Meet the Coyote Baseball Coaches

Jeff Lightfoot

Assistant Athletic Director & Head Baseball Coach

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jlightfoot baseballcoach2016In 18 years as a college head coach, Jeff Lightfoot has built an impressive resume of winning at a high level of competition.

Through the end of the 2016 season, Lightfoot has amassed a 581-403 overall record, including four years at Eastfield College in Mesquite and 14 years at Weatherford College.

His Eastfield team won the Division III Junior College World Series championship in 2001, a year after advancing to the title game in 2000. The Harvesters were ranked first in every NJCAA poll during their championship season.

In his four years as head coach at Eastfield, Lightfoot posted a 143-72 record. He is a two-time winner of each of the following awards: Texas-New Mexico Division III Coach of the Year, the Louisville Slugger Award for excellence in coaching, the Diamond Sports Company Region V Coach of the Year, and the Division III College World Series coaching award. In 2001, he earned National Coach of the Year honors from the NJCAA.

Moving up to the NJCAA Division I level as Weatherford College’s first baseball coach, Lightfoot’s squads have posted a 438-331 record. 2004 proved to be a breakout year for the new program, surprising the college baseball community with a conference championship and regional finals appearance.

The Coyotes won the conference title and advanced to the regional finals in 2004 and advanced to the fourth round of the regional tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

In 14 years, 51 Coyotes have made the NTJCAC All-Conference team under Lightfoot’s tutelage and 96 WC players have moved on to play at the NCAA Division I level. 29 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball franchises, and 30 former Coyotes have played professional baseball.

Lightfoot was also the head coach of the Weatherford Wranglers during the team’s four years in the Texas Collegiate League. The Wranglers made two trips to the postseason during that time and hosted the 2006 TCL All-Star Game at Williams Ballpark.

A 1988 graduate of Weatherford High School, Lightfoot holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. In addition to his coaching duties, he teaches physical education at WC.

Lightfoot is married to the former Misti Morris, also of Weatherford. The Lightfoots have three children: Cole, Grayson and Canon. The Lightfoot family attends North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford.

Chad Massengale
Assistant Baseball Coach

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cmassengale asstbaseball2016Chad Massengale returned to the Weatherford College coaching staff in 2014 after a six-year coaching stint at Stephen F. Austin State University. He left WC in 2008 to coach at SFA, a Division I NCAA program in Nacogdoches.

Massengale works primarily with WC’s pitchers.

At SFA, eight of Massengale’s pitchers were chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft, and seven were named All-Southland Conference.

After graduating from Weatherford High School, Massengale played baseball at Vernon College and Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree. After playing professionally for the Shreveport Sports of the Central Baseball League for two years, he served as a volunteer coach at WC in the fall of 2003 before moving on to Texarkana College, where he coached for four seasons.

Chad and his wife, Sarah, have three children - Raider, Paislee, and Meritt.

Chris McClendon
Assistant Baseball Coach


cmcclendon asstbaseball2016Chris McClendon joined the WC coaching staff in 2015.

The Lufkin, Texas native was a versatile infielder for the University of Kentucky, hitting .308 over two years in the star-studded Southeastern Conference. He was arguably the best third baseman in the SEC in 2008, hitting .346 with 33 RBIs.

McClendon recently completed his sixth season in professional baseball, competing in the Atlantic League, the Frontier League and most recently in the American Association for the Wichita Wingnuts. He is a career .293 hitter in the minors with a .387 on-base percentage. He has played five different positions and has an impressive career fielding percentage of .950.



Carlos Ramirez
Assistant Baseball Coach


cramirez asstbaseball2016Carlos Ramirez joined the Coyote baseball staff in 2015. He works mainly with WC’s catchers.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ramirez graduated from Miami Sunset Senior High School. He pitched two years at Miami-Dade Community College under Hall of Fame Coach Charlie Greene, earning All-Conference honors in 1988. He then played professionally in the Anaheim Angels organization and in Puerto Rico for seven years.

Ramirez served as an assistant coach at Cedar Valley College from 2008 to 2015 and has served as an associate scout for the Boston Red Sox since 2009.

He and his wife, Toni, have two sons: Jean and Anthony.