Coheley ready to take on baseball program

by Todd Brooks

ew to Oklahoma high school baseball, but Comanche’s newest baseball coach is a long-time baseball veteran.

Coheley was voted in officially as the new baseball coach at the June 11 Comanche School Board meeting even though he had already been working with the team during summer baseball.

Coheley, 61, has been in the coaching business for more than 30 years, 29 of which were spent on Texas diamonds.

Coheley spent the past two years in Walters, where he recorded a 49-15 record, advancing to the regional tournament finals in both years.

He said he first gained an interest in the Comanche job talking with Comanche head football coach Gary Robinson, who also coached in Texas.

That shared experience paved the way for them to strike up a good rapport.

“He contacted me about the job in Comanche,” Coheley said.

Working with the team during the summer has allowed the coach to see the strengths and weaknesses of his team before school even starts.

“The high school is down in numbers,” Coheley said. “They had some players that have left the team, so we will look to get that situation fixed. We will need good leadership and strong leadership.”

Coheley said he is an old-school coach when it comes to baseball.

“I’m about pitching, sound defense and teaching the game of fundamental baseball,” Coheley said. “Practice is a major thing to me, it’s about getting better every day.”

Coheley has had a successful career. He had three state high school tournament appearances in Texas, including winning a state championship in Rogers, Texas in 2007. He has had 22 playoff teams and his first win at Comanche will be his 500th career win as he sits at 499 wins right now.

He said he is looking forward to working with the team and getting them deeper into the postseason. Comanche went 11-13 in 2024.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but I look forward to getting it turned around,” Coheley said.

Coheley and his wife, Christie, have been married 34 years. They have two sons. The oldest is a 26-year-old restaurant manager in Texas and the youngest is a 21-year-old student-athlete who plays linebacker at Abilene Christian University in Texas.