J.T. Blair - Westlake HS - Managing Players & Parent in Today`s Landscapeby Texas High School Coaches Association
Lecture delivered at THSCA Coaching School 2023 - Houston, TX
J.T Blair - Westlake HS
Coach J.T. Blair graduated from Denton High School where he played both baseball and football. After high school, Blair was an All-Conference catcher at Navarro College before finishing his playing career at U.T. Pan American. Coach Blair began his coaching career as an assistant coach in both baseball and football at Denton Ryan H.S. before moving on to Carrollton Newman Smith H.S. where he became the head baseball coach in 2003. Coach Blair also served as Coach Todd Dodge’s head baseball coach in Marble Falls before joining the Westlake staff in 2014. Coach Blair has had 17 of his teams advance to the state playoffs. Four of those teams advanced to the regional finals and one to the State Tournament. Blair won his 300th game in 2020 and has the Chaparrals perennially ranked in the top 10 in the state rankings as well as in the top 20 in national polls. Coach Blair has been named “Coach of the Year” four times and has twice been elected to coach the Austin Area South All Stars. During Blair’s head coaching tenure, over 80 young men have received college scholarships. Blair has also had 12 players drafted by major league organizations. Coach Blair has also worked as an associate scout for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and most recently the Tampa Bay Rays. During the summers Blair has twice led the DBAT Mustangs 18U to the Connie Mack World Series finals in 2011 and 2012. Blair has also coached in the Texas Collegiate League, leading the Coppell Copperheads to a league championship in 2009. Coach Blair has coached several players who are played in the Major Leagues including Brock Holt (Boston Red Sox), Preston Claiborne (Texas Rangers), Michael Bolsinger (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nathan Karns (Tampa Bay Rays), Zach Neal (Oakland Athletics), Austin Jackson (Cleveland Indians), Andrew Brown (St. Louis Cardinals) and Billy McKinney (New York Yankees).