Johnny Cardenas Lumberjack Baseball Camps
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Connally is in his ninth season as the Lumberjack hitting instructor and camp director.
Last season under Connally's watch as the Lumberjack baseball program had a record-setting year from junior shortstop Hunter Dozier, who became the first player in program history to be taken in the first round and the highest Southland Conference selection of any baseball player when he was selected eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals.
In a three-year career, Connally coached Dozier to first-team All-America honors and SLC Player and Hitter of the Year awards in 2013. In his junior season, Dozier led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and total bases in 2013, and finished the regular season ranked among the nation's top five in each category. Dozier left Nacogdoches as the school's all-time leader in both hits and doubles. He also owns the single-season record for multi-hit games and doubles.
In addition to the All-America honors, Dozier became the first 'Jack in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a national finalist for both the Brooks Wallace Award (nation's top shortstop), and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player).
In 2012, the 'Jacks had the best offense in the league for a second consecutive year, leading the SLC in team batting average, hits and doubles. SFA was the only school in conference to hit over .300 as a team, with a team batting average of.301.
Connally has coached a four MLB draftees in his time in Nacogdoches, as Steven Hill and Jared Pitts who were both selected in the 2007, Bryson Myles who was selected in 2011, and Dozier in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Hill was named the SLC Hitter and Player of the Year in 2007 and, at the time, left SFA as the school's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category before Myles arrival in 2011. Myles was the conference player, hitter and newcomer of the year in 2011, rewriting the history books in his name after one season at SFA.
Twelve `Jack hitters have been named to the all-conference squad since 2006, including Hill in 2007, All-American Bryson Myles in 2011 and most recently Ricardo Sanchez and All-American Hunter Dozier in 2012. The `Jacks led the Southland in home runs in 2007, mashing 73 to set a new school record. SFA also set a new school record in batting average in 2010, hitting .325. Nearly every SFA offensive record has been claimed by one of Connally's players in the last six seasons.
Prior to coming to Nacogdoches, Connally spent three seasons as an assistant baseball coach focusing on hitting and fielding at the Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, under head coach Johnny Miller. While there he was able to tutor a pair of future collegiate players including Louisville shortstop John Dao, and Texas Tech catcher Clayton Snodgrass.
Following his time with TVS, Connally went to the Westside Baseball Academy in Fort Worth, where he served as the hitting director as well as facilitating camp and clinic opportunities.
In 2001, he served as an assistant coach with TCU, where he coached hitting, and worked with the Horned Frog outfielders.
Connally earned a Bachelor of Science degree from TCU in 2000, where he was a standout on the baseball diamond. Connally was a two-time first-team All-WAC athlete who earned All-America honors in 1997. He belted 40 home runs in his two seasons at TCU and set the school's single-season home run record (23) in 1997. Those records still stand today. He followed that up by setting TCU's single-season mark in runs batted in (80) the following year.
Connally's collegiate career began at McClennan Community College where he was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection. He hit 30 home runs during his two seasons at as a Highlander and earned All-America honors in 1996.
He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs organization in 1998 and spent his first season with the Williamsport Cubs of the New York Penn League before moving on to the Daytona Cubs where he would finish up his professional career. While at Williamsport, Connally finished the season tied for the league lead in home runs with 10 and was named to the all-star team.
Connally resides in Nacogdoches.
Assistant Coach / Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
Massengale enters his sixth season as the pitching instructor for the Lumberjacks after having spent the previous four seasons working in the junior college ranks following a successful playing career.
Massengale made an immediate impact on the SFA pitching staff as 'Jack pitchers lowered their opponent's batting average nearly 20 points and allowed a full run per game less than just one year before in his first season.
The `Jacks have continued to raise their productivity during Massengale's tenure, culminating in a 2011 season in which SFA led the Southland Conference with a 3.57 ERA - the lowest ERA for SFA since 1984 - while the SFA staff also struck out nearly a batter more per nine innings than in 2010.
On his watch he has seen four of his pitchers earn All-Southland Conference honors, including Tyler Herriage in 2010, who was also named to the ABCA all-region second team after putting up eight wins, a 2.89 ERA and leading the SLC with .236 opponent's average.
Most recently, Massengale coached senior Brett Higginbotham to a lights-out season out of the bullpen, in which Higginbotham was later named the SLC's relief pitcher of the year. Higginbotham, in addition to the postseason award, was also the only reliever to be named to an all-conference squad, garnering second team honors. Primarily a starter for his first three seasons, Higginbotham changed his delivery at the end of his junior year and honed his craft for his senior season. The submarine right-handed reliever went 4-2 with nine saves and a 2.47 ERA in 2013, striking out 37.
In 2012, Massengale coached closer Alex Moshier to an all-conference senior season.
Moshier became the first `Jack reliever since Richard Folmer in 2009 to earn a post-season honor, finishing in the top three in the league with eight saves and sporting a 5-0 record.
In his first season at SFA both Richard Folmer and Erich Lehmann were each named to the all-Southland Conference teams with Folmer setting a new SFA school record and tying for the league lead with 12 saves in 13 opportunities. Lehmann also made huge strides under Massengale's tutelage, posting his lowest ERA since his Freshman All-American season of 2006 and dropping his ERA 1.2 runs per game.
The `Jacks also got a big payoff at the end of the 2009 season as three pitchers were selected by MLB teams as Chris Court, Folmer and Erik Gregersen were all taken in the MLB Draft.
Before SFA, Massengale spent the 2008 season at Weatherford College after three seasons in East Texas at Texarkana College from 2005-2007. While at WC, Massengale's Coyotes led Region V in team ERA, posting a 4.63 ERA - no other team in the league had an ERA under 5.06 - as they finished the season with a 36-17 record. One of his pupils, Josh Turner, earned first team all-conference honors after picking up 10 wins with a 3.57 ERA.
Before his time at WC, the Weatherford, Texas, native spent three successful seasons at Texarkana JC where he helped the Bulldogs compile a 128-40 three-year record. The team reached the Junior College World Series his first year and the regional tournament each of the next two seasons. While there he saw a number of students selected by major league clubs including David Welch and Jamie Richmond in the 2005 draft, and Maurice Bankston in the 2007 draft.
Massengale also put together a solid playing career, earning conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore at Vernon College after being an all-district pitcher for the Weatherford High School Kangaroos.
After Vernon, he finished his final two seasons at Texas State in 2000 and 2001. While a Bobcat, he was part of the 2000 Texas State team that won the second of back-to-back Southland Conference Tournaments and upset host Baylor in the first round of the Waco Regional. His 3.09 ERA in 2000 still ranks in the top 10 all-time at Texas State, and his seven saves over his two-year career there are tied for fourth.
Massengale and his wife, Sarah, were married in June of 2009 and recently gave birth to twins, Raider and Paisley. The family resides in Nacogdoches.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Haynes enters his second season as a volunteer assistant for the Lumberjacks, working primarily with the infielders, following a two-year career at SFA.
Last season, Haynes worked with shortstop Hunter Dozier, who became the first player in program history to be taken in the first round and the highest Southland Conference selection of any baseball player when he was selected eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals. Dozier capped off the 2013 campaign earning first-team All-America honors and being named the Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the year. In addition to the All-America honors, Dozier became the first Lumberjack in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a national finalist for both the Brooks Wallace Award (nation's top shortstop), and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player).
Across two seasons as a player, Haynes started 105 games in 114 games played appearing at second base, third base and shortstop. The native of Sugar Land, Texas, finished his career with a .263 average.
Haynes made an immediate impact upon his transfer from Temple College prior to the 2010 season. The infielder hit .307, appearing in all 54 games on the season. In 2010, Haynes helped SFA to a program-best 34 wins and then surpassed that mark with 37 victories as a senior.
Before transferring to SFA, Haynes helped lead TC to a 44-16 record as a sophomore and just one win away from the JuCo World Series. In that season hehit .336, recording at least one hit in 31 of 44 games and finishing 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
Prior to TC, Haynes letteredthree seasons at Austin High School.
Haynes resides in Nacogdoches.