MCISD teacher and former coach Lauren Lindsey was inducted into the Sam Houston State Athletics Hall-of-Fame on Nov. 9 for her performance in the Bearkat softball program from 2003 to 2006.
“You are never expecting something like that,” said Lindsey. “You are hoping, but never expecting.”
Lauren Lindsey was a four-time All-Southland Conference selection, earning first team honors in 2005. She still holds all-time Bearkat records such as batting average (.366) and runs (134). Her batting average of .414 in 2005 is the program’s second-best single season average.
The induction ceremony itself was hosted by KBTX Sports Director Darryl Bruffett and included a dinner as well as individualized introductions for Lindsey and the rest of the athletes being honored.
“My senior year of high school, I signed to play with Sam Houston,” said Lindsey during her induction speech. “I knew from a softball standpoint what I was getting into. However, I was not aware that I would be getting a new family. I would make memories and friendships that would last a lifetime.”
The festivities continued the following day when Lindsey and her fellow inductees were recognized once more on the field during halftime of the Bearkat football game against Abilene Christian at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium.
“It was a pretty cool moment,” said Lindsey. “There were people I knew at the game who sent me pictures of myself even though I did not know they were even in attendance.”
Over the summer, Lindsey received a phone call from Associate Athletic Director (Student Services) Chris Thompson informing her of the induction. A number of family members attended the ceremony along with her old high school softball coach as well as her coach at SHSU, Bob Brock.
Lindsey was the head softball coach at MHS from 2008-14 before she stepped down to start a family with her husband Allen. She was also in charge of the women’s soccer program for a year in 2016. Through it all, she has remained an educator at MCISD and teaches P.E. and sociology.
“I have always wanted to be a coach,” said Lindsey. “I always joked with my high school coach that I was going to take her job.”
The Lindseys, who just celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary, currently own GameXSports outside of Huntsville. They opened the facility in June of 2017 and cater to all ages of aspiring athletes. Some of the facility’s many provided services include private baseball, softball and soccer lessons as well as camps.
“Our goal is for them to be able to play college ball and maybe be standing where we were that night,” said Lindsey. “I was lucky enough to accomplish my dream and maybe some of the athletes we work with can make it someday.”
The Lindseys have aspirations to grow their business, but are not ready to give up on the coaching side of it just yet. Both of them remain teachers in the MCISD system and have two daughters, Addison (four years) and Reilly (two years).