In terms of wins, last season was tied for the best baseball season Harker Heights has had in program history.
But for Glenn Cunningham, win total was just one of the reasons last season was one of the best to him.
And after everything else that transpired this past spring, Cunningham decided it was the perfect season to call his last.
Cunningham said Monday that he was retiring as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Harker Heights after nine seasons with the Knights.
This past season, Heights tied the school record for wins in a season while also making the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Cunningham also notched his 500th career victory last season, an accomplishment that was honored in a ceremony that preceded Heights’ 4-0 win against Shoemaker on April 15.
Yet looking back on the end of his coaching career, Cunningham, in typical fashion, spread the credit around.
“You’re proud of things that you accomplished,” he said, “but you don’t accomplish those things without good people around you.”
Cunningham also was excited that he got to work with former player, Randy Culp, who served as an assistant on his staff this season and will replace him as the Knights’ head baseball coach.
In addition to everything the Knights accomplished this past season, Cunningham said he also was comfortable leaving knowing that Culp and the Knights are well-equipped to accomplish plenty in the future.
“We made the playoffs the last two years, and we feel like we’re probably going to make it (in the future) with Daniel Cole and Tyler Torres and some of those other kids coming back,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham, meanwhile, wraps up a coaching career that began in 1984 at Ellison. In 1994, Cunningham moved on to Graham before returning to Killeen Independent School District in 2005 to take over as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Heights.
Last year was the first and last he got to coach with Culp, but after having that opportunity — in an eventful season at that — Cunningham was happy to pass the reins on to the Knights’ next coach.
“We had a chance to coach together, and the year was just fantastic,” Cunningham said, “and so I just felt like this was a good time to call it a career.”