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), Regional Semi-finalists (2018), Regional Quarter-final Champs (2018), Regional Quarter-finalists (2018), Area Champions (2018, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2001, 1999, 1998), Area Finalists (2018, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1998), Bi-district Champions (2018, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 2017), 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 "Pops" Laich began his coaching career way back 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 1994.
He became varsity assistant for Coach Smith in 1997. Since that time Klein has been to the playoffs 16 times with a State Championship in 1998, Final Four 4 times, Regional Champions 4 times, Area Champions 7 times, Bi-District Champions 9 times and District Champions 7 times.
Coach Laich retired in 2006, but came out of retirement in 2010. 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".
Coach Laich begins the 2019 season having coached over 1000 varsity games. His record is 683 wins, 390 losses and 2 ties. Over the years he has coached over 100 players that have gone on to play college ball, 14 All State, 15 All Star and 40 that have been drafted by professional teams.
This will be his 22nd year at Klein. He coaches hitting. He and Becky, his bride of 46 years, have two children and five grandchildren.
Coach Reichling manages the Klein pitching staff. This season makes it 19 years coaching high school baseball. It is also his 18th year coaching and teaching at Klein after spending one year in San Antonio at Robert E. Lee High School.
In the classroom, Joel teaches On-level and AP 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 both 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 15 years. They have four adorable girls, Anna, Abigail, Ashley, and the newest addition is baby Alice. 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 five summers. Other than attempting to learn the German language, Joel spends most of his free time with his family. Watching his daughters’ various activities, family meals, camping and fishing are his favorite past times.
Coach Suarez is back to lead the Sophomore Team in 2019. This is his 16th year at Klein and as part of the Bearkat Baseball program and 34rd 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 graduate of SHSU) and Natalie (graduate of U of H). He spends his summers working numerous baseball camps, working out, eating Blue Bell, and traveling.
Coach Anthony Dugue begins his ninth 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, welcomed their first child, Elizabeth, on September 25, 2018.