TEXAS HERITAGE BOWL

BOWL STAFF

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Ronald OswaltExecutive Director/Bowl President

Ronald was born and raised in Mississippi, but was fortunate enough to relocate to the great state of Texas in the year 2000. He is a very proud graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration/Sports Psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years Machel, and his 2 sons, Aubrey 24 and Hayden 16. Most of this family time involves sporting events with everyone’s favorite being Texas high school and collegiate football and basketball.

Oswalt has served as the Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for the Heart of Texas college bowl game. He was also founder of Sports Marketing Experts and former Chief Operations Officer for TexasHSFootball.com.

Oswalt has also served as Vice-President/General Manager for the Austin Turfcats professional arena football team. The team made the championship game in just the team’s first year in the Southern Indoor Football League in 2009. He was also recognized by the Indoor Football Network as GM of the Year.

He has also worked for the Katy Copperheads of the National Indoor Football League, Texas Copperheads of the arena football league 2, and the Beaumont Drillers of the American Professional Football League. He spends his free time volunteering for the non-profit Gridiron Heroes, which helps players and families.

Oswalt has also worked as active media covering the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has covered the Humanitarian Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Texas Bowl and Alamo Bowl for college football and featured on CNN just to name a few.

Ronald has many years of experience in customer service/marketing and he believes that the best way to meet and exceed a customer’s needs and expectations, is to take the time to familiarize himself with the customer.

Roland SotoCity of Brownwood Sports Coordinator

Roland Soto has been hired as the Sports Coordinator for Brownwood. The Sports Coordinator position is funded jointly by the City of Brownwood, the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, and the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD).

Soto was selected from 26 applicants for the job. The selection panel unanimously chose him as the top candidate among all of the applicants.

“Roland is a very positive and capable person who will serve Brownwood well in his capacity as Sports Coordinator,” according to Guy Andrews, Executive Director of Economic Development.

Mr. Soto will begin his new assignment on January 3, 2017 and will be located on the second floor of the Depot (Harvey House) above the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce at 600 E. Depot in Brownwood.

Under the primary direction of the Executive Director–Economic Development, this position is responsible for recruiting sports events and tournaments to Brownwood that will allow utilization of our sports facilities including, but not limited to: The Bert V Massey II Sports Complex (that includes softball and baseball facilities), the Brownwood Soccer Complex, the Brownwood Coliseum, Gordon Wood Stadium, the Pecan Bayou Paddling Trail, the Bennie Houston Recreation Center, the Camp Bowie Recreation Center, the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center, the skateboard park, the disc golf course, and other parks and recreation facilities.

Mr. Soto will coordinate sporting events and tournaments with the City Parks and Recreation Department, Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, local and external sports organizations, and other involved organizations to ensure successful events that will market Brownwood as an excellent location for sports events and tournaments of all kinds.

Roland Soto is a Brownwood native and a 1996 graduate of Brownwood High School. He currently lives in Brownwood with his wife Esmeralda, and three daughters, Madeline, Marian, and Emma.

Growing up in Brownwood, he was active in several sports programs and attributes much of his love for sports to great childhood experiences he had here. Following this passion for sports, Roland left Brownwood in 2002 in pursuit of a career in Hospitality and Golf Resort Management. Roland attended and graduated from the Golf Academy of Arizona in Chandler, Arizona.

Returning to Texas in 2004, Roland has assisted in the openings of the Marriott Horseshoe Bay Resort and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, near Bastrop, TX. While working for Hyatt Resorts, he booked and coordinated over 450 golf events from 2006 – 2012 before being promoted to hotel group sales manager.

While living in Bastrop, Roland was involved in many different youth sports programs and a youth ministry leader with his wife Esmeralda at Bastrop Christian Outreach Center. They moved back to Brownwood in 2012 and have since served at Abundant Life Church as Pastors of Student Ministry.

He has worked at Sysco Food Corporation as a Marketing Associate since returning to Brownwood.

Upon accepting this new position, Roland said, “To say I am excited about starting this role, would be a tremendous understatement. One of the things we emphasize to our youth groups is the importance of making a difference and being of service to your community. I am looking forward to utilizing my past experiences to serve my community.”

Dee Jenkins – Bowl Selection Committee Chair

Dee Jenkins has vast experiences in the sport of football throughout his career ranging from a short stint at the collegiate level which carried over into the semi-professional levels whereas he was elected to participate in the 2012 South Texas Amateur Football League Pro Bowl as wide receiver and 2013 as a General Manager, leading his team to an undefeated season and championship.

After graduating with a degree in Sports Management from Troy University. Dee decided to trade his talents by stepping into the middle school, sub-varsity, and varsity levels of talent evaluation.

He is currently attending the LSU-Shreveport School of Business working towards his MBA with a concentration in marketing.

He currently holds the position of Player Development Director for All-American Games, representing the Texas region as well as being the State Representative for the US Army All-American Bowl, a game hosted each year featuring the nations top senior classmen and viewed by over three million people worldwide.

COACHING STAFF

 Dino Vecchio – Bowl Week Coordinator/Coaching Staff

Vecchio is a 29 year veteran of public education in Mississippi. He is a graduate of Pascagoula High School. In 1986, he received a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Southern Mississippi. Later, in 1991 he received a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi and in 1999 a specialist degree in Educational Leadership also from the University of Southern Mississippi.

During his 29 year career he coached varsity football at both Vancleave High School and St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi, Mississippi . He moved into school administration serving as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Vancleave High school. Later , he was Principal of the Jackson County Technology Center. His last seven years in Jackson County he was in a senior level position as an Assistant Superintendent of Jackson County School District. He is married to former Vickie Sanford and they have four grown children. They make their home in Vancleave, Mississippi.

George Taylor – Team Texas Coaching Staff

Coach Taylor has been coaching football in Texas high schools for 13 years and is excited to join the Texas Heritage Bowl coaching staff this year.

He graduated from Anahuac High School in 1999 where he enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball, and throwing shot and discus for the track team. He is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2003, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. In 2009, Coach Taylor graduated from Lamar University with a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Administration.

Coach Taylor has coached football and powerlifting at various schools throughout his career, including: Anahuac High School, Cleveland High School, and Kingwood Park High School. He is currently on staff at Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, TX.

In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Taylor also serves as the Region 4 Director for the Texas High School Powerlifting Association and an Associate Director for the Southeast Texas Coaches Association.

He and his wife, Heather, have two children – Kyle, 10 and Kenzie, 7. When not coaching, Coach Taylor likes to spend time with his family, play and watch sports, lift weights, and going hunting.

Ed BilesBowl Consultant/Team Texas Coaching Staff

Biles was as head coach of the National Football League’s Houston Oilers from 1981 to 1983.

A native of Reading, Ohio, Biles was an outstanding high school athlete, earning 12 letters and helping the 1946 Reading High team capture the state baseball championship. He then attended Miami University and was on the school’s football team until suffering a career-ending injury. In his remaining time as an undergraduate, Biles served as an assistant with the squad, then officially began his coaching tenure at the high school level.

In 1953, he served as an assistant coach at Woodward High School in Cincinnati, while also finishing work on his master’s degree. The next year, he was elevated to head coach at the school, before accepting the position of freshman football coach at Cincinnati’s Xavier University. Biles would remain in that position for the next six years, with a record of 20–4 until he was promoted to head coach of the varsity on November 24, 1961, following the departure of Edward Doherty.

After two seasons in which he compiled an 11–8–1 record, Biles was offered a defensive assistant’s role with the University of Notre Dame under head coach Ara Parseghian, who had been at the helm during Biles career at Miami. However, Biles turned the offer down on January 4, 1964, citing his desire to remain as a head coach. He remained at the school for another five seasons, having his best success with the 1965 unit that finished 8–2, and compiled an overall record of 39–28–3.

On January 27, 1969, Biles resigned his position at Xavier to become an assistant coach with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Working for two seasons under head coach Tom Fears. Later he worked as a scout for the New York Jets the following year.

After one season in that capacity, Biles was selected as the Jets’ defensive backs coach on June 24, 1972. He spent the next two seasons under the leadership of head coach Weeb Ewbank.

With his Miami University pedigree, he was able to obtain a coaching position in 1974 with the Oilers under former Miami coach Sid Gillman. When Gillman retired at the end of that season, he promoted Bum Phillips to head coach, with Biles becoming the team’s defensive coordinator. Over the next six seasons, the team showed constant improvement, reaching the AFC Championship game in both 1978 and 1979.

In 1980, the Houston Oilers reached the playoffs, but three days after an embarrassing loss to the Oakland Raiders in the 1980 AFC Wild Card game, Phillips was fired by Oilers owner Bud Adams. On January 2, 1981, Biles was tabbed as the team’s head coach.

Biles never returned to the NFL, but remained in touch with the sport by serving as a color commentator for high school and college games in Texas. He was also inducted into both the Hamilton County (Ohio) and Xavier University Halls of Fame and Reading High School.

In 2005, he was hired as head coach of the Cincinnati Marshalls of the National Indoor Football League. In late 2006, Biles was hired as an assistant to the head coach of the Texas Copperheads of the af2, the minor league system of the Arena Football League.

Bruce Lane Bowl Consultant/Team Texas Coaching Staff

Coach Lane is entering his 34th year as a football coach and 29th as a Head Football Coach. His first team at Rosehill Christian finished the Regular season 6-4 and advanced to the Division 3 State Play-Offs for the first time ever. They lost the first round game to St. Paul (Shiner) who went on the win the State Title.

He has an overall record of 203-128-1 with two State Championships (2005, 2013) and two State Runner-Ups (2006, 2007). He came to Rosehill from Wilson Hall in Sumter, SC where his teams were 29-8 including a perfect 13-0 in 2013. He was selected State Coach of the Year 3 Times in South Carolina (2005, 2007, 2013). He has been selected as the Head Coach of 3 different All-Star Teams. Georgia (1997), South Carolina (2005), and Texas (2011) (Sports Marketing Experts Bowl). In 2013, he was honored by the Carolina Panthers as their Coach of the Week and a finalist for their Coach of the Year award.

He and his wife Chris have been married 33 years and have one son (Christian). Chris is a Teacher at Decker Prairie Elementary.

His son Christian (Katelyn) is currently completing his college degree and is the Defensive Coordinator with the Rosehill Christian football team.

John Piper Gridiron Heroes Volunteer Staff 

John Piper, a current Civil Engineer/Project Manager (CE/PM) for the U.S. Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio (Lackland) is a former U.S. Navy Seabee and University of Houston (U of H) Cougars Football Player. John played for U of H for one year the 1995/96 season before joining the Navy. While at U of H he played Strong Safety and Rover. He served in the Navy for more than 20 years as an Engineering Aid (Field Engineer) and worked as a youth sports coach during his spear time.

John is a proud alumnus and graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management, a minor for which he is currently working on a Master’s degree in. As a CE/PM for the Air Force John use his Engineering experience for the Navy and knowledge from college to create Government project concepts, design, inspection, and management for construction.

Sports have always played a large role in John life, from youth football as the league’s MPV, and “All District” as a Cornerback in high school. He continued to play football after joining the military, playing Rover as part of three regional Championship teams. John began working youth in High school and worked as a youth football coach for three years in Milton Florida. He participated in over 30 youth school speaking engagements around the world form youth Soccer in Honduras to youth football in Guam he helped encourage and motivate children and show them that there is always a better way, be it sports or military service. The important thing was Knowledge of SELF, LIFE and LOVE.

John, along with his biggest cheerleaders (HIS FAMILY), are “Champions 4 Charity” and simply enjoy making a difference in people’s lives. John and his wife, Camille three combined children that mean the world to them and whom are always there cheering him on!

Surcie Thompson Gridiron Heroes Vice-Chairman Board of Directors  

Surcie Thompson currently works for the North-East Independent School District. With over 20 years in public education, Mr. Thompson served as a Hearing Officer for The International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention, where he and other national delegates provided services and training to “At-Risk” youth.

Surcie earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Health Science from the Institution of Technologic Estudies Superior Monterrey, FOOTBALL TEAM member on the BORREGOS BI-CAMPEONES NACIONALES AMERCIAN FOOTBALL DE MEXICO1971-72 Monterrey, Mexico and a Master of Education Administration from Texas A & M University.

He is certified in Psychology & Physiology of Chemical Dependency, all levels of health and fitness, and is a Texas Association Sports Official. He is a fitness and conditioning trainer and consults with local schools and churches on health and nutrition.

Surcie is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, San Antonio Fiesta Commission, and Vice-Chairman on the board of directors for “The Gridiron Heroes,” a spinal cord injury organization. He is married to his soul mate Tamala Hamilton-Thompson, and they have five children that they are extremely proud of. Serving his community and preparing all youth for success, is what drives Mr. Thompson!

SUPPORT STAFF

Jay Smith Director of Information Technology 

 Jason “Jay” Smith a native of Brown County has lived in the area for over 40 years. A graduate of Brownwood High School has attended both TSTC and Howard Payne and now a graduate student of Keller School of Management for his MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. Celebrating 14 years at Brownwood Regional Medical Center of which the last 6 as Director of Information Systems, started off in 2003 painting and remodeling patient rooms before working his way up through the ranks.

Jay is very involved in the community by serving as vice-chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County, President of the Community Resource Council for Ron Jackson state school, ambassador for the Early Chamber of commerce before being elected to serve on the board of Directors this month.

Jay met his wife Melody here in Brownwood and they are celebrating 17 wonderful years together and have 4 amazing kids. They enjoy attending the kid’s activities like high school band performances, junior high football and cheer. In his free time, Jay enjoys disc golf, hunting, fishing and just about anything outdoors.

Dottie Layman Team Welcome Committee Chairperson 

Dottie was born in Brownwood; she is the daughter of Clyde & Edna Word. She was raised in Fort Stockton where she received all public education; she then attended Angelo State University where she received a journalism background.

She married and moved to Missouri where she and her husband owned two ranches, a farm, had a large cow calf operation, and she served as a Director for the state board for the Missouri State Cattlemen’s Association. She also served as a lobbyist with them, the Christian Coalition, and with Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle forum. Through Eagle Forum she was trained to run a U.S. Senate campaign, and in 1996 she worked on 9 different political campaigns.

Dottie moved back to Brownwood in 2001, where she started her own business called Miss Magic Cleaning Service. When she sold her ranch in 2013, she invested in rental properties here in Brownwood. Since then she purchased “South Park Medical Plaza” and several rental properties consisting of 3 & 4 bedroom homes, furnished cabins, and apartments. She rents mostly to medical travelers, Doctors, Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Cotas. She also belongs to the Pecan Valley Republican Women Club. Dottie is very active with the Early Chamber of Commerce and serves as an Ambassador. Thank you Dottie for all you do for our Community.

Fred Spencer – Print and Art Consultant 

Spencer’s Photo Shoot (1963) was a wedding in Brownwood when I was about 8 years old using a very high tech Brownie Box Camera.

It was a non-pay gig, but he was sure the paid photographer would have given me whatever he had asked for if he would have just gone away.

During 1973-1974, Spencer had the honor of documenting the students of Brownwood High School as the Yearbook Staff Photographer.

What a great experience and all the free models he could ask for.  In 1973,  he also opened the Darkroom Studio with a friend.

In June of 2008, he opened Blue Sail Graphics (BSG) a wide format digital printing business in Brownwood.  In 2013,  he sold BSG to one of my customers and took a year off.  In 2014, he joined ASAP Creative Arts as Senior Art Director.

In 2003, he begin phasing out his use of film cameras and started taking pictures using digital equipment (DSLR). BSG allowed him to be more involved in the ever expanding world of Digital Art. Now he uses only digital cameras for all my photography needs.

Since 1969 his travels have allowed him to take photographs all over the United States and Europe.  Some of my favorite photos were taken while visiting the following locations:  Washington, D.C., Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, New Orleans,  Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Philmont Scout Ranch, Paris France, Bohn Germany, Colorado, New Mexico, Los Angeles, Brownwood and the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Exhibits:  Brown County Museum of History – Museum Annex (2012, 2013, 2014), Worldwide  Photo Walk (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 ,2017), Black & White an Exhibit of  Photographic Art (2013), The Texas Missions…A Photographic Journey (2015),

All About Texas 2016, Anything Goes 2017, The Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit ( 2014, 2015, 2016,2017), LGAA Camera Club Photography Show & Sale (2015, 2016), Above & Below I-10 Cross-Country Art  (2015) – A National Exhibition of Contemporary Two Dimensional Art Exhibit-Howard Payne University.

Member:  Brownwood Art Association and BAA Photo Group.

Professional work includes:  Book covers, weddings, landscapes, still-life’s, portraits, senior pictures, industrial architecture, model portfolios, commissions and Art Judge.  Favorite Projects:  Model Portfolios.

Past Board Positions:  Brown County Museum of History, Brownwood Art Associations, Boy Scout of America Texas Trails Council.

Education:  Chemistry Major Abilene Christian College (1974-1976), Finance Major University of Texas (1976-1977), Certificate in Business and Management of Entertainment with a Specialization in Artist Management, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Extension (1998).