Brandon Hollier, Varsity Assistant & JV Baseball Coach
Coach Hecker begins his 4th year at Friendswood High School and his 3rd year as head coach. He began his teaching and coaching career at Galveston Ball High School (7 years); the last 4 years serving as the Head Baseball Coach. In 2012, he was named the Galveston County Coach of the Year. In 2013, he was again named the Galveston County Coach of the year as well as the District 24-4A Co-Coach of the year. Career record stands at 110-71 (.607).
Coach Hecker played Division I baseball for the University of Memphis and Illinois State University. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. in Business Administration. Coach Hecker also went on to enjoy 7 seasons pitching in minor league baseball. He first signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on June 20th, 2001; with stints in Independent baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Hecker draws from that experience while he remains focused on developing fundamentals, competition, and discipline.
Coach Hecker has mentored 33 players who have gone on to play college baseball and players drafted in the 2nd, 10th, 11th, 14th, 26th, 28th and 31st round of the MLB first year player draft. At FHS, he teaches Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Money Matters. Married to his wife Jessica, they have two boys Jackson and Tyler.
Steve Hecker, Varsity Head Baseball Coach
Coach Brandon “BAM” Hollier enters his 3rd year in the Friendswood program. A 2010 FHS graduate, Hollier was part of the district champion 2009 & regional finalist 2010 varsity teams. Hollier earned All-District and All-County honors at FHS and holds Friendswood’s single season record for most runs scored (41 in 2010). Hollier earned a scholarship at Galveston College and helped the Whitecaps reach the Regional playoffs for the first time in nine years. Following two years at Galveston, Hollier transferred to Concordia University where he earned several honors playing for the Tornados, including Academic All-American, All-Conference (SS), was named to the D3 National baseball team of the week and the ASC West Division Player of the Week. Hollier graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Hollier played one season of independent professional baseball with the Santa Fe Fuego. Hollier has two previous coaching stints at Bay Area Christian and Emery Weiner and currently, teaches 7th grade history at Friendswood Junior High. Coach Hollier is married to his wife Ashley and have three dogs, Kash, Banks, and Roscoe.
Brian Mavus, Junior Varsity & Sophomore Baseball Coach
Coach Marburger begins his 4th year with the Friendswood baseball program. He began his teaching and coaching career at Galveston Ball High School before moving to Friendswood. Coach Marburger attended the University of Houston where he earned a B.S. in mathematics. After college, Marburger began a career in the business world. While successful, he always felt his calling was in teaching and coaching, so he made the career change in 2013. Being a successful high school athlete, he is intent on playing the game the right way fundamentally, while playing with passion, heart, discipline, and pride. Coach Marburger teaches Pre-Calculus and is also the JV and Varsity assistant basketball coach for the Mustangs.
Coach Mavus is in his 12th year teaching in Friendswood ISD. He teaches Aquatic Science, Agricultural Science and Medical Science at Friendswood Junior High. Coach Mavus also coaches Football at FJH along with his baseball assignment at FHS. Coach Mavus is a 1992 and 1993 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. He has taught for 25 years, with stops in Klein ISD, Deer Park ISD, Alvin ISD and Friendswood ISD. He and his wife Irma reside in Alvin, and together have 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Coach Benavides has been coaching and teaching for four years and begins his 4th year teaching at Friendswood High School as well as his 4th year as the Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach. Benavides also coaches Varsity Football QB/WR. Benavides is a 2006 graduate of Friendswood High School and played Varsity Baseball and Varsity Football for three years. After high school, Benavides attended Angelina Junior College for three years on a baseball scholarship. He then went on to attend Stephen F. Austin and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Science. Coach Benavides currently resides in Friendswood with his wife, Courtney, who is a NICU Nurse at Texas Children's Hospital, and their dog, Maverick.
Cory Benavides, Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach
Caleb Marburger, Sophomore Baseball Coach