Frenship grad named to coach college baseball

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Former Frenship High School second baseman Bobby Mesker was named as Sul Ross State University in Alpine’s head baseball coach earlier this summer.

After his high school graduation in 1998, Mesker attended Lubbock Christian University for a year, but said he didn’t “get after it” as far as his education until 2000, when he enrolled at Sul Ross to get a degree in kinesiology and to play baseball.

“Somebody said, if you picked a career that you liked, you’d never have to work a day in your life,” said Mesker. That’s why he said he chose to pursue coaching baseball as a career.

After his graduation in 2004 with a bachelor of science, he returned to Lubbock, where he taught for two years at Lubbock High School. But he wasn’t able to concentrate solely on baseball, and after two years of coaching football, he headed back to Sul Ross to become a graduate student.

“Football was never my thing. Baseball was my bread and butter,” said Mesker.

He started on the Lobo coaching staff in May of 2007 as a graduate assistant and obtained a master’s degree in education this past spring.

“To be able to do baseball full-time is a dream for a baseball coach,” said Mesker. In addition to his coaching duties, he also teaches physical education at Sul Ross.

At 30, Mesker said he enjoys working with college students and appreciates that he has a head coaching position at Sul Ross so early in life.

“I always thought I’d coach at high school, because of my coaches and what they did for me, but this is the best position for me,” said Mesker. “If I were going to coach at the high school level, I think I’d want to teach at Frenship, and that’s about the only place.”

Mesker celebrated his third wedding anniversary this month with a former FHS classmate, Elizabeth Hubbard, who took his name. Elizabeth also has obtained a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Texas Tech University. She is currently a speech therapist in Alpine.

Mesker said his free time is mostly absorbed by baseball, with a bit of golf on the side. Most of all, he said, “I enjoy time with the wife more than anything.”

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