL. I have poured my heart and soul into the Brenham Cub Baseball program and can truly say that I have loved every player I have ever coached. I pray that I have made a positive influence in their lives. My true friends and my coworkers know what kind of man I am, but enemies and the negativity of a handful of parents, a few in the Baseball Alumni Association, a couple of board members and even some BISD administrators have overshadowed a lot of the good I have done here over the last 23 years. Those people have chosen to listen to complaints, accept rumors as fact, gossip about me behind my back and haven’t given me the opportunity to defend myself or my baseball philosophy.
“I can and will leave here with my head held high, and will continue to uphold the high standards for which I have set for myself. I will continue my career as a head baseball coach elsewhere. I know that Brenham will continue to have a successful baseball program and I wish nothing but the best for the upcoming Brenham baseball teams.”
In a response to a request for a response to Williams’ statement, BISD Superintendent Walter Jackson said, “Based on the law and best practices, the Brenham Independent School District does not publicly discuss or comment on personnel matters.”