Lone Star Varsity announced June 3 in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal that All Saints Episcopal School is their choice for “Athletic Program of the Year”. The following story was printed in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal on June 3 and was written by their staff reporters.
All Saints Episcopal blows past expectations early in athletics history
All Saints Episcopal School had big academic visions six years ago when it decided to add a high school.
The board wanted an all-Advanced Placement curriculum plus the technological bells and whistles and saw athletics as a way to create more well-rounded college students.
Those guys probably would have been surprised if you came back and told them in six short years they’d possess the most successful athletics program on the South Plains.
“We knew we could be successful because we had good kids,” said Robert Brashear, who is the athletics director and head boys basketball coach. “We were already very successful in the middle school realm and felt like we could be successful with a good plan in place. We started with cross country because it was the only sport we could do. Then we had seven guys, enough to make a boys basketball team, and nine girls cheerleading. Then we built from there. Had some kids. Then added volleyball and then gradually started growing sports as we could get them.”
The new teams had banner seasons, by and large.
Brashear won a TAPPS 1A state basketball championship, girls tennis won a third title and boys golf won its third gold medal in three years.
All Saints also unveiled a brand new six-man football that wound up in the playoff had its volleyball squad get back to the state championship game after in winning in 2016.
Ret Taylor won the division’s cross country state championship as well as a gold medal in the 3200 meter run.
While all of that was going on, Brashear said the 24-person senior class qualified for $5.3 million in various scholarship opportunities. Mostly on academic merits.
“These kids are balancing a lot of workload and doing really well,” Brashear said. They’re doing a lot besides just winning state championships.”
Brashear added a good coaching staff can make all the difference.
“That’s one thing that has grown with the program,” Brashear said. “Kyle Simons has been with me the whole time on the girls basketball side. Kimberli Swett in volleyball is coming back for her fifth year. I’ve been in basketball all the time. Skylar Smith was with us, went to Frenship for a year came back to lead our football program and will be back next year…All of our coaches. We’ve got a great core group of coaches coming back.”