Angelina College Baseball Names Spivey Assistant Coach Former Roadrunner Brings Collegiate, Professional Experience to Program

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

In the search for a new assistant baseball coach, the Angelina College Roadrunners reached out to a familiar face – one with extensive experience and knowledge of the game at every level.

            Seth Spivey, who played for current head coach Jeff Livin and the Roadrunners from 2011-2012, has been named the program’s new assistant. 

            Spivey, a Brenham High School product, was a 10th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers organization in 2014. He played all nine positions in his five-year minor-league career, earning Mid-Season All-Star status at Spokane of the North West League – once as a catcher, and once as a second baseman. In 2016, Spivey won the league’s Home Run Derby. 

            In addition, Spivey was named an organization and Baseball America All-Star in 2014. With the Frontier League in 2017, Spivey’s squad finished as league champions as Spivey earned three separate Player of the Week awards, culminating in his All-Star selection. 

            In his two years as a Roadrunner, Spivey was a 2011 JUCO All-Star and a 2012 All-Conference selection. A hard-hitting, slick-fielding infielder, led the ‘Runners to the NCAA Region XIV tournament in 2011. 

            From Angelina College, Spivey signed with Abilene Christian University, earning Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention honors, along with the 2014 Southland Conference 2nd Team Catcher honors. He earned his degree in Kinesiology from ACU in 2014. 

            Spivey’s high school career also generated numerous accolades. The three-year letter winner was an All-State Tournament catcher in the 2010 state tournament. He was an All-District utility player, an All-Houston and All-Brazos County selection and a 2009 state semifinalist. Spivey also was chosen to participate in the Houston Area Coaches All-Star Game. 

            Spivey’s coaches and mentors had this to say about the young coach:

            “Seth is a “player’s coach.” He relates to each player and treats them with respect. He is interested in developing the whole person which includes skills relevant for winning baseball games, a competitive spirit and most importantly, good sportsmanship/citizenship.”

             Spivey is the son of Sheila and Marty Spivey.

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