SAN ANTONIO (April 6, 2020) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has announced the resignation of Stephen Sherman, Assistant Athletic Director and head coach for cross-country and track and field. Sherman will be transitioning to associate athletic director at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA), which is an NAIA school that will begin its season in 2020-2021.
Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented, "We are grateful for Sherman's years of service and for his dedication to our student-athletes. He developed our cross-country and track and field teams from their inaugural season through this year, and we know we will have big shoes to fill. We wish him much success at TAMUSA – we know he will quickly become a valuable asset there, just as he was here."
Sherman has been the only head coach for the OLLU men's and women's cross-country teams and the men's and women's track and field teams. His cross-country teams began competing in 2009, and his track and field teams began their official season in 2015.
The cross-country teams have earned the following:
5 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) championships – women
5 RRAC championships – men
5 NAIA National Championships qualifier – women
5 NAIA National Championships qualifier – men
68 All-Conference selections
2 Freshman of the Year – women
5 Coach of the Year – women
5 Coach of the Year – men
8 Conference Scholar-Athletes
5 NAIA Scholar Team - women
The track and field teams have earned the following:
1 RRAC Championship – women
1 NAIA Scholar Teams – women
99 All-Conference selections
1 Coach of the Year – women
58 Conference Scholar-Athletes
8 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
In March of 2019, Sherman became the university's assistant athletic director.
"At this point in my career," Sherman said, "I was not going to leave everything we have built here at OLLU for anything other than an opportunity I simply could not turn down. To think about where the athletic department at OLLU is right now vs. where it was in 2009 is incredible. To think about where the cross-country and track and field programs at OLLU are today vs. where they were in 2009 just might be even more incredible. It was all built with a lot of faith and determination, and it was built by too many people to thank in one quote or article. I will forever be appreciative of everything the OLLU community has done for my career and done for me and my family, and I will forever cherish the memories of all of the athletes that have positively impacted my life over the last 12 years."
A search for a new head coach will be underway soon.