To most he is synonymous with Brock Lady Eagles basketball, but Chance Westmoreland is a heck of a cross country coach as well.
This was further validated when he was recently named the Class 3A Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Westmoreland, in his sixth season at the helm of the Brock cross country program, led his entire girls team to a sixth-place finish at the recent state meet. He also had two boys qualify.
"It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers," said Westmoreland, who has previously been named Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 2A Coach of the Year and who led the Lady Eagles to back-to-back state basketball championships in 2012 and 2013, along with a runner-up finish in 2014.
"I also appreciate how hard the kids worked this summer and season.
"It was probably one of my most enjoyable seasons because of the kids. I’m looking forward to having most of my team back next year."
Among those runners who participated, freshman Kylee Laverty was named to the TGCA Class 3A All-State Team.
Also, Peaster senior Kodie Sears was named to the Class 3A Academic All-State Team.
Laverty led the Lady Eagles individually. She finished ninth with a time of 12:49.79 over 2 miles.
"We were a very balanced team on the girls side, but Kylee really stepped up in some big races. I’m expecting big things from her next year."
The Lady Eagles’ roster this season, along with Laverty, featured freshmen Marjori Patterson, Lauren Wakefield and Lacie McKinzie, sophomores Kristen Tighe and McKenzie Marr, along with junior Sarah Rattan.
The boys roster featured junior state qualifiers Jared Steele and Brennan Freeze, juniors Decian Smith and Casey Parker, sophomore Jacob Rousse, freshman Cooper Kern and senior Aaron Gassner.
"Coach Westmoreland is a tremendous leader of our program. He and his teams are dedicated to excellence," said Brock athletic director Chad Massey. "They begin working toward their goals early in the summer and have 6 a.m. workouts in the fall during cross country season.
"Cross country is a sport that requires passion, and this begins with coach Westmoreland. Brock ISD is proud of coach Westmoreland and his teams. They continually represent Brock ISD and the community in great ways."