After newly-hired softball coach Teresa Thibodeaux decided to stay in Mesquite, Athletic Director Cris Stump was left with an opening for a coach late in the hiring year.

The Bridge City district already had to find replacements for positions that opened up late in the year, and the school board was faced with posting job openings after most new college graduates had found jobs. Most school personnel wanting to move had already moved, so Bridge City had to find a new coach two weeks before the start of the school year.

One coach who applied was Miste Tyner. During the interview process, the Bridge City administration liked what they saw and heard, and Tyner is on the agenda to be hired at this week’s school board meeting. She will coach varsity softball and freshman volleyball.

“I am excited to be on the staff at Bridge City,” she said. “I have coached against the team for the past five years and I know what a good program it is here. I always try to do my best and I want to encourage the team to do their best and to be the best that they can be.

“I want to come in and look around, and see what we have working for us and see which direction we need to go for the coming season.”

A Beaumont native and a graduate of Westbrook High School, Tyner and her softball skills caught the attention of several colleges.

She decided to accept a scholarship offer from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana. After her eligibility as a Lady Bulldog was over, she accepted a scholarship at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., and played with the Lady Wildcats.

She returned to Beaumont to graduate from Lamar University. After graduation she became the varsity softball and volleyball coach at Kelly High School. In one of her years at Kelly she coached a softball team to the state championship.

After three years she moved to Westbrook, where she has been for the last three years. At Westbrook she coached softball, volleyball and soccer.

Tyner lives near her parents in Beaumont and will commute to Bridge City for now. She has plans to be married in October.