9:00 am - Program begins

National Anthem sung by Nora Sanders from the Dean Corey Academy of Fine Arts in Arlington ISD


A welcome from the Mayor of Arlington, The honorable Jeff Williams 


Opening Remarks from LTC Chol Chong, Recruiting & Retention Commander of the Texas Army National Guard


Challenge for the day from THSCA Executive Director Joe Martin


Former Senior VP and Head of Referee Operations for the NBA &Former Superintendent, US Air Force Academy

On the Fields of Friendly Strife

General Douglas MacArthur wrote these lines while Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, 1919–1922, and had them engraved over the entrance to the gymnasium:  Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days will bear the fruits of victory.  Coaches have always driven the culture of their teams. The importance of their leadership has only grown under increasing stresses in our daily lives. Individual qualities cultivated in sports to triumph over challenges thrive in a healthy culture -- “a good barrel” – and will sustain athletes, as well as coaching staffs, on the fields of athletic competition and in life beyond the arena.


Head Coach/Athletic Director at Lockhart HS

Life is not all about SPORTS, but SPORTS are all about life.

From the pregame to the 4th quarter we will embark on a journey of hope.  Gratitude, protecting our profession, empowering our players and believing in our efforts are the foundations for great leadership. After all, Life is not all about sports, but sports are all about life.



Head Girls Basketball Coach at The Colony HS

Lead Where Your Feet Are

The role you are in right now is loaded with potential. Never underestimate the power of the position you are in today. Leadership is about influence. You can influence people at any stage in your career or life.



Deputy Adjutant General – Army, Texas Military Department
The Essential Element of Leadership

Why did you fall short of your goal?  Even leaders with superior personal competencies miss a goal because they fail to develop one essential element of leadership.  Explore the foundation for success through purpose, direction, and motivation within the Army leadership model. Bonus: Coaches are critical to national security.


2021 Coaching Beyond the Game Award presentation:


Assistant Coach at Canadian HS

Leave a Legacy

Every school, every community, our entire world is in desperate need of great coaches.  What are the kids in your program learning from you that will continue to improve our communities long after your career is over? You see, we are all leaving a legacy through the lives of the kids we coach.



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



2Words Character Development

Worth the Work

Student-athletes need coaches now more than ever. Distance learning, isolation, uprooted routines, and a new calendar year that looks to be doubling down on the craziness of the last. In this message, Stephen Mackey, better known as Coach Mackey, will share a message of hope and encouragement for the coaches who are on the front lines. Through humor, practical wisdom, and powerful testimony, he will challenge and equip you to keep doing the hard work of giving the best of you, for the best of your athletes. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth the work!



Head Coach at Frisco Emerson HS
The Power and Nobility of Sports

The morality that society demands can only exist in a world where our youth is held accountable for their character and taught the value of serving others with a noble heart. Coaches are charged each day to harness their power of influence and utilize the platform of athletics as our greatest teacher!



Academy Award Winning Actor and Author of Greenlights

2:00 pm - Conclude Leadership Summit


Lieutenant General MICHELLE JOHNSON


Retired USAF Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson graduated from high school in Spencer, Iowa where she excelled on the basketball and track teams. She went on to be a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy where she was twice named a basketball Academic All American and was later inducted in the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. She also won a Rhodes Scholarship.  After earning a master’s degree at Oxford University, she earned her AF flying wings and piloted C-141, KC-10, C-5, KC-135, and C-17 jet cargo and refueling tanker aircraft on worldwide missions.  From 1992 to 1994 she served in the White House as the Air Force Aide to Presidents Bush ’41 and Clinton.  As she rose through the ranks, she commanded flying units in the US and the UAE. In the Pentagon, Michelle led a team that created the policy foundation for Cyber Command. In Transportation Command, she refined policy for sea to rail supply of forces in Afghanistan via Central Asia.  In Belgium at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, she was the deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence in support of military actions from Afghanistan to the Baltics.  Michelle’s capstone AF assignment was as the 19th Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, the military commander and college president.  After retiring from the USAF, she became the National Basketball Association senior vice president and head of referee operations across NBA, WNBA and G League officiating staffs.  Michelle’s husband, John Hargreaves is a retired Air Force pilot. Their twin sons are avid high school band and orchestra musicians in Colorado.   The opportunity to be fully present for the boys’ last high school years led her to leave the NBA in October 2019, just in time to be together for Covid-19 pandemic restrictions


The Colony H.S.


Born and raised in Seymour, TX, (Go Panthers!) and a graduate of Texas Tech University, Coach Colby Davis is in her 16th year of teaching and coaching.  She has spent the last five years as the Assistant Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball Coach at The Colony High School. She was a 2017 finalist for the WBCA National High School Coach of the Year, and has surpassed the 300 career wins mark. Coach Davis is currently the 2nd Vice President for the TGCA.


Canadian H.S.


Andy Cavalier was raised in education.  His dad, Dennis, was a long-time coach and athletic director in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  His mom, Kathy, is still teaching homebound students in her retirement.  One sister, Abby, is an administrator in the Pampa School District. His other sister, Katy, is a speech therapist for the Papillion LaVista Community Schools in Papillion, Nebraska. His brother, Tony, is a far better coach and is the defensive coordinator at Amarillo High.  Coach Cavalier graduated from Pampa High School and then played football at and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, where he met his wife, Wendy.

Coach Cavalier started his teaching and coaching career as an assistant coach and Algebra teacher in Pampa, under is dad, in 1998. In 2000 he became the defensive coordinator. After the 2002 football season Coach Cav got out of education and joined his wife’s family’s farming and ranching operation. In 2005 he got back into education and took a job as the defensive coordinator at Amarillo Tascosa. A year later, in 2006, he became the head football coach back at Pampa. In 2009 he went to Eastland as an assistant and then in 2014 came to Canadian as the Defensive Coordinator.


Frisco Emerson H.S.


Kendall Miller just finished his 9th season as Head Football Coach at Lakeview Centennial H.S. and has now accepted the Head Football Coach job at Frisco ISD’s newest high school, opening this fall, Emerson High School.


Miller’s 22-year coaching career began in Arlington as a math teacher and assistant coach at Sam Houston H.S.  After 10 years as an assistant, Miller received his first head coaching position at South Oak Cliff H.S. in Dallas where he spent 3 seasons.  After winning two district championships and two “Coach of the Year” honors, Miller began his tenure at Lakeview Centennial.


Coach Miller is a Director for Region 3 on the THSCA Board.  He is the son of Ocell and Annie Miller.   Miller’s father was a Texas High School coach for 34 years before retiring in 1997.  Miller was born in Dallas, Tx and graduated from Skyline H.S. where he was a 3-sport athlete.   He played baseball at Tarleton State University.


Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tarleton State.  He is married to the former Samanda Stewart of Myrtle Point, OR., and they are the parents of two daughters:  Sydney (10) and Kara (8).


Lockhart H.S.


Todd Moebes has 18 years of service in public education as a mathematics teacher and has a breadth of coaching experience in football, track, soccer, baseball, powerlifting and girls basketball at the 5A levels. He began his career in 2002 at Katy High School, of which he is an alumnus, and during his tenure there as assistant coach, the football team made two 5A State Championship appearances and won the 2003 5A State Championship.

In 2007, Moebes joined the coaching staff at Abilene Cooper High School and served as the defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator for the program.   In 2011 at the age of 32, Moebes was promoted to athletic coordinator and head football coach for Abilene Cooper High School. In his role as head football coach, Moebes compiled a 54-34 over the span of seven years. During that time, the team made playoffs every one of those years, advancing to the third round of playoffs five times. He had an 11-6 playoff record. The team secured two district championships during his tenure. 

Todd Moebes has had many leadership roles across Texas and at the national level. He was selected as the 2013 head coach for the FCA South All Star Team and served on the 2014 Texas High School Coaches Association All Star Selection Committee. From 2015-2017, Moebes served on the THSCA Board of Directors for Region 2. Since 2017 he has been Regional Director for the High School Committee a part of the American Football Coaches Association.

In March of 2019 he was hired as the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Lockhart High School in Lockhart, TX.  In his first season as the head football coach his team made it to the 5A playoffs for the first time in 4 seasons. Moebes earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Mathematics from Sam Houston State University, where he was a four-year letterman in the football program. He served as team captain in his senior year.

Major General


Major General (MG) Gregory P. Chaney serves as the Deputy Adjutant General for the Texas Army National Guard, the largest Guard of the 54 U.S. states and territories. MG Chaney is the principal advisor for all Army matters to The Adjutant General, Texas.  MG Chaney enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 1987 as a combat engineer.  The following summer he received a commission as an Engineer second lieutenant from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His service includes deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq.  For a decade, he served as a traditional National Guard officer while teaching and coaching in Abilene later transitioning to full time duty in uniform. 


MG Chaney’s formal military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff course.  He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a Master’s of Science in Education. In 2013, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s in Strategic Studies.  MG Chaney resides outside of Abilene in Merkel, Texas with his wife Angie.



Stephen Mackey, better known to thousands of students and coaches as Coach Mackey, is a motivational speaker and character development coach based in Texas. 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 perhaps most proud of his role as a husband & father.

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 ( Built on the core principles of servant leadership, work ethic, personal code, goal setting, grit, and growth mindset, Mackey and his team have built 2Words Character Development into one of the top character development programs in Texas and across the country. Through live talks, camps, seminars, articles, and videos, Mackey is an advocate for coaches and athletes, speaking hope and encouragement to help them go beyond the game.

As a first generation college graduate, Mackey is passionate about equipping students to continue their education and leadership development. In 2017, he established the Letterman to Leadership Scholarship, that helps graduating seniors continue their educational careers, and equips their high school campus with character development curriculum. In 2019, he launched the annual Mackey Leadership Camp, which equips athletes to grow in faith and leadership ( During the COVID-19 crisis, Mackey partnered with the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) to bring 10 weeks of curriculum to every coach in Texas (and beyond) to stay connected to their athletes during lockdown.

The March to a Million that Mackey began in 2017 continues, and those who know him know that he won't stop until he reaches the goal of touching the lives of one million high school coaches and athletes with the 2Words Character Development Curriculum every single week. 

Academy Award-Winning Actor & Author


Texas native MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor’s career in the cult classic “Dazed and Confused.” Since then, he has won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club", appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a #1 New York Times best selling author, producer, director, and philanthropist with his just keep livin Foundation – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and “jk livin” philosophy. McConaughey also serves as creative director for Wild Turkey and has co-created his own bourbon, Longbranch. He serves as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas Athletic Department and The Austin FC Soccer Club, where he is part owner. McConaughey launced his first book, Greenlights on October 20, 2020 and it became an immediate best seller. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Camilla and their three kids, while he is a professor at the University of Texas in Austin.