Cy-Fair High School head coach Woody Champagne celebrated his 600th career victory on Friday, when the Bobcats defeated Cypress Springs High School 3-1 at the Cy-Fair baseball field.
“Six-hundred wins as a Texas high school baseball coach is an incredible achievement to reach that many coaches would only dream about,” said Cy-Fair assistant coach Paul Orlando. “Most of these victories have come from his 30-plus years of dedication to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Cy-Fair High School.”
Champagne is in his 39th season of coaching high school baseball. He began his career at Aldine Eisenhower High School, coaching six seasons prior to coming to Cy-Fair, where he has spent the next 33.
Champagne notched his 500th career victory on April 22, 2008, when Cy-Fair defeated Strake Jesuit, 10-0.
He has guided the Bobcats to nine district championships during his career, and led them to the Class 5A state championship in 2007. During that season, Cy-Fair won 27 straight games and achieved playoff record of 12-0.
“I’ve had a lot of good things happen and I’ve seen a lot of good players come through Cy-Fair,” Champagne said. “We’ve been successful. The players and coaches I’ve had deserve a lot of the credit,” Champagne said. “When you’ve done it as long as I have – 39 years worth – and you’ve been able to stay in it and have a good system, good players and good coaches, it means a lot. This goes out to a lot of people.”
Cypress Ranch head baseball coach John Pope, who used to work as an assistant under Champagne, expressed gratitude and praise for his former coach.
“He has been a positive influence for hundreds of players and coaches alike. He will be a shoo-in for the Coaches Hall of Fame, and deservedly so,” Pope said. “He is one of the best coaches this state has ever produced and one of the finest men I know. My hat is off to him. I will always be very appreciative for the opportunity to have coached with him and everything he has done for me.”
Cy-Fair High School head baseball coach rallies his team in the huddle between innings during his 600th career victory on Friday.
Cy-Fair head coach Woody Champagne, far right, stands with his team for the national anthem prior to the Bobcats’ victory over Cypress Springs, which gave Champagne his 600th career victory.