Beginning this fall, Schreiner University will offer Varsity Programs, groups that compete against other colleges and universities in band, cheerleading, choir, e-gaming, equestrian riding, and wrestling. The university’s existing shooting sports team will also be a part of the program with Bob Davis of Fredericksburg becoming the new coach.
Varsity Programs seek to broaden Schreiner students' choices for intercollegiate competition, and to help them further develop their skills in these disciplines. Each discipline will have a paid coach or coordinator. Students are already being recruited for the startup next year.
The university will align with national associations that sanction competition in each discipline, from across Texas to the national level. Cindy Becker, former executive assistant to the president, will direct the Varsity Programs while also helping coach the shooting sports team.
Coordinators have been hired for the following new Varsity programs.
Kevin Dugat, a music educator and trombonist from San Antonio, will be coordinator of bands. He will develop a pep band and other competition ensembles.
Dugat performs in a wide variety of genres of music. During his undergraduate career, he traveled to Chile with the Texas State Jazz Ensemble, and premier salsa ensemble, Salsa Del Rio. While a member of the Texas State Wind Ensemble, he performed in Seattle, WA.
An active chamber musician, he was a founding member of The Osteologists Trombone Quartet, which performed regularly in the San Marcos and Austin areas, and was featured at the 2013 International Trombone Festival. In 2016, he was the trombonist for Bruce Vantine’s Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, a national touring ensemble.
Dugat is a private, low-brass instructor in the San Antonio area, teaching students in grades 6-12. In summers, he is on the faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, NY.
Originally from Kerrville, Dugat holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Alabama, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music from Texas State University.
Spirit coordinator Khris Franklin will lead the competitive cheer team. He comes to Schreiner from Trinity Valley Community College, where he coached the cheer team to the 2016 NCA Division II Large Coed Grand Championship, the 2016 NCA Partner Stunt Championship and NCA High Score, and the 2017 NCA Junior College Championship.
While earning an MBA and a BBA from Stephen F. Austin University, he was a member of four NCA Collegiate National Championship teams, including one NCA Grand Champion finish.
He has also coached cheerleading at Stephen F. Austin University and with the San Antonio Spurs Coyote Crew, and has judged cheerleading in the All-Star arena for the last 18 years.
Boerne native Michelle Luevano will serve as coordinator of choirs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied voice with Dr. Diana Allan and participated in the UTSA Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Gary Mabry and the UTSA Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. John Silantien.
She also attended San Antonio College, where she studied voice with Madeline Elizondo and participated in the SAC choir and chamber ensembles.
Luevano is also an advocate for Hispanic culture and voice, and studied privately with Michelle Quintero, currently professor of Mariachi voice and Latin Music Studies at Texas State University.
She will also serve part-time as a resident director for the Oaks Apartments.
Ashley Brune, who recently received a master’s degree in education from Schreiner, returns to lead the equestrian team.
She began her riding career at age six in her native Canada, and was introduced to dressage shortly thereafter. At 16 she was picked to train in the Future Young Rider Select Training program. She competed in both juniors and young riders in dressage until she was 21.
Brune trains and competes in both show jumping and dressage with Grand Prix riders Eva Oldenbroek and Joshua Tabor. Competing at Prix St. George with her 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, she qualified for nationals in first and second level after only six months of training.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in human kinetics from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, where she also received her social service worker certification.
Troy Jewell will coach the wrestling team. A USA wrestling-certified college coach, he led the Texas National Junior Dual and Individual teams in 2017, and the Texas National Cadet Dual and Individual teams during 2015-16. For the past several years he coached the New Braunfels Elite, one of the most successful youth programs in Texas.
He has coached more than 30 National All-Americans, 45 Youth All-Americans, 27 state champions, and had numerous athletes place in the top five at the state, regional and national levels.
Jewell was an outstanding high school wrestler in California, arguably one of the most-competitive regions in the country. He qualified for nationals every year as a cadet and junior wrestler, including his freshmen year in college.
He is a farrier in Boerne, fulfilling his passion to work with and help horses. He has two sons who love rodeo as much or more than they love wrestling.
Coordinators for eGaming will be announced later.
For more information about the Varsity Programs, contact Becker at 830-792-7310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.