Stephen Sherman enters his 11th season at OLLU after coming from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he served as assistant coach for cross-country and track for three years.
This past season, the Saints were the runners-up in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Meet. Annie Trejo was the individual medalist, and she and Andrea Gandara made it to the nationals.
In 2017, the Saints won their third consecutive and fourth overall RRAC Championship. They made their fourth trip to the NAIA National Championship Meet. The team was led by All-Conference recipients Andrea Gandara, Jazmine Garcia, Gabriela Guerrero, Alyssa Hebb, Ione Rodriguez and Sarah Taylor.
OLLU tallied 16 points and was followed by the University of the Southwest with 59 points.
Sherman's runners earning RRAC Scholar Athlete recognition were Andrea Gandara, Jazmine Garcia, Gabriela Guerrero, Ione Rodriguez and Sarah Taylor. Ione Rodriguez became the first-ever cross-country runner to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American honors. She was also named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Sherman received his fourth RRAC Coach of the Year award.
In 2016, the Saints won their second consecutive and third overall Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship. The team was led by top finisher Jazmine Garcia, third-place finisher Sarah Taylor, fifth-place finisher Gabriela Guerrero, eighth-place finisher Margaret Bruch and ninth-place finisher Bianca Renteria. OLLU tallied 26 points, and Wiley finished second with 49 points, followed by the University of the Southwest with 63 points and LSU-Shreveport with 91 points. The Saints went on to the NAIA National Championships, where they finished in 34th place. Sherman's players earning RRAC Scholar Athlete recognition were Jazmine Garcia and Shenaya Thomas. Sherman received his third RRAC Coach of the Year award. In 2015, the Saints won their second RRAC Championship. The team was led by Jazmine Garcia, Gabriela Guerrero and Elena Oslund, who finished first, second and third respectively. Sarah Taylor followed at sixth, Jocelyn Trask at eighth, Ione Rodriguez at ninth and Bonnie Perez at 13th. OLLU tallied 20 points, and Wiley finished second with 37 points, followed by Gulf Coast Athletic Conference member Xavier University with 81 points. The Saints went on to the NAIA National Championships, where they finished in 29th place. Sherman's players also excelled in the classroom. Ione Rodriguez and Jocelyn Trask were named NAIA Scholar Athletes, and the two along with Valeria Guerrero, Bonnie Perez and Sarah Taylor were named RRAC Scholar Athletes. In 2014, Jazmine Garcia, Gabriela Guerrero and Erica Ramos qualified for the NAIA National Cross-Country Championship meet after Guerrero finished third, Ramos finished fourth and Garcia finished eighth in the Red River Athletic Conference meet's 5k. In the team's first season in 2009, the women placed fourth in the conference, and Miriam Vazquez qualified for the NAIA National Championship Meet. In 2010, the women again finished in fourth place, and Vazquez made her second trip to nationals. At the 2011 conference meet, the women captured second place, and Vazquez qualified for her third national meet. In the 2012 season, the Saints sent three women to the national meet -- Laura Echeverria, Marianna Hurtado and Erica Ramos -- after finishing in second place in the conference meet. In 2013, for the first time since the program began in 2009, the Saints won the Red River Athletic Conference meet. They qualified as a team for the NAIA National Cross-Country Championship meet in Vancouver, Wash. Ceara O'Donnell was named the conference's Freshman of the Year, and she along with Erica Ramos, Laura Echeverria and Alexandria De Luna were named to the All-Conference Team. Sherman also received Conference Coach of the Year. Sherman earned his USA Track and Field (USATF) Level I Certification in June 2005 and USATF Level II Certification in Endurance Events in July 2008. A native of Dickinson, Texas, Sherman received a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from McMurry and a Master of Science in organizational and human resources development from Abilene Christian University. Sherman is married to Megan Pate, and they are parents to a boy and a girl.
|Lindsey Broussard||FR||5-1||Kingwood, Texas||Kingwood Park High School|
|Gloria Cervantes||FR||5-5||Laredo, Texas||Lyndon B. Johnson High School|
|Robbie Sue Espericueta||FR||5-5||La Villa, Texas||La Villa Early College High School|
|Andrea Gandara||SR||5-4||Kaufman, Texas||Kaufman High School|
|Sabrina Garcia||SO||5-0||Brownsville, Texas||Frontier College Prep|
|Peyton Lammons||SO||5-8||Prosper, Texas||Prosper High School|
|Nadia Sifuentes||FR||5-5||Brownsville, Texas||Homer Hanna ECHS|
|Alyssa Vidales||FR||5-2||San Antonio, Texas||Southwest High School|
|Kimber Watson||SO||5-6||Kingwood, Texas||Mississippi College|