Coach - Head Coach - Bart Bratcher
Coach Bart Bratcher grew up in Levelland, Texas before moving to Lubbock in the 9th grade. He attended Monterey High School and graduated in 1967. From there he went to Baylor University, where he played baseball for four years. Coach Bratcher is grateful to have played for two great competitors and teachers, and they have been very inspirational to him. They are Bobby Moegle at Monterey and Dutch Schroeder at Baylor. He graduated, cum laude, in 1971, and received his M.S. in 1972. While in graduate school at Baylor he was a teaching assistant for the Physical Education departmentand an assistant baseball coach.
Coach Bratcher began his high school coaching career at Brazosport High School, where he was the head baseball coach and a freshman football coach from 1973 to 1976. His Brazosport baseball teams were state quarter‑finalist and semi‑finalist in 1975 and 1976 respectively. While at Brazosport, his teams compiled a combined record of 74‑50. He became head baseball coach at Irving High School in the fall of 1976. He coached at Irving High five years, compiling an overall record of 70‑70. In 1980 his Irving team was district champion.
Coach Bratcher came to Westwood HS in the school's opening year, fall of 1981. He was named the head baseball coach and a freshman football assistant. His Westwood teams account for 22 of his 25 playoff teams and 3 of his 4 Final Four finishes.
Coach Bratcher has been a member of the Texas HS Baseball Coaches Association since 1973 and has held the positions of All Star Director, All Star coach, Regional Director, Vice-President, President, and U.I.L. representative. He has given dozens of clinics in Brazosport, Irving and the Westwood area for youth league players and coaches. In 1995, he was honored by his peers and inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Associationís Hall of Fame. Coach & Mrs. Bratcher participated in a mission-oriented baseball tour to Zimbabwe in the summer of 1997, and he remains committed to assisting the Zimbabwe baseball program and the wonderful people they met there.
Coach Bratcher and his wife, Debbie, met at Grace Covenant Church and married in 1986. They have two sons that graduated from Westwood: Lee and Stephen.