Athletic Staff Directory
Mr. Tracy Howard is in his 9th year as the school's athletics director and his 21th year in the field of education. Coach Howard has spent the last 15 years in Christian Education where he has served in various leadership roles. He has also held assistant and head coaching positions in a number of sports throughout his career; 14 of which he has held the title as a head baseball coach. During his time as a head baseball coach he has accumulated a record of 320 wins and 125 losses with a winning percentage of .725. Coach Howard has been selected as the District Coach of the Year eight times, and his team season achievements include seven district championships and six state tournament appearances. The most recent team success belongs to the 2021 SCS Varsity Eagle Baseball team who finished as TAPPS D2-1 District Champions and TAPPS State Runner-Ups. Coach Howard is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he was a four-year letterman, team captain, and starting pitcher for the Crusader baseball team.
Coach Jennifer Cline is in her 13th year at Southwest Christian School and her 9th year as the Head Softball Coach. Jennifer is married to Doug Cline and together they have one daughter, Aubree, a sixth-grader at SCS. Jennifer is a graduate of Midwestern State University where she graduated with a degree in History. Jennifer played college softball at Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. Jennifer and her family live in Joshua, TX. Doug teaches at New Horizon High School in Joshua TX, teaching math. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys time at home and time on the golf course with Doug and friends. One of Jennifer’s favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 15:10- “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
Mrs. Kaci Snyder is in her 11th year at SCS. She currently serves as the assistant to the athletic director but has previously been a teacher and coach at SCS. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in history. She and her husband, Jeremy, have two children, Isaac and Ruth, who attend SCS.
Dr. Craig Hermans is in his second year of service at SCS. Coach Hermans has worked in strength and conditioning for the past 27 years, and has taught at a collegiate level for the past 10 years. Coach Hermans has a Master’s degree in Criminal Law from American Military University in 2011, and a Doctorate of Health Science from Liberty University. He is married to his wife Caroline, and has 3 children, Hayden 19, Skylar 18, and Brianna 15. Coach Hermans has coached strength and conditioning for all sports in middle school, high school, college, as well as in the military and local first responders.
Mrs. Lindsey Shaffer is in her 1st year as the Head Athletic Trainer of Southwest Christian School! Lindsey comes to us with a wealth of experience in both the school and clinical setting. She received a Master's degree in Athletic Training from TCU and has several endorsements to include the prestigious CSCS certification which is the gold standard in the field of sports performance. Overall, she has 16 years of experience as she served as the Athletic Trainer at both Brewer and Aledo High Schools before spending the last five years as a clinical AT for a local physician. Lindsey and her husband are members at Christ Chapel Bible Church and are the proud parents of SCS first grader, Kash.
When asked about this opportunity Lindsey said, “I am super excited to get back on the sidelines and work with the incredible student-athletes at SCS. Walking with an athlete through an initial injury to return to play is something that I have always loved about athletic training. My family has already fallen in love with the Christian atmosphere created at SCS as we were Kindergarten parents last year. Joining the SCS Athletics Department is going to be a wonderful next step."
Mr. Kyle Harrison is in his 10th year of coaching and 8th year of teaching at Southwest Christian School. He currently serves as the Head Golf Coach, Assistant Football Coach and Athletics Coordinator. Coach Harrison is a native of Memphis, TN and is a graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where he obtained his B.S. in Communications. Coach Harrison was a four-year letterman at Austin Peay playing for the football team. He has been a lifelong golfer with a strong passion and deep appreciation for the game.
Mr. Fred Jones is in his 4th year of service at Southwest Christian and 17th year of coaching and education. Coach Jones currently serves as the Head Boys' Basketball Coach and Compass Leadership teacher. Before coming to SCS, Coach Jones began his coaching career at Temple High School. He has also served in a coaching role at Marcus High School, La Marque High School and Aledo High School.
Coach Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Texas Tech University. He has also completed over two semesters of education with Sunset School of Preaching while serving as a youth minister at Avenue T in Temple, TX. He earned his teaching certification from McClennan Community College in Special Education, Physical Education, and as a Core Teacher for Grades 4-8. Mr. Jones and his wife, Natasha, have been married 6 years and have 6 daughters and 6 grandchildren. They are members and serve at the Potter’s House in Fort Worth, TX.
Mr. Rusty Beam is in his 18th year of service at Southwest Christian School. He currently serves as the Director of Operations and Head Baseball Coach.Coach Beam started his teaching and coaching career at SCS in 1994 where he also coached football and basketball. In his time away from SCS Coach Beam taught and coached at Fort Worth Christian and Covenant Christian Academy where he served as the Athletic Director. Coach Beam has been a Head Baseball Coach for 25 seasons and has led his teams to 3 TAPPS State Championships and over 450 career wins.
Jasmine is in her 1st season as the Head Volleyball Coach. She comes to us with an impressive volleyball resume. She was a standout high school player at Mansfield Legacy as well as playing four years of collegiate volleyball at McMurry University. Most recently she served as the head coach at Azle Christian, where she was named the District Coach of the Year and is currently on staff at Peak Volleyball Academy where she coaches and trains club volleyball athletes. Jasmine not only has a heart for teaching the game of volleyball but also for spreading the love of Christ as an aspiring classroom teacher who will serve in the full-time role of teaching intern on the Lakeside Campus.
When asked about this opportunity Coach Jones said, “I am so excited that God has given me this opportunity to pour into the lives of these amazing young athletes. I feel blessed to share the gifts and talents that God has placed in me to pass on to the next generation; through hard work all things are possible!”
Coach Zuniga is in her 1st season at SCS as Head Girls' Basketball Coach. Ashlaa has 14 years of coaching experience (all UIL 6A) with 6 of those as the head coach. She was an assistant at Cy-Fair High School for 8 years where she was part of a State Championship in 2010. From there, she went on to become the first head coach at Cypress Park High School and most recently was the head coach at Waxahachie High School. Ashlaa has coached 2 McDonald's All-Americans, 1 National Gatorade Player of the Year, and has assisted over 50 of her players in continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level. Ashlaa was a standout on the court herself where she was a 3-year starter for the Cedar Hill Longhorns and was the 64th overall prospect in her graduating class. After high school, she continued her career on the hardwood where she earned a scholarship to play basketball at Texas A&M University.
Ashlaa and her husband, Alex, have three children (daughters Sadiya-12, Averlee-8 months, and son Alijah-5). When asked about this opportunity she said, “I am most excited about growing the program together as a community! Our focus will be growing in our relationship with God, growing as basketball players, and growing overall as young ladies.”
Eagle Nation, we are excited to formally announce Mr. Ivan Kovacevic as our new SCS Head Girls Soccer Coach and Girls Soccer Program Director.
Ivan comes to us with an impressive soccer resume. He was a standout player at the club, collegiate, and professional levels where he received many accolades for his play. A couple of his collegiate accolades include him being the all-time goals and assists leader for the Texas Wesleyan Men's Soccer program and being named to both the All-Conference and All-American teams during his time at TWU.
Coach Kovacevic not only has an impressive track record on the pitch as a player but he also has created a name for himself in the coaching world over the past decade. His high school coaching includes 8 years of combined experience at 3 area private schools and his club coaching consists of 10 years of combined experience. He currently holds the title of Director of Coaching for Sting SC and most recently served as an assistant coach for the Texas Wesleyan University Men’s Soccer Program.
Coach Kovacevic and his wife Stephani are the proud parents of two daughters, Ivana and Maja. Lastly, when asked about this opportunity, Coach Kovacevic said, “I am excited to be a part of the Southwest Christian Family. I am looking forward to creating a positive environment for my athletes while helping them reach their full potential both on and off of the field.”
Mr. Pete King is in his 4th year at Southwest Christian School after serving for 31 years in education as a teacher and coach in the public school system. He currently serves as the Head Boys' Soccer Coach and teaches in the Science Department. He has been a Head Coach for Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Cross Country 28 of those 31 years. He has coached in various places including San Angelo, Denton, Burleson, and even the Virgin Islands. He has also worked with students through organizations including The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, and Kanakuk and has worked as a youth director in his church for a number of years.
He and his wife, Kathy, have three kids. His daughters Samantha and Sydney are grown and their son, Cooper is in 6th grade at SCS. They live in Godley, Texas.
Mr. Cedric Stewart is in his 4th year of service at Southwest Christian School. He currently serves as the Head Track Coach. Coach Stewart is a native of Kansas. He has been a USATF and AAU coach and member for more than two decades. Coach Stewart received his USATF Level One Coaching Certification in 2007 when he founded Legendary Track. He is also a member of the Southwestern Association of Track and Field Officials Apprentice program and holds AAU’s Positive Coaching Alliance Levels One & Two Certifications.
Coach Stewart has served in numerous areas of ministry, including working with youth. He is currently serving as lead pianist and worship leader at Life Community Church in Arlington, TX, where he and his family attend. Coach Stewart and his beautiful wife of 26 years, Shawn, reside in Arlington, TX, and have seven children (Jaylan, Kimberlyn, Cedric II, Makenzie, Cameron, Kobe and Ezra).
Coach Moyer is in her 1st season as the Head Cross Country Coach. Sydney comes to us with 8 years of coaching experience in the sport of Cross Country and most recently has served as the Head Coach at Liberty Christian School the last 5 years. Coach Moyer understands the demands of the sport not only as a coach but also as a Division 1 collegiate cross country athlete herself. She began her collegiate career at Wheaton College and finished her last 2 years at Oklahoma University.
Sydney and her husband, Ethan, have two daughters (Owen-4 and Bailey-1). When asked about this opportunity Coach Moyer said, “I am so excited to be on the coaching staff for the Southwest Christian Country team; a team well-known for their tradition of excellence, commitment to community, and focus on Jesus. I am looking forward to practicing and racing on SCS' awesome course, building relationships, and representing the Lord and the Eagles in all that we do."
Stacy Buky is in her 1st season as the Head Cheer Coach at SCS. Stacy is married to Lance Buky and has two children, Ty and Molly Kate. She was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader growing up, and continued her cheer career at The University of Oklahoma. She cheered on the Co-Ed and All Girl squads, as well as the Cheer Athletics Collegiate Team. Stacy has always had a passion for leading and coaching others. She has choreographed and coached high school & competitive cheerleading on and off since graduation from OU in 2004. Stacy is also the Regional Director of Camp Gladiator and a Certified Nutrition Coach. She started her company, Avail Wellness in 2010 and continues to help people live a healthy lifestyle through her programs. Stacy is ecited to start coaching again and looks forward to making a positive impact at SCS.
Nicole Wheat is in her 1st year at SCS as our Head Dance Coach. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in the dance industry. She was a member of the Tallenettes Drill Team of Allen High School where she was captain her senior year. She then went on to earn a degree in Dance from Texas Woman's University and after graduation became the head dance coach at Waxahachie High School where she served before taking a break to raise her family. In 2008 she opened Dance Fusion Dance Studio in Alvarado where she still continues to serve as the owner/operator and lead instructor. Other experience include serving as the head cheer coach at Alvarado High School. Nicole and her family are members at First Baptist Church Alvarado.
When asked about this opportunity Coach Wheat said, “I am excited to be able to share my lifelong passion for dance in an environment where Christ is at the center."