Athletics

Staff Directory

We encourage you to reach out to our program coordinators and administrators listed below with any questions!

Program Coordinators

Baseball
Steven Garcia
Cheer
Leslie Driskell
ldriskell@sasaustin.org
Field Hockey
Anna McQuaid
amcquaid@sasaustin.org
Girls Golf
Whitney Kirby
wkirby@sasaustin.org
Boys Soccer
John Fitzsimons
Boys Swimming & Diving
Matt Byrd
mbyrd@sasaustin.org
Girls Tennis
Michelle King
mking@sasaustin.org
Boys Volleyball
Tim Moten
tmoten@sasaustin.org

Girls Basketball
Trisha Tuck
ttuck@sasaustin.org
Boys Cross Country
Gilbert Tuhabonye
gtuhabonye@sasaustin.org
Football
Taylor Stewart
Boys Lacrosse
Girls Soccer
Jennifer Schassler
jschassler@sasaustin.org
Girls Swimming & Diving
Matt Byrd
mbyrd@sasaustin.org
Boys Track & Field
Gilbert Tuhabonye
gtuhabonye@sasaustin.org
Girls Volleyball
Jacquelyn Harvey
jharvey@sasaustin.org
Boys Basketball
Girls Cross Country
Gilbert Tuhabonye
gtuhabonye@sasaustin.org
Boys Golf
Whitney Kirby
wkirby@sasaustin.org
Girls Lacrosse
Ella Thorpe
ethorpe@sasaustin.org
Softball
Marlee Gabaldon
mgabaldon@sasaustin.org
Boys Tennis
Michelle King
mking@sasaustin.org
Girls Track & Field
Gilbert Tuhabonye
gtuhabonye@sasaustin.org

Athletics Administrator Biographies

Jeff McCrary
Director of Athletics (K-12)
(512) 299-9742
jmccrary@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Texas-Austin - BS

Responsibilities
Athletic Council advisor
Budget oversight
Interpretation of SPC bylaws and procedures
Scheduling oversight
Supervision of SAS staff and office

Biography
Jeff has been a fixture at SAS for over twenty years, where he has served a number of roles including student, faculty member, coach, and athletic administrator. 

While at UT, he served as student manager to the NCAA Final Four participant men's basketball team. 

In addition to his work overseeing the department, Jeff has found success as Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, presently heading into his 10th year. In 2012, St. Andrew’s took 4th place in the SPC Division I Tournament, which was the best finish in school history. The following year, he led the Crusaders to a Division II Championship.

McCrary also serves at the President of the SPC Athletic Directors.
 
McCrary is married to the former Melissa Barrett, and they have two sons together (Houston and Barrett).
Taylor Stewart
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
(512) 299-9706
tstewart@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Texas-Austin - BS

Responsibilities
Design of the strength training program 
Weight room supervisor

Biography
Taylor Stewart joined the SAS community in 2010 as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach after working for seven years at nearby St. Stephen's Episcopal School.

With the title of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Andrew’s he trains all of the school’s student-athletes in a number of capacities, most notably through an intensive off-season program. 

Stewart also holds the title of Head Varsity Football Coach for the Highlanders.

He and his wife, Amanda, have five children, daughters Sienna and Sloane, and their sons Jaxon, Mads, and Sidney. 


Kayla Cortez ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
(512) 299-9692
kvaught@sasaustin.org

Education
Texas Lutheran University - BS
Texas State University - MS

Responsibilities

Injury prevention and rehabilitation
Medical compliance coordination
Oversight of student-athlete safety
Provide first aid and emergency care

Biography
Kayla earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and her Master of Science in Athletic Training.

She was able to join the SAS community in 2014 as a part-time Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer through Texas State University. While a Graduate Assistant, she primarily worked with SAS middle school athletics. 

Vaught enjoys spending time with her husband Juan, and their two dogs. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association.



Tom Costas
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9829
tcostas@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Texas Austin - BS

Tom joined the SAS community in 1982 during his senior year at UT. He coached the first basketball team and joined the staff as a teacher in 1983. 

Along with Betsy Ross, Tom founded the MS athletic program that first year and added the LS program in 1991.  He served as Co-Athletic Director along with Maria Brummer as well as department chair of the Physical Education program. 

Tom has served as an officer in the AIPL (athletic league for private schools in Austin) for more than 20 years and is currently on the board. 

Tom has coached flag football, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track and field, co-ed soccer and boys and girls golf. He has had the privilege of working with 2 Major League Pitchers and 1 NFL quarterback. 

He’s been at the school long enough to teach more than 55 students whom are offspring of former students.

Tom’s is married to his wife Linnea and has 3 grown adults (Wayne, Kayla and Gayle) that went to SAS and enjoy spending time with their 3 grandchildren (Josiah, Augustine and Calvin) whenever possible.  
Maria Brummer
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9830
mbrummer@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Hawaii - BS
Texas A&M University - MS

Maria Brummer has worked at St. Andrew's School since 1992, having served as K-8 PE Teacher, Athletic Director, along with coaching multiple teams.

Prior to her time at SAS, she taught at La Pietra, Hawaii School for Girls for two years, teaching 6-12th grade Health and PE, coaching Varsity Volleyball, and MS Basketball.

During her undergraduate time at the University of Hawaii, she served as the student manager to the NCAA Championship ('82, '83, '87) Women's Volleyball Team.  She has one son, Drew Brummer, a lifer at SAS, who graduated in 2016.
Jack Wallace '10
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9800
jwallace@sasaustin.org

Education
St. Edward's University - BA

Jack joined the St. Andrew’s community in 2004 as a student. While at St. Andrew’s, he participated in cross country, basketball, and track & field. He is a member of the first SPC Championship-winning cross country team, and holds school records in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays. 
 
After graduating from St. Andrew’s, and from 2014-2016, served as an SAS varsity assistant for the upper school track & field team, specializing in sprints and relays. In 2016, Jack graduated from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Jack began his teaching career at Hyde Park Schools, where he taught K-8 Physical Education 7th grade boys’ advisor, and coach.
 
Jack is currently in pursuit of a master’s degree in coaching & athletic administration from Concordia University (Irvine).
Jacquelyn Harvey
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9800
jharvey@sasaustin.org

Education
Texas State University - BS

Jacquelyn Harvey is a former NCAA DI Texas State University volleyball player and graduate. 

She has coached at numerous levels and teams within the sport of volleyball, including Duchesne Academy, River Oaks Baptist and Bolt Volleyball Club Team of Katy, TX.
 
In addition, Harvey has extensive experience within the sport of soccer, having led programs throughout the state of Texas.














Josh Blumenthal
Associate Director of Athletics (K-12)
(512) 299-9716
jblumenthal@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Rhode Island - BA
Adelphi University - MS

Responsibilities
Sports Information Director 
Contest official coordination
Independent sports contact
Game day operations manager

Biography
Josh joined the SAS community in 2016 after spending the past eight seasons as an NCAA lacrosse coach in the northeast, coaching at Adelphi University, Babson College, and Regis College.

During his time as bench-boss at Regis, he led the Pride to back-to-back winning seasons in 2014 and 2015 and won a school-record nine games, an ECAC Tournament berth, and named NECC Coach of the Year. In addition he was a member of the school's faculty, teaching two sports marketing courses.

He also spent four years as the head coach/sports information director at the Palmer Trinity School in Miami, selected as Miami-Dade County Coach of the Year in 2006, and awarded the Florida Babcock Sportsmanship Trophy in 2007.

Blumenthal, who also serves as the SAS Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach, presently resides in Austin with his wife Cherilynn and son Ethan. 

Kristen Benjamin
Associate Director of Athletics (Health/Wellness)
kbenjamin@sasaustin.org

Education
Trinity University - BS
Texas A&M University - MS

Kristen joined the SAS community in 2018 as an Associate Athletic Director and Fitness/Wellness Coordinator. She is going to be helping to develop the Physical Education program as well as a comprehensive wellness program at SAS.
 
Prior to SAS, she was the Middle School Athletic Director and Fitness/Wellness Department Chair at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, CA for 11 years. At Archer she also coached Varsity Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball as well as served as an academic dean for several years. 
 
Benjamin played basketball for four years at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and is going to be working with the SAS Basketball program. 
 
Benjamin recently moved to Austin with her wife and two sons, Greyson and Knox.
Jody Fillpot
Assistant Director of Athletics (5-8)
(512) 299-1685
jfillpot@sasaustin.org

Education
St. Edward's University - BS

Responsibilities
Contest official coordination
Independent sports contact
Scheduling oversight

Biography
Jody is an Assistant Athletic Director after previously serving as Athletic Director at St. Gabriel's for 14 years. 

Fillpot, who played volleyball and softball for St. Edward's University, is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Honor.

Upon graduation she went on to serve as the head softball coach for her alma mater, leading them to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series, along with a national ranking for her squad.

Fillpot coaches basketball and softball at St. Andrew's School.



 
Abby Elliott ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer
(512) 299-9734
aelliott@sasaustin.org

Education
University of Kansas - BS

Responsibilities
Injury prevention and rehabilitation 
Medical compliance coordination
Oversight of student-athlete safety
Provide first aid and emergency care
Transportation coordination

Biography
Abby has been serving as the Athletic Trainer for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for two decades. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association and is certified in First Aid/CPR through the American Heart Association.

In her spare time, Elliott enjoys taking in the sights and sounds of Austin. She also enjoys listening to live music, spending time with her family, and following the Jayhawks in all sports.









Betsy Ross
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9832
bross@sasaustin.org

Education
Texas Tech University - BS

Betsy graduated from Texas Tech University in 1976 with a BS in Education and received a Physical Education Certification from the University of Texas in 1980.
 
Betsy teaches third through eighth grade Physical Education and coaches Volleyball and Softball.
 
She joined St. Andrew’s in 1980 and in 1982 she and Tom Costas founded the Athletics program. Her volleyball teams have won numerous AIPL Championships during her tenure here.
 
Betsy lives in Pflugerville, and has two grown sons who also attended St. Andrew’s.

Nichole Adams
Physical Education Teacher
(512) 299-9872
nadams@sasaustin.org

Education
Texas State University - BA

Nichole Adams graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Kinesiology and minor in English. She was a walk-on for the Texas State volleyball team for 2 seasons. 

She was hired to coach volleyball, basketball and track for the lower and middle school in 2006-2007. In 2007 she was hired as a full time PE teacher for the lower and middle school and continued to coach. She has since coached volleyball at the JV and varsity levels for St. Andrew's and is currently coaching middle school volleyball with 20 years experience coaching this sport.

Her son Kynston also attends St. Andrew's, and is going into the 3rd grade.

One of her biggest passions is yoga and she has obtained her 200 hour certification.

 
Jennifer Schassler
Strength & Conditioning/Wellness
(512) 299-9700
jschassler@sasaustin.org

Education
University at Albany - BA
Hofstra University - MS

Jennifer has joined the SAS community in 2018 as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Fitness Instructor.  Additionally, Jennifer is the Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, and will serve as the girls’ soccer program coordinator for grades 5 through 12.

Prior to joining the SAS community, she taught at Marymount High School, Los Angeles for the past 10 years, and served as the Head Physical Education Teacher and Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The New York native, won a high school state soccer championship, where she is a member of the hall of fame. Following her secondary school career, she moved onto NCAA Division I level as a member of the University at Albany women’s soccer program.

Jennifer graduated from Hofstra University, NY with a Masters of Science in Physical Education and received her NYS teaching certification in physical education for grades K-12.

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  • Lower & Middle School

    1112 West 31st St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    Lower (512) 299-9800
    Middle (512) 299-9850
  • Upper School

    5901 Southwest Pkwy.
    Austin, TX 78735
    (512) 299-9700

Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.