Coach Barry Smith is back again as the head coach of the Klein Bearkat baseball team. Under Coach Smith, the Bearkats have been the State Champions in 1998, State Finalist in 2011 and 2010, State Semi-finalists (2011, 2010, 2001, 1998), Regional Champions (2011, 2010, 2001, 1998), Regional Finalists (2012, 2011, 2010, 2001, 1999, 1998), Area Champions (2012, 2011, 2010, 2001, 1999, 1998), Area Finalists (2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1998), Bi-district Champions (2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998), District Champions (2011, 2010, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1998), and District Runner-up (2005, 2004, and 2003).
Coach Smith graduated from El Campo High School where his team won the State Championship in 1982. During that year, he led his team in batting average, homeruns and pitched 147 innings to have a 16-4 record with 4 saves. At the state tournament, he was the winning pitcher in both the semi-final and the championship games and was named first team All-State pitcher. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas A&M in 1987 where he was a four-year letterman, and was voted captain of the team his senior year. He was also a member of the 1986 SWC Baseball Championship team.
Coach Smith was named the Chronicle’s “All-Greater Houston Coach of the Year” and the Baseball Sportswriter “Regional Coach of the Year in 1998. In 2001, Coach Smith was awarded the Ray Knoblauch Coach of the Year Award. He has been named the District 16-5A Coach of the Year in 2001, 1999, and in 1998.
During his years at Klein High School , Coach Smith has had the opportunity to work with many great athletes. He has coached players that have gone on to play Major League Baseball, and many others that have gone on to be successful college players.
Coach Smith and his wife Phyllis have four sons, Andrew, Adam, Aaron, and Alex.
Coach David Laich began his coaching career in 1972 at Spring High School. In 1981 he moved to Westfield High School as varsity assistant in football and baseball. In 1987 he became the head baseball coach at Westfield. Three of his teams won district championships and he was named district "Coach of the year" in 1988 and 1994. He moved to Klein in1994 and retired in 2006.
He came out of retirement in 2010 to coach baseball. 2010 was a big year for Coach Laich, as he recorded his 500th win, made it to the state championship game and was named "Outstanding Assistant Coach for the State of Texas".
He begins the 2017 season with a coaching record of 635 wins , 365 losses and one tie. Over the years he has coached over 90 players that have gone on to play college ball, 14 All State, 15 Texas All Stars and 30 that have been drafted by professional teams.
This will be his 20th year at Klein. He coaches hitters and infielders. He and Becky, his bride of 44 years have two grown children and five grandchildren.
After 15 seasons leading the JV baseball team, Coach Joel Reichling is changing roles this year. He is now an Assistant Varsity Baseball coach and will assist in managing the pitching staff. This season makes it 17 years coaching baseball. It is also his 16th year coaching and teaching at Klein after spending one year in San Antonio at Robert E. Lee High School.
In the classroom, Joel teaches Government to the seniors of Klein. He is a Klein High graduate and played football and baseball. After high school, he went on to Trinity University and was a four-year letterman in football and baseball. In baseball, he was voted team captain his senior year and helped the team win the conference championship in 1999, earning First Team All-Conference honors his Junior and Senior seasons.
During his time at Klein, Joel has had the pleasure to work with many great players. He takes great joy in seeing them work hard every day to improve their skills and pass on a knowledge and appreciation of this great game.
Coach Reichling has been married to his wonderful wife, Sarah, for 13 years. They have three adorable girls, Anna, Abigail, and Ashley. One of his newest ventures has been to participate in a mission trip with Champion Forest Baptist Church to spread the Gospel and the game of baseball in Germany the past four summers. Joel has made many great friendships there and would love to take the entire family one day.
Coach Suarez is back to lead the Sophomore Team in 2017. This is his fourteenth year at Klein and as part of the Bearkat Baseball program and 32nd year overall. Coach Suarez graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1982, where he was a 3 sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he continued his education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and PE and graduated Cum Laude. At Sam, he competed in power lifting. He later got his Masters degree from Prairie View A&M.
Coach began his career at Klein Intermediate in 1986. In 1990, he moved to Aldine ISD, coaching at Nimitz High School. Over the next twelve years, he coached football, basketball, and baseball there. Having the honor to coach seven football players that made it to the NFL and two to MLB.
He returned to Klein ISD in 2001 and to Klein High in 2003. He teaches Biology and also is the Freshmen football coach. He feels fortunate to be at Klein High and blessed to be part of Coach Smith’s baseball staff.
When not in the classroom or on the field, he will be found spending time with his children, Andy (a recent graduate of SHSU) and Natalie (graduating from U of H in May). He spends his summers working numerous baseball camps, working out, eating Blue Bell, and traveling.
Coach Anthony Dugue begins his seventh year as a teacher at Klein High teaching science. He enjoys being a part of Klein Baseball. He graduated from Tomball High School in 2002.
He attended and played NCBA baseball at Sam Houston State University as a catcher and designated hitter, with a career high batting average of 316. While at Sam Houston he was part of the second SHSU team to make it to the NCBA World Series and the first to be ranked #1 at any time in the season.
He and his wife, Cassandra, will be celebrating their second anniversary at the end of this baseball season.