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2016-2017 CENTEX CHARGERS COACHES
FOOTBALL HEAD COACH: JOHN ASH
John Ash was a founding Charger coach in 2006 and is the visionary that has brought the Chargers to where we are today. His tireless energy and encouragement to our athletes has set the standard for this fine organization. A member of the Chargers Athletics Council, he was the head coach of our Charger middle school football team for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and high school football for the 2008-2011 seasons. Coach Ash also started the Charger track program and has been the Meet Director of the Texas State Homeschool Track & Field Championships for the last four years. Coach Ash was a team captain of the Belton High School football team where he was a fullback and defensive back, and also played basketball and ran track. He previously coached 11-man tackle football for the Central Texas Youth Football League, and is currently an assistant coach with the Belton Youth Football League where his elementary-aged son, Andrew, is a player. A graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, he has been a Regional Vice President with Primerica Financial Services for over 20 years, and has an office in Temple. His son, Stephen, played Charger football, basketball, baseball, and track, Andrew has played Charger football and basketball, and his three children have participated in track with the Chargers. Coach Ash and his family attend the Fifteenth Street Church in Temple, where he frequently ministers in the pulpit and with the youth.
FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: SHANNON CLOE
We are so thankful to have Coach Cloe working with our football program. He brings a wealth of experience from his days as a founding Charger Football coach in 2006. He played football in high school, and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, having studied at Bird Martial Arts. His older son played football, basketball, and track, and his younger son, Andrew is playing football with the Chargers currently. Coach Cloe's wife, Janey, is the Administrtor of the CenTex Christian Homeschool Co-op. The Cloes are a foundational family in our local homeschool community, and are a great blessing to us.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Coach Ash and Coach Cloe are also coaching the middle school football team this year.
WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BASEBALL COACHES!
TRACK & FIELD (ALL LEVELS)
HEAD COACH & STATE TRACK MEET DIRECTOR: JOHN ASH
John Ash was a founding Charger coach in 2006 and is the visionary that has brought the Chargers to where we are today. His tireless energy and encouragement to our athletes has set the standard for this fine organization. Our current Athletic Director and member of the Chargers Athletics Council, he was the head coach of our Charger middle school football team for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and high school football for the 2008-2011 seasons. Coach Ash also started the Charger track program and founded and is the Meet Director of the Texas State Homeschool Track & Field Championships. Coach Ash was a team captain of the Belton High School football team where he was a fullback and defensive back, and also played basketball and ran track. He previously coached 11-man tackle football for the Central Texas Youth Football League and the Belton Youth Football League, and coached track with the Temple Flyers Track Club, A graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, he has been a Regional Vice President with Primerica Financial Services for over 25 years, and has an office in Temple. His son, Stephen, played Charger football, basketball, baseball, and track, and his three children have participated in track with the Chargers. Coach Ash and his family attend the Fifteenth Street Church in Temple, where he frequently ministers in the pulpit and with the youth.
HEAD COACH: TAMMY COCKERHAM (information coming soon)
ASSISTANT COACH: JAMES ASH
James Ash has been coaching basketball and soccer for over 10 years. His daughter, Hope, is on the Chargers JV team and has also played volleyball and run track. His son, James, played Charger football. Their family owns the Ash Dairy Farm which produces and sells raw Jersey milk and artisan cheeses.
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR: CHARA CLARK
SCHEDULER: PAM BUSBY
Pam Busby has homeschooled five children through graduation and is now homeschooling her youngest, Aimee. We appreciate her diligence and organization as she serves our basketball and volleyball programs with her excellent administrative abilities. She is also coordinating the state track meet T-shirts this year.
LADY CHARGERS VOLLEYBALL
ASSISTANT COACH: CINDY TEPOEL
Cindy TePoel graduated from Belton High School and also attended Killeen High School. She attended Abilene Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, and Temple College pursuing a degree in Biology but left and went to Austin to court reporting school to specialize in medical malpractice litigation. She graduated from Kussad Institute of Court Reporting and worked in Austin for four years. After working in various positions in various courts from Belton to Austin to Georgetown, she stopped working full time and had children. Coach TePoel has been working part-time for the last 20 years for The Office of Court Administration and Third Administrative Judicial Region as a court coordinator. The whole TePoel family has been involved in sports for many years. Through school, Coach TePoel played volleyball, tennis, and ran track. She played softball for many years as a child and an adult. She and her husband, Mark (who coached the Chargers baseball team while son Dylan was playing), have played together on a co-ed softball team & co-ed volleyball team. Coach TePoel has been coaching city league softball for the past 9 years. Her encouraging spirit and servant heart will make her a great asset to our volleyball team, just as she has been in the past for our baseball team. The TePoels have four children: Dylan, who graduated from their homeschool in 2011, Abigail and Faith, who play volleyball with the Chargers, and Janet, a talented softball player. They attend Belton Church of Christ and are active in various ministries at their church.
JV HEAD COACH: HOLLY PUCKETT (information coming soon)
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: PAM BUSBY
Pam Busby has homeschooled four children through graduation and is now homeschooling her youngest two, Alex and Aimee. We appreciate her diligence and organization as she serves our basketball and volleyball programs with her excellent administrative abilities.
Thank you for all you have done for Central Texas youth!
FOOTBALL COMMISSIONER & VARSITY HEAD COACH: DAVE McMURRY
Dave McMurry joined our coaching staff in the fall of 2011 as a new coach for the middle school football team. His enthusiasm and team spirit encouraged our whole organization. He served on the Chargers Athletics Council 2011-2013, and 2015-2016. He was an academic all-district defensive end in football at Temple High School. He also participated in track, powerlifting, and the brainstorm team at Temple High, and recently won 2nd place in a local 5K race. Coach McMurry has coached soccer, flag football, and 11-man tackle football in community leagues. He earned a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University where he worked his way through school. He also has a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary where his flag football team came in second place in the intramural tournament. Coach McMurry enjoys hanging out and laughing with his wife, Autumn, and children Compton, Kirsten, and Karis Anne. Compton played Charger football and track, Kirsten played volleyball, and Karis Anne ran track. They attend Grace Bible Church in Killeen, where Coach McMurry serves as the pastor.
VARSITY TRACK, VARSITY FOOTBALL ASSISTANT COACH: STEPHEN ASH
Stephen Ash is a founding Charger athlete, and served as a team captain of the varsity football team. He was a consistent performer for both the Chargers offense and defense, and earned the distinctions of MVP, Iron Man Award, and All-State Spreadback. He has also participated in Charger baseball, basketball, and track & field, played soccer with the Belton Christian Youth Center, played football with the Central Texas Youth Football League, and run with the Temple Flyers Track Club and the Texas Greyhounds Track Club. Stephen has greatly enjoyed coaching football and track since he graduated from his homeschool in June of 2012. He is a fine role model for our athletes. Stephen graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2012 with a degree in Vocal Performance, and he is pursuing a master's degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Houston. He and his family attend the Church @ Fifteenth Street & Avenue I where Stephen participates in the teaching, music, and youth ministries.
VARSITY FOOTBALL ASSISTANT: DEWAINE POUNCY
Coach Pouncey served as an assistant coach (defense) for the 2015 varsity football team.
ASSISTANT VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH: STEVE STANDARD
Steve Standard joined us for the fall of 2011 as the new Head Coach for the middle school football team. His dedication to our program has been an encouragement to us all, and he served on the Chargers Athletics Council 2011-2014. For over 25 years, Coach Standard has worked at Scott & White Hospital in the Clinical Engineering Department, which maintains medical equipment, and he is a Lead Technician. He has an Associates Degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology from Texas State Technical College in Waco, and an Associates Degree in Microcomputer Technology from Temple College. Coach Standard played football in high school. He and his family attend Temple Bible Church where he is involved in the youth ministry. Coach Standard enjoys spending time with my wife, Lana, and my two sons, Parker and Cooper, and he also enjoys playing disc golf. His son, Parker, played Charger football, and both Parker and Cooper have participated in the homeschool state track meet.
VARSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: BRYAN RUGH
Bryan Rugh joined our coaching staff in the fall of 2008 as a middle school football coach, and ended his Chargers career as the Varsity Head Football Coach for the 2014 season. He served on the Chargers Athletics Council 2008-2015, and also has six years experience as an assistant coach in the Belton Youth Baseball Association. His example of quiet strength and endurance is an encouragement to his players. He played football (center and defensive end) and baseball (first baseman) at Academy High School. He has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Coach Rugh has worked as a football official for ten years. He is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a level 5 instructor for Bird Martial Arts. Coach Rugh has worked for Scott & White for over 20 years and is currently the Associate Director in charge of operations for the Family Medicine clinics in the Temple/Belton area. He attends Temple Bible Church with his wife, Stacy, and children: Celestine, Graham, and Cailynn. Celestine is married to Taylor Price and is expecting her first child. Bryan and Stacy serve their church in the youth ministries, and Stacy has coached Tae Kwon Do. Graham played on our varsity football and baseball teams, and Cailynn has played volleyball and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. An avid bowhunter and outdoorsman, Coach Rugh is on the leadership team for the Belton/Temple chapter of Legacy Outfitters, a men's outdoor ministry that focuses on reaching men for Christ through a common interest in the outdoors, and encouraging men to be the husbands, fathers, and men that the Lord would have them be. Coach Rugh thoroughly enjoyed coaching the game of football to the young men of our homeschool community, and the Chargers are blessed by his faithful leadership.
VARSITY FOOTBALL: TIM KASBERG
Tim Kasberg joined our coaching staff in the fall of 2008 as a middle school football coach, and ended his Chargers career as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the varsity Football team in 2014. He also served on the Chargers Athletics Council 2008-2014. His positive attitude and Christian character have been a great asset to our staff. Coach Kasberg lives in Belton with his wife, Sheri, and four children. His son, Bailey, played Chargers varsity football and baseball. The Kasbergs attend Temple Bible Church.
VARSITY FOOTBALL & VARSITY BASEBALL: PITTIE CASTILLO
Coach Castillo joined our varsity football coaching staff in 2014. He has also coached varsity baseball for the Chargers, and served on the Chargers Athletics Council 2012-2014. His expertise and commitment to our players' development has been a blessing to our teams!
VARSITY FOOTBALL & BASEBALL: RORY HEISCH
Coach Heisch has served on the Chargers Athletics Council since 2010. His son, Kyle played Charger football and baseball, and his daughter Kristin plays Lady Charger volleyball. His encouragement and passion for our athletes is a great asset to our teams.
VARSITY BASEBALL: GARY MARKHAM
Coach Gary Markham became our Head Baseball Coach and served on the Athletics Council as Baseball Commissioner 2014-2015. He and his wife Carrie live in Belton. Their children participate in Charger football, baseball, and volleyball.
VARSITY BASEBALL & JV VOLLEYBALL: CARRIE MARKHAM
Coach Carrie Markham coached JV Volleyball as well as helping with the middle school teams. Her skill and enthusiasm have been a welcome addition to our program. Coach Markham was born and raised in northern Virginia. The Markhams have homeschooled on and off depending on the needs of their family since 1999. Their oldest, Alli, graduated from UT at San Antonio with a Kinesiology degree. Coach Markham is looking forward to having her keep us educated on keeping our youth athletes safe and healthy. The Markhams moved to Texas in 2007, decided to homeschool their kids in 2010 and have made the decision not to turn back. They found the Chargers because Austin did not have a baseball team, and they say they are willing to travel with the “northern” teams (baseball and volleyball) because of the wonderful people they’ve met through the Chargers. Both Carrie and her husband Gary have been very active in their kids' sports lives. Gary started coaching baseball in 2001, so Carrie learned to keep score for Michael’s baseball teams in 2003 and has been doing it ever since. During the 2013-2015 baseball seasons, Carrie kept score for the Chargers. She also handled fundraising and planning for the baseball team’s trips to the World Series in Florida. Luke and Seth play rec baseball in Georgetown. Seth also likes to help out at practices and is the unofficial bat boy for our Chargers baseball team.
ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH: BRIAN O'GRADY
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH: LUKE SHARKEY
MS GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH: CHERYL BULLS
ASSISTANT COACH: EMMA FRENCH
Coach Emma French graduated from UMHB with a degree in Christian Studies in 2012. She coached the Chargers from 2014-2016, and formerly played basketball with the Ft. Worth THESA homeschool team. We appreciate Emma sharing her time and energy with us!
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: JASON CLARK
Jason Clark coached middle school football for the 2014-2015 seasons. He is currently ministering at Western Hills Church of Christ.
TRACK AND VOLLEYBALL: AUTUMN McMURRY
Autumn McMurry assisted with our volleyball (and track programs. She played volleyball and tennis at Temple High School. Her bright smile and energy are an asset wherever she serves. She attended Texas A&M University, and is a recreational runner. She is a home school mother of three, and teaches middle grades at Providence Preparatory School. Coach McMurry previously helped coach the first Lady Chargers volleyball program. She and her family attend Grace Bible Church in Killeen, where her entertaining husband Dave McMurry serves as the pastor and she is a Bible study leader.
VARSITY BASEBALL: BOBBY NICHOLSON
Bobby Nicholson was a founding Charger football coach in 2006, and was the first Head Baseball Coach in the spring of 2008. He is also a retired member of the Chargers Athletics Council. His devotion to the baseball program has encouraged our athletes to excellence and rewarded them with the title of Texas State Homeschool Baseball Champions 2011. He was a team captain and the only varsity catcher from Willis High School who could catch 90+ MPH balls from former Cleveland Indian pitcher and friend, Clifford Young. In addition to baseball, he enjoyed football, track, and basketball during his freshman through junior years, but was devoted only to baseball his senior year. He played semi-pro baseball in Dothan, AL, while stationed at Fort Rucker. He played fast pitch softball on a semi-pro, traveling team during a tour in Kitzigen, Germany, traveling to countries like Holland and Switzerland. He played on a slow pitch team while stationed in Yongsan, South Korea, traveling to Thailand and the Philippines. Coach Nicholson’s ministry became baseball. With the direction of the Lord and dedication to the game, he managed to coach every team his sons ever played for, every baseball season he was home, from t-ball to high school. Coach Nicholson and his wife, Stephanie, have graduated four of their children from their homeschool: Shay, Skylar, Gabor, and Caleb. Gabor played baseball for Temple College and Dallas Baptist University, and Caleb will play baseball for Temple College this year. They have two children still in their homeschool, Emma and Maggie. Emma enjoys participating in Lady Charger Volleyball. During baseball season, older sisters Shay and Skylar, both CollegePlus! students, acted as team photographers. Coach Nicholson graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville with a degree in Industrial Technology, where he’d rather have been playing baseball. He served his country for 20 years and retired as a US Army Major, currently contracted at Fort Hood. Happily settled in Moody, Texas, the Nicholson family attends The Well, an interdenominational church in Moody, where they are active in music, family life, and youth ministries, with the hopes of a church softball team in the future!
FOOTBALL: BEN McCARN: Coach McCarn was an assistant varsity football coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. His son, Damien Vences, was on the varsity football team.
TRAINER, CHAPLAIN, AND ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: JOSEPH BUTLER, JR.
Joseph Butler, Jr. has served as the President of the Chargers Athletics Council, in addition to being an assistant coach and trainer for the varsity football team. He played football, basketball, and ran track at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Dillard University in New Orleans. He has coached all his sons in football, from age 6 - 12, and then at the high school level with his son Aaron, who played on the Charger football and baseball teams. He was a body guard for the National Football League referees for 13 years, and was also a body guard for the State of Louisiana Commissioner's Office and worked for the sherriff's office as well. He has been with M&M/Wrigley Gum Company for 19 years and is currently the territory manager for Temple and North Austin. His calm spirit and encouraging smile make him a rock that supports the entire organization—athletes, coaches, and parents alike. He plays the drums and sings, and has blessed our state track meet for three years with his stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Coach Butler and his family attend Christ Gospel Church in Temple where he serves as the Male Choir Director, a Teen Sunday School Teacher, and on the Song & Worship Team. Joe and his lovely wife, Carlotta, have three adult sons and an adult daughter.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: JOHN ALLEN
Coach Allen participated in coaching middle school football for the 2011 season. Coach Allen serves our country and is stationed at Fort Hood, and we appreciate any time he has to share with us in addition to his much-appreciated military service.
VOLLEYBALL: JENNIFER MADRID
Jennifer Madrid played volleyball, basketball, and ran track in Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas near San Antonio. She has an bachelor's degree in elementary education from Angelo State University, and she taught school before homeschooling her own children. Her cheerful spirit and smile bring smiles to all who know her. She is a home school mother of three. Daughter Abigail has played on our volleyball team and graduated from Providence Preparatory School in 2015. Luke and Mia also attend Providence. Coach Madrid and her family live in Belton and attend Temple Bible Church.
VOLLEYBALL: SUZANNE STEEVES
Suzanne Steeves assisted with our volleyball team. She is a long-time homeschooler and we appreciate her help so much. The Steeves family recently welcomed a new member into their family!
VOLLEYBALL CAMP: SENA BAXLEY
Sena Baxley played volleyball at New Caney High School, Academy High School, and Temple College. She is calm and encouraging, and enjoys working with our young ladies. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Angelo State University and was previously a reporter for the Temple Daily Telegram. Her husband, Justin, is a consultant with PDI and they have three children whom they are homeschooling. The Baxleys live in Temple and they attend the Fifteenth Street Church of Christ where Justin is a frequent pulpit minister.
VARSITY BASEBALL: MARK TEPOEL
Mark TePoel was an integral part of the baseball coaching staff from the beginning of our baseball program in 2008, and has served on the Chargers Athletics Council. He has pitched for numerous teams and is still a sought-after pitcher for many club teams across the nation. His skills have helped develop our team to the high level of varsity play we have attained, and his wisdom has been an asset to the Chargers Athletics Council. He retired from the varsity baseball coaching staff after the spring 2011 season which saw our Chargers win the state championship. His son, Dylan, participated with the Charger football, baseball, basketball, and track teams, and his daughters have run track and played volleyball as well. His wife, Cindy, has served the Chargers as Treasurer and Baseball Administrator, and is currently an assistant volleyball coach and a member of the Chargers Athletics Council. Coach TePoel and his family live in Belton and attend the Belton Church of Christ where they are active in the missions ministry.
BASKETBALL: BRENT WORKMAN
Brent Workman served as a basketball coach for the 2011-2012 season. He attends The Well in Moody and enjoys serving our young men and encouraging them to grow in character and basketball skills.
BASKETBALL: BRENT CABANISS
Brent Cabaniss coached our 2010-2011 JV basketball team. He has been a fine role model for our athletes of steady work ethic and solid character. He attended Salado High School where he played basketball and ran track. He graduated from Texas A&M University and is a civilian engineer at Fort Hood. Coach Cabaniss lives in Salado with his wife, Jackie, and three children. The Cabanisses attend Fifteenth Street Church of Christ where he participates in the teaching ministry.
BASKETBALL: BILL BARGE
Bill Barge coached our JV basketball team in the 2009-2010 season. We appreciate his work with our team.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Our very first team, the 2006 middle school football team, was coached by John Ash, Joe Butler, Shannon Cloe, Jim Fischer, Bob Kiesle, Chris Masson, Bobby Nicholson, and Mark TePoel.
HEAD COACH: BRYAN RUGH
Bryan Rugh joined our coaching staff in the fall of 2008. He has served on the Chargers Athletics Council and also has six years experience as an assistant coach in the Belton Youth Baseball Association. His example of quiet strength and endurance is an encouragement to his players. He played football (center and defensive end) and baseball (first baseman) at Academy High School. He has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Coach Rugh has worked as a football official for ten years. He is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a level 5 instructor for Bird Martial Arts. Coach Rugh has worked for Scott & White for over 20 years and is currently the Associate Director in charge of operations for the Family Medicine clinics in the Temple/Belton area. He attends Temple Bible Church with his wife, Stacy, and children: Celestine, Graham, and Cailynn. Bryan and Stacy serve their church in the youth ministries, and Stacy has coached Tae Kwon Do. Graham plays on our varsity football and baseball teams, and Cailynn has played volleyball and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. An avid bowhunter and outdoorsman, Coach Rugh is on the leadership team for the Belton/Temple chapter of Legacy Outfitters, a men's outdoor ministry that focuses on reaching men for Christ through a common interest in the outdoors, and encouraging men to be the husbands, fathers, and men that the Lord would have them be. Coach Rugh thoroughly enjoys coaching the game of football to the young men of our homeschool community, and the Chargers are blessed by his faithful leadership.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT HEAD COACH: TIM KASBERG
Tim Kasberg joined our coaching staff in the fall of 2008, and serves on the Chargers Athletics Council. His positive attitude and Christian character are a great asset to our staff. Coach Kasberg lives in Belton with his wife, Sheri, and four children. His son, Bailey, is a member of the Chargers varsity football team. The Kasbergs attend Temple Bible Church.