St. Joseph Relieves Two State Championship Coaches Of Their Duties Updated 8:49 P.M.

Shimek, DeLaGarza Released As Coaches

Two long time state championship coaches at St. Joseph high school, relieved of their coaching duties there.

Mike Shimek, relieved of his duties as Flyer baseball head coach after 39 years in that post. In the next to last game of this season, coach Shimek picked up his 600th career win at St. Joe, He finishes with 601 wins, along with the TCIL state championship in 1992 and nine trips to state tournaments. Among the players he’s coached, former UHV All-America and Yankees draft pick Andre Del Bosque, former A&M-Kingsville players Denver Diefenbach and Hayden Vesely. Coach Shimek gave to me his thoughts Tuesday.

“I had been asked to consider making some changes that I felt would compromise the prioritization of my own value system. And I made a choice to remain true to those principles and to myself.”

Also, relieved of his St. Joe duties, Manuel DeLaGarza. He was St. Joe cross country head coach and girls track assistant coach for 17 years. Among the state champions he coached were Kristen Fisher and Alisa Novosad last year. This season, he led the Lady Flyers to the district team championship and to fourth place in the team standings at state. I talked with coach DeLaGarza Tuesday afternoon..

“You know, it’s been a great run, 17 years. I am proud of the work me and Coach Mumphord did. Cross country, we were in a tough district with IWA. I had two district championships in track. State champions with Kristen Fisher and Alysa Novosad.”

St. Joe athletic director Bryan Jones, telling me that the St. Joe athletic program needed to go in a different direction, and that they are making some other changes in the athletic program. Coach Jones told me that the high school certainly appreciates everything coach Shimek has done in his years as Flyer baseball head coach, and that he’ll still be teaching kids in theology at St. Joe and making an impact on them.

Also relieved of his coaching duties at St. Joe. D.J. Monroe, the boys track head coach the past two seasons and an assistant football coach there since 2016. Here is coach Jones’ statement on coach Monroe’s release:

“TJ is committed to providing the best opportunities for our students both in the classroom and in athletics. Coach Monroe has moved on and we thank him for his contributions to our school and wish him well.”

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