Directors Consider Renaming BHS Baseball Field to Longtime Coach | Region
On Monday night, Belton School administrators will consider renaming the Belton High School baseball field in honor of a longtime coach who led the Tigers to a state championship in 1994.
The school board will review, discuss and take action to rename BHS Tiger Baseball Field for former coach David Tidwell, a school fixture for 23 years.
The baseball field would be renamed Tidwell Field, if approved by the trustees.
The school council meeting will begin Monday at 6:15 pm at the Pittenger Art Center, 400 N. Wall St. in Belton.
Tidwell, who coached baseball for more than 33 years, was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaching Hall of Fame in 2018.
He began his career in 1976 as an assistant coach for Bay City before moving to Aldine Eisenhower and Longview Spring Hill. Tidwell led Belton to 18 playoff appearances in his 23 seasons as a coach, including winning the Class 4A State Championship in 1994.
Tidwell had 577 wins, including 491 with the Tigers.
“I still miss it. That’s why I’m pulling away from it a bit because I miss it so much, ”Tidwell told the Telegram in 2017, months before his Hall of Fame inductee. “I catch myself watching baseball on TV and thinking, what are you doing there? ” I miss it a lot. I miss the kids the most and then I miss Tuesday and Friday nights and their impact.
Tidwell was proud of his longevity at Belton, even though he turned down job offers at other schools.
“There aren’t too many coaches who are coaching over 20 years at one school,” he said. “Longevity in a school, winning the state championship and having kids who come and say thank you are the things in my career that I’m most proud of.”
The proposed name change is one of several items that the Belton ISD Board of Directors will consider at its regular meeting. The Trustees will also consider a new compensation plan and a new principal for Lakewood Elementary.
“The former principal retired at the end of the school year,” said district spokeswoman Karen Rudolph.
The meeting can be accessed live on the IBSD Board of Directors YouTube channel.