Lubbock ISD this morning announced the hiring of a new head baseball coach for the Lubbock High Westerners.

Steve Ribera will replace Freddie Tobias, who coached the team last season as they finished 7-22.  Ribera comes to LHS from Borger High School. He has an overall coaching record of 375 wins -260 losses.

With the wins, came playoff appearances, in Ribera's teams won 12 district titles and made the playoffs 21 times in 24 seasons as a head coach.

Doug Young, principal at Lubbock High School said, “We had a lot quality candidates for this coaching position and I think Coach Ribera will be a great fit for Lubbock High School.”

According to Lubbock ISD, Ribera has coached baseball and football at several schools in the region including Randall High School in Canyon, Slaton High School, Tulia High School and Roosevelt High School.  He has been named a district Coach of the Year five times, and he was named Coach of the Year twice by the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.

Ribera graduated from high school in Marble Falls and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

Lubbock High next school year will play in District 4-4A with Monterey, Hereford, San Angelo Lakeview, Frenship and Plainview.