Entering his 24rd season as a head baseball coach, Art Senato is beginning his fifth season as head baseball coach at South Grand Prairie High School.
Senato has won over 60% of the games he has coached. He has been recognized by several outlets as one of the area’s top coaches over the last 20 years. He was the Arlington Morning News Coach of the Year in 1998, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Coach of the Year in 1999, and the Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year in 2009. In addition, he has been named District Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, and 2017.
Senato has set a high standard of success in his 23 years on the job, averaging 19 wins per season, including nine 20-win seasons, and one 30-win season. Coach Senato’s teams have made the playoffs 17 out of 23 seasons and have experienced much playoff success. Coach Senato’s career record currently sits at 431 wins, 280 losses, and 3 ties.
Over 100 former players have gone on to play college baseball, and 7 have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations. Most notably was Kyle Crick, who pitched for Senato at Sherman High School in 2011. Crick was selected 49th overall in the 2011 MLB draft in the supplemental 1st round and signed with the San Francisco Giants for $900,000 after his senior year in high school. Currently Crick is pitching in the major leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Senato should have 15 former players on college baseball rosters in 2019, 4 on professional baseball rosters. Coach Senato has coached 12 All-State players, including SGP Senior returning starting infielder Garrett Williams, and 1 All-American.
In addition to coaching high school baseball, Coach Senato is currently an associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has also scouted for the New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cleveland Indians. Senato was selected by USA Baseball as a coach/scout for the 14U National Team Identification Series and their 14U East Coast Team Championships. These events are important events to help select the 15U National team that competed overseas. Those teams went on to win the Gold Medal at the 15U World Championships and Pan-Am Games. This summer he will be the head coach of the USA Baseball South Region 14U NTIS team that will compete in Cary, NC in August. Coach Senato spent 5 years as a staff member at LSU Tiger Baseball Camps under legendary coach Skip Bertman during the Tigers run of 5 NCAA National Championships. At LSU, Coach Senato served as a general instructor and eventually headed up the base running portion of the camp. He credits much of his success to the time he spent at LSU working with Coach Bertman and his staff. Senato also coached 1 season in professional baseball for the Fort Worth Cats Independent Minor League Baseball Team. With the Cats, he served as 1st base coach and OF coach. In that season, the Cats lost in the Championship series.
The 51-year old Arlington resident is a 1987 graduate of Arlington Sam Houston High School and a 1991 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University. He is married to his wonderful wife Nancy. They have 3 daughters, Taylor (28), Danielle (25), Gabrielle (18)…one son, Denver, who served in the United States Marine Corps (22)…3 grandchildren, Zane (9), Lyla (7), and Ava (4)…3 dogs, Rusty, Shiloh, Charlie…and a cat named Kitty.
COACH SENATO BY THE NUMBERS…
1…First Round pick coached…Kyle Crick of Sherman High School was the 49th pick in the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants in 2011.
4…Consecutive years a pitcher Coach Senato had coached had been drafted in the MLB Draft (2011-2014).
8…Times Coach Senato has been named Coach of the Year
12…All-State players he has coached.
17…Playoff appearances as a Head Baseball Coach
35…Playoff games won
110…Players that have gone on to play College Baseball