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Tell us how life has changed since you left SPX.
My life has changed dramatically since leaving SPX. I went through many trials and tribulations in the process of finding myself and maturing into the man I am presently. I would not go back to change a thing. You experience a lot of things shortly after high school during your college years and how you react to them forms and molds you into the person you will eventually become in the future. I always stayed true to myself and progressed over time to reach my goals.
What college did you attend? What did you major in?
I graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in sports administration and a minor is psychology.
You are moving into a great role in one of the most storied college football programs in the country. How does that make you feel?
It feels great. I can remember walking through the hallways of SPX with the sports section of the Houston Chronicle in my back pocket following up with daily sports news, especially news surrounding the University of Texas' football program. When Texas won the national championship, I went to Academy the next morning before school, got a championship t-shirt and even wore it under my SPX uniform. I have been a fan of Texas since I can remember and to work for them now is something I could have never predicted.
What do you hope to accomplish in your role as Assistant Director of Player Personnel at UT?
My career goal is to be the No. 1 football recruiter in all of college football. I want to bring in signing classes that are considered among the nation's best year in and year out.
What is the best/most rewarding part of player recruitment?
The most rewarding part of player recruitment is the ability and privilege to change the lives of kids entering into college.
Often I tell the kids I recruit that committing to a university to continue your education and play football is not a four-year decision. It is a lifetime decision, a generational decision and I'm privileged to be at the best institution in the entire country. What we have to offer to prospective student-athletes is the opportunity of a lifetime: to play football at a prestigious program rich in history and access to an international network that can help you in life well after you hang up the pads.
What advice would you give current SPX students who are interested in a career in college athletics?
My advice to SPX students is to chase your dreams and do not take "no" for an answer. Volunteer as much as you can, get your foot in the door somewhere and show your worth. Nothing will be handed to you in the real world and you get what you put in. I have a quote I wrote on the dry erase board in my office here in Austin that I read every day to remind me of where I came from and how grateful I am to be where I am now; it reads:
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." – Harry S. Truman.
What is one of your favorite memories of SPX?
My favorite memory at SPX was being apart of three state championship teams. Coach Kirk established a culture at SPX that I remember and reflect back to often, being in the business. Having culture on a football team is one of the most important elements of creating an identity and image of your program.
What is one of the most important lessons you took away from SPX?
One of the most important lessons I took away from SPX was being able to do hard, rigorous work. Coming from a public school system to private school with college level courses was a tough adjustment from the start. It taught me how not to be caught from behind. I became very responsible at SPX and it traveled with me to college because if you have no responsibility it is going to be hard and even impossible to be successful in life. You have to have a certain initiative about yourself in life.
What were you involved in as a student at SPX?
I played football, basketball, tennis and did high jump for the track team while at St. Pius X. I was also involved in the Spanish and Black History Club.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work I like going to jazz clubs, concerts, shopping, traveling, fishing and listening to music.
What advice would you share with new SPX graduates?
Make sure the career field you are seeking is something you are passionate about. I work up to 90 hours a week and sometimes I do not even realize it because I love what I do.
What does it mean to you to be an SPX Alumni?
It means a lot to be a SPX Alumni. Being a student at SPX was one of the greatest times of my life and I made many memories during those years. SPX has definitely made an impact on my life for the better.
Which SPX teacher made the most lasting impact on you?
Mr. West--I could tell he cared about his students. His classes were very interactive. In fact, his wuzzles before his history classes taught me how to be a very critical thinker. It was very memorable and stands out. I also remember Mrs. Gagne; she was by far the nicest teacher I had during my time at SPX. She made reading interesting.