F.H.S. coach will receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Falfurrias baseball coach David Salinas will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hooks South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet later this month.
Salinas has averaged 22 victories and made 24 state playoff trips during a 28-year career leading the Jerseys. Salinas, 57, stands 605-220-5 at his alma mater in the one and only high school head baseball coaching position he's held. The 1991 Jerseys captured the Class 3A state championship by defeating Queen City, 5-2. Two years later, they returned to Austin and fell to Bellville in the finals.Falfurrias made its third 3A championship game appearance under Salinas in 2006; the Jerseys were edged by Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, 2-1, at Round Rock.Salinas has guided his teams to 19 district championships and seven regional finals. He's coached 48 all-state selections and 30 Jerseys have played collegiately.
A Government, Economics, and World History teacher, Salinas served Falfurrias as athletic director (14 years) and head football coach (nine seasons). He guided the Jerseys to five playoff berths over his last six campaigns, including a 21-3 two-year run (2000-01), the first of which culminated in Falfurrias' last district football title.
Salinas, a native of Falfurrias, has served as Falfurrias’ boys cross-country coach since 2010, his teams have qualified for regional meets the past six falls. A 2016 district championship was the school's first since 2004. Salinas has sent three different qualifiers to the state meet in each of the last three years.The 13th South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Omni Hotel. Tickets are on sale at the Whataburger Field Box Office.