Baseball: Kingwood’s Oros enjoying coaching at his alma mater
Michael Oros takes his time preparing Kingwood’s pitching mound at Andy Wells Field.
It’s not just an ordinary spot on the diamond for Oros.
The mound holds a special place in his heart, and it’s where he dug his cleats in the dirt several times.
“Back when I was a player my freshman year that was what we did,” said the 29-year-old Oros. “We had to learn how to do the mound and how to do the field. We cleaned outside the field picking up the trash. You had to earn a right to play on this field to play on varsity. It’s become a passion of mine and I take a lot of pride setting up the mound. I spent a lot of time on that mound when I played here.”
Oros pitched for the Kingwood from 2005-2008 and is in his fifth season as the pitching coach.
It’s a pleasure to be right at home where he grew up as a kid.
“I have made it full circle teaching as far as teaching at the elementary school I went to at Hidden Hollow Elementary and coaching where I played baseball in high school,” Oros said. “It’s like I told coach (Kelly) Mead I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else because this place means everything to me. I’m not interested in any head coaching position at the high school level. This is where I want to be.”
Kingwood head coach Kelly Mead is not stranger to Oros.
Mead was Oros’ pitching coach his freshman year at Kingwood.
“The guy has been on a lot of winning teams,” Mead said. “He really understands what it means to protect the K, and he has a lot invested in this program. For him to come back and want to be a part of this program is just a tribute for our program and what we teach. It’s pretty cool as a coach to see a kid you started with as a freshman being on the coaching staff now.”
Oros, who pitched at San Jacinto Community College and Sam Houston State University, brings a lot of knowledge to the young Kingwood pitchers.
After graduating from Sam Houston State University, he stayed on as a Graduate Assistant and spent two years playing Independent professional baseball in New Mexico and Kentucky.
Oros gained a lot of knowledge playing on the baseball diamond and is using it to coach his alma mater.
“He’s got full rank,” said Mead on Oros taking over the pitching staff. “As much as he puts into the scouting report and does that thing. I would be lying if I don’t go down there and give him suggestions, but that’s the old catcher in me. I would say 98% of the time we’re on the same page. It’s kind of a joke sometimes because I go down there and tell him it’s time for a curveball and he will tell me it’s already done.”
Kingwood’s pitching staff has been dominant all season and finished District 22-6A with a team ERA of 0.83 as the Mustangs won their third district title in a row.
Right-handed pitcher Masyn Winn led the district with a 0.18 ERA and a district leading 62 strikeouts.
The Mustangs had five straight shutouts in the playoffs before allowing its first runs against Dickinson in Game 2 of its regional quarterfinal series.
“First, I appreciate (Mead) turning it all over to me as far as what I think is right throwing programs, whether we do game-time situation and weights. It’s all about getting the kids to buy into what we’re doing here, and they have done that.”
Oros was a part of the 06-07 Kingwood team that made it to the regional semifinal. The 2019 Mustangs just bested that squad by sweeping Lamar on May 24 to advance to the regional final.
Oros looking for his next step
Oros enjoys coaching for his alma mater but wants to take the next step and competing at the next level.
“Ultimately, I would like to be a head coach at the college level,” Oros said. “With my work with the Victoria Generals in the summer, it’s a dream to be a college coach full-time. It’s such a different lifestyle with the income and time away from my family. I want to be able to run my own program from the bottom to the top.”
Oros led the Generals to a Texas Collegiate League championship last summer and will begin his fifth season this summer after Kingwood’s baseball season is completed.
He was also named TCL Coach of the Year last summer.
“We’re excited to get things going down there,” said Oros about the upcoming TCL season. “We won last year, and we want to try and do it again this summer. We have a lot of talented guys and we will have a few college players who have played for Kingwood too.”
Oros also is experiencing fatherhood for the first time.
He and his wife Kacie welcomed Houston Oros on Nov. 30, 2018. Fatherhood has had its challenges early on, but it’s a process that Kacie and Michael are enjoying.
“My wife teaches here at the Kingwood High School, and she has done a lot — and I wouldn’t be here without her help,” Oros said. “When I’m at practice she’s at home helping him, and when I get home I help. Fatherhood is a great experience. There have been some sleepless nights, but that is expected.”
Mead is happy to see where Michael has come since his freshman year.
“I told him before and he doesn’t realize to me how special he is.” Mead said. “I get chills when I talk about him to see where he’s at now as a man. From being a father having a kid and being married. He truly is an example of our program.”