Former TCU star to lead St. Francis baseball

February 13, 2018 GMT

St. Francis Episcopal School is proud to announce Michael Settle as the Upper School head baseball coach. Settle joins Head Girls Volleyball Coach Cydryce McMillian and Head Football Coach Charles McMillian on the Upper School coaching staff.

A member of the St. Francis family since 2010, Settle currently serves as the director of physical education and assistant director of Middle School athletics, in addition to serving as head Middle School cross country coach and head Middle School baseball coach. Settle will continue to oversee the Middle School baseball program as well as building the Upper School program at St. Francis.

“Coach Settle has a true passion for both St. Francis and the game of baseball,” said T. Riley, St. Francis’s director of athletics and wellness. “He is the ideal person to lead, build, and grow the Upper School baseball program from the ground up. I look forward to seeing him in action on the field with our future Upper School players.”

Settle brings to the role nearly 20 years of experience coaching baseball, having worked at the youth, middle school, upper school, college, and international club/professional levels. His previous coaching roles included varsity baseball at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth and college ball at both Wheaton College and Texas Christian University (TCU). In 2010, he founded the St. Francis Episcopal School baseball program.

Settle credits the game of baseball with bringing him to a career in education.

“I am passionate about helping students and athletes develop in the areas of faith, courage, and grit,” he said. “I believe that coaches and educators are blessed with an inherent platform, and the positive impact we can have on a child’s life is limitless.”

Settle’s experience with baseball isn’t limited to coaching it. He was a celebrated player at TCU, where he participated in two All-Conference campaigns; earned Conference Player of the Week recognition on multiple occasions; and received the Matt Carpenter Most Valuable Player Award, the Bryan Holaday Outstanding Defensive Player Award, and the Lou Gehrig Award for RBI Leader. He was also selected to the All-Tournament Team while playing in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

Following his collegiate days, Settle spent the next few years travelling the nation and the world playing professional baseball.

“These learning experiences serve as fuel in my tank,” he said. “My successes are nice, but the battle scars that I have earned are what I use when striving to make a difference in a student-athlete’s life. I will do everything in my power to prepare our players to be confident competitors who thrive under the inevitable pressures of competition.”

Settle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from TCU and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association; the European Baseball Coaches Association; the Professional Baseball Players Association; the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. In his free time, he enjoys escaping to the mountains and spending time with his wife and three children.