Ronnie Broaddus, a 1970 graduate of Brazosport High School, was a three-year letterman for the Exporter baseball team pitching all three years. In his senior year, with a 12-1 record, Broaddus lead the Exporters to the third round of the State Playoffs. Within weeks of graduation, Ronnie was the first round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves. After five seasons with the Braves’ organization, Broaddus was benched with a knee injury that ultimately ended his baseball career.
Returning to Texas, Ronnie enrolled at the University of Houston and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Masters in Kinesiology.
Broaddus began his coaching and teaching career as the Head Baseball Coach at Dickinson High School, but the pull of Brazosport, home and family was too much and Ronnie moved back to coach and teach at the very school he once attended, Clute Intermediate.
At Clute, Broaddus coached football and basketball while serving on the Clute City Council.
In 1984, at the rather young age of 32, Ronnie was elected to represent the area as the Precinct 1 Commissioner for Brazoria County
As County Commissioner, Broaddus devoted his time to improving sports facilities for children throughout the area along with setting up emergency preparedness plans to protect the community from rising waters from hurricanes and torrential rains.
Missing the game he loved, Broaddus went back to his love – the game of baseball, by coaching the 1994 Clute 11 & 12 year-old Little League team to a state championship and into the Regional playoffs. That same year Ronnie Broaddus was named Volunteer of the Decade by Clute Little League.
After a life-threatening brain tumor in 1996, Broaddus’ world changed greatly as he left being County Commissioner, but the desire to help others never ceased.
Whether it is donating a glove to a needy child, holding a fish fry for a cancer patient, or just visiting with others in need of a friend, Ronnie Broaddus still spends his time reaching out to others in the Brazosport area.