I was born and raised in Altus, Arkansas where I attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church until the fifth grade. During this time, I served as an altar boy six days a week from the time I was four-years-old. I then transferred to Clarksville where academics and athletics were very important to me. As an honor graduate, I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track earning the award for “Best Athlete” during my senior year.
I continued my formal education at the University of Arkansas graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Education. I attended St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on campus throughout my college years and continued to attend the church after landing my first job at West Fork Public Schools where I taught Spanish and served as assistant coach for the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams.
After two years, I took the position with the Ozark Public Schools as head junior boys basketball coach, Spanish teacher and assistant coach of the high school basketball, softball, and baseball teams. Once again, I had the opportunity to attend mass at St. Mary’s in Altus where I was able to teach Sunday school class and be involved in several activities including the Knights of Columbus.
After coaching and teaching in Ozark for three years, I had an opportunity to go to Hector Public Schools where I became the head boys’ basketball coach for 7-12 grades and coached track in the spring. I also worked as the dean of students for the school and taught two hours each day. I was blessed to have a very successful basketball team that won the district tournament in junior high my first year. My senior high team advanced to both the regional and state tournaments both years, winning conference the second year.
It was an honor to be voted “Coach of the Year” as well as to be nominated for the all-star game. During my tenure at Hector, my teams averaged over a 3.5 GPA. While teaching and living in that area, I attended St. Leo’s Church on the campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.
The successes at Hector allowed me to accept the head boys’ basketball and golf coaching positions at West Fork Public Schools. In my four years of coaching and teaching in West Fork, our teams won two conference titles, two district tournament titles, and made three regional tournament appearances.
Again, I was honored to be voted as “Coach of the Year” and to be selected for the all-star head coach for the West Side of the state of Arkansas. My teams had an average GPA of 3.4 during my four years at West Fork. I once again attended St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fayetteville.
While scouting a basketball game, I met a young lady who was refereeing the game named Kimberly Elliott. Kimberly and I are now engaged and will be married in June 2018 at St. Mary’s Church in Altus. She has been a great blessing in my life, and along with her family, has provided much support on a personal level with the passing of my father and grandfather, as well as on a professional level, in the decision to accept the coaching position at Ozark Catholic Academy.
I have prayerfully considered Ozark Catholic over the past several months and am excited to be able to practice my Catholic faith at school and on the court!