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Building Champions in the Classroom and on the Field

Message From Special Assistant for Athletic Development As I reflect on my first year as San Marcos Academy’s Special Assistant for Athletic Development, I am very proud of what our young men and women accomplished. Athletically, academically and in the community – our student athletes continue to positively represent our great institution with class and integrity. The 2010-2011 season was yet another for the record books. Even more noteworthy than athletics, however, are the academic accolades earned by our student athletes. Our academic reputation is top tier – second to none in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and in the prestigious company of several national private academic institutions.

Head Coach Ronald Oswalt grabs a shot with Rose Bowl Champion e School Privat Texas the g durin ian Christ Texas of Gary Patterson Coaches Convention in Fort Worth.

Last year our basketball team was recognized by the City of San Marcos City Council and the State of Texas for their participation in the state playoffs. They reached a number two state ranking in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Association poll during the regular season. Our track team once again placed well in both regionals and state. With a renewed sense of change now geared toward our women’s programs, the future only continues to look bright for the Bears. At SMA, we are one of the few schools in our area that has an outstanding high graduation rate for our student athletes. These success stories are no accident. They are the return on investment, or ROI, from our student athletes’ daily hard work, along with the loyal and generous support of our Bear Club family. This investment spurs continued growth of the championship traditions that define our local and state prominence. Though the economy has taken a down-turn, the costs of education continue to increase. Faced with budget cuts in tough times, we count on your generous and enthusiastic support more than ever. For SMA athletics to continue to prosper, our programs need steadfast giving and financial commitments from alumni and local businesses. Donors like you will sustain SMA Athletics and continue to build a bright future. I offer my sincere thanks to those of you who have supported our Bears in the past. If you’ve not yet joined The Bear Club, I encourage you to partner with us to invest in the future success of our many varsity sports, and the talented young men and women who challenge themselves every day. Recently, San Marcos, Texas Mayor Daniel Guerrero said, ‘The Bear Club is now the premier venue for small business networking in San Marcos and Central Texas.” Bears to the top!

Ronald Oswalt Special Assistant for Athletic Development “My vision is to maintain and build upon the championship traditions that define San Marcos Academy Athletics, and I look forward to enhancing this experience for our student-athletes with your support.”

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CONTENTS Letter of Welcome from SMA President....................................................................................................................... 8 Letter of Welcome from San Marcos Mayor............................................................................................................... 9 Letter of Welcome from State Representative............................................................................................................ 10 Letter of Welcome from State Senator......................................................................................................................... 11 San Marcos Academy History......................................................................................................................................... 14 San Marcos Academy Alumni:Traditions & Trivia....................................................................................................... 26 SMA Alumni Association Lifetime Memberships........................................................................................................ 30 Fine Arts Opportunities at SMA..................................................................................................................................... 36 Bears Athletics 2010-2011 in Review........................................................................................................................... 38 Athletic Staff Bios............................................................................................................................................................... 42 Texas Association of Private & Parochial Schools...................................................................................................... 50 San Marcos Academy Administration............................................................................................................................ 52 Outstanding Teams in SMA History............................................................................................................................... 55 2011 SMA Bears Schedules............................................................................................................................................ 56 SMA Bears Team Photos................................................................................................................................................... 66 Quiz the Fans...................................................................................................................................................................... 76 Faith and Athletics: Chris Carrier.................................................................................................................................... 80 Faith and Athletics: Fellowship of Christian Athletes.................................................................................................. 81 SMA Bear Club Pro Football Camp .............................................................................................................................. 84 Spotlight: Peter Garza........................................................................................................................................................ 94 Spotlight: Amy Yarbrough................................................................................................................................................... 97 SMA Baseball Camp.......................................................................................................................................................... 102 Spotlight: Anthony Tobias................................................................................................................................................... 104 Colleges and Universities of SMA Graduates.............................................................................................................. 108 Bears in the Community................................................................................................................................................... 110 Bear Club Members.......................................................................................................................................................... 115 Official Football Signals..................................................................................................................................................... 120 Bear Club in Action............................................................................................................................................................. 130

2011 Bear Nation Sports Chronicle San Marcos Academy 2801 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos,Texas 78666 Phone: 512-353-2400, Fax: 512-753-8031 President John H. Garrison Board of Trustees Mr. Jimmie Scott - Chairman Mrs. Susie Jaynes - Vice Chairman Mr. Lewis Richardson - Secretary


Mr. Billy Belcher Dr. W.D. Broadway Mr. John Childs Mrs. Jackie Gray Mr. A.D. “Al” Hethcock Mr. Ross King Dr. Stanley McClellan Mr. Thomas Myers Mr. Mack Phipps Dr. Clay Sullivan Mr. Dale Taylor Mr. Scott Yarbrough Director of Communications Shelley Henry

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This is the sports chronicle/athletic program of San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas. It is a joint effort between San Marcos Academy Departments of Athletic Development and Communications,The San Marcos Daily Record and The Quotable Quill.

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PRESIDENT Academy join me in welcoming you to our The staff and faculty of San Marcos campus and to the 2010 football season here at Ingram/A+ FCU Stadium. Athletics has been JOHN H. GARRISON part of the San Marcos Academy culture since the school opened in 1908 and the SMA PRESIDENT “Cubs” took theFans: field. Fifty years after that, the “Cubs” grew into “Bears,” and now, 103 Dearfirst SMA Bear years later, our student-athletes continue to represent us well both on the field and in the classroom. The staff and faculty of San Marcos Academy join me in welcoming you to our Dear SMA Bear Fans: campus and to the 2010 football season here at Ingram/A+ FCU Stadium. Athletics has been We have manyAcademy reasons culture to be energized about our Athletics Program this SMA year. In part of the San Marcos since theMarcos schoolAcademy, opened in 1908 and the On behalf of the faculty and staff at San welcome to our campus and football, we forward to building on that, our highly successful 2009“Bears,” season, and in which we sent “Cubs” first tooklook the field.season Fifty years after the “Cubs” grew into now, 103 to the 2011 football at Ingram/A+ FCU Stadium. Athletics has been part of the San ourlater, Bearsour to student-athletes the TAPPS Division II state playoffs. us Wewell alsoboth are proud welcome years continue to represent on thetofield and inour thenew Marcos Academy culture since the school was founded in 1907 and fielded its first football team Head Coach Les Davis, a San Marcos native and former Texas State football player, who classroom. in 1908. Fifty years after that, the “Cubs” grew into “Bears,” and now, 104 years later, our brings 24 years of coaching experience in 4-A public schools. student-athletes continue to represent us well both on the field and in the classroom. We have many reasons to be energized about our Athletics Program this year. In our football team remains in a 4-Asuccessful classification, all of our teams football, weWhile look forward to reasons building on the our pride highly 2009 season, in other whichsports we sent We have many for we have in our Athletics Program this year. In shift to 3-A this Division year,group a change that will level the field us as we our will Bears to the IIofstate playoffs. Weready alsoplaying proud to for welcome ourincompete new football, we TAPPS have a large returning players toare lead the Bears to success TAPPS against schools with enrollments closer to our own. Another significant change to our II, Davis, Districta 3,San with Head native Coach and Les former Davis at the helm his second Our Head Division Coach Les Marcos Texas State for football player,year. who program this year is the advent of our Bear Club. With support from our Bear Club partners team is alsoexperience ready to compete, and we are already looking forward to basketball bringsvolleyball 24 years of coaching in 4-A public schools. and our always faithful the 2010-11 year holds great forand Sanour Marcos Academy season, when our boys fans, will have the chance to defend their promise district title girls are coming athletics. offWhile of a good season as well. With the support of our Bear Club partners, our faithful fans, our football team remains in a 4-A classification, all of our other sports teams and the best student state, we year greatfield promise athletics. will shift to 3-A thisbody year,in athe change thatknow willthis level theholds playing for for us Academy as we compete As we look forward to producing champions on the field, we continue to against schools with enrollments closer to our own. Another significant change tofocus our on producing champions in the of classroom. achampions fully college preparatory school, weis look forward toourproducing on thefrom field, continue to focus we on program thisAs year the advent Bear As Club. Withaccredited support ourwe Bear Club partners offer a rigorous education in a Christian environment that not only imparts knowledge, but producing champions in the classroom. As a fully accredited college preparatory school, we offer and our always faithful fans, the 2010-11 year holds great promise for San Marcos Academy a rigorous education instills in a Christian thatand enables our students to skills develop also builds character, personalenvironment moral values, develops leadership in their our athletics. leadership potential, their character, and theirour compassion for excelling in their academic work. students. Diversity continues to characterize student body as we welcome young people Diversity continues and to characterize our as student as we welcome young people from other from countries states as well frombody San andwesurrounding Asother we look forward to producing champions on Marcos the field, continue toareas. focusFor on the countries and states as well as from San Marcos and surrounding areas. first time in severalinyears, we are also a sixth grade class preparatory at the Academy, adding producing champions the classroom. Asoffering a fully accredited college school, we a new dimension to our already outstanding middle school program. offer a rigorous a Christian thatI not knowledge, Onceeducation again, it isinwith pride andenvironment excitement that offeronly you imparts a big “Bear” welcomebut to our also builds character, instills personal moral values, and develops leadership skills in our campus and to another great school year at San Marcos Academy. 2011-12 will be a great year to Once again, it is with pride and excitement that I offer youwelcome a big “Bear” welcome to students. Diversity continues to characterize our student body as we young people becampus a San Marcos Academy year at San Marcos Academy. ourother and toand another from countries statesgreat as well as from San Marcos and surrounding areas. For the

first time in several years, we are also offering a sixth grade class at the Academy, adding a Sincerely, new dimension to our already outstanding middle school program. Sincerely, Once again, it is with pride and excitement that I offer you a big “Bear” welcome to our campus and to another great school year at San Marcos Academy. John H. Garrison, Sincerely, President John H. Garrison, President

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Office of the Mayor 630 East Hopkins San Marcos, Texas, 78666 Phone: 512.393.8000 Fax: 512.393.8074

Dear Friends: On behalf of our City Council and our citizens, welcome to San Marcos, Texas! The San Marcos Academy has been a treasured member of the San Marcos community for 104 years. The Academy offers a rich tradition of academic excellence, cultural diversity and spiritual growth for students, faculty, alumni and staff. As a coeducational boarding and day school, the Academy provides unique opportunities for students from the heart of Texas and around the world. Your college pre paratory curriculum, dual credit courses, wonderful fine arts program, learning skills program and English as a second language for foreign students are outstanding. San Marcos is a beautiful, diverse and exciting community. The San Marcos Academy and Texas State University (the alma mater of President Lyndon B. Johnson) contribute significantly to our educational opportunities, cultural amenities and high quality of life. While you are here, we encourage you to visit our historic downtown, our extensive park system along our beautiful river—and enjoy the best shopping in Texas at our outlet malls, the largest in the Southwestern United States! Welcome to San Marcos! Sincerely,

Daniel Guerrero Mayor


The Honorable Jeff Wentworth P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 (512) 463-0125 (512) 463-7794 FAX Dear Friends, Welcome to San Marcos Academy. Located in Senate District 25, which I represent in the Texas Legislature, the Academy has been educating future leaders from across the country and around the world for more than a century. In addition to a challenging curriculum, the Academy has a strong fine arts department and emphasizes a focus on language development. Through this rigorous pursuit of excellence, the San Marcos Academy has risen as a prime example of what a quality college preparatory school should offer its students -- an exceptional learning environment for the bright minds of tomorrow. I have been a member of the Texas Legislature since 1998 when I was elected to the House of Representatives. I was elected to the Senate in 1992 where I represent nearly one million people living in six different counties in and around the Texas Hill Country. While you’re here, I hope that you have the opportunity to take advantage of San Marcos’ natural beauty and learn a bit about its history. Its proximity to both Austin and San Antonio also offers the opportunity to explore our state capitol and some of our state’s most storied treasures. Please feel free to contact me about state government issues that are important to you at (888) 824-6984 or (210) 826-7800 or by e-mail at I hope that you enjoy your time at San Marcos Academy. Go Bears!


Jeff Wentworth Senate District 25 10

Dear Friends: On behalf of the Texas Legislature, welcome to San Marcos Academy! Since 1907, the Academy has provided a Christian education to students from across Texas and around the world. In addition to students in the residence program, local students have the opportunity to attend the Academy during the day to participate in leadership training, dual-credit college courses, preAP and AP courses and fine arts. It is a testament to the Academy’s commitment to academic excellence that over ninety-five percent of the graduates continue their education at universities around the country. With recent playoff appearances in football and basketball, San Marcos Academy also provides an opportunity for students to excel in athletics. In fact, the high school boys basketball team is the reigning district champion! While you are in San Marcos, I encourage you to take time to explore this wonderful Hill County city. From outdoor activities on the river to shopping at the outlet mall, San Marcos has something for everyone. Best wishes to the students and staff for a successful year! Go Bears! Sincerely,

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Welcome to the Academy MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of San Marcos Academy is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. San Marcos Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school for 7th through 12th grade students, located in the beautiful Texas hill country. The Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum, featuring a variety of dual-credit college courses; pre-AP and AP courses; a strong fine arts department; a Learning Skills program for students with mild to moderate learning differences; and an English as a Second Language program for international students. Enrollment for 2009-2010 was 246, with 208 in the Upper School and 38 in the Middle School (7th-8th). Boarding students accounted for 68% of the total enrollment, and about one third of the population were international students, from South Korea, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia,Vietnam, Greece, Spain, and several other countries. Small classes (with an average of 12 students) and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1 provide a strong learning environment and individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student. Graduates from the Class of 2010 were accepted to such colleges and universities as Baylor, Texas A&M, University of Illinois, King’s College of NY, St. Mary’s University, New York University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, Syracuse, Penn State, Rutgers, Texas Tech,Valley Forge Military College, and Texas State University. San Marcos Academy is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and is approved or accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools, the Texas Education Agency, and The Association of Boarding Schools. Founded in 1907, the Academy is rich in tradition. The school offers a rolling enrollment and financial aid is available. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of faith, race, national or ethnic origins.



he San Marcos Baptist Academy story began December 20, 1905, when the Rev. M. E. Hudson, a pastor in San Marcos, and the Rev. J. B. Holt spoke at a meeting in Lockhart on the need for a Baptist school in the southwestern area of the state. After their speeches, the Rev. T. J. Dodson, a pastor from Seguin, moved that the Baptists of Southwest Texas establish a school and that an educational rally be held in San Marcos on January 18, 1906. At the rally, a committee was appointed to visit towns to secure bids for the contemplated school. The committee visited San Marcos, Lockhart, Seguin, Gonzales, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio.

San Marcos during the ear

ly 1900’s

Bids were opened at a meeting held in San Antonio, March 15-18, 1906. On the recommendation of Dr. J. B. Gambrell and Dr. J. M. Carroll, the committee agreed to establish an Academy in San Marcos. The placement committee promised the City of San Marcos that if the citizens raised $13,000, the Baptists of Southwest Texas would raise a similar amount, giving a total of $26,000 for the school. On July 16, 1906, this proposition was accepted by the San Marcos citizens, and fifty-seven acres of land in the most scenic section of San Marcos were given for the campus. Dr. Carroll was asked to visit San Marcos to make a speech and counsel with the citizens on ways to raise their promised funds for the school. At a mass meeting on the courthouse lawn, Dr. Carroll pointed out the advantages of a properly financed Baptist Academy. He estimated the cost would be at least $50,000. At his suggestion, the $13,000 pledge was raised to $25,000, and the denomination was to match that amount. The Business Men’s Club of San Marcos adopted Carroll’s suggestion and elected him president of the proposed school and leader of the forces to raise funds.


In San Marcos on September 19, 1906, trustees were elected by the Conference of Southwest Texas Baptists. In their first meeting they ratified the action of the San Marcos Business Men’s Club by electing Dr. J. M. Carroll as the first president of the San Marcos Baptist Academy.

First president and founder, Dr. J.M. Carroll

On January 22, 1907, Dr. Carroll submitted general plans and specifications for the first building, which was approved on April 9 of that same year. On July 10, 1907, the Academy received its charter from the state of Texas. The cornerstone of the first building, eventually named Carroll Hall, was guided into place by Dr. Carroll’s daughter, Edena May, on December 19, 1907.


Dr. J.M. Carroll Named First President

By the time Carroll Hall was completed, the contributions from the citizens of San Marcos had reached $40,000, almost Laying of the Cornerstone, 1907 doubling their original pledge. The history of San Marcos Baptist Academy cannot be written without recognizing the devotion, generosity, and loyalty of the citizens of San Marcos. San Marcos Baptist Academy opened its doors for the first day of school on September 24, 1908, with an enrollment of 200; by the close of the first year, the enrollment was 277 including day students. Eleven students graduated that first year.

SMA students from first year of operation,

First football team from 1908 (Dr. Carroll can be seen at the top)


Dr. J. R. Pentuff was the first dean and he had thirteen faculty members. Originally the curriculum was organized into a program of study that consisted of the The Class of 1909, first SMA graduates sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in the preparatory department and four years of high school. In the high school program of studies, students were required to complete four years of Latin for graduation. During the 1908-1909 term, a band was organized. The policy was to provide for aesthetic as well as spiritual, social, and academic training. It was Miss Edena May Carroll who selected the green and purple of the mountain laurel as the Academy colors. Athletics were part of the school culture from the first year, with both football and baseball teams competing during the 1908-09 season. In 1910, at the request of the Board of Trustees, the Academy was passed to the patronage of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.The school has been affiliated with the BGCT ever since. The administration of Dr. Carroll, who resigned in 1911, is



credited with the erection of four permanent buildings, the securing of a well-trained Christian faculty, and the enrollment of a student body of more than 200 annually. His tasks were tremendous and his achievements extraordinary, opening the door to an even greater future.

Presidency Passes to Prof.Thomas G. Harris As successor to Dr. Carroll in 1911, the Board of Trustees turned to one of their own charter members, Professor Thomas G. Harris, who had served as president of the Southwest Texas Normal School, now Texas State University. During Dr. Harris’ administration, the Academy was placed on the list of accredited schools by the Secondary Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1913, the Board of Trustees created the position ofVice President and Field representative. Dr. B. A. Copass was chosen for this position to raise funds to liquidate the indebtedness against the Academy. He served as a solicitor for both money and students, and it was largely due to ris, Har G. as Thom r esso Prof his service that the Academy’s indebtedness SMA president, 1911-1916 of $110,105 was liquidated. When President Harris terminated his five-year administration in January, 1916, prospects for the future of the Academy were bright.

Dr. B.A. Copass, vic e president and ge neral solicitor under Presid ent Harris

Campus Expands under President J.V. Brown Professor J.V. Brown, superintendent of schools of Dothan, Alabama, was unanimously elected as the third president of the Academy by the Board of Trustees.The administration of President Brown was marked by expansion in several directions: the campus was enlarged, buildings were erected, the faculty was increased, and the curriculum was broadened. During that same year a two story frame residence, situated across the street from Carroll Hall, was purchased at a cost of $4,500 to be used as a home for the president.

the school’s third Dr. J.M. Carroll, first president, with Brown. J.V. Prof. , 1927 president from 1916 to

JROTC Unit Granted to the Academy With the military spirit pervading America in the war year of 1917, the Academy launched its program of military training. The United States granted the Academy a Junior Unit of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Immediately, the uniform and the discipline of military life became part of the life of the students of San Marcos Baptist Academy, instilling self-discipline, patriotism, leadership, and responsibility. The Academy is currently recognized by the Army as an Honor Unit. Among the new buildings constructed while President Brown was in office were a frame building with adequate accommodations for the literary and fine arts departments, a twenty-bed hospital for boys, a fifteen-bed hospital for girls, and the laundry. In 1924, a $36,000 gift from Mr. H. L. Kokernot made possible a gymnasium, ultimately costing $60,000. The first Academy Corps of Cadets in 1918


When President Brown resigned in the spring of 1926, the Board of Trustees elected as his successor a man who had been a member of the faculty since 1920, Colonel Jesse Franklin, the first member of the faculty to be elected to the position of president. Under his leadership, freshman college work was offered for several years by the Academy. The classes were conducted by the faculty of the Academy, and students completing the courses satisfactorily received credit toward a college degree. The Extension Bureau of the University of Texas authorized the organization of classes in mathematics, history, and Spanish. Baylor University authorized the organization of classes in English through the Extension Bureau. This program was discontinued after a brief time.

nts in 1930, when the Some female stude from the Depression.

countr y was hurting

The next few years were critical ones at the Academy. Businesses were not prepared for the national economic crash which occurred in 1929. President Jesse E. Franklin The enrollment dropped President, 1927-1931. sharply as family incomes were reduced, and gifts were greatly curtailed. The academic standards of the school were maintained at the usual high level though serious financial difficulties began to arise, forcing the Academy into debt; and when President Franklin resigned in the Spring of 1931, the school was in serious financial condition.


Franklin Leads Academy During Trying Times

President Cavness Guides SMA Through Financial Difficulties Once again a citizen of San Marcos and a member of the faculty of Southwest Texas State Teachers College was enlisted by the Board of Trustees when they selected Dr. Raymond M. Cavness as president.The financial condition of the school was exceedingly poor; nevertheless, a renewed spirit of enthusiasm and optimism was created by the incoming administration. An excerpt from an article in the San Marcos Record on the occasion of the Silver Anniversary in 1932 stated: “The Academy is endorsed fully in educational and boarding school circles everywhere, and is distinctly and outstandingly a school of applied Christian training.�

Raymond M. Cavness President, 1931-43

To meet a 25 percent reduction in enrollment due to the stress of the financial condition of the country, President Cavness made a number of adjustments in personnel, reducing the overhead expenses to correspond with the reduction in income. Neither the scope nor the standard of the curriculum was lessened, but fewer faculty members were needed. President Cavness and the Rev. R. L. Powell, former president of the Board of Trustees, toured Texas speaking to groups and raising money for the Academy.

President Cavness succeeded in operating the Academy within its income during his first year as administrator; however, the Academy could not continue to operate without assistance in carrying the weight of old obligations and its bonded indebtedness. During the next few years, help was received from the Baptist General Convention of Texas, from small endowments, and from the citizens and churches of San Marcos. In the heart of the Great Depression, the Academy operated



The Academy band

in the July, 1936 term of the District Court in Hays County.

in receivership with President Cavness serving as the receiver. Serious effort was made to work out the problems of the school and to remove the burden of indebtedness. Judge O. S. Lattimore, trustee president, made a loan of $10,000 of his personal money to help buy up the old obligations of the school. The school repaid Judge Lattimore as resources permitted with the final payment being made just two months before the Judge’s death. Meanwhile, the Executive Board of the Convention assumed the bonded indebtedness against the Academy.The receivership order was dissolved

Just when there was some relief from the financial strain, new trouble sprang up to plague the Academy in the form of a fire resulting in an 85 percent loss of the Administration Hall on October 23, 1936.This hall, erected in 1919, contained all the classrooms for the secondary school. Once again, Judge Lattimore came to the aid of the Academy by underwriting $25,000 of the expense of constructing a new building. This, coupled with the insurance and the credit extended by the Executive Board of the Convention, made possible the construction of a new recitation hall, the first fireproof structure. It was opened for use on September 14, 1937, and named Lattimore Hall in memory of the late president of the Board of Trustees.

Students at SMA, circa late 1930’s or early 1940’s

Endowment Fund Established At this time Mrs. P. T. Talbot of San Marcos launched the Academy endowment fund with a gift of $200 to which two faculty members added $50 for a grand total of $300. From this beginning the endowment has slowly but steadily grown.

Math lessons at SMA in early years with Mr.William

McNiel looking on

President Cavness resigned his position on May 1, 1943, to enter the naval forces of the United States. To succeed President Cavness, the Board elected Mr. Roy R. Kay, who assumed his administrative duties June 1, 1943. During his administration many improvements were made in faculty housing on the campus.

The operation of the school continued to be financially sound during President Kay’s administration. The endowment fund grew from $4,650 to $25,671 during these years. A liberal contributor to this fund was Mrs. L. W. Alexander of Waco, a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Kay concluded his tenure on July 1, 1946. Mr. R. Wilbur Herring assumed his duties as Academy president on August 14, 1946. President Herring appointed Mr. Hugh E. Proctor to serve as Dean of the Academy, beginning September 1, 1946. President Herring’s administration ended with the close of the regular school session 1947.


Dr. Robert Bruce Reed, formerly superintendent of the Alamo Heights School District in San Antonio, Texas, assumed the office of president on July 17, 1947. At the age of five, Dr. Reed had accompanied his father to the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone of Carroll Hall. He later attended the Academy in 1918-1919 and is the only former student to serve as president. In 1948, the Chamber of Commerce of San Marcos purchased approximately three acres of land and donated it to the Academy for the purpose of erecting a dormitory for boys. It was opened in September, 1949, and named in honor of Mrs. L. W. Alexander, then president of the Board of Trustees. Abney president of Robert Bruce Reed as an Academy Dr. Robert Bruce Reed as Hall, another dormitory for boys, was dedicated in 960 the Academy, 1947-1 student in 1918-19. October, 1952. This building was named in honor of the late Dean Emeritus, J. E. Abney. September 15, 1955, was the date of the formal opening of Elizabeth Kokernot Hall, a dormitory for girls. This building was named in honor of Mrs. Herbert Kokernot, Sr., whose husband and son served the Academy faithfully as trustees and were generous in their support.


Former Student Dr. Robert Bruce Reed Becomes President

Dr. William H. Crook Leads in Campus Expansion Dr. William H. Crook became president in June, 1960, and immediately set into motion plans which resulted in more improvements in less time than at any other period in Academy history. His first emphasis was to improve Seniors in the Class of 1961 walk from Carroll Hall the quality of personnel by increasing remuneration and recruiting outstanding people. The years of Crook’s administration also witnessed growth in enrollment, especially in the summer school. The campus was expanded to approximately eighty acres, and a building program, which included numerous additions, as well as the rehabilitation of existing facilities, was inaugurated. A new academic building to be named Cavness-Reed Hall was constructed. The Sabre Bookstore and a new cadet dormitory were built. Upon completion of the dormitory, the trustees enthusiastically named it William H. Crook Hall. The dream of a new chapel was also resurrected, and the Tower of Prayer, as the first element in the chapel complex, was completed, thanks to a donation from Mrs.Velma Robinson. President William H. Crook, 1960-65

1962 - SMA President Crook with U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S.Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.



With excellence as the goal of all Academy programs, academics, student life, and Christian emphasis were strengthened during Dr. Crook’s administration. His ideas, vision, and direction still influence the Academy today. He left the Academy in the summer of 1965 to serve his country in a number of posts, including United States Ambassador to Australia.

Jack E. Byrom Serves During Transitional Years at SMA In the fall of 1965, Jack Edwards Byrom became the Academy’s tenth president, leaving the pastorate of the First Baptist Church in San Marcos. He began his work with the determination to build on the foundation which had been established so well by his nine predecessors, and to maintain the momentum which had been building in the immediate past. Dr. Byrom served as Academy president from 1965-1996. Dr. Byrom’s first appointment was to promote Assistant Dean Jimmie Scott to Dean of the Academy. Scott served faithfully and effectively through the years until his retirement in 1996.

Dr. Jack E. Byrom visits with students on the SMA campus. Byrom served from 1965 until 1996, the longest tenure of any president

The Academy, which was a charter member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1913, and had long been accredited by the Texas Education Agency, was accredited by and received as a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest on March 22, 1973. In that same year, the Academy was accepted into the membership of the National Association of Independent Schools.

View of the old campus that show s the Robinson Christian Center and Prayer Tower with the Glade Theatre in the foreground .

A number of additions were made to the Academy’s physical facilities during the early years of Byrom’s tenure. Air conditioning was installed in the dormitories, the football stadium was enlarged and lights were added and a new president’s house was remodeled. A dormitory for middle school boys was added and named for Mrs. Lorraine Derrick and Mrs. Ella Mae Wolfe, who for many years directed the dormitory program. The Thomas Library was built and dedicated to the memory of Jack and Florence Taylor Thomas, whose children were among the first Academy students and gave the funds for this building. In 1973, the Robinson Christian Center was completed and dedicated in memory of John Harvey Robinson. It was made possible by contributions by his beloved wife.

New Campus Dedicated After long and detailed negotiations with Southwest Texas State University, an agreement was reached to sell the Academy campus to the University. The sale was closed on June 20, 1979, with the understanding that the Academy would occupy the old facilities while the new campus was planned and constructed. Ground was broken on the two hundred acre site, given by Mrs. Velma Robinson, ss Mrs. Velma Dr. Byrom joins Academy benefactre dbreaking for Robinson and some students at the groun . 1979 in us the new camp


“Onward Bound - Stage II” was the name given to a campaign for capital funds launched in the spring of 1980. The initial gift was made by Mrs. Robinson as a challenge to other friends to provide funds for a natatorium and military science facility. The response of many friends, including substantial grants from the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, more than met the challenge. In the spring of 1982, the Davidson Natatorium was dedicated and ground was broken for the military science building on May 21, 1983. This giving program would be the prelude for a longer term program to enlarge the Academy’s endowment. The endowment fund grew from $92,650 in 1965 to $1,075,000 in 1983. Onward Bound Stage III began in 1984 with the The choir in one of their first performances in the purpose of securing new Robinson Christian Center. funds to increase the permanent endowment fund and to provide additions to the present facilities.


on November 3, 1979. The move to the new campus started during the Christmas holidays in 1981, with spring semester classes beginning on the new campus January 18, 1982.The formal dedication ceremony of the new facilities was conducted on May 1 of that year with all the memorials from the old campus being rededicated.

In the Fall of 1986 a Development Council was formed to “promote the overall development of San Marcos Baptist Academy.” In 1987, the “Securing the Future Campaign,” to further enlarge the Academy’s Endowment Fund, was launched. With the completion of the campaign, the fund had more than tripled. Income from the endowment fund has allowed more students the opportunity to attend the Academy and has helped to carry on the tradition of excellence. In the Fall of 1989, Academy girls were introduced to a new leadership program designed especially for them. The program was named COEDS. Created by Jo Quinn Long, the Dean of Girls, “COEDS” is an acronym standing for Community, Orientation, Enthusiasm, Discipline and Service. patriotism During Twins Day, two COEDS show their

The girls were divided into family groups much like the military companies. Leaders were chosen for the entire organization and for each family group.Through the years, this program evolved into an organization that taught the girls how to be leaders in school and in their community. It was phased out during the 2004-05 school year when the military program was no longer required for boys.

Academic,Technology Initiatives Set in Motion The Academy moved forward in academics during the Fall of 1993 with the beginning of the Carroll Scholars Honor Program. This accelerated honors program is designed to prepare students for the top colleges and universities in the country. These select students attend classes with a demanding curriculum combined with individualized instruction and technology assisted learning. Following the initiation of the Carroll Program, Advanced Placement classes were added in the Fall of 1995 for students wanting an academic challenge with the opportunity to earn college credit upon completion of the course. In 2002, the dual-credit college program was initiated with one psychology class. Today, students can earn from 3050 hours of college credit while completing high school at the Academy. Technology at the Academy continues to grow allowing students better computer access with current technology.



In 1994, the Dr. Gwen K. Smith Technology Enriched Learning Center and the Kenneth Kendal King Information Technology Center opened. Teachers use these facilities for instruction, and students use the computers throughout the day for their assignments. Students with personal computers enjoy campus-wide internet and wireless connectivity. Technology infrastructure throughout the campus was upgraded and replaced prior to the 2008-09 school year thanks to significant gifts by alumni and friends. Upon his retirement in 1996, Dr. Byrom was named Chancellor of the Academy and also served as president of the SMA Foundation. His successor was Dr. Paul W. Armes. and Dr. Paul Byrom, LTC Victor Schmidt Three presidents, Dr. Jack s. nce erie exp r thei Armes share

During Dr. Armes’s administration, LTC Victor Schmidt moved from his position as commandant/dean of boys to serve as principal. In June of 2000, Mr. Schmidt was named executive vice president, working closely with Dr. Armes in directing the various Academy programs. Dr. Armes resigned early in 2001 to accept the presidency of Wayland Baptist University. Before naming a new president, the Board of Trustees conducted an extensive study of the Academy in order to lay out a plan for the future of the school search for the right leader to direct that plan. In November 2001, the Board named Victor Schmidt as the twelfth president of the Academy.

Enrollment Grows Under President Vic Schmidt During Schmidt’s tenure as president, the Academy experienced a 32 percent rate of growth in enrollment, including the highest re-enrollment percentage achieved in more than 20 years in 2007. Through Schmidt’s leadership, the school expanded its Learning Skills Program; increased the Academy’s property holdings by 20 percent; established an Animal Husbandry Program with a full range of 4-H activities; and created a comprehensive Strategic Plan to design a roadmap for the Academy’s future. Additionally, under Schmidt’s guidance, the Academy established a Student Advisory Program, providing staff mentors for all students. Having completed 16 years of service to the Academy, Mr. Schmidt retired as president on July 1, 2008. He was presented with the highest award the Academy can bestow on a person, the Exemplary Service Medal. Mayor Susan Narvaiz also proclaimed August 6 as “Vic Schmidt Day” in San Marcos as she recognized Mr. Schmidt for his contributions to the Academy and to Christian education. Sadly, Mr. Schmidt experienced health problems after his retirement and passed way Dec. 19, 2008. His loyal, committed service will be long remembered and honored by the Academy family.

4-H member Brian Hexsel is ready to show his goat at the Hays County Livestock Show.

Trustees Name Dr. John Garrison as President The Academy’s Board of Trustees on June 11, 2008 appointed Dr. John Garrison as the Academy’s 13th president. Dr. Garrison,Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Texas State University, began his duties at the Academy full time Aug. 8. Dr. Garrison, who holds a B.A. from McMurry University, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, moved into the President’s Home at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year with his wife, Carol.


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San Marcos Academy Receives $1 Million Gift in Spring 2011 In April, 2011, San Marcos Academy announced a gift of $1 million, the largest cash gift in the school’s 104-year history, from prominent Houston attorney and philanthropist Joe Jamail. The gift will establish a fund to build a special event center on the Academy campus in memory of Jamail’s wife, Lee, who graduated from San Marcos Academy in 1944. The Academy will seek additional donations to fully fund the project. “I am pleased to make the lead gift for the construction of the Lee Hage Jamail Special Event Center on the San Marcos Academy campus,” Jamail said. “Lee’s formative years were spent on that campus, from the time of her arrival as a very young child, all the way to her high school graduation. I know first hand that she received an excellent education there from a faculty and staff of caring people—an education that served her well all of her life.”

Houston attorney and philanthropist Joe Jamail, shown here with his wife, Lee Hage Jamail, who graduated from San Marcos Academy in 1944.

Lee Hage Jamail came to San Marcos Academy as a young girl in 1933, living in the home of President and Mrs. Raymond Cavness until she was old enough to begin classes. She attended the Academy for ten years, graduating in 1944. Receiving her B.A. degree from the University of the Incarnate Word, Mrs. Jamail taught special education in Austin and completed graduate work at the University of Texas while her husband finished law school at the University of Texas. As a life-long philanthropist, Mrs. Jamail gave her time and resources to support education, health care and art. “We are grateful to Joe Jamail for this significant gift and for the generous support we have received from Lee and Joe Jamail at San Marcos Academy over the years,” Academy President John Garrison said. “The special event center, to be named in memory of Lee Jamail, will provide much-needed space on our campus for athletic events, fine arts programs and other special activities.” In 2000, Jamail and his wife, who died in 2007, established the Jamail Endowed Scholarship at the Academy with a gift of $200,000. They also made a significant contribution to the Jack and Bobbie Byrom Endowed Chair fund and have made several other generous financial gifts to the school in past years. Joe Jamail, a partner in the Houston law firm of Jamail & Kolius, is one of the most successful attorneys in American history with more than $12 billion in jury verdicts and more than $13 million in verdicts and settlements. Named the “trial lawyer of the century” by California Trial Lawyers, Texas Monthly and others, Jamail has given away much of his wealth to support worthy causes and institutions. He has made numerous donations to his alma mater, the University of Texas, as well as to the University of Texas Law School and to Rice University. In 2008, he funded the $1.5 million Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in downtown Houston.

The Academy Continues to Grow into the 21st Century Today, the Academy is a place of academic excellence, rich with cultural diversity. Day and boarding students in 7th to 12th grades come to the Academy from more than 50 cities within Texas, eight other states within the United States and about a dozen countries worldwide. Whether from right here in San Marcos or from deep in the heart of China, the Academy offers a unique learning experience which provides for the intellectual, physical and spiritual development of each student. The Academy is grateful to have an outstanding staff and faculty, dedicated trustees, a capable and enthusiastic student body, devoted alumni and friends, and the generous support of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. God has immeasurably blessed San Marcos Academy!




San Marcos Academy is accredited or recognized by the following accrediting bodies: •

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Accrediting Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools (ACTABS) which is part of Texas Private School Accrediting Commission (TEPSAC) set up by the Texas Education Agency for private schools

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Strong accreditations are a foundational component of SMA. The accreditations symbolize to the educational community that high standards of education are being met at SMA. SMA graduates are noted by universities as having attended a school with highly recognized accreditations.


SMA’s academic program provides students with small classes to allow them more attention from the teacher and less distraction in the classroom. The Academy also provides a number of special services and programs designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Honors students are challenged with the opportunity to take dual-credit college courses, as well as pre-AP and AP courses. Those students with learning differences may qualify for placement in the Learning Skills Program, which offers one-on-one or group tutoring, re-teaching of subject material, verbalized testing, project assistance, and organizational skills instruction. All Academy students come from all over the world for a great college boarding students benefit from attending evening preparator y education study halls in the dormitory or a more intensive “Structured Study Hall,” where tutoring and close supervision are provided by degreed instructors. Each year about 95 percent or more of students attend college following graduation. For the average student in grades 7-12, the recommended curriculum is suggested. It provides the core curriculum in English, Math, Social Studies and Science, as well as an assortment of elective courses. This program will prepare students for success in college. Students seeking more of a challenge may take Advanced Placement or college dual-enrollment courses. These are available to students in 11th and 12th grade, while students in grades 7-10 may participate in pre-AP or honors courses. The program is designed for highly motivated students who want to take classes that will help them to earn credit toward college. It also gives students a better edge in gaining acceptance into some of the top colleges in the country. Students are selected for these programs on the basis of their academic records, standardized test scores, a written essay, a personal interview and faculty recommendations.

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Traditions and Trivia of San Marcos Academy


hile many things have changed over the years since San Marcos Academy was founded in 1907, much has remained the same. Following are some traditions and interesting facts about San Marcos Academy.

The Academy Seal: In the center of the seal is the Bible, crowned by the Torch of Knowledge with its rays reaching out, ever seeking, ever searching. Knowledge and the Bible are encompassed by a Laurel, denoting victory. The seal signifies that knowledge shall seek and search directed by a conscious awareness of spiritual ethics through honor to final victory.The Latin motto “Ad Viros Faciendos” translates “Toward the Making of Men.” The Graduation Gates: Located in the Prayer Garden by the Robinson Christian Center, the graduation gates were a gift from the Senior Class of 1962. The gates once stood at the entrance of the Texas State Capitol in Austin for over a century.The gates are unlocked once each year for the Graduation Gates Ceremony.At this time, the seniors pass through the gates, symbolizing their passage from adolescence into adulthood. Corps of Cadets/Bear Battalion: The Academy Corps of Cadets was first formed in 1918.The corps commander that year was M.L. Devinney. All male students were required to participate in the Corps of Cadets until 2004, when participation became voluntary. During the 2009-2010 school year, the Corps, now commonly referred to as the Bear Battalion, was led for the first time by a female commandant, Chloe Rocha. Corps Sweetheart Pageant: From 1975 until 2004, the Corps of Cadets Sweetheart Pageant was held on Parent Day. Judges evaluated the girls who participated and selected a sweetheart for each of the companies in the Corps as well as an overall Corps Sweetheart. Rebecca Russell won the honor in the first year the pageant was held. Mannie Foster Award: The Mannie Foster Award is presented each year to the Best All-Around Female and Male Athletes. The award is named for the late Mr. Mannie Foster, Class of 1925, an Academy athlete and Corps Commander, who remained a faithful benefactor of the Academy during his lifetime. The first recipients of the award in 1976 were Tim Ping and Sandy Benson. Steve Fordham Award: Given annually to the Academy’s most valuable player in football, the Steve Fordham Award was established in memory of Steve Fordham, Class of 1962, who died in Vietnam in defense of freedom in 1968. The Steve Fordham Award Trophy sits in the Carroll Hall display case and contains the names of those players who have received the award since it was first presented in 1968 to Larry Black. The Crest: The Academy yearbook was named the Crest because the original campus was located on the crest of a hill. The annual first appeared in 1915. Chelsena Lusk, SMA Alum, (center) and Kelsey Henry at a cultural festival with other students.

The Laurel: In 1912, students in the Zetagathian Literary Society began publishing a weekly school newspaper. They chose to name it the Laurel, after the mountain laurel which grew on the original campus as well as the current campus. Until 1941, the Laurel was the only private school newspaper published in the South. It continues to be produced today in an online and print version. School Colors: The school colors of green and purple were selected by Miss Edena May Carroll, daughter of the first president, Dr. J.M. Carroll. She picked the colors of the mountain laurel which grows all over the hill country. The President’s Cup: Considered the highest award presented to a graduating senior, the President’s Cup is given annually during Commencement.The recipient is selected on the basis of excellence in character, scholarship, leadership, and social and Christian example. The trophy itself is kept in the Carroll Hall display case, along with perpetual plaques that list the recipients since the award was first presented in 1948 to two students, Charles Manual Huber and Madeline 26

Students in 1911 show their Academy pride

The McNiel Cup: This annual award is named for the Rev.William McNiel, who taught Bible at the Academy for 39 years, retiring in 1963.The cup, first presented in 1962 to Harry H. Grant, recognizes a graduating senior who has displayed the high ideals of scholarship, Bible Study, Christian living and leadership. The presentation is made during Commencement, and the original cup, including a list of all recipients, is kept in the Carroll Hall display case. Mr. and Miss SMA: Starting in 1961, a senior boy and girl have been selected each year as Mr. and Miss SMA. Nominees must have attended the Academy for at President Vic Schmidt presents the President’s Cup to Shelly Crunk in 2005. least three semesters and must have a 2.0 GPA with C-3 or better level. The three boys and three girls chosen by vote of the upper school are evaluated by an administrative committee, which then makes the final selection. Clara Dooley and Bob Bell were Mr. and Miss SMA for 1961.


Occhipinti. A small version of the trophy is presented to the recipients by the President.

Alma Mater: The school’s earliest alma mater was called “The Purple and the Green” and was written by Ola Gulledge and Shelly Heister, two SMA music instructors, in 1911. The words and lyrics were lost at some point and in 1953, the SMA Student Council voted to begin a search for a new song. Their goal was met when Miss Lucy Lighthouse and Mrs. B.S. Smith, two Academy faculty members, came up with the present alma mater in the spring of 1953. Miss Lighthouse, who penned the lyrics, taught English and was the SMA activities director. Mrs. Smith taught piano at SMA during the 1950’s and composed the music for the song that is still proudly sung by Academy students today. Founder’s Stone: Located in the Alumni Plaza, this grey granite monument was first erected on the original SMA campus in 1931 in memory of Dr. J.M. Carroll, the founder and first president of the Academy. Dr. Carroll died in January of 1931 and an impressive ceremony was held in May of that year to honor him. The Founder’s Stone was unveiled during that twilight ceremony as a gift from the Class of 1931. President’s Reception: Beginning in 1957, Academy presidents made it a tradition to personally welcome students to San Marcos Academy. Each year, students would dress up and pass through a The alma mater was written in 1953 by two

Academy teachers.

receiving line to shake hands with the president and his wife. In early years, this was a very formal event, where girls wore long gowns and gloves and boys wore their dress uniforms. Sometimes the entire faculty would stand in the receiving line as well. Today, the event is a dressy but not formal affair held the first week of school. Laurel Lane: Built back in 1961 on the Academy’s original campus, the Laurel Lane was intended as a memorial walkway where students could visit or just have some peaceful time alone. The sidewalk featured the names of seniors, businesses in San Marcos, teachers and

President and Mrs.Vic Schmidt greet new student Shelby Cole in 2006 during a midterm President’s Reception.



administrators. The original Laurel Lane even had an “animal graveyard” with epitaphs that read “Here Lies Fred the Goldfish” or “Here Lies Bird.” On our present campus, Laurel Lane winds up the hill near the Robinson Christian Chapel and features a bridge and benches under the oak trees. Date Line: At the old campus, students with dates on “date night” would meet in the Rumpus Room. Roll was called and the couples would file down from campus to walk to the downtown movie theatres or to the drugstore for a coke or a shake. The trips were well supervised, with adults leading the way and bringing up the end of the date line.Yearbooks first refer to the Date Line in 1940, but it might have started even earlier. Leakey: The Academy’s connection to the H.E.B. Foundation Camp at Leakey,Texas, was first established in 1961, when all the high school students attended a four-day retreat at the camp. Different groups of students continued going to the camp for the next few years. Then in 1967, Dean Katherine Shultz, took the senior girls on a fall retreat to Leakey. Ever since that time, the senior girls have made the annual trek to the H.E.B. Camp in Leakey for a special time of bonding and leadership training. The trip is now directed by Guidance Counselor Lynne Ritchie. Homecoming Queen: SMA students began selecting a Homecoming Queen in 1967, crowning Pat Humphrey as the Queen in that year. Present- day Homecoming were Geoff Rabb and Lynne Homecoming king and queen in 1978 traditions Scallion. include the crowning of a king at the Homecoming Pep Rally; the lighting of the Bonfire, which is built by members of the Senior Class; and the presentation of the Queen and her Court during halftime at the Homecoming Football Game. SMA Fountain: The beautiful white fountain that graces the center of the Alumni Plaza was originally a gift from the Class of 1922. The fountain was a focal point on the old Academy campus, where it was located just outside Carroll Hall.When the school moved to our Cadets and coeds gather at the fountain in the 1940’s. current campus in 1981-82, the fountain was placed in storage. It was finally re-installed on this campus in time for the Centennial Celebration of 2007.

School Mascot: During the Academy’s first year of operation, the football and baseball team were known as the Cubs. When girls’ sports began in 1910, female athletes became the Miss Cubs. The Academy mascot remained the Cub until 1956, when the Cub grew into a Bear, and we’ve been the Academy Bears ever since. Grrrr!!

Members of the Class of 1922 present the fountain as a senior gift.


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SMA A l u m n i A ss o c i a t i o n L i f e t i m e M e m b e r s

H a r v e y H. S t o r ms F o u n d a t i o n What Is The Foundation? All ex-students who have completed one full academic year at the Academy beginning or after September, 1908 and whose class has graduated are automatically considered members of the Ex-Student Association. There is no fee for membership in the Ex-Student Association. Because funds were needed to help operate the Ex-Students Association (Homecoming, The Newsletter, etc.) it was decided in a business meeting of the association officers in 1970 that a foundation should be organized to accomplish this. After the Foundation was organized the Association voted to name it the Harvey H. Storms Foundation in honor of Harvey Harrel Storms, a 1934 graduate of the Academy and later a teacher.

Who is Harvey Storms? Harvey Storms was born in McAllen,Texas in 1916. Following graduation from SMA in 1934 he attended Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and then to A&M, where he graduated in 1939. He returned to San Marcos and taught at SMA in 1940; then joined the Army in 1942. Storms served the Army in Italy during World War II and in Korea in 1947. He was reported missing in action in Korea in 1950 and was never found. Harvey had four sons: Sammy James,William Claude, Ernest Newton, and Robert Harvey. Robert graduated from the Academy in 1969. His sister, Clarice Storms Ratliff graduated in 1941 and his mother, Estelle Holloway Storms attended the Academy in 1908. Major Harvey Storms was very popular among his colleagues during his tenure at the Academy. He was loved and admired by the students. Many exes who knew him have written letters recalling the good influence he had on the students and his dedication to the school and young people. Maj. John Maguire, graduate of 1922, who knew Storms said, “He brought out the best in his students and they always seemed to want to do their best for him.” Maguire also felt that Storms enjoyed helping the boys in athletics, as he often did, and could have been a great coach had he chosen this profession.


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1955 Mafrige, Ron Mafrige, Steve F. 1954 Marquess, James R. 1957 Honorary 1986 Martin, Cheri Fay Smith Martinez III, Benito 1996 McClellan-Miller, Linda R. McClellan 1968 McClelland, Charlene Archbold 1969 McClung, David Lee 1997 McCreary, Joe Herbert 1967 McCormick Jr., Irving Charles ‘Bill’ 1973 McGeehee, Elizabeth Weidner 1976 McKinzie, James Alexander 1959 McLallen, Suzan Moore 1958 McNiel, William Honorary Honorary McNiel, Mrs. William 1944 Meadows, Feland Meadows, James S. 1952 Middleton, William Russell 1950 Miller, James H. 1952 Mischer Jr., Walter 1969 Montgomery III, Charles J. 1970 Monroe, Raymond Garner 1950 Morgan, Charlene Dowsett 1939 Moss, Richard 1984 N Neilson, Charles J. ‘Chazz’ Huck (attended 1964) Nevels, Ted Fletcher O O’Donnell, Michael Hugh Olds, William H. Olive, Carlita Dreyling Oliver, Louis Loyde Ormand, Denise Rabb P Patterson Jr., Floyd Payne, Elizabeth Newell Peel, Robert “Bob” Pena, Paul W. Honorary Perry, Tony Petty, Don J. Plyler, Bobby L. Pool, Jeannette Power, Joseph L. Price, Maurine Puckett Jr., James Q Quirey, Jack Quirey, Michael David Quirey, Ramona Cavness R Ratliff, Clarice Storms Ratliff, Jerry M. Reed, Matt Scott Reeder, Lenora E. Reeves, Maurine Gill Rich, Carrie Lee Sproles Richards, Gwendolyn Packnett Richter, Madie Keeton Riter, A.W. ‘Dub’ Robbins Smith, Birdie Kennon Robinson, Scott Robinson, Velma Rogers, Joe E. (attended 1950-51) Rogers, Sharon Locher Gorman

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S Sanborn, William H. Sanderford, Dorothy Crow Sansing, Clyde ‘Gabe’ Schmidt, Victor H. Schmidt, Gloria Schneider, Rebecca Dalton Schulze, Deena Schumaker, James ‘Jim’ Scott, Janet Scott, Jimmie Shand, Jean Shaw, Thomas J. Sheffield, Atwood K. Shook, Melvin G. Simmons, Dorothy Robinson Singletary, Raymond E. – Smith, Elaine Smith, Gale A. Smith, Jay Emmett St. Germain, Charlotte Sloan St. Pierre, Robbye Bills Steinmuller, Alfred Stiff, Craig Clint Storms, Billy Storms, Ernest Storms, Estelle Holloway Storms, Robert H. Storms, Sammy J. Strasheim, Pamela Sue Hooker Sword, Jimmie Sword, Kathy Muller

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1950 1941 1963 1949 1976 1953 1960 1950 1969 1959 1976 1976 1956 Honorary 1979 Honorary 1948 1982 1944 1940 1993 Honorary




LEGEND: *Lifetime Members thought to be living *Honorary Lifetime Members (non-graduates, faculty, staff, administrators and Friends of the Academy) are noted and year(s) of attendance are included, if applicable. *Those known to be deceased

SMA Alumni Association Memberships available: Annual Member - $20 (June 1 – May 31) Lifetime Member - $400 (single payment) Annual dues fund the activities of the association, while Lifetime Membership dues are deposited into the Alumni Scholarship Endowment fund. Names of Lifetime Members are recorded and appear online at Contact Madeline De Long, SMA Alumni Director, to secure your membership. Email: Phone: 512.753.8017.

Lifetime Membership In Progress B Baez, Jennifer German 1984 D De Falcis, Tracy Nicole Thompson 1979 H Hatcher, Alexander H. 1986 L La Rue, George N. 1965 M McIntosh, Misty Honorary (attended 1986-1988)

N Newman, John R. R Rodgers, Karla Verree T Teutsch, Eric Christian V Vasquez, Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Anderson

1984 1977 1987 1982

Hall of Fame Established The SMA Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1984 through the combined efforts of Carroll Lancaster (1946), then president of the Alumni Association, Ralph Ingram (1965), Don Mafrige (1955), Robert Storms (1969), and Floyd Todd (1956). The first inductees were presented during Homecoming pre-game ceremonies on October 13, 1985. Any alumnus who excelled in one or more sports while in attendance at SMA, and who graduated or completed coursework more than ten years ago, is eligible for consideration. Visit the SMA Athletic Hall of Fame web page,, and click on an honoree’s name to view the Hall of Fame plaque and accolades. Ralph Wolf ‘18 1925 Mile Relay Team Eugene “Hoot” Masur ‘29 Wm. Neal “Oscar” Davis ‘32 Benjamin „Jelly“Sorelle ‘32 J. D. Ross ‘34 Martin Eckhart ‘36 Mack Herring ‘38 Jesse Turner ‘39 Raymond “Butch” Wuensch ‘40

Jack Quirey ‘45 Sam Brown ‘46 Stevens Mafrige ‘54 Don Mafrige ‘55 Ron Mafrige ‘55 Dan Womack ‘55 V. J. Hipp ‘65 Carl Bragg ‘68 Larry Black ‘69 Mike Quirey ‘69

Don Mooney ‘71 Keith Kosan ‘76 Sandra Benson ‘77 Katherine Vause Lepine ‘78 Angela Braccini Harrisberger ‘80 Chris H. Oakes (Moore) ‘83 2011 Fall Inductee David J. Disiere

The Alumni Council accepts nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame. This award is presented at Homecoming to a former student (or students) who excelled in one or more sports while in attendance at San Marcos Academy. For more information, contact Madeline De Long, Director of Alumni Relations, at 32

The Laurelettes (Girls’ Drill Team) was organized in 1979 by Mrs. Jean Shand, teacher and cheerleader sponsor. Katherine Shultz won the contest to name the team. She chose the name Laurelettes, which was inspired by the school flower, the laurel. Laurelettes were required to choreograph a dance and perform for a panel of judges. The girls were judged on the basis of looks, attitude and skill. The girls attended summer camp to learn the dances and spent hours after school practicing on routines. They performed at weekly pep rallies and football games. Some years the girls performed at basketball games, and were featured as the opening ceremonies of Homecoming and Parent Day Military Reviews. The Laurelettes travelled to drill team competitions in Bastrop, San Antonio and Dallas, and brought home patches, trophies and honors. The Laurelettes also represented the Academy in various local and area parades. In 1993, the Laurelettes accompanied the band and cheerleaders to Dublin, Ireland, to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Laurelettes performed various community service activities on campus and off campus.



None of these experiences would have been possible without the tireless efforts of the sponsors. Sponsors: Jean Shand Cheryl Hahn Cathy Psencik

1979 – 1987 1987 – 1989 1989 – 1994

Rosemarie Myers Satin Ritchie

1994 – 1996 1996 – 1997

Pictures clockwise, starting far left: Jennifer Roberts and Jennifer Smith are among Laurelettes joining the SMA Choir in a special Spring Parent Day patriotic program in 1989; The 1985-86 Laurelettes Drill Team consisted of only eight girls. The girls worked hard and were dedicated. They attended all football, many basketball and volleyball games and some swim meets. Captain, Martha Smith, Lt. Penny Olsen, other members Katy Cummings, Noel Davis, Michelle Nance, Christie Jones, Dawn Richardson, Christie White, and Noella Chavez (Manager); First semester Laurelettes posed in the gazebo in downtown San Marcos in 1994; Rachel Struthoff performs a military routine in the 1995 Homecoming game; 1980-81 Laurelettes.


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Fine Arts at SMA


hy should students participate in fine arts at San Marcos Academy? If you give Dr. Arlis Hiebert a few hours, he can give you a few hundred answers to that question.

As Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Dr. Hiebert knows that exposing a student to various means of artistic expression gives that student a better understanding of the world around him or her. Experiences in the arts can open creative avenues that may have been previously undiscovered in a student and may help spark that student to excel in other areas as well. At the Academy, where we welcome students from many different countries and cultures, the arts are languages that all can speak—they cut through racial, social, educational, and economic barriers and ultimately enhance cultural appreciation and awareness. The Fine Arts Department at the Academy provides opportunities to study the Visual Arts, Music, Theatre and Dance. One credit in fine arts is required for graduation. In the visual arts, high school students can take up to four years of traditional art classes along with courses in ceramics and digital photography. Middle School students may also study art as an elective course. Theatre study for high school students includes a course in theatre, which can be repeated for elective credit, as well as a history of cinema course. Among the courses in music are Applied Music, which includes the study of voice, piano or other instruments; Middle School Band; Marching Band, which can be used as a substitute for physical education; Concert Band; and the Academy Singers, a vocal ensemble. Many non-credit opportunities in the fine arts are also offered at the Academy. In visual arts, these include district and state TAPPS competitions; VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Events) competitions; the Empty Bowls service project for ceramics students; and various exhibitions of work in the community and on campus. In theatre, students may participate in fall semester drama productions; the Academy Talent Show; musical theatre or dinner theatre productions; and TAPPS competitions in categories such as solo acting, duet acting, poetry interpretation and prose interpretation. Instruction in various forms of dance is offered on campus as an after-school activity. A variety of opportunities are available for those who want to perform music, including the Jazz Band; Musical Theatre Productions; individual and ensemble TAPPS competitions in both vocal and instrumental categories; Piano Guild Auditions and Festivals; Private lessons (after school) for piano, voice, guitar and most wind and stringed instruments; special music trips and competitions; field trips to attend performances in Austin, San


When San Marcos Academy was founded in 1907, it was designated as a “Conservatory of Fine Arts.� More than a century later, fine arts training continues to be a significant feature in the curriculum and culture of SMA.

Fine Arts at SMA

Antonio, or at Texas State University; and various performances for on-campus and off-campus events and ceremonies.



Football - Pink Out Night sponsored by CTMC supporting CMTC Breast Cancer Research - Green Out Night sponsored by A+ FCU supporting Gridiron Heroes - 63-14 Win against Austin St. Dominic De Savio

Flag Football 3-0 Record with wins against NYOS, and twice against Cross Lutheran New Braunfels.


Wins against St. Gerards, Temple Holy Trinity, Sunnybrook, Texas School for the Deaf. JV Wins against St. Gerard, Waldorf.

Cross Country Middle School Meet in Wimberley Carl Rindahl - 6th place Matthew Rindahl - 13th place Kelsey Chandler - 16th place John Nealon first place at Allan Academy Invitational in College Station. Middle School student Carl Rindahl ran in the JV Boys Division in the 3200 and placed third. TAPPS State Meet-John Nealon placed 6th and made All State Team. Carl Rindahl placed 1st at the CALSA meet in the 3200 with a time of 11:14.5.

Powerlifting SMA Bears Hosted Big Bear Powerlifting Meet. Dalton Wade placed third in his weight class.

Soccer 12-5-1 overall record 8-3 district record Area Round Playoff Victory at SMA against Temple Holy Trinity, 4-0. First Home Playoff Game Hosted at SMA in Any Sport in decades.


27-3 Overall 15-0 in District District Champs 67-34 Win in Bi-District Playoffs against Austin St. Dominic de Savio. 2nd Ranked in State according to Texas Coaches Poll.

Women’s Basketball 35-32 win against Keystone to clinch playoff birth. 35-17 win against Halletsville Sacred Heart on Senior Night at SMA.

Baseball 12-8-1 record 27-16 Win against Austin St. Dominic De Savio. 20-4 Win against Cornerstone.

Softball 27-16 win against St. Dominic De Savio. 2-0 Record against St. Gerard.

Swimming First Swimming team in SMA in years, will compete more this upcoming season.

Track John Nealon 1st Place 800 M at Weimer Meet. John Nealon 2nd Place 400 M at Weimer Meet. Parker Allen cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault at the TAPPS District 3-3A meet in Lockhart.


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Born in San Marcos, Jeff has lived in Texas for most of his life. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. He has a wonderful wife, Alisha, and three beautiful daughters, Rebecca, Rachel and Holly. Baergen began work at the Academy in 1995 as a teacher and dormitory parent. Through the years, he has also served SMA as Student Activities Director, Assistant Principal, Assistant Dean and currently, as Director of Admissions. Baergen grew up listening to his father announce the Southwest Texas State University Bobcat football games. So you might say that he is carrying on a family tradition.

Bear Bryant has been the Technology Director for SMA for 15 years and has just completed his tenth year as Golf Coach. During that time he has qualified players for the state championship five times, securing a fourth place finish in 2005 and has produced two all-state golfers. Bryant began playing golf competitively while he was in high school. Bryant is active at First Baptist Church in San Marcos, where he leads the technology and AV team. He and his wife, Kathy, have two adult children who still live in San Marcos, and one grandson and one granddaughter.

Les Davis, a graduate and former football player at both San Marcos High School and Texas State University, has long been a familiar face in the local football community. In 2010, Davis took the reins of the San Marcos Academy Bears football program. This year Davis also added another title to his job description being named Athletic Director in the spring of 2011. Davis, who played college football under legendary coaches Bill Miller and Jim Wacker at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State), grew up in San Marcos and said early in his life that he made the decision to stay in Central Texas. “I’m excited about starting another phase in my life and am just excited about the opportunity to continue coaching kids,” Davis said. “I’m also happy about remaining in this area, which has been my home for so many years.” Davis and his wife, Paulette, a teacher in the Comal ISD, have two sons who have followed in their father’s footsteps as teacher-coaches. Their older son, Brandon, is a coach and English teacher at a San Antonio High School. Steven, their younger son, graduated from Texas State University in May and will coach and teach mathematics at Hallettsville High School.



Galvez enters his second year coaching football at San Marcos Academy. He brings almost 10 years of experience from the Lions of Lockhart to the Bears. He attended Austin Community College and Texas State University. He is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Lockhart.

San Marcos native Peter A. Garza is entering his second season as head baseball coach at San Marcos Academy. He serves as Assistant Principal and will be an assistant coach for football. Garza brings an impressive resume to the Academy, having served as a veteran head coach for several 4-A and 5-A area school districts. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) Hall of Fame. From 2001-2008, Garza was head baseball coach at Canyon High School, where he taught physical education and was assistant coach of the varsity football team. He worked in the Hays CISD from 1992-2001, holding several administrative positions. Garza has also held administrative and coaching positions at the New Braunfels ISD and at the San Marcos CISD. During his career as a baseball coach, Garza took teams to the state playoffs 14 times and had 619 wins in all. In 1983, he was named the South All-Star Coach by the THSBCA. He has also served as both an officer and a board director for that association. While head baseball coach at New Braunfels High School, Garza was also the assistant head football coach. He helped guide the Unicorns football team to a 99-20-2 record, making them the winningest 4-A team of the 1980’s. The Unicorns went to the playoffs nine out of ten years in that period. The Bears showed major improvement under Garza narrowly missing the playoffs but posted a winning overall record.

Jennifer Jannett is beginning her fourth year as Head Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Coach at San Marcos Academy. In her two years at SMA, she has had two girls named to second team All District and three named All District Honorable Mention. Prior to coaching at San Marcos Academy, Jannett coached club volleyball for three years with the San Marcos Area Volleyball Club while in college at Texas State University. She served as an assistant coach and worked with the middle blockers and outside hitters strengthening their offensive skills. As a San Marcos native, Jannett graduated from San Marcos High School, were she played volleyball for four years. After high school, she attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sociology with a minor in Psychology.



Richard Lopez, a Waco, TX native, is beginning his fourth school year at San Marcos Academy. Lopez is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Development and Community Liaison for Athletic Development at San Marcos Academy, and has served in a variety of roles since beginning at the Academy in 2008 including Resident Assistant, Recreational Assistant and Assistant Director of Student Activities. Lopez graduated from Texas State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and CommunicationsPrint Journalism. While at Texas State, Lopez was very involved in Christian organizations on campus, as well as being a Senator in Associated Student Government. In 2008, Lopez was lead author of the bill that increased the athletic fee for students, essentially doubling the student contribution from $12 million to $24 million per year. Lopez has also been published in many publications including regular columns in the Waco Tribune Herald, BobcatFans Magazine and The University Star. Lopez also serves as the Media Relations Director for Sports Marketing Experts.

Barrett Matthews begins his fourth season coaching at San Marcos Academy. He will be coaching OL and DL this season. Matthews came to SMA after finishing a master’s degree in BioChemistry from Texas State University. Matthews also teaches chemistry, college chemistry, and enviromental science at the Academy. He also heads up the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization on campus. He has lived in San Marcos for 11 years and originally hails from Richwood, Texas, where he attended Brazoswood High School.

Scott Moore will begin his fourth season as head varsity soccer coach for the Bears. His 2009-2010 team finished 11-5-3 with 39 goals for and 24 goals against. The 2009-2010 Bears squad had an astonishing four first team all-district selections, one second team selection and three honorable mention picks. His 2010-2011 team finished 12-6-1 and hosted a first round playoff game, a first for SMA. Moore has played soccer for over 21 years, up to the college level. He currently is the volunteer assistant of the Texas State University Women’s team and has coached a U-15 Super II San Marcos team that has competed with powerhouse clubs in the Austin/San Antonio area for the past five years, compiling a record of 51 wins, 20 losses and 6 ties. Moore graduated from Texas State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree. He also earned a master’s degree in sports management from Texas State University in 2010. He currently holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma, National Goalkeeper diploma and several United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Coaching Licenses.


Steve’s wife, Cathy, is the SMA Bookstore Manager and Purchasing Director and their son, Logan, is a freshman at SMA. Steve’s daughters, Kristen and Kelsey, attend college in Tennessee.


Steve Mitchell, part-time volunteer football coach last season, joins the 2011 SMA coaching staff as Defensive Secondary Coach. Before serving a four-year stint in the Marine Corps which included time in Desert Storm, Steve played football for Texas A&M University in 1981. He moved to San Marcos in 1993 and completed his education at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), graduating in 1994 with a BS in Production Management in Agriculture and an Education minor. Currently employed with the Austin Fire Department, in which he has served for the past 15 years, Steve attained the rank of Lieutenant in 2007.

In his new position at SMA, Nealy will lead the offense and coach the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers for the Bears. Nealy was the starting quarterback for the Bobcats from 2003-2005. He played for Adamson High School in the Dallas area where he was a First Team, All-District pick in both football and basketball. His career totals at Adamson surpassed 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. After high school, Nealy attended the University of Houston in 2002 and started the first four games for the Cougars before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. After the injury, Nealy transferred to Texas State, where he took the Bobcats to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years during his senior campaign. Nealy took home the 2005 Southland Conference Player of the Year and finished fifth in voting for the Walter Payton National Offensive Player of the Year Award. He completed 208 of 363 passes for 2,875 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran the ball 159 times for 1,057 yards for the Bobcats. Nealy would finish his career at Texas State as both the all-time career passing yard leader and the all-time career total offense leader with 7,206 yards and 52 passing touchdowns and 8,933 total yards and 70 touchdowns.

Ronald Oswalt, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, graduated in the fall of 1989 with a B.S. degree in Health and Human Sciences. In 2000, he received the outstanding alumni award from the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. Oswalt has over 20 years experience in medical sales and marketing but sports have always been his passion. In 2009, Oswalt served as Vice-President/General Manager for the Austin Turfcats professional arena football team. His team was recognized for having the best website and best media coverage among SIFL teams in 2009. He was also recognized by the Indoor Football Network as General Manager of the Year. He has worked for the Katy Copperheads of the National Indoor Football League, Texas Copperheads of the arena football league 2, and the Beaumont Drillers of the American Professional Football League. During his tenure with the arena football league 2 his media guide garnered several awards. Oswalt has worked as active media covering the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and the University of Southern Mississippi. He has covered the Humanitarian Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Texas Bowl and Alamo Bowl in college football. Last



year, Oswalt covered the Football Championship Series in Frisco, Texas for local media. Oswalt is currently the Special Assistant for Athletic Development at SMA. He is very active in the community serving with the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Lions Club and as a member of the Kiwanis of San Marcos. He is supported by his wife, Machel, of twenty years and his two boys, Aubrey and Hayden.

Kelia Price, a native of Fort Worth,Texas, graduated in the fall of 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at Wiley College. Price is now entering his fourth year teaching and coaching for San Marcos Academy. As Assistant Coach on the Bears 2009-2010 playoff football team, his speciality was coaching wide receivers and cornerbacks. Price also is the head varsity basketball coach and track team coach. His Bears 2010 Track team placed first at the regional TAPPS meet and third in the 4-A state meet at Baylor University in Waco. Price guided the Bears varsity boys team to a undefeated 16-0 district mark and a number two TBCA state ranking during the regular season. Price is an active member at Pleasant Valley Missionary church in Austin. He is supported by wife, Erica, of three years and son, Kameron. Price is highly respected and a favorite among his athletes.

Rogers is entering her second season as SMA Head Softball Coach. Rogers played high school softball for a very strong New Braunfels Canyon program and then continued her softball career at Mary Hardin Baylor. She was a starting catcher at both levels, but her collegiate career came to a quicker end than she anticipated because of a bad shoulder injury.While at Canyon as a player, and since her graduation, she has assisted the Canyon program by helping with softball camps.

Payden Sharkey, a Merit, TX native, is beginning his fifth school year at San Marcos Academy. Sharkey is currently Assistant Basketball, Baseball and also Head Middle School Flag Football coach at San Marcos Academy, and has held a variety of positions during this time including Residental Assistant, Assistant Hall Director, Recreational Assistant, and Subsitute Teacher. Sharkey recently graduated from Texas State University this summer with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. While at Texas State, Sharkey was involved in the Catholic Organization through Bobcat Awakening.


He was appointed to the position of Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Athletics in the summer of 2009. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) and the M.Ed. degree from the University of Houston. He is a long-time member of First Baptist Church, San Marcos.


Harold “Snuffy” Smith has over 30 years experience in education in the public and private school sectors. He has served as teacher, coach and administrator at various times in Victoria, Waco and San Marcos. He was a head coach and athletic director at San Marcos High School and has spent the past eight years in the Admissions Department of San Marcos Academy.

Thom in entering her second year at San Marcos Academy, teaching middle school math and keyboarding along with her coaching duties in Swimming and Track. Thom grew up in Lafayette, La., where she attended private Christian schools and discovered the allure of athletic competition.At age 9, she ranked fourth in the nation in Ironkids triahlons. Upon graduation, she chose to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. After basic training at Quantico,Va., where she was selected as one of a handful of class commanders, her first assignment to Japan involved engineering projects and humanitarian operations along the Pacific Rim. Soon after her tour in Japan ended, she received a call from the Marines. She reported to Camp Lejeune, N.C., for training, and by the end of January, 2003, she was in Kuwait with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, assigned to work with Assault Bridge Company Bravo. That platoon eventually covered 400 miles, completing bridge-building missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom I.

Earl Thomas is entering his second year as Assistant Basketball Coach at San Marcos Academy. Thomas graduated from Wiley Colllege, located in Marshall,TX in 2004. During his time at Wiley,Thomas was a student-athlete participating on the school’s basketball team from 2002-2004. Thomas, a shooting guard, lead the Red River Athletic Conference in 3 Point Field Goal percentage shooting 44 percent during the 2003 year. Thomas attended Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to his duties at San Marcos Academy, Thomas has served as a counselor at Gary Job Corps since 2008. A 1974 graduate of San Marcos High School, where he was captain of the football and baseball teams, Tobias grew up in San Marcos and went on to graduate from Texas State University (then SWTSU).



Tobias began his coaching career in New Braunfels, where he was assigned to the Middle School but also assisted then Head Coach Peter Garza at New Braunfels High School. From there, he coached at Owen Goodnight Junior High in San Marcos and then was assigned to San Marcos High School, serving as head coach for the varsity baseball team and coaching the varsity football team.Tobias also coached at Travis High School in Austin and at Leander Middle School, where he retired at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Toby Wade begins his sixth season in the Athletic Department at San Marcos Academy, and is beginning his first year as Director of Athletic Operations. This will be Wade’s third season of coaching football at SMA, and he will also coach the Offensive and Defensive Line. He has served in a variety of capacities at SMA including Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Assistant Principal, and director of the Boys Dorm. In addition to his athletic duties, Wade teaches Economics and AP Economics. Wade has both a BBA in Finance and a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas State University. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1981, and during his playing career he was a two year starter at Defensive Tackle for the Rattlers. His lovely wife, Staci, was the Registrar at SMA for many years and is now employed at Texas State University. His son-in-law and daughter, Kelci and Marco Gutierrez, are both graduates of SMA; and his son, Dalton, and youngest daughter, Rusti, are both currently attending SMA.

Yarbrough is entering her first season as Head Coach of the Lady Bear Basketball team. She was invited to play for the Baylor Lady Bears as a walk-on after she played high school basketball in Ohio. She gained additional experience coaching sub-varsity teams at Vanguard School and Midway High School in Waco.Yarbrough was hired by Hays CISD and moved through the ranks of middle school and sub-varsity level teams to eventually became the assistant varsity coach under Denny McDonald. Amy and her husband Scott are both certified basketball referees, and they often travel together to officiate college games, including Women’s Final Four tournaments. Amy’s husband Scott has also served on the Board of Trustees for SMA since 2009.





he Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, is an organization headquartered in Salado, Texas, which creates rules for, and sometimes administers, almost all athletic and academic contests for non-public high schools in the state of Texas. (Texas, unlike most states, has separate organizations for public and private schools, but public and private schools may schedule each other in competition.) Activities range from football and other sports to academic and fine arts competitions. Like the UIL, TAPPS aligns member schools into districts by geography and enrollment size for various contests. Each contest has a slightly different alignment based on the participating schools, but most follow the same basic framework. The districts are mostly decided behind closed doors by TAPPS every even year, and are an attempt to keep schools within a certain distance of their home town when attending competitions. As in the UIL, the districts are the first progression to the state championship. Schools are further broken down with a letter classification to separate them from other schools of varying sizes. The purpose is to ensure that schools compete with others of similar size, talent pools and resources. TAPPS’s general classifications are 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and previously 6A; unlike the UIL, whose official designations are strictly alphabetic, TAPPS officially uses alphanumeric designations for its classifications.The largest schools are classified as 5A (6A from the fall of 2005 until TAPPS returned to 5 classifications for the 08-09 school year), and the smallest are known as 1A. However, TAPPS uses different classification schemes in some other competitions (also by enrollment; lower numbers indicate lower enrollment unless otherwise indicated):


Fine Arts and Academic Competitions: Standard classifications, except that Classes 1A and 2A are split into one subgroup for music and another for other arts and academics (a similar combining occurs in baseball and softball).

Football: Divisions I and II for six-man football; Divisions I, II, III, and IV for the 11-man game

Soccer: Divisions I and II

Swimming: Divisions I (Class 6A schools), II (Class 5A and 4A schools), and III (all smaller schools)

Wrestling: A single classification, as only 13 TAPPS schools (as of 2005) sponsor that sport



Dr. John Garrison President John Garrison was named 13th President at San Marcos Baptist Academy on July 1, 2008. He arrived with 33 years experience as a University Dean, Associate Vice President, and graduate faculty member at Texas State University, in addition to teaching and administrative experience at the secondary school level. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in English from McMurry University. Dr. Garrison has served for more than 20 years as a facilitator with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the accreditation of a host of colleges and universities around the country, and has served as a consultant and grant evaluator for the United States Department of Education. He has been active in state and local leadership roles, serving as President of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators; founder and charter President of the Hays/Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention; and charter member and President of the Rotary Club of Greater San Marcos. Dr. Garrison and his wife, Carol, have been active members of the First Baptist Church of San Marcos for more than 30 years.

Mr. Monty Lewis Interim Executive Vice President With 29 years of experience at San Marcos Academy, Mr. Monty Lewis brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of Interim Executive Vice President. Mr. Lewis started at SMA as Bookstore Manager and Purchasing Agent in 1982. He oversaw the construction of Davidson Hall during his first year at the school. Mr. Lewis went on to serve as business manager and treasurer before being appointed as Interim Executive Vice President in the summer of 2009. Mr. Lewis holds a BBA and MBA from Hardin-Simmons University. He was Manager of the University Bookstore and Director of University Purchasing at Hardin-Simmons from 1976-1982 and also participated in the Management Training Program at Montgomery Wards from 1974-76. Mr. Lewis and his wife, Angela, live on the Academy campus.

Bobby Dupree Vice President for Development In his 35-plus years of service to San Marcos Academy, Bobby Dale Dupree has held the position of principal, director of admissions, and now vice president for development. Bobby and his wife, Duane, have two children who attended the Academy, a granddaughter who graduated in 2009, and a grandson who is an eighth grader at SMA. Mr. Dupree earned his B.S. degree in 1960 and an M.Ed. Degree in 1968 from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). The Duprees attend First Baptist Church in San Marcos.


Kate Robbins was appointed as Director of Human Resources in October of 2008, and in May of 2009, was asked to serve as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs as well. Prior to her arrival at San Marcos Academy, she served for 27 years in various positions in the Division of Student Affairs at Texas State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern with NBC Certification. She provides career counseling and other counseling services on a volunteer basis at Texas State University one day each week.


Kate Robbins Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Director of Human Resources

Ms. Robbins has been active in both the San Marcos and the Wimberley communities. Currently, she serves as a facilitator in Bridges to Life, a restorative justice program for incarcerated individuals. She is a member of the Cypress Creek Church in Wimberley and is on a Heart Group leadership team.

Harold “Snuffy” Smith Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Harold “Snuffy” Smith has over 30 years experience in education in the public and private school sectors. He has served as teacher, coach and administrator at various times in Victoria, Waco and San Marcos. He was a head coach and athletic director at San Marcos High School and has spent the past eight years in the Admissions Department of San Marcos Academy. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Athletics in the summer of 2009. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) and the M.Ed. degree from the University of Houston. He is a long-time member of First Baptist Church, San Marcos.

Bob Bryant Principal Bob Bryant has served in private school education for 27 years.While serving as a teacher-leader, during seven of those years, he trained and supervised assessors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the most rigorous teacher certification process in the country, recognized by 43 states. For the NBPTS, he was selected to establish the benchmark cases for Early Adolescent Generalist certification. In turn, he provided training sessions for NBPTS certification candidates for San Antonio ISD. Mr. Bryant has facilitated accreditation for schools with SACS, ACSI, ICAA, and ACTABS. Also, he served with TEA on an intervention visit at Dallas ISD. As such, he has become a recognized authority on accreditation and school improvement. Most recently, he has been recommended as a facilitator for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Mr. Bryant holds the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.






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1917 – Girls’ Basketball – Undefeated Boys’ Basketball – Champions 1919 – Track holds 6 out of 12 state records for Academies 1920 – Champions – Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track Girls’ Basketball – Undefeated for 3 years 1921 – Champions – Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track 1922 – Champions – Football 1923 – Champions – Baseball 1924 – Champions – Relay team of Texas 1925 – Champions – Track – Set world record for Academy and Junior Colleges with mile relay team. Time 3:28.6 1936 – Champions – Undefeated Football 1938 – Co-Champions – Football 1940 – Southwest Academic League Champions – Basketball 1941 - Southwest Academic League Champions – Football and Basketball 1943 - Academic League Champions – Football 1948 - Academic League Champions – Football and Basketball 1950 – Track – First place in field events, Texas Olympics 1953 – Second place in state – Football

1970 – Tie for league championship – Basketball 1971 – TPL Champions – Track Tie for league championship – Basketball 1973 – TPL Champions – Basketball 1974 – State Champions – Basketball 1979 – State Champions – Golf State Champions – Girls’ tennis State Semi-Finalist – Volleyball 1981 – State Champions – Soccer, Golf and Swimming 1982 – State Champions – Swimming State Runner-ups – Girls’ Swimming State Runner-ups – Basketball State Runner-ups – Golf and Tennis State Regionals – Girls’ Basketball 1983 – State Finalist – Girls’ Basketball TAPS State Quarterfinalist – Volleyball Second in Conference – Swimming 1984 – Second in State – Boys’ Swimming District Champions – Girls’ Basketball District Runner-ups/Regional Semi-Finalist – Volleyball 1985 – State Finalist – Soccer 1986 – State Final Four – Girls’ Basketball State Third Place – Golf 1987 – State Runner-ups – Girls’ Basketball Fourth in State – Soccer

1959 – State Champions – Track

1988 – State Champions – Golf and Tennis Second in State – Soccer District Champions - Track Runner-ups District – Basketball 1989 – State Champions – Boys’ Tennis Third in State – Girls’ Tennis Fourth in State – Golf First in District – Boys’ Track Third in District – Girls’ Track

1960 – State Champions – Track

2009 – Third in District – Football

1962 – Three Way Tie for TPL Championship – Basketball

2010 – Fourth in District – Track TAPPS Regionals Champion – Track Third in State TAPPS Meet - Track

1954 – Champions – Football Second Place in State – Basketball 1955 – State Champions – Football 1957 – Third in state – Basketball 1958 – State Champions – Track

1964 – TPL Champions – Football and Track 1965 - TPL Champions – Football and Basketball * First basketball team to go undefeated in league play 1967 - TPL Champions – Football 1968 – TPL Champions – Basketball and Football * Undefeated and untied in football 1969 – TPL Champions – Football and Basketball

SMA Outstanding ATHLETES

Past Sports Notables and Champions at San Marcos Academy

2011 – Boys Basketball - Undefeated in District / District Champions Girls Basketball – Playoff Appearance Boy’s Soccer – Regional Playoff Round Information 1917-1989 from Echoes In Your Memories of San Marcos Baptist Academy by Jean Akridge Shand However, many great SMA teams are still missing, please email verifiable records to Ronald Oswalt at




Date 8/18 8/26 9/2 9/9 9/15 9/23 10/6 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3

Day Opponent Thursday Austin St. Andrews scrimmage Friday Medina Friday San Antonio Brooks Friday at Austin St. Dominic de Savio Thursday at Texas School for the Deaf Friday at Louise Thursday at TMI – The Episcopal School* Friday Corpus Christi Pope John Paul II* Friday Austin St. Stephens (Homecoming) Friday at San Antonio Christian School* Friday Austin Hyde Park* (Senior Night) Saturday TAPPS playoffs – bi-district Saturday TAPPS playoffs – area Saturday TAPPS playoffs – semifinals Saturday TAPPS playoffs – finals

Time 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM


Varsity Football Schedule

• Denotes district games

JV Schedule 9/1 9/8 9/22 9/29 10/13

Thursday at St Mary’s Hall Thursday Texas School for the Deaf Thursday St Mary’s Hall Thursday at Austin St Stephens Thursday at Austin St Andrews

6:30 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:00 PM

President: Dr. John H. Garrison (University of Texas) Athletic Director: Les Davis (Texas State University) Head Coach/Offensive and Defensive Coordinator: Les Davis (Texas State University) Assistant Coaches: Peter Garza (Texas State University), Barrett Matthews (Texas State University), Kelia Price (Wiley College), Barrick Nealy (Texas State University), Steve Mitchell (Texas State), Amado Galvez, Anthony Tobias, and Toby Wade (Texas State).



2011 - 12 Boys Basketball Schedule

Date Day 11/5/11 Saturday Tuesday 11/8/11 11/10/11 Thursday 11/11/11 Friday 11/12/11 Saturday 11/14/11 Monday 11/15/11 Tuesday 11/17/11 Thursday 11/29/11 Tuesday 12/1/11 Thursday 12/3/11 Saturday Tuesday 12/6/11 12/8/11 Thursday 12/9/11 Friday 12/10/11 Saturday 1/5/12 Thursday 1/6/12 Friday 1/6/12 Friday 1/10/12 Tuesday 1/12/12 Thursday 1/13/12 Friday Tuesday 1/17/12 Friday 1/20/12 1/24/12 Tuesday 1/27/12 Friday Tuesday 1/31/12 2/2/12 Thursday Tuesday 2/7/12 2/9/12 Thursday 2/14/12 Tuesday 2/18/12 Saturday 2/24/12 Friday 2/25/12 Saturday 3/2/12 – 3/3/12 *denotes district game

Opponent Waldorf at KIPP School of Austin (scrimmage) Gateway College Prep (scrimmage) at Lutheran Tournament at Lutheran Tournament San Marcos Home School Panthers at TMI – The Episcopal School at Sunnybrook TMI – the Episcopal School Texas School for the Deaf* at St Dominic de Savio New Braunfels Christian Academy* at Hill Country Tournament at Hill Country Tournament at Hill Country Tournament San Marcos Home School Panthers at Lockhart @ San Juan Diego* (need to reschedule) at Regents* at Concordia* Halletsville Sacred Heart* at Keystone* at New Braunfels Christian Academy* at Texas School for the Deaf* Concordia* San Juan Diego* Regents* at Halletsville Sacred Heart* Keystone* playoffs bi-district round playoffs area round playoffs regional round playoffs regional round state final four District – TAPPS 6-3A

Head Coach: Kelia Price Assistant Coaches: Barrick Neely, Payden Sharkey Athletic Director: Les Davis


Time (JV/V) 4:00/5:30 6:30 6:30/8:00 TBA TBA 5:00/8:00 5:00/6:30 7:30 (V only) 5:00/6:30 5:15/8:00 12:15/3:00 5:00/8:00 TBD TBD TBD 6:30 (V only) 7:00 (V only) 5:00/8:00 5:15/8:00 5:15/8:00 5:15/7:45 5:00/8:00 5:00/8:00 5:15/8:00 5:15/8:00 5:00/8:00 5:15/8:00 5:15/7:45 5:00/8:00

Time (JV/V) 1:00/2:30 6:30 TBA TBA TBA 6:30 5:00 6:00 5:00 4:00/6:30 11:00/1:30 6:30 TBD TBD TBD 12:00 5:00 6:30 5:15/6:30 6:30 4:00/6:15 6:30 6:30 4:00/6:30 6:30 6:30 4:15/6:30 4:00/6:15 6:30


2011 - 12 Girls Basketball Schedule

Date Day Opponent 11/5/11 Saturday Waldorf 11/8/11 Tuesday Round Rock Christian Academy 11/10/11 Thursday at Bracken Christian Tournament 11/11/11 Friday at Bracken Christian Tournament 11/12/11 Saturday at Bracken Christian Tournament 11/14/11 Monday San Marcos Home School Panthers 11/15/11 Tuesday TMI – The Episcopal School at Sunnybrook 11/17/11 Thursday 11/29/11 Tuesday at TMI – the Episcopal School 12/1/11 Thursday Texas School for the Deaf* 12/3/11 Saturday at St Dominic de Savio 12/6/11 Tuesday New Braunfels Christian Academy* 12/8/11 Thursday at Austin Hill Country Tournament 12/9/11 Friday at Austin Hill Country Tournament 12/10/11 Saturday at Austin Hill Country Tournament 12/30/11 Friday at Lockhart 1/5/12 Thursday San Marcos Home School Panthers Friday @ San Juan Diego* (need to reschedule) 1/6/12 1/10/12 Tuesday at Regents* 1/12/12 Thursday at Concordia* 1/13/12 Friday Halletsville Sacred Heart* 1/17/12 Tuesday at Keystone* 1/20/12 Friday at New Braunfels Christian Academy* at Texas School for the Deaf* 1/24/12 Tuesday 1/27/12 Friday Concordia* 1/31/12 Tuesday San Juan Diego* Thursday Regents* 2/2/12 2/7/12 Tuesday at Halletsville Sacred Heart* Thursday Keystone* 2/9/12 2/14/12 Tuesday playoffs bi-district round 2/18/12 Saturday playoffs area round 2/24/12 Friday playoffs regional round 2/25/12 Saturday playoffs regional round 3/2/12 – 3/3/12 state final four *denotes district game District – TAPPS 6-3A Head Coach: Amy Yarbrough Assistant Coach: Jennifer Jannett Athletic Director: Les Davis



2011 Girls Volleyball Schedule Date


8/19/11 Friday 8/20/11 Saturday 8/22/11 Monday 8/23/11 Tuesday 8/25/11 Thursday 8/29/11 Monday 8/30/11 Tuesday Thursday 9/1/11 9/6/11 Tuesday 9/13/11 Tuesday 9/15/11 Thursday 9/16/11 Friday 9/17/11 Saturday 9/19/11 Monday 9/22/11 Thursday 9/24/11 Saturday 9/26/11 Monday 9/29/11 Thursday 10/3/11 Monday 10/6/11 Thursday 10/11/11 Tuesday 10/13/11 Thursday 10/18/11 Tuesday 10/25/11 Tuesday 10/29/11 Saturday 11/4/10 – 11/5/10


at Prarie Lea 6:00 (V only) at Summit Christian 11:00/12:30 San Marcos Home School 6:00/7:00 at Lackland Stacey 5:00/6:00 at Waldorf 6:00/7:00 at San Juan Diego* (@ Austin Sports Center) 5:30/6:30 TMI – The Episcopal School 5:30/6:30 at New Braunfels Christian Academy* 5:30/6:30 Regents* 5:30/6:30 at Keystone* 5:30/6:30 Concordia* 5:30/6:30 San Marcos Home School 6:00/7:00 at TMI – The Episcopal School 12:00/1:00 Halletsville Sacred Heart* 5:00/6:00 San Juan Diego* 6:30/7:30 at Texas School for the Deaf* 1:00/2:00 New Braunfels CA* (Senior Night) 5:30/6:30 at Regents* 5:30/6:30 Texas School for the Deaf* 5:30/6:30 Keystone* 5:30/6:30 at Concordia* 5:30/6:30 at Halletsville Sacred Heart* 5:00/6:00 playoffs – bi-district round TBD playoffs – area round TBD playoffs – regional round TBD State Final Four Tournament TBD

*denotes district game

District – TAPPS 6-3A

Head Coach: Jennifer Jannett Athletic Director: Les Davis

Time (JV/V)

Date Day Opponent Time 8/22/11 8/29/11 9/6/11 9/12/11 9/16/11 9/19/11 9/26/11 9/29/11 10/1/11 10/3/11 10/6/11 10/7/11 10/8/11 10/14/11 10/15/11

Monday San Marcos Panthers Monday at Cross Lutheran* Tuesday at Christian Academy of San Antonio* Monday at Buckner Fanning* Friday San Marcos Panthers Monday FBA Universal City* Monday Fredericksburg Heritage* Thursday at New Braunfels Christian Academy* Saturday Wimberley Tournament (tentative) Monday Hill Country Christian School* Thursday TSD Tournament Friday TSD Tournament Saturday TSD Tournament Friday CALSA District Tournament Saturday CALSA District Tournament

4:00/5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 4:00/5:00 7:00 4:30 5:00 TBA 4:00 TBA TBA TBA TBD TBD

*denotes district game – Christian Athletic League of San Antonio (CALSA)

Athletic Director: Les Davis


2011 Middle School Volleyball Schedule




he story of the San Marcos Academy Bear mascot is actually quite a long and interesting tale. During the Academy’s first year of operation, the football and baseball team were known as the Cubs. When girls’ sports began in 1910, female athletes became the Miss Cubs.The Academy mascot remained the Cub until the 1954-55 school year, when the Cub grew into a Bear, and that has remained a staple on the Academy campus to this day. The school colors of green and purple, which play an important part in the SMA Bear’s appearance, were selected by Miss Edena May Carroll, daughter of the first president, Dr. J.M. Carroll. She picked the green and purple of the mountain laurel which grows all over the Hill Country. Many people often think of bears as big, ferocious creatures that are brown, black or white. Bears are much more than that. They are definitely big, and yes, they are very strong. They can be scary, but most will only become aggressive when threatened or when their babies are threatened, and even then many species of bear won’t attack. Bears are solitary and quite docile animals.They are smart, shy and are great at hiding.There is very little information on some bears because researchers have a hard time finding them! During the summer of 2011, the GroundsGuys, a full-service grounds care company, partnered with SMA to introduce a new Bear mascot. The process of selecting the mascot costume included many people, and careful considerations were ironed out before the new SMA mascot was developed. The SMA Bear, an imposing figure, will intimidate any opponent and be a real source of school spirit. Off the field, the SMA Bear is an Academy and GroundsGuys ambassador, full of pride and welcoming any opportunity to spread the joy of being a Bear at San Marcos Academy. The name G.G. was the idea of SMA Communications Director Shelley Henry, as the GoundsGuys are the official sponsor of the Bear mascot. G.G. has very strong senses of smell, sight and hearing. G.G. can smell food, other bears, and many other things from miles away. G.G.’s terrific eyesight helps to identify ripe fruit, nuts, and touchdowns during the football season. G.G. lists his hobbies as hanging out in the library with librarian Amy Nighbert, seeing friends daily at the Sabre and eating lunch with seniors. He loves to shoot hoops with Kelia Price and run pass patterns with Barrick Nealy. He loves to study and attend Bear Club meetings with local business leaders. But his favorite day is game day at A+FCU/Ingram Stadium and cheering the Bears to victory and having his photo taken with the fans. He is never camera shy. G.G. the Bear resides in the north endzone in his custom made TUFF SHED.TUFF SHED is America’s leading provider of installed storage buildings and garages. For 30 years,TUFF SHED has been delivering on its customer promise of providing products of lasting value through the use of innovative engineering, proven construction techniques and expert consultative services. The mascot was developed by of Canyon Lake, Texas. They have developed mascots for several professional teams from the Arena Football League to the National Football League as well as mascots for the Indianaoplois Colts, University of Kentucky, Mississippi Seawolves, University of West Alabama and the Harlem Globetrotters. The GroundsGuys provide professional lawn care services to San Marcos, Texas, and the surrounding cities of Kyle, Martindale, Maxwell and Luling. Serving both single family residences and commercial accounts alike, the locally owned and operated The GroundsGuys are ready to meet all your landscape maintenance needs. Their established systems allow them to deliver industry-leading lawn care and landscape solutions. Built on a family tradition of caring, The Grounds Guys are driven by a passion to exceed the expectations of their customers.


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Front Row - Kyle Grafa, Cole Williams, Desmond Jackson, Parker Allan, Matt Daniel, Ricardo Amescua. Row 2 - Ty Merriweather, Logan Mitchell, Devante Williams, Aubrey Oswalt, Andrew Hansen, Brandon Fields, Brett Mackall. Row 3 - Estevan Gutierrez, Memo Borrego, Guy DaRocha, Shane Boyer, Michael Trejo, Jeffrey Sainah. Row 4 - Justin Flowers, Dalton Wade, DJ Jackson, Cody Watson, Cody Dietert, Austin Hay, Richard Smith. Row 5 - Eddy Haddad, Ben Findley, Jason Boyett, Hunter Bilson, Sabas Castillo, Brandon Cuevas, Row 6 - Sam Smith, Braxton Wise, Nick Nelson, Cooper Allan, Chris Hart, Marshall Benson. Back Row - Barrick Nealy,Toby Wade, Anthony Tobias, Barrett Matthews, Les Davis, Steve Mitchell, Kelia Price, Peter Garza, Armado Galvez.




Front Row – Amberly Malone, Storey Parker, Emma Belzung, Jamilyn Patton, Kimberly Saindon Back Row – Kelly McKenzie, Becca Bigelow, Caroline Roberts, Hattie Wesley, Justyn Hinson, Cheerleader Coach Nancy Lynch


Front Row – Que Semien, Shelia Jiang, Brittany Faber, Shelby Teis,Victoria Garrett, Alley Tijerina, Jessie Sainah Middle Row – Megan Pizana, Kendall Nighbert, Addison Green, Abby Daley, Paige Guttersen, Jasmine McWilliams, Herriott Parker, Rusti Wade, JV Volleyball Coach Taylor Rogers Back Row – Aliah Ridge, Ruabing Yang, Brittney Dizzine, Kayla Chandler,Tiara Hansen, Carly Mitchell, Mallaree Kent, Beth Thielen, Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Jennifer Jannett.




(Front) Coach Payden Sharkey, Xenan Chen, Estevan Gutierrez,Ty Merriweather, Brett Mackall, Aubrey Oswalt, Hunter Bilson (2nd Row) Head Coach Kelia Price, Jonathan Powerll, Colin King, Sungwon Moon, John Nealon, Sabas Castillo, Currie Pipkins, Dion’drick McCoy, Chester Liu, Juncheng Yang, Coach Earl Thomas


(Back) Justin Driscoll,WonJae Jeong, Coach Payden Sharkey, Aubrey Oswalt, Sam Smith. (Front) Devante Williams, Colin King and Hunter Bilson. 66



(Front) Melanie Isaacs, Rusti Wade, Carly Mitchell (2nd Row) Georgia Rutledge, Ailah Ridge,Taylor Teis, Kayla Chandler, Beth Thielen, Mallaree Kent, Ruby Yang, Lindsey Preston (Back) Head Coach Toby Wade, Rubi-Anne Alexander, Magdalena Wendling,Tiara Hansen, Jordan Jackson, Coach Jennifer Jannett.


(Front) Ruby Yang, Rusti Wade, Nan Xu (2nd Row) Coach Jennifer Jannett, Beth Thielen, Rebecca Cox, Marissa Sosa, Kayla Chandler and Rose Al-Nashaar




(Front) James Ivers, Devante Williams, Michael Trejo, Adam Rollins, Nick Nelson, John Myers (Back) Head Coach Peter Garza, Cody Dietert, Min Jae Jeong, Justin Driscoll, Alex Ashley, Darby Rollins, Hunter Bilson, Coach Payden Sharkey.


(Front) Daniel Torres, Jeffrey Sainah, Justin Flowers, Aaron Warren, Christian Alexander (Back) Coach Jeff Loyd, Christopher Alexander, Jeffry Loyd, Robbie Luo, Coach Jeff Flowers, Alexander Jones, Reed Bi, Coach Torres. 68



(Front) Melanie Isaacs, Rusti Wade, Kelly Reese, Jammy Patton, Nan Xu, Carly Mitchell (2nd Row) Coach Jennifer Jannett, Ruby Yang, Kayla Chandler, Georgia Rutledge,Taylor Teis, Beth Thielen, Head Coach Taylor Togers (Back) Rubi-Anne Alexander, Holly Hazelwood,Tiara Hansen, Jordan Jackson


Jeffrey Sainah, Memo Borrego, Enrique Galan, (Back) Coach Rory Blanton, Darby Rollins, Ben Parent,Ted Anderson, Ignacio Navarro, Sean Korzeniewski, Calvin Kim, Swele Osime, Grimaldo DaRocha, Armando Gomez, Mark Lee, Coach Scott Moore. Not pictured: Nathan Liu, Justin Lamontagne, Dean Lee.




(Front) Herriott Parker, Justin Lamontagne (On Varsity),TJ Wilson, Joshua Thompson. (2nd Row) Young Hun Kim, Seokyhun Koh, Dean Lee (On Varsity),Wenda Zhang, Peter Wang, Ian LaMarsh. (Back) Coach Rory Blanton, Nanthan Liu (on varsity), Peter Park, Michael Mouton, Bonwoo Ko, and Yifan Xu.

2010-2011 TRACK

(Front) Calvin Kim, Parker Allan, Richard Smith, John Ferguson, Cody Watson (2nd Row) Kalyn Jeong (mgr), Jeffrey Sainah, Sabas Castillo,Ty Merriweather, Guy DaRocha, Josh McIntyre, John Nealon (Back) Coach Ron Hixon,Ted Anderson, Chester Liu, Head Coach Les Davis, Garrett Walker, Ethan Deschner, Zack Middleton, Coach Barrett Matthews. 70



Standing in the very back row, Left to Right: Coach Price, Sean Driscoll, Jason Ku, Hannah Paul, Brittany Faber, Sarah Lindsey, Victoria Garrett, Quandanique Semien, Kenna Mason, Aaron Warren, Jessie Sainah, Ezekiel Ramirez. Front rown standing, Left to Right: Rory Korzeniewski, Zachary Cox, Andrew Hansen, Shelby Teis, Sadie Lopez,Wendy Ho, Kelsey Chandler,Taylor Burcham,Will Brown, Coach Thom. Kneeling in front, Left to Right: Brendan Christensen, Hunter Thompson, Daniel Torres, Carl Rindahl, Braxton Wise, Cooper Allen, Hank Shirley, Matthew Rindahl, Christopher Alexander.


(Front) Taylor Burcham, Aaron Warren, Daniel Torres, Brandan Christensen, Matthew Rindahl, Hunter McCollum, Aaron Rivers, Hank Shirley. (Back) Jason Boyett,William Brown, Andrew Hansen, Head Coach Payden Sharkey, Carl Rindahl, Ezekiel Ramirez, Jeffery Loyd,Tucker Burcham




(Top) John Ferguson, MinJae Jeong, Coach Barrett Matthews (Bottom) Cody Watson, Michael Trejo, Richard Smith

2010-2011 TENNIS

Back row L-R - Coach Toby Wade, Amy Souliotis, Caroline Roberts, Hattie Wesley, Paige Gutterson, Summer Stallings, Kim Saindon, Serena Huang, Sunny Zhao, Lili Li. Bottom row L-R - Ziyi Zhao, Nathan Liu, Guan Li, Adam Chen, Daniel Patman,Vincent Wei, Jason Sun, Roger Zhu 72


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We asked ten tough questions... 1. If you could take five things to a deserted island, what would you take? 2. Who is your role model? 3. If you won a million dollars what would you do with it? 4. What are some of your biggest pet peeves? 5. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you wish for? 6. Name five words to describe you. 7. What is your favorite food? 8. What is your favorite event at SMA? 9. What is your most embarrassing moment? 10. What is something not many people know about you?

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Nikki Vincent, A+ FCU

My guitar, something to write with, something to write on, my dog Rusty, my dog Wicket Jesus Christ Get my family and myself out of debt and then open a live music venue/dancehall. Folks that “ride the fence” on issues and do not take a stand on their beliefs. (whatever they might be); my own procrastination because it hinders me from doing things I’m passionate about. 5. To be debt free; to write an award winning “HIT” song; to have someone REALLY famous record that award winning “HIT” song 6. Goofy, caring, fun-loving, talkative, funny 7. Anything with CHEEEEEESSSSSE! 8. Football season 9. While there are MANY, one that comes to mind is when I was at HEB buying groceries. Even though Mom always told me not to leave my wallet sitting in the shopping cart, this time I did and walked away briefly to turn around and find a man brushing up against my cart with wallet in hand! I yelled at him,”Hey STOP! You just took my wallet!” I looked in my shopping cart….there sat my wallet…I looked in his hand…there was HIS wallet (they looked very similar). I apologized profusely as his wife “threw daggers” at me with her eyes for accusing her husband of taking my wallet. I quickly pushed my basket out of the produce section, face red as a beet! 10. I’m pretty much an “open book” but I guess some people might not know that I’m a big ‘ol “Tom-Boy” and love to hunt! 1. 2. 3. 4.

Austin Hay, SMA Senior

1. T.V., Xbox 360, Ke$ha, my laptop, FOOD! 2. Adrian Peterson 3. Pay for college, get a new car, buy a new house, and buy SMA new bleachers. 4. Bad drivers, rude people, and yelling. 5. My own private island, own private jet, and Kit from Knight Rider 6. Happy, chill, outgoing, funny, upbeat 7. Mexican 8. Homecoming bonfire 9. Bears don’t get embarrassed! 10. I’m awesome!


Justin Driscoll, SMA Junior

1. Food, water, my dog, a boat, and people 2. Derek Jeter 3. I would buy a 2011 Dodge Durango, give some to charity and save some for later in life 4. Repetitive tapping, staring and talking about someone behind their back 5. To pitch for the Yankees; hang out with my dead uncle, who is in the Hall of Fame of Lacrosse; and have a million dollars 6. Athletic, daring, friendly, lazy, and hard-working 7. Steak 8. Baseball games 9. I showed up at the wrong class during the wrong period. 10. Lacrosse is one of my favorite sports. I know so much about it because my uncle is in the Hall Of Fame for it and taught me how to play.


Colin King, SMA Junior 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

My phone, x-box, food, water and clothing Dirk Nowitzki and my two brothers; Eric & Ryan I would keep half and donate the other half People driving below the speed limit Straight As my last two years at SMA; to go to college at TCU; to win state in basketball this year 6. Nice, funny, determined, smart and aggressive 7. Pizza 8. Basketball season 9. I was called on stage at a camp and had a prank played on me in front of 300 people. 10. I want to be a professional photographer.

Kendall Nighbert, SMA Sophomore

1. My closest friend, my family, sunscreen, shelter, and a plane to get me off the deserted island... 2. My mother, Amy Nighbert. 3. Donate to Cystic Fibrosis research. 4. I can’t stand having any of the doors or cabinets in my room open. For some reason it just bugs me. 5. I’d wish for a new phone, an unlimited credit card, and to meet my favorite athletes. 6. Athletic, funny, smart, Christian & friendly. 7. Desserts! 8. Definitely homecoming or football season. 9. I get embarrassed easily...So there’s way too many moments to list. :) 10. My dream is to go to the University of Kentucky and major in sports marketing and management.

Cody Watson, SMA Senior

1. Food, water, wood, Bible, cell phone to call for help 2. Jesus Christ 3. Buy myself a car, pay for my college tuition, and donate the rest to various charities 4. When the person I’m talking on the phone with is talking to someone else, someone who is texting while I’m talking to them 5. For everyone in the world to be taken care of and given what they need; for my papa to not have heart problems anymore; to find a cure for all diseases. 6. Godly, loyal, honest, trustworthy, hard-working 7. My favorite food would be my grandmas spaghetti 8. Homecoming week. All the week long events, then getting to play football in front of the whole school and alumni. It’s awesome. 9. Walking into the school after slipping in the mud and having to walk around with mud all over my pants 10. I love to read love stories


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e had a goal. The critics thought he was showboat. They said he was dangerous. Even his coach said, “I wouldn’t advise anybody else to try it.”

He had a strategy. He would approach the bar, plant his right foot, spin a full 180 degrees, and leap backwards into the air. Great coaches and athletes struggled to understand how it would work. He had conviction. “I’ve studied physics and engineering,” he said, “and jumping my way, I am less likely to hit the bar with my head, arms or legs.” He defended himself with confidence.

revolutionize the high jump. This year, the Academy Bears will be training to exceed all expectations and change our world. We will examine the life of another man that was called unorthodox and dangerous. Defying traditions, Christ Jesus defeated sin and death to revolutionize our lives. Let’s follow in His footsteps! References found at time/magazine/article/0,9171,712152,00. html

At age 21, Dick Fosbury cleared 7 ft. 2 1/4 in. to win the NCAA championships. The next month, he cleared 7 ft. 1 in. to secure the first place spot at the U.S. Olympic trials. Fosbury went on to win the gold at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City by clearing 7 ft. 4 1/4 in. and setting a new world record in the high jump. The “Fosbury Flop” went on to

And let us run with perseverance the race “ marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the

pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Chris Carrier and his wife Leslie have three children—Amanda, Melodee, and Preston. He is an alumnus of Mercer University (BA in Psychology with a major in Christianity) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA Divinity). He has been ministering at the Academy for 14 years and has been involved in youth ministry for 25 years.


“Let the one who serves serve in the strength which God supplies that in everything God may get the glory through Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Peter 4:11 As an inter-denominational ministry, FCA is: • Christ-centered (focusing of our message); • Kingdom-minded (serving the purpose of the Church); • Bible-based (source of our authority); • Athletically focused (ministering to coaches and athletes); • Spiritually nurturing (helping people to know and grow in Christ); • Fellowship-oriented (connecting people through the love of Christ); • Volunteer-intensive (mobilizing students to accomplish the mission); • Culturally adaptive (meeting the diverse needs of people);



an Marcos Academy FCA is a student led ministry that Bear students are able to participate in each week. From the moment on the campus of San Marcos Academy until the moment you leave, you will be a part of a creative, compelling, challenging presentation of God’s truth. We will attempt to bring speakers and musicians in at various times who will work hard to provide a distraction-free time of praise and worship.

• and Faith-financed (funded through people moved by God to give).

They devoted themselves to “ the apostles’ teaching and to the

fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Our weekly gatherings will be only one portion of the FCA experience along with small groups, mission trips, and outreach. The idea for FCA and small groups is based on Acts 2:42-47. Herein lies the heart of FCA: a community devoted to praising God and spreading the Gospel. Our goal is to provide an exciting environment through weekly meetings, as well as to extend fellowship through small groups. San Marcos Academy FCA is a ministry committed to preaching and presenting the Gospel. We pray that people will not just hear and see the Gospel through FCA, but that it will greatly impact and transform.

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he Central Texas heat did not stop the San Marcos Academy from hosting their Second Annual Bear Club All Pro Football camp held this summer at A+ FCU Stadium, located on the SMA campus.

CoCard Merchant Solutions sponsored the camp, which featured talent from all over Central Texas. The camp was different from the previous year, as the age groups were opened up, and girls were allowed to participate. The camp tripled in size from the previous year, and featured over 100 student-athletes from around Central Texas, including multiple girls who were playing football for the very first time.

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at the camp including Advocare. A+ Federal Credit Union, Sports Marketing There were many familiar faces that San Marcos residents Experts, SportsClips,TekRescue, and noticed such as Former Texas State University standout HH Fitness-Athletic Revolution. Barrick Nealy, who is currently the Offensive Coordinator

and Quarterbacks Coach at San Marcos Academy. SMA Head Football Coach Les Davis, also a former Bobcat football player, worked together with an assortment of coaches around Central Texas to be able to assist the students during the one day camp. Adrian Thomas, former Texas State University Wide Receiver, and current Fellowship of Christian Athletes Representative, also helped the students. Nealy was excited to be able to participate in a camp that gave back to the community he has been a part since his time at Texas State. “I think it is important that the community takes advantage of free opportunities such as this,” said Nealy. “This is the first camp I have been able to take part in at San Marcos Academy, and it was great to see the community come together, through people donating their time and teaching the kids valuable lessons on and off the field. The

students got better today, and hopefully they were able to take away a few things from the camp.” Davis was participating in the camp for the second straight year and was pleased with the turnout. “We had a great turnout at camp. We are excited to have an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Davis. “The kids had fun and learned a little about football. We know that this will continue to be a staple on the San Marcos Academy campus and that 82



Many of the San Marcos Academy Bear Club members set up booths at the camp including Advocare. A+ Federal Credit Union, Sports Marketing Experts, SportsClips, TekRescue, and HH FitnessAthletic Revolution. Many of the Bear Club members and families also donated items to the students that they were able to take away from the camp such as free coupons from Chick-Fil A, and many other local San Marcos and Kyle establishments. “CoCard Merchant Solutions was very honored to be a part of the COCARD SMA Bear Club All Pro Football Camp,” said Chuck Moerbe, owner of CoCard Merchant Solutions. “We are always looking for ways to reach out to the community, and this was truly a great event. The students not only walked away learning from coaches around the area from many different backgrounds, but walked away with hundreds of dollars of coupons and free items.”


it will grow yearly.”

The camp, which was free of charge, will be an annual event on the San Marcos Academy campus, as Director for Athletic Development Ronald Oswalt believes that every athlete around Central Texas deserves to attend a camp free of charge. “This was an amazing event for the students that we are able to do thanks to the support of our family and corporate partners,” said Oswalt. “We are very blessed that our partners help us reach out the community during events such as this. Anytime you are able to offer a camp to over 100 students free of charge, that is something special and we are very happy to continue to do this every single year.”


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SAN MARCOS – Barrick Nealy has come back to San Marcos—this time to coach at San Marcos Academy and to continue his education at Texas State University. Nealy was the starting quarterback for the Bobcats from 2003-2005. He is most notably remembered by Bobcat Nation for standout play that led the Bobcats on a historic march to the 2005 NCAA Semifinals against Northern Iowa. In his new position at SMA, Nealy will lead the offense and coach the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers for the Bears under former Bobcat player Les Davis, who is entering his second season as the Bears Head Coach. Nealy played for Adamson High School in the Dallas area where he was a First Team, All-District pick in both football and basketball. His career totals at Adamson surpassed 4,000 passing


yards and 30 touchdowns. After high school, Nealy attended the University of Houston in 2002 and started the first four games for the Cougars before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. After the injury, Nealy transferred to Texas State, where he took the Bobcats to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years during his senior campaign. Nealy took home the 2005 Southland Conference Player of the Year and finished fifth in voting for the Walter Payton National Offensive Player of the Year Award. He completed 208 of 363 passes for 2,875 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran the ball 159 times for 1,057 yards for the Bobcats. Nealy would finish his career at Texas State as both the all-time career passing yard leader and the all-time career total offense leader with 7,206 yards and 52 passing touchdowns and 8,933 total yards and 70 touchdowns. Although his time as a Bobcat Quarterback was over, Nealy said he knew that his life would one day circle back around to San Marcos. “Finishing my degree was always part of my plan and my promise to my mother when I decided to leave school and pursue a professional football career,” Nealy said. “So it was never a question about if I was going to finish—it was always a question of when. Considering the fact that my wife, Tiffany, and I have now started our own family, I personally don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to serve and reconnect with a community of people who have done so much for me in the past like the people of San Marcos have done. I owe it to the city to come back and help other young people.”

After his senior season, Nealy signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but after being released, went on to sign a contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Nealy retired from the Stampeders on June 11, 2010. Nealy will work with a veteran coaching staff at SMA, including Head Coach Les Davis, who Nealy said was a key draw for him. “Coach Davis has been a wellrespected coach in the central Texas area for many years,” Nealy said. “His resume speaks for itself. I have been well aware of him from some of his former high school players that he has coached in the past, and it was also brought to my attention that he was a roommate and friend to two of my former coaches and mentors, David Bailiff and Brad Wright. There was an immediate connection between Coach Davis and me.” Nealy said he is excited to get on the sidelines, and believes that he has been prepared to step into his own coaching duties by some excellent coaches and motivators he has been around throughout his years in football. “I believe my entire life has prepared me for this journey,” Nealy said. “A big part of that is credited to being surrounded by great coaches of good moral character my entire career. I feel that it’s my responsibility to carry out those same character traits not only in my coaching approach but in my life as a father and husband. God has blessed me throughout my career with special men and women of character who have inspired me and motivated me, and now I hope to do the same for others.”Nealy said he is excited about the opportunity to coach at a school with talented athletes, but also talented students in the classroom and in the community. “I privately train several boys and girls of all ages in sports performance, and I feel that the opportunity to join the San Marcos Academy program provides me with a much larger stage to not only work with athletes in the Central Texas area, but athletes from around the world, considering SMA’s international population,” Nealy said. “I have been impressed with the Academy administration that balances education and athletics. Their determination and passion for excellence in the classroom and on the playing field seemed really contagious when I spoke to the coaching staff and the Academy president. I truly believe the quality of life and education that the San Marcos Academy has to offer to young people makes it a really special place.”


BARRICK NEALY Quarterbacks coach and Offensive Coordinator at San Marcos Academy

BY: FLETCHER RUTLAND PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY For former Bobcat quarterback Barrick Nealy there really is no place like home. After finishing a professional football career that had its highs and lows, Nealy is back in San Marcos working on the next phase of his life. Nealy is now the Quarterbacks coach and Offensive Coordinator at San Marcos Academy, a private school minutes away from where he made a name for himself as one of the best collegiate athletes in the country. “I knew I wanted to get into coaching. I did a little research, kind of reached out to the school, and they pretty much accepted me with open arms. I’ve got a great deal with a great opportunity,” said Nealy. Nealy had always been told by former coaches and teammates that he should get into coaching when he was done playing. He has also worked in the off-seasons the last few years training young players, and when the opportunity came up at SMA it turned out to be the right fit. “One of my best friends is one of the basketball coaches at St. Stephens in Austin. He had been trying to get me to his school for years when I would come back from Canada, and I just never jumped on anything,” said Nealy. “I kind of made a list of five schools that I was going to reach out to, and it just so happens that I reached out to this school first for the simple reason that I knew I could come back and finish my last 4 classes for my degree.” “That was the number one reason why I reached out to this school first. Before I could really go down my list, Dr. Garrison the president of SMA really expressed that he wanted me to come here. This is home. It was always my first choice to come back to San Marcos, so it was a nobrainer,” said Nealy. There are many high profile players like Nealy that take the opportunity to step into a role as a graduate


assistant after leaving professional football, either with their alma mater or at another University with a coach that they are familiar with. For Nealy, he felt the right thing for him to do was to start his career at a more basic level and work his way up naturally. “I’ve been fortunate because I’ve been able to develop a lot of relationships at lots of different Universities, so that’s always been an option for me,” said Nealy. “But I’ve always tried to keep things in perspective and keep things in order, so at the end of the day I thought to myself, I could coach at the college level and my whole career has pretty much been prep for that, but at the same time I want to get my degree first.” “So that was priority number one for me, outside of my family, was getting my degree. Then down the road I’ll see what happens. That will come with time, but here at SMA Coach Les Davis has provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime to start my coaching career and learn from a guy like him who has 30 young years of experience under his belt,” said Nealy. “Coach Davis is a Texas State graduate, and like Coach Bailiff he played under and comes from the great coaching tree of the late Jim Wacker. So there’s definitely a connection between Coach Davis and me.” Coaching at a private school like San Marcos Academy provides different challenges and obstacles that coaches have to face. For example the SMA football team last year had less than thirty players on the roster which is a result of the overall enrollment being much smaller than most public schools. Despite challenges like that, Nealy is proud of the opportunity that SMA provides the young men he coaches on and off the field. “I went though public school myself, and I have nothing negative to say about public school, but when

you look at the track record of this school and just sit down and look at the kids that graduate from this school and the opportunities they have it’s amazing,” said Nealy. “We have kids going to Harvard, Yale, and other great institutions that you don’t see everyday at other places. I think if parents just step out and come to an open house to see what this school has to offer, then I think their eyes will be open to a lot more opportunities for their kid’s education.” It’s been just more than five years since Nealy took off the Texas State uniform, and many of the players he now coaches weren’t yet out of elementary school. A lot of them are too young to have watched in person or on TV the player that finished in the top five voting for the Walter Payton Award, an honor given to the best player in the football championship subdivision. “I really don’t think they know my history. I think they know I played football…somewhere, back in the day. I think they think I’m old,” said Nealy. “Being young myself I’m able to relate with them. I’m just trying to coach them up on the fundamentals and they’re responding well. I’m not

expecting anyone to shock the world, but we’re just taking baby steps. “ While his players may not remember who he was from his time as a Bobcat, there are still many people in San Marcos and Bobcat fans elsewhere that fondly remember Nealy and especially the great year they had in 2005. Because of that he will always have a legacy around town as one of the greatest players to wear maroon and gold, but that isn’t what is important to him. “I think when I was in school all I ever wanted my legacy to be, the only thing I wanted them to say was, ‘Barrick was a really good guy, he put himself on the back-burner, and he really cared about people.’ All the other accolades that came with football were just a plus. I truly tried to live my life every day and do just that,” said Nealy. Even far away in Canada he would still follow the Bobcats week to week online and has kept in touch with many of the players and coaches. Now that he’s back living in central Texas Nealy looks forward to meeting Coach Franchione and becoming involved with the program. “I haven’t been out around campus



yet because I’ve kind of been trying to wait it out a little bit. I’m thinking I’ll hold out until around the spring game when all the ex-players come back. I can’t wait to sit down with Coach Fran. I’ve heard so many great things about him and that’s something I’m really looking forward to,” said Nealy. “I love my University and I’ve felt very fortunate to have the career that I’ve had and to come across the people that I’ve come across. So to be back in town is great,” said Nealy. “I just love this place. Unfortunately my professional career didn’t take off to the point where I could donate millions of dollars to the University like I pictured, but at the same time I can give my time in little ways and that’s my plan. I am who I am and whatever the University needs me to do, then I’m there.” Much of Nealy’s legacy comes from what he accomplished his senior year when the Bobcats nearly beat A&M in the regular season and came close to playing for the national championship after a strong playoff run. “It was fun, but we expected to do that. I remember the year before having a chance to make the playoffs if we would have just won the last game. I remember going up there and losing, and then coming back the next week and having a team meeting,” said Nealy. “We had a lot of seniors on that team, and we only had one year left coming up. I remember stepping up before my team and being like, ‘you know guys we have a chance of really leaving this place with no kind of legacy as a team. We have all this talent in this room, and we have one year left and we haven’t done anything. What are we going to do?’” “I remember making the point, ‘If you guys see me around the complex this summer and I look mad then it’s because I know in my mind that I could possibly leave this place without any kind of team legacy.’ So that whole summer I just remember being mad, and I brought guys with me,” said Nealy. “We had great leaders on that team and that summer we were mad. We went to work and we brought everybody with us. In that 2005 season there isn’t a game that we went into that we didn’t expect to win.” “I think everything just came together for us on that run. We went up to A&M, gave them a run for their money and should have pulled that off,” said Nealy. “I remember being down to Georgia Southern 6 | BOBCATREPORT

in the playoffs, and it just never crossed my mind that we would lose. It just didn’t. And the guys felt the same way. Unfortunately in that Northern Iowa game we came up short,” said Nealy. Looking back on that championship run Nealy has peace with it because he felt he did everything he could to win those games. “I was upset that I didn’t bring this town a National Championship, which is something that still bothers me, but I know we gave everything we had, and we had a great run,” said Nealy. “We had a lot of really great guys on that team and we just did everything the right way. On and off the field we did it the right way.” A lot of Bobcat fans look back at that final game against Northern Iowa and are left with a lot of ‘what if’ questions in their mind. That isn’t the same with Nealy who doesn’t look back on that game with any regrets. “A lot of people talk about the call Bailiff made, and I always go back to that the ball was in my hands. If you look at a good friend of mine Vince Young that same year in the Rose Bowl, Mack Brown put the ball in Vince’s hands and told him to win the game and Vince made it happen,” said Nealy. “Coach Bailiff did the same thing. I was supposed to be the best player on the field, coach put the ball in my hands, and it didn’t happen. I take responsibility for that. That one play, or that one call, that doesn’t define who I am as a person, or who Coach Bailiff is as a person, or what our team stood for. We’re so much bigger than that. It wasn’t our day, and that’s how I look at it. That one play, that call, that interception, it doesn’t put a blemish on what we accomplished as a team. I’ve overcome so much that that moment doesn’t define anything about me. Nealy is a very strong person physically, mentally, and spiritually and a lot of that is a direct result of the coaches that have been in his life.

Nealy. “I learned all those things from Texas State. I learned how to work and really build as a team. There was a point my first couple of years at Texas State where nobody really talked about us winning a championship, so I know what it takes to bring a group of guys together and get them to the point where they can win a championship because I was a part of that at Texas State.” After leaving Texas State Nealy went undrafted by the NFL and landed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. The Vikings brought him to their camp as a receiver, and he was cut before he could make the team. After leaving the Vikings Nealy played professionally in Canada for a few seasons, but in 2010 he decided that it was time to retire from playing football. He currently lives in San Antonio with his wife Tiffany Nealy, three year old son Sir Isaac, one year old daughter Sage Simone, and the Nealy’s are expecting their second son Isaiah McCoy this June. “After that time in Canada I truly felt it was time to move on. My family was expanding and we wanted to get back home,” said Nealy. “At the time I chose to retire God gave me such a great peace about the decision, but at the same time he didn’t make it known to me what my next step was going to be and that was truly a test of my faith.” “So after leaving Canada and coming back here to San Antonio, those first few months were really tough. I went through about three to four months there where I had no idea what I was going to do,” said Nealy. “Slowly but surely this opportunity came around and it’s everything I’ve ever waned. God gave me back everything I had professionally and more. I still have the big stage for Ministry and he’s placed me in a position were I can still be a positive role model and have a huge impact on young people. And truthfully that’s all I ever really wanted.” Along with coaching at the San Marcos

“I knew I wanted to get into coaching. I did a little research, kind of reached out to the school, and they pretty much accepted me with open arms. I’ve got a great deal with a great opportunity,” said Nealy. From playing football at a young age to playing professionally he’s been shaped by the coaches in his life and he hopes to take the lessons learned from them and apply them in his new role. “God placed great men in my life. Not once have I ever been a part of negative people. I’ve always been around a positive environment, being coached by good moral character men,” said Nealy. “First of all I played for a coach in Coach Bailiff who was not afraid to stand up for what was right. With him wrong was wrong and right was right, and there was no in between. He was a family man and really cared about his players.” “Those specific characteristics that he had, I think naturally I just kind of picked all that up. That’s what I want to bring to these players here. I want to be a man of good moral character. A coach that spends that extra time and speaks honestly with you about what you need to do to get better. I think god put coaches like that in my life to help make me into the man and coach that I am now,” said

Academy Nealy is passionate about training young athletes in the central Texas area and preparing them for a future as collegiate athletes. His goal is to give opportunities to young kids in the area that either financially or otherwise may not have had the same chance to get this kind of specialized training. “The opportunity to receive athletic scholarships in today’s society is endless, but the catch is that young athletes today only have one chance, one opportunity. You have to be prepped and trained properly,” said Nealy. “My program not only allows me to target the essential components of sports performance such as coordination, endurance, power, agility and speed but it also allows me to serve as a mentor to enhance the overall potential of the student athletes.” “I feel like I’ve had the best of both worlds. I’m here in my college town, a town I love dearly with all my heart, and I’m doing something I love surrounded by friends and family who truly care about me. It’s a win-win for me,” said Nealy.





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Peter Garza San Marcos native Peter Garza, a veteran coach for several local Class 4A and 5A high schools, took over last season as the new baseball coach at San Marcos Academy (SMA). “Any school in Texas would be thrilled to have Peter Garza as their baseball coach,” said Snuffy Smith, SMA’s assistant vice president for athletics. “Not only is he a great coach, but he is a wonderful role model for our students.” “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Garza said. “Being a San Marcos boy, I’ve had good associations with the Academy in the past. It will be a challenge because of the diversity of the kids and their skill level, but that’s what excites me. If the kids are eager, I like challenges, and this is one that I’m looking forward to.”

Any school in Texas “ would be thrilled to have Peter Garza as their baseball coach...

Prior to being at the Academy, Garza served as an adjunct professor of physical education at Victoria College, Gonzales Center. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) Hall of Fame, joining former inductees Cliff Gustafson and Roger Clemens, among others. From 2001-2008, Garza was head baseball coach at New Braunfels Canyon, where he also taught physical education and was assistant coach of the varsity football team. Garza worked in the Hays CISD from 1992-2001, holding several positions, including Director of Personnel, Principal of the Impact Center, and assistant principal of Hays High School. He has also held administrative and coaching positions at the New Braunfels ISD and at the San Marcos CISD. During his career as a baseball coach, Garza took teams to the state playoffs 14 times and had 619 wins in all. In 1983, he was named the South All-Star Coach by the THSBCA. He has also served as both an officer and a board director for that association. While head baseball coach at New Braunfels, Garza was also the assistant head football coach. He helped guide the Unicorns football team to a 99-20-2 record, making them the “winningest” local Class 4A team of the 1980s. The Unicorns went to the playoffs nine out of ten years in that period. “My job is not to turn out college or professional players, but to help these young men become the best high school players and individuals they can be,” Garza said. “Their education is more important to me than what they do in baseball.” Garza graduated from San Marcos High School in 1963 and completed his bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees at Southwest Texas State University. He and his wife, Joanie, a classroom teacher with more than 30 years experience, have three children: Dr. Peter A. Garza, Jr., of New Braunfels; Jay Christopher Garza of Austin, and Damond Kelly Garza of San Antonio. 92


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hether she is playing, coaching, or calling the fouls as a referee, Amy Yarbrough knows her way around a basketball court. The Lady Bears of San Marcos Academy will benefit from her experience this fall when she takes over as head varsity basketball coach. When announcing Yarbrough’s appointment, Snuffy Smith, assistant vice president for athletics, said Coach Yarbrough will be an excellent fit for SMA. “With her playing experience at Baylor, her coaching in the Hays CISD with Donnie McDonald, and her being around the game so much with her husband, Scott, she brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to our program. Most importantly, she will be another excellent role model for our students.”


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...she brings a wealth of “ basketball knowledge to our

program. Most importantly, she will be another excellent role model for our students.

Gaining attention as a high school basketball player Ohio, Yarbrough was invited to play for the Baylor Lady Bears as a walk-on. In addition to playing at Baylor, she gained experience coaching sub-varsity teams at Vanguard School and at Midway High School in Waco. Certified as a referee, Yarbrough also officiated at high school basketball games. While at Baylor, Amy met her future husband, Scott Yarbrough, who was a basketball referee himself. Today, the Yarbroughs travel together whenever possible as Scott officiates WNBA and college games, including numerous Women’s Final Four tournaments. Signing on to coach in the Hays CISD in 1993, Amy moved through the middle school and sub-varsity ranks to eventually become assistant varsity coach under Donnie McDonald. “Amy is very organized,” McDonald said. “She will be tough on the girls and demanding, but she is always fair. She wants to win, I know that—she will do as much as she can to have a winning season. The kids loved her as a coach at Hays, and I know she will do a great job at SMA.” Amy said her primary goal for the 2011-12 season is to help the Lady Bear improve their skills on the court. “I want to help the girls becomes the best they can be, not just in basketball, but in all areas of their life,” Amy said. “It’s important to me to be a good role model, a good teacher and a good competitor.” She added that she and Scott, who has served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2009, are excited about the direction the Academy is going. “I think a lot of Dr. Garrison, and I feel that they want to invest in the girls’ athletic programs and that this will be a good time to come onto the staff. I’m a little nervous but mostly excited and grateful that the Lord has opened this new door for me.”


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The kids were all attentive and learned “ a lot of baseball basics during the four days of camp....We certainly hope to make this an annual event at SMA.





Anthony Tobias etirement has been short-lived for San Marcos High School and Texas State University graduate Anthony Tobias, who finished a 32-year coaching career in May.

Tobias has signed on to assist coaches Les Davis and Peter Garza at San Marcos Academy, with coaching duties in varsity football and baseball. “Coach Tobias is another veteran coach who can bring experience to our program for our kids and our young coaches,” said Snuffy Smith, assistant vice president for athletics at the Academy. “He was on my staff at San Marcos High School and is an asset to both football with Coach Davis and baseball with Coach Garza. I’m really proud of the staff we have been able to assemble here in both our girls and boys programs.”

Tobias began his coaching “ career in New Braunfels, where

he was assigned to the middle school but also assisted then Head Coach Peter Garza at New Braunfels High School.

A 1974 graduate of San Marcos High School, where he was captain of the football and baseball teams, Tobias grew up in San Marcos and went on to graduate from Texas State University (then SWTSU).

Tobias began his coaching career in New Braunfels, where he was assigned to the middle school but also assisted then Head Coach Peter Garza at New Braunfels High School. From there, he coached at Owen Goodnight Junior High in San Marcos and then was assigned to San Marcos High School, serving as head coach for the varsity baseball team and coaching the varsity football team. Tobias also coached at Travis High School in Austin and at Leander Middle School, where he retired at the end of the 2010-11 school year. “I have kept up with the Academy for a while,” Tobias said. “I knew Les Davis and Peter Garza were out there, and I’ve known Snuffy Smith and Toby Wade for a long time. Also Dr. Garrison was the ‘voice of the Rattlers’ when I played at San Marcos High School. We even played the Academy in football back in the day — I remember our first game of the season was usually against SMA.” Tobias said he is looking forward to continuing on as a coach because he enjoys watching student-athletes develop and mature over the course of a season. He described the coach-player relationship as a special kind of bond. “Coaches are there in those key developmental years for kids,” Tobias said. “When kids are happy or sad or confused, they often go to a coach for help or advice.You can recognize when kids are having problems and when they are open to your offer for help. I think the difference between being a coach and being a teacher is that we see the kids for four-five or more hours at a time and it’s easier to develop that long-term relationship with them. “The main lesson I try to share with student athletes is not to get discouraged.They need to know that good things don’t just happen overnight; they have to develop slowly.” Tobias began his coaching duties during football camp at the Academy on August 8. 102

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ichard Lopez takes every opportunity to educate the community of San Marcos about the San Marcos Academy Bears, and last spring semester 150 undergraduate students from Texas State University were educated as to what the Richard and his supervisor, Ronald Oswalt, Director of Athletic Development, do on a daily basis. Oswalt was the guest lecturer to an undergraduate level “Intro to Public Relations” class taught by Senior Lecturer of Public Relations Dara Quackenbush on the Texas State University campus. The students learned about Oswalt, his personal background and how he ended up at San Marcos Academy. Oswalt encouraged the students to get involved around campus through various organizations and to get real world experience through internships and community involvement.

Director of Athletic Development Ronald Oswalt and Assistant Director of Athletic Development Richard Lopez recently were special guests in a public relations class at Texas State. The two made students aware of San Marcos Academy and everything that goes on in Sports PR and Markteting. Pictured (L-R) Steven Bowens, Aaron Jezisek, Kristen Ahlstrom, Ronald Oswalt and Dara Quackenbush.

“When I graduated from Southern Mississippi, between my involvement in a fraternity, and my involvement with the athletic department, I had experienced many different things that has helped me throughout my entire career,” said Oswalt. “I have done many things from medical sales to running an arena football team and everything that we are doing at San Marcos Academy is in part due to all of the real world experience I received while in school.” The students learned about the Bear Club at San Marcos Academy, a networking group of over 130 corporate partners, and the daily tasks of Oswalt and Lopez in a wide variety of jobs including running not only the Bear Club, but a sports information department, sports marketing department, and an athletic development department. Quackenbush learned about the San Marcos Academy, and Oswalt’s career, as well as caught up with Lopez, a former student of her upper level “Public Relations Campaign” class at Texas State University. “Having professionals speak in the classroom gives students the opportunity to learn from a real-world perspective,” said Dara Quackenbush, senior lecturer of public relations at Texas State University. “Ron definitely inspired the students who are interested in sports marketing and PR.” 108

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an Marcos Academy’s Currie Pipkins, a senior from San Marcos, was named to the Second Team, All-State for TAPPS 3-A Basketball. Also receiving recognition was John Nealon, a junior from Wimberley, who was an Honorable Mention All-State pick. Both Pipkins and Nealon were additionally named to the First Team, All-District for TAPPS 6-3A, along with junior Sabas Castillo and sophomore Ty Merriweather, both of San Marcos. Dion’drick McCoy, a senior from San Marcos, was a Second Team AllDistrict selection, while Juncheng Yang and Jackie Chen, both seniors San Marcos Academy was well represented on the TAPPS All-State and All-District from China, were Honorable basketball teams with ten players receiving honors.They include (front) Ty Merriweather, Mention All-District. Aliah Ridge,Tiara Hansen, Melanie Isaacs, (back) Currie Pipkins, Sabas Castillo, Dion’drick For the SMA Lady Bears, Tiara McCoy, John Nealon and Jackie Chen. Not pictured is Juncheng Yang. (Photo by Don Anders) Hansen, a junior from San Marcos, was named to the Second Team, All-District, while senior Melanie Isaacs and sophomore Aliah Ridge, both of San Marcos, were Honorable Mention picks.

have had some very good players “at We SMA over the years, and this is the

first time in quite a while that any of our basketball players have been named to the All-State team at any level,” Athletic Director Toby Wade said. “I think overall we are represented very well.

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San Marcos Academy’s Pipkins is Second Team, All-State

“We have had some very good players at SMA over the years, and this is the first time in quite a while that any of our basketball players have been named to the AllState team at any level,” Athletic Director Toby Wade said. “I think overall we were represented very well.” The SMA Bears were the undefeated district champions in TAPPS 6-3A this year. They lost in the area round of the state playoffs, finishing the year with a 27-3 overall record and a final ranking of 12th in the state by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association. The Lady Bears posted a 5-9 district record and lost in the first round of the state playoffs.





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Richard Lopez

ichard Lopez is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Development and Community Liaison for Athletic Development at San Marcos Academy. But he does so much more for the Bear Club and SMA. He loves athletics - but he is a fan first, spending just a few moments with him you will see his love for his Bears, Bobcats, Cowboys and especially his Texas Rangers. He assists with the SMA Bear Club and serves as liaison to Bear Club members and the community; develops and implements marketing plan and fundraising efforts for the Bear Club; and participates in various public relations opportunities for, and develops and maintains strong relationships with, community leaders, program supporters, Bear Club members and the general public; and serves as a member of the Bear Club management team. Lopez is a jack-of-all-trades for the Bear Club. He can be seen around campus measuring or installing gameday signage. He sends Bear Club newsletters and updates to members and keeps Ronald Oswalt organized. Lopez works tireless long hours to keep the Bears out also in local media Richard is...always and beyond. He edits and produces most sports press releases and he willing to help and he even started this year to learn the has a contagious positive trade of photography.

attitude. Richard is the best! added,“His job is a labor of ~ John L. Navarrette, South love.Oswalt No one else could work for me, Texas District Operations, must less put in the hours we do on a Centurylink weekly basis for the love of the Bears.”

Richard makes SMA “ a better place for anyone

associated with the school [They] all recognize his dedication and ability to get things done! ~ Jeannette Jones, A+FCU

Richard is always “ there, and always delivers!

Richard is always part of the solution! ~ Bob Wilson, Chuck Nash


Richard Lopez, a Waco native, graduated from Texas State in 2008 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Communications-Print Journalism. While at Texas State, Lopez was very involved in Christian organizations on campus, as well as being a Senator in Associated Student Government. In 2008, he was lead author of the bill that increased the athletic fee for students, essentially doubling the student contribution from $12 million to $24 million per year. Lopez has been published in many publications including regular columns in the Waco Tribune Herald, BobcatFans Magazine and The University Star.

Lopez is a true “ asset to SMA. He will do

anything you ask and approaches his job with the intention of making SMA the place to be. I love working with him... The students love him... He recently commented that getting to encourage students, to pray with them and for them, was the greatest part of his job. Because of this big heart and strong work ethic, he has proven himself an invaluable part of our SMA community. ~ Amy Nighbert, SMA Librarian

SMA is a better place because of the efforts of Lopez. If you see him around campus tell him “job well done.”


Photos clockwise, starting top right: Marching through the streets of San Marcos, the Bear Band is one of several SMA organizations that participates each year in the local Veterans Day Parade; While serving refreshments at the San Marcos Heritage Association’s Tour of Homes, Student Ambassadors Alec and Jammy Patton look at a book of local history with author Rodney Van Oudekerke; National Junior Honor Society members collected “Rescue Buddies” as their fall service project. They presented some of the stuffed animals to the Hays County Sheriff ’s Department, represented by Deputy Mike Thielen;Thirteen SMA students had a close encounter with World War II aviators and got an up-close look at Air Force trainer jets and other aircraft during a Youth Day program sponsored by the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. during their national convention in San Antonio; Lasting lessons were in store for SMA students who took part in the Poverty Simulation weekend through Mission, Waco.


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Last year the San Marcos Academy’s football team made history when they took the field in PINK game jerseys to heighten community awareness about breast cancer. On September 2nd, the team will go pink at Football for a Cause with the help of Bear Club members Chick-fil-A and A+ Federal Credit Union.The jerseys will be auctioned off to support breast cancer services in the community funded by the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Dear SMA Bear Fans: What an amazing year. Over the last year, the Komen Austin Affiliate has grown and developed into a very powerful team. I’ve met men and women from our community that are alive today because of the funds provided by our organization. While I have mourned those we’ve lost in this battle, I’ve also seen our volunteer and advocate numbers sky rocket. One of the stories that impacted me the most was of a 13-yearold girl who raised over $5,000 while on tour showcasing her award winning longhorns in honor of her grandmother who fought breast cancer. Her success and selflessness served to solidify my belief that love and determination are a winning combination. My proudest moment to date was standing before my peers at the annual Hope for the Cure luncheon where the Komen Austin Affiliate awarded over a million dollars to 11 LOCAL non-profit healthcare organizations.These groups are our community’s first line of defense when it comes to fighting breast cancer. Over the last 18 months, I have witnessed the tremendous impact breast cancer has on our community, and I am honored to learn from and work with our partners. The generosity of our advocates has made a lasting impact on the men and women who make up our five-county service area. The Komen Austin Affiliate is extremely proud of the fact that 75 percent net of the money raised LOCALLY, stays LOCAL. This means our advocates can be assured that their money is serving their community. The remaining 25 percent is contributed to research for the cures. We are honored to have the SMA Bears as a new community partner! With your help we will be able to provide more funding for breast cancer screening, treatment, and educational services the community desperately needs. I invite and encourage every citizen to join us on the journey to eradicate breast cancer. Each of us at the Komen Austin Affiliate is making a promise this year and we ask that you do the same. I promise to empower all the men and women in our community though communication and education about what the Komen Austin Affiliate can do to fight breast cancer. What will you promise? Sincerely,

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