For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bishop Lynch High School baseball program will be under new guidance with the school's hiring of Justin McFadden, announced earlier today.
McFadden – a graduate of Mesquite High School and Texas A&M University – takes over the program, replacing long-time head coach and Bishop Lynch alum Clayton Nester.
While Bishop Lynch will be McFadden's first head coaching job at the high school level, his reputation for player development is very impressive. Overall, he has been coaching and consulting baseball teams and players for more than 11 years.
"I love to teach, love to develop talent and love to inspire young athletes," McFadden said. "I believe I have a true gift for pulling the best effort out of a kid."
Chris Rebuck, president of Bishop Lynch High School, echoed that in his comments about the new hire.
"Coach McFadden presents an enthusiastic approach to helping baseball players become the best versions of themselves both on and off the field," Rebuck said.
McFadden was chosen from a pool of more than 50 candidates with five finalists awarded face-to-face meetings.
After graduating from College Station, McFadden returned to the Metroplex, going to work in radio and television with The Ticket, ESPN Radio and CBS as an account executive selling sponsorships, advertising, commercials and non-traditional revenue items with a sports focus.
His last position was with CBS television, where he was tasked with increasing revenue for TXA-21, working closely with clients such as Texas Rangers baseball, SEC football, Dallas Stars hockey and others. In 2014, he switched his focus to coaching and player development, taking on a young team of seven- and eight-year-olds. The team developed very quickly, which helped McFadden fall in love with the profession.
McFadden currently serves as Director of Baseball Operations at the Dallas-based Next Level Sports Group, a multi-sport training and development organization serving athletes from as young as five years old to those in the college ranks.
Next Level built an indoor facility in North Dallas just two and a half years ago, launched their first three competitive teams in the fall of 2015 and now has 12 total squads (nine baseball and three softball). McFadden is the head coach of the 11U AAA and 13U Majors level teams in addition to overseeing all baseball operations. It's through connections made there – as well as some family ties – that led McFadden to Bishop Lynch.
His teams currently include the children of a few Bishop Lynch staff members and his mother also attended BL for a year before transferring.
"I'm definitely familiar with Bishop Lynch and the program," he said. "Seeing the opportunity to come here and make a difference was a big selling point."
McFadden also mentioned the timing, stating it's the perfect time to be a part of what's happening at Bishop Lynch.
"I'm excited about what the leadership team is doing here and I like to think I share the same vision and goals," he said. "It's an exciting time to be part of Bishop Lynch."
In addition to molding boys into men, McFadden emphasized his passion for preparing players for life after baseball.
"If there's one thing you can count on, it's that baseball will end," he said. "I try to tell players to put their identity in something else besides baseball, to put it into something eternal. For me, that's Jesus Christ."
McFadden is the newest member of the Bishop Lynch family and ready to tackle the challenge ahead.
"There are two things we can control – effort and attitude. Those things are often just as important as talent," he said. "We're in the business of developing these guys to not only be good baseball players, but great young men."