As high schools wrap up the year in sports, colleges do the same and East Texas Baptist Athletic Director Ryan Erwin said he’s proud of the success the Tigers had this school year.
“Overall, I thought we had a very good year,” Erwin said. “I thought we had a lot of big time success on the field of competition, on the court and on the track, we had a lot of firsts. A big part of that goes to our student athletes and of course our coaching staffs who continue to recruit top notch student athletes who want to come to ETBU to be part of something special with what we’re building.”
Erwin went on to describe some of the top moments of the year through the athletic department.
“Men’s soccer winning a postseason game, baseball going on a great run and having one of the better years that they’ve had in their history,” Erwin said, recalling highlights through the year. “Of course softball getting up to No. 2 in the country. Launching acrobatics and tumbling and men’s and women’s golf. Track had two qualify for nationals, and I think 15 total ASC Championships for track. It’s big time impressive. The tennis team made it to the conference finals, the women’s tennis team, continuing to have a stretch of dominance within the ASC and a high-level of competitive. The other sports that we offer were also very competitive on the court but also what they were able to do in the community and in the classroom. We continue to make strides academically and our students are excelling in the classroom and even internationally with our mission trips we did this year.
“Basketball yard a great year,” he continued. “The women had a great record but came up just short of the postseason. That was pretty special, as well as cross country with their conference champion and finishing in the top end of our conference. Every sport really, we finished near the top in conference if not at the top. That’s encouraging for the coaches but also the athletic department and our administration.”
Erwin added there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year.
“Coming up for next year, we’re looking for continued success, starting in the fall with two first-year head coaches for soccer,” he offered. “Both coach Coxs (Chad and Kristin Cox) will be gearing up for that. They’re both playing touch schedules. So it’ll be a good test for them starting off. Then in football, we have a lot of seniors coming back and second-year head coach, coach (Brian) Mayper and his staff are really looking forward to that with the number of recruits that we were able to bring in and the same for hockey and cross country. Of course the spring sports and the winter sports, we were really young this year. We did lose a few seniors here and there but the core of our teams was freshmen, sophomores and juniors and a lot of the younger students got a lot of playing time. That’s encouraging across the board that we got a lot of continuity and student athletes who contributed in big ways coming back.”