Athletic Director to Step Down, SRSU Announces Coaching Changes, January 24

Two Sul Ross State University coaches have resigned their positions and a third coach has not been re-appointed to his position. Volleyball coach Ricardo Garcia and assistant football coach Shawn Brown have submitted their resignations, effective the end of Spring Semester 2013. In addition, head football coach Wayne Schroeder was not re-appointed.

                “We appreciate the years of service and commitment these individuals have given to Sul Ross State University and its student-athletes,” said athletics director Kay Whitley.

                Garcia, who holds two degrees from Sul Ross, was named head volleyball coach in 2000. He previously taught and coached at Fort Hancock, Dell City and Marfa, and also served as high school principal at Dell City from 1997-99. A San Elizario native, Garcia received a Bachelor of Science degree (1990) and a Master of Education (1997) from Sul Ross.

                After graduating from San Elizario High School in 1980, he served in the U.S. Army for three years, and then attended El Paso Community College prior to transferring to Sul Ross.
                Brown joined the Lobo football staff as defensive coordinator prior to the 2012 season. He previously coached at Jasper and Caldwell high schools and had a total of 19 years’ experience in the coaching ranks. He received a Bachelor of Special Studies in Education (1992) and Master of Science in Health and Physical Education (2002) from Louisiana Tech University.

                Schroeder was named the 16th Lobo head football coach in 2008, after spending the previous two seasons as a defensive line coach under Steve Wright. A 1969 graduate of Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University, he served as athletic coordinator and head football coach at William B. Travis High School in Austin from 2001-06 where he led the team to a bi-district appearance in 2004.

                Schroeder, who began his coaching career at Hutto High School (1969-71), also coached at Granger High School and was head football coach and athletics director at Taylor High School from 1987-2000.

                A nationwide search to fill the vacated positions will be underway in the near future.

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SUL ROSS ATHLETICS DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN

           Kay Whitley, Sul Ross State University athletics director for the past 16 years, has resigned from that position, effective at the end of Spring Semester 2013.

           Whitley, also an assistant professor in Physical Education and head men’s and women’s tennis coach, will continue in those positions.

           “We sincerely appreciate Kay’s contributions to Sul Ross athletics during her long tenure and we are pleased that she will continue as a member of our faculty and coaching staff,” said Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross President.

           Whitley, a native of Brownfield, was named athletics director in 1997. Her long Sul Ross connection began in 1968, when she enrolled as a freshman. She received B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1975) degrees in Biology, then enrolled in the doctoral program at New Mexico State University. She was a science teacher and coach at Rochester High School for three years before returning to Sul Ross in 1979 as head women’s basketball and volleyball coach and instructor in Physical Education. She was later named men’s and women’s tennis coach. Whitley received a Master of Education degree from Sul Ross in 1986. She also serves as compliance officer and senior women’s administrator at Sul Ross.

            “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have served as Sul Ross athletics director,” said Whitley. “I have enjoyed working not only with Lobo student-athletes, coaches and fellow faculty and staff, but with colleagues at the conference and national levels as well.            “It was not an easy decision to step down, but this may be a good time for me to make this move,” she said. “I hope to stay involved in some capacity in athletics administration.”

          Whitley, who began her duties the same year the American Southwest Conference was formed, is the longest-tenured athletics director in the conference. She also served on several NCAA Division III committees, including: Student Athlete Reinstatement  Infraction Appeals, Strategic Planning and Budget, Working Committee on Membership Issues and chair of the Practice and Playing Season sub-committee.

           During her 18-season tenure as volleyball coach (1979-1996) her Lady Lobo teams won nine Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, the last in 1991. In 1979 and 1980, Sul Ross finished eighth and fourth respectively, in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national tournament, and had a total of eight playoff appearances.           Whitley has also coached the Lobo tennis teams to seven women's conference titles and one men's championship. Two of her players competed in the NAIA individual championships.

           As an undergraduate, she was a member of the first intercollegiate volleyball team at Sul Ross, and played on the 1971 national championship team coached by Paul Pierce. She also competed on the 1972 team, which won the Texas state intercollegiate championship, and placed fifth in the National Association of Girls and Women's Sports tournament.

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