9:00 am - Program welcome by Emcee Craig Way

National Anthem sung by Midlothian Heritage High School Choir, under the direction of Cliff Carbone


A welcome from the Mayor of Arlington, The honorable Jim Ross 


Challenge for the day from THSCA Executive Director Joe Martin



Girls Athletic Coordinator/Head Girls Basketball Coach at Electra HS

Rediscover Your "Why": My Climb from 6A to 1A


Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator at Harlingen HS

It Is What It Is


Special recognition of our ALL NEW R.O.C.K. Coaches Mentoring Program and program sponsor College Football Playoff Foundation 


Director of Athletics for Fort Worth ISD

Dealing With Ethical Situations


Interim President of Student Affairs for Texas A&M University
Leadership In A Dynamic Environment

2022 Coaching Beyond the Game Award presentation:


Former Head Football Coach at Arlington Sam Houston HS - Currently working in Admin for Arlington ISD

Program Building: Life Lessons from a Coach



2Words Character Development

4-Ls in the Locker Room: Listen, Learn, Love and Lead


3-Time National Softball Player of the Year, 4-Time All American & 2-Time Olympic Medalist

Be Who Each Athlete Needs


Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator at Prosper HS

Building Servant Leaders in a Social Media Society


NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

A Q&A Session with THSCA President John King of Longview HS

2:00 pm - Conclude Leadership Summit


Electra H.S.

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Kenni Patton was born and raised in Electra, Texas.   As a young girl, she followed her brother around the family ranch playing every sport possible.  As an athlete, Patton collected high school accolades such as TABC 2A Player of the Year Award in basketball, Track and Field State-Runner up in discus, three time tennis District Singles Champion.  Patton played all sports growing up, but basketball became her true passion. Patton went on to play basketball at SMU from 1999-2003.   In college, she received conference honors, made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and set records in 3-point categories. 


Set to enter the “real world” with a business degree from SMU, Patton’s heart had a last minute change of plans and decided to continue on with her true passion of basketball and step into the coaching arena.  She had a 2 year stay at Kennedale High School, and she then followed her mentor (Natasha Taylor Stewart) to Mansfield High School where she coached for 15 years.  In her last 4 years at 6A Mansfield High, Patton stepped into the lead role as Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball coach.  As head coach at Mansfield High, Coach Patton earned honors such as the first ever MISD Daniel Maberry Award, MISD Servant Leadership Award, 11-6A District Coach of the Year, Star-Telegram Area Coach of the Year, USA Today Tarrant County Coach of the Year, TABC 6A Dean Weese Outstanding Coach of the Year Award as well as leading her Lady Tigers to the school’s first playoff win in 14 years.


Coach Patton’s journey continues as she has taken over the Girls Athletic program at her hometown of Electra, TX.  The move from 6A to 1A is a story you will not want to miss.

Fort Worth ISD

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Dr. Lisa Langston is in her 32nd year with Fort Worth ISD, where she served 5 years as a Physical Education/Health teacher/head girls basketball coach. She then moved to the athletic department serving 5 years as the intramural athletics coordinator, 16 years as an assistant athletic director and the past 6 years as the Director of Athletics. Dr. Langston is a former NCAA DI 2-sport athlete and was a four-sport high school athlete.


She is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas High School Athletic Directors Association and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. She is the immediate past-president of the NIAAA. As an athletic administrator, Dr. Langston’s why is “I lead to make connections with adults and students to make a positive difference in their lives” which influences how she interactions with her nearly 600 coaches and athletic personnel.



Anthony Criss has served in education for 35 years. He began his coaching career volunteering for his father in Fort Worth, Texas at O. D. Wyatt High School. While teaching Math, he served as an assistant football and baseball coach. Along the way he was head girls track coach, assistant softball, assistant boys track and girls basketball. In 1997, he became the Head Football Coach and Male Athletic Coordinator following in his Father’s footsteps.


On January 1st, 2000, he became the Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator at James Bowie High School, marking the 1st African American Coach to hold that position in the history of the school district. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an Assistant Athletic Director for the AISD. From 2011 to 2021, he served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator at Sam Houston High School before stepping down in December of 2021.


Coach Criss is married to the wonderful Patra Criss for the past 35 years and has 4 children (Julian, Dominique, Linier and Quinnin) Dominique and Quinnin both are high school football coaches. He also has two adorable granddaughters (Jayla and Chloe). His dad is the legendary Coach Willie “Daddy “Criss and his precious mother Lessie Criss. His brother is the current Head Football Coach at O.D. Wyatt High School.

US Olympian


Cat Osterman, a former three-time National Player of the Year, four-time All-American, and two-time Olympic medalist. She coached also served as assistant coach for the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas, from 2015-20, after three seasons in a similar role for the St. Edwards Hilltoppers in Austin, Texas.


A native of Houston, Texas, Osterman helped to lead the University of Texas to three Women’s College World Series appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She also became the only softball individual to win USA Softball’s National Player of the Year honors three times after earning the honor each of those seasons.


During her redshirt season of 2004, Osterman trained with the USA National Team as the only collegian and youngest member of the Olympic team that earned a gold medal in Athens. A three-time selection as Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year (2003, 2005 and 2006), she still holds UT career records in victories (136), ERA (0.51), shutouts (85) and no-hitters (20), and she holds the NCAA record for career strikeout ratio per seven innings (14.35). She finished her UT career with a 136-25 overall record and is second all-time in NCAA Division I career strikeouts with 2,265. Osterman was a recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award in 2006, an honor presented to the top eight senior student-athletes in the country.


Osterman pitched for the USA National Team from 2001 to 2021, appearing in the 2004, 2008, and 2020 Olympics. Team USA took home the gold in 2004 and finished with the silver medal in 2008 and 2021 (2020 Olympics). In her 20-year career with Team USA, Osterman held a 74-5 record with 0.44 ERA. She struck out 1030 batters in just 519.0 innings of work.


Osterman completed her eighth and final season in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in 2015. She played for the Rockford Thunder in 2007 and 2009 and the USSSA Pride for six seasons. Osterman led the Thunder to the league championship in 2009, earning MVP of the championship series. The very next season, she led the Pride to the 2010 championship. The team split the championship in 2012 but captured the title once again in 2013 and 2014.


Osterman was named to the All-NPF team six times and was named Diamond NPF Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and NPF Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and 2014. In the final season of her professional career, Osterman went 15-4 for the Pride, the NPF’s regular season champions, with a 1.21 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 121.2 innings of work. In eight seasons in the NPF, Osterman captured four league titles.


On February 18, 2013, Osterman was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame alongside New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, former Dallas Cowboys RB Walt Garrison, former NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal, and former Heisman Trophy winner from UT Ricky Williams.


Osterman added a second hall of fame to her resume in 2016 as she was enshrined in the World of Little League® Hall of Excellence, the highest honor Little League can bestow. She is the fourth female to be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence, and the first to be recognized for a career in the sport of softball.


Osterman graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 and the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in educational and counseling psychology with a concentration in positive coaching in 2015. Osterman and her husband, Joey Ashley, along with his daughter, Bracken, reside in San Antonio.

NFL Hall of Famer


Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is FOX NFL's lead game analyst, working alongside Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and reporter Erin Andrews. Aikman ascended to the NFL on FOX’s "A-Team" prior to the 2002 season.

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman along with FOX NFL play-by-play announcer and Emmy Award-winner Joe Buck are the second longest broadcast tandem to call NFL games. The duo is second only to NFL broadcasting legends Pat Summerall and John Madden. Aikman will call his sixth Super Bowl alongside Buck in Super Bowl LIV from Miami, FL on FOX. In addition to rules analyst Mike Pereira, reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, the duo called Thursday Night Football on FOX in 2018 for the first time on the network.

Aikman ascended to the lead FOX NFL on-air team prior to the 2002 season. Gifted at succinctly illustrating and explaining on-field action, Aikman’s analysis offers insight into the nuance and skill associated with playing in today’s NFL. After one season in the broadcast booth, Aikman was elevated to the network’s No. 1 broadcast team alongside Buck and analyst Cris Collinsworth. Aikman has called five Super Bowl broadcasts, all on FOX – Super Bowl XXXIX from Jacksonville with Buck and Collinsworth, Super Bowl XLII in Arizona, Super Bowl XLV in North Texas, Super Bowl XLVIII in New York and Super Bowl LI from Houston. Aikman earned an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding TV Event Analyst for his work during the 2003, 2005 and 2007 seasons.

After retiring from professional football at the conclusion of the 2000 season, Aikman joined FOX as an NFL game analyst and quickly displayed the proficiency and work ethic that marked his playing career. In 2001, he teamed with Dick Stockton and former teammate Daryl Johnston to form the network’s No. 2 team. Near the end of his rookie season in the booth, Sports Illustrated named him TV’s "Best Newcomer." Aikman first cut his teeth as a game analyst during the 1998 and 2000 NFL Europe League seasons, gaining valuable experience working for Fox Sports Net alongside Brad Sham.

During Aikman’s incredible playing career, he set 45 Dallas Cowboys passing records, including the club’s career record for completions (2,898), passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage (61.3). While leading one of sports’ most famous franchises, the Cowboys won six NFC East titles (1992-96 & 1998) and advanced to four NFC Championship Games (1992-95). Aikman is one of only four quarterbacks to guide his team to victory in three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). In February 2006, Aikman was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Prior to joining the Cowboys, Aikman passed for 5,298 yards and 41 touchdowns in two years at UCLA. During that span, the All-American led the Bruins to a 20-4 record. In 1999, he was inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame. He transferred to UCLA after two seasons at the University of Oklahoma (1984-85). Selected by the Cowboys with the first overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft, he became the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for Dallas since Roger Staubach in 1969. In 2009, Aikman was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Aikman was raised in Cerritos, Calif. His family moved to Henryetta, Okla., when he was 12. Aikman went on to earn All-State honors at Henryetta High School. Founded in 1992, The Troy Aikman Foundation for Children has touched many young lives through services such as creating colorful recreation areas in children's hospitals. Aikman resides in Dallas and has three daughters, Rachel, Jordan and Ally.

Harlingen H.S.


Manny Gomez has been a native of Harlingen since 1971. He graduated from HHS in 1990 and received scholarship to attend Texas A&M Kingsville, A&I at the time. Manny was a two-year starter at linebacker and special teams’ player for Hall of Fame Coach Ron Harms. During his playing career from 1990 – 93, Manny helped the Javelinas to consecutive Lone Star Conference Championships in 1991 & 1993 including winning the Regional Play of the Week for his play in Quarterfinals win at UC Davis in the 1993 NCAA Division II Playoffs that propelled his team to the Semi Finals, a heart-breaking 27-25 loss to eventual National Champion North Alabama. Manny graduated from A&M Kingsville the Summer of ’95 and was hired at HHS that same Summer of ’95 under the leadership of Bob Boyd. The following Summer of ’96 Manny married his college sweetheart from Eagle Pass, Tx, Melissa Garza. They recently completed 25 years of marriage this past June. They have two beautiful Corgi loving daughters Alysa, 23 and Alexis 18. Alysa graduated from HHS in 2016 and UTSA in 2019 and is currently working on her masters. Alexis is a senior at HHS and will hopefully be attending a university here in Texas which I believe colors are orange and white or maybe red and white or even possibly orange and blue, who knows so no pressure Alexis. As to his coaching career of 26 years, Manny has a record of 14 years as Head Coach for 122 wins and 40 losses as well with 11 district titles. In 2009, ’10, ’11 Manny’s Cardinals put together 3 consecutive 10-0 seasons, going 37-3 during that span, the greatest 3-year period in Valley Football History. In 2014, Manny was also chosen by the Texas High School Coaches Association President, Steve Warren to serve on the State AAAAA All-State Selection Committee.

Brigadier General


Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, Jr. is a native of Houston and a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. He received his commission in the United States Army Field Artillery from Texas A&M in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

During his 31 years of military service, General Ramirez commanded soldiers around the world and served in leadership positions in various joint and operational commands. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Central Command during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and was the Deputy Division Commander for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. His most recent assignment was Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy for US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Prior to being named Vice President for Student Affairs, General Ramirez served as the 45th Commandant of Cadets at Texas A&M from 2010-2021. As the Commandant, General Ramirez oversaw the largest collegiate Corps of Cadets outside of the three military academies. Under his leadership, the Corps of Cadets experienced the largest growth it has seen since the early 1970s, increasing in size from 1800 cadets to over 2550 cadets in just 7 years. In addition, the overall cumulative Corps GPA increased during his tenure as Commandant from an overall 2.6 his first semester to a 3.2 in 2021. Under his leadership, the Corps also increased in diversity. During his tenure, the Corps of Cadets has had its first African American Corps Commander, first female Corps Commander, first female Mascot Handler, first female Commander of Parsons Mounted Cavalry, and the first Hispanic Yell Leader. In addition, he helped oversee the largest number of officers commissioned into the Armed Forces from Texas A&M since the Vietnam War in the early 1970s.

General Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M (1979); a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri (1993); and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2000).

His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Parachutists Badge.

A dynamic speaker and lecturer, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience on leadership with others. He is also an active member in the local community, serving on numerous boards, including The United Way of the Brazos Valley, The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, The Texas Veterans Association, The Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.



Stephen Mackey, better known to thousands of students and coaches as Coach Mackey, is a character development coach based in Texas. Through live talks, camps, seminars, and curriculum, Mackey equips and encourages high school coaches and athletes to go beyond the game.


In January 2017, Mackey asked the question: “What would it take to help one million athletes and coaches connect the dots between sports and life?” The answer to that question became 2Words Character Development ( The 2Words Character Development program is built on the core principles of integrity, belief, toughness, relentless effort, excellence, and servant leadership.


Mackey and his team have worked hard to make 2Words one of the top character development programs in the country. In 2021, that hard work paid off as 2Words Character Development became the official character development curriculum of the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA).


His first book, The Locker Room: How Great Teams Heal Hurt, Overcome Adversity, and Build Unity, will release May 10th, 2022 (


Mackey is a first-generation college graduate with a B.S. from Texas A&M University and a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mackey is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry, also at Fuller. Among his many accomplishments, Mackey is most proud of his role as a devoted husband and father.

Prosper H.S.


Brandon Schmidt is the Head Football Coach at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. A native Texan, Schmidt grew up a coach’s kid and is a 1995 graduate of La Marque High School, where he played in two state championship games for the Cougars. He went on to play football at Sam Houston State University as an offensive lineman, was a three-year letterman, and was elected Team Captain his senior year before graduating in 2001.  With 20 years of coaching experience, including a nine-year run at Cedar Park High School where in 2012 the Timberwolves won the Class 4A Division II State Championship, Schmidt leads with his passion for kids but is full focus on building dynamic teams. In both 2019 and 2020, he took the Prosper Eagles to the 6A Division Quarterfinals. Schmidt holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University (2013).

Schmidt and his wife, Katie, have three children, Sophie (14), Sabrina (12), & Carter (6).  They have been married for 19 years while Schmidt coached at La Porte, Stony Point, Cedar Park, and, for the last 7 years, Prosper.