Bryan, Consol under new head coaches entering 2018 baseball season

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- For the last 12 years you knew what you were getting when rivals A&M Consolidated and Bryan met on the baseball diamond: Chase Mann leading the Tigers and David Powers coaching up the Vikings.

But heading into the 2018 season both schools will be led by new head coaches, James Dillard at Bryan and Ryan Lennerton at Consol.

Before College Station and Rudder came along Brazos Valley baseball meant Powers versus Mann, Bryan versus Consol.

The rivalry peaked in 2012, when the two schools met for the 5A Region two championship which the Tigers won on their way to a state runner-up finish.

Fast forward six seasons and both Powers and Mann have stepped aside for Dillard and Lennerton.

Dillard said, "Coach Mann is similar to Coach Powers. They're both hard men to replace and I don't think you replace either of them. I think you bring your own style. You bring what your strong suits are. You bring that to the table and you do the job that you were hired to do."

The job for James Dillard is to lead his alma mater. The 1995 Bryan High grad comes most recently from Magnolia West, where he coached the past five seasons.

"It's different. A lot of changes. It's fun though, I'm really liking it," said Bryan catcher Nick Martell.

"Practice is very fast paced," added senior pitcher Kolby Kubichek. "Something we weren't really used to. We had really good practices with Coach Powers just the intensity sometimes wasn't there, but really high energy this year and everybody's moving around a lot having a good time."

Ryan Lennerton has been in College Station five years coaching with the Twelve baseball program. Now he takes over a Consol program that hasn't made the playoffs since 2013.

Consol senior Tyler Howell said, "Getting a new coach in here has kind of brought some life to the team and program in general. It's got everyone around excited and we're really ready to get after it this season."

Senior Will Bond added, "He knows his stuff and just really cares about every person's success and the team and the school."

"I didn't really know Coach Mann," said Lennerton, "so all I know is what I'm bringing in here and trying to pump some energy and some excitement into Consol baseball."

Consol gets the season going with a scrimmage at Madisonville Tuesday.

Bryan will scrimmage at Brenham.