By Robert Wilson
Former Mississippi College baseball coach and Biloxi High athletic director Tom Gladney has a new home, and Tuesday, he accepted a new job.
Gladney, a Wingfield High and MC graduate, was named the new head baseball coach at Houston Christian in Houston, Texas. Houston Christian has about 450 students in high school and would be a MAIS Class 6A school if it was in Mississippi.
“I retired from Biloxi Public Schools (after 13 years) on June 30th and moved to Cypress, Texas, on July 1st to be near our (Gladney and his wife Cindy) first and only grandchild, Lyla June White (who is nine months old and daughter of Tom and Cindy’s daughter Monica Lee and son in law Bryan White),” said Gladney, whose other daughter, Hope, lives in Metairie, La. “We are excited to be only 5.5 miles from them. After being in coaching and education for 43 years, I was hoping to find something to do here in the Houston area and God is good.”
Gladney was at MC for 20 years, the first five years as assistant football and baseball coach and the last 15 years head baseball coach where he won 336 games playing most of those years in the Division II Gulf South Conference. After leaving MC, Gladney was baseball coach for 10 years at Midway High in Waco, Texas and six years as assistant football coach and four years as middle school athletic coordinator. He won 284 games, including the 2003 Class 4A state title and a 2005 Class 4A runner-up finish. Gladney then spent 13 years as AD at Biloxi High where the athletic program won 53 district championships, six South State championships and one state championship.
Gladney is a member of five Hall of Fames, MC Sports, Midway Sports, Wingfield High, Crossroads Diamond Club and Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball.
He has been a scout for the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies and now with the Milwaukee Brewers.