3-Minute Drill Podcast

Using the Coach for Life model, the Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy strives to help coaches of all levels develop their skills in coaching by focusing on five areas (or domains) of the human dimension: Mind, Body, Team, Character, and Craft. The 3-Minute Drill is a podcast that provides the opportunity for experienced coaches to speak to these dimensions and pass along their knowledge, expertise and lessons learned to others in the coaching profession.

This podcast is for any coach at any level who is looking for short words of wisdom provided by seasoned coaches with a wide athletic background and a desire to share their experiences. The goal is to provide insight and a different perspective on how coaches and their teams can be successful in their sports.

Episode 1: Chris Castillo

Chris Castillo is the athletic coordinator and head football coach at the San Antonio Highlands High School. Coach Castillo is a native of Waco, TX, and has coached at the collegiate and high school levels. In his podcast, Coach Castillo brings a wealth of knowledge about athletic leadership and successful coaching principles.

Episode 2: Dr. Susan ElZa

Dr. Susan Elza is the first female UIL athletics director in the 105-year history of the organization. A Waco Midway high school graduate, Dr. Elza has served as the (Justin) Northwest ISD Executive Director of Athletics. Before that, she was assistant AD in the Allen school district and has been a head softball coach in both Garland and Allen.

Episode 3: Bryan Wood

Bryan Wood is the current Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Burnett High School in Burnett, Texas.  Coach Wood enjoys sharing his coaching knowledge with young coaches who are looking to advance in their careers and is a Program Captain within the ROCK Mentor Program.  Coach Wood has been a football coach in Texas for 22+ years and has coached at Shallowater, Sunray, and Randall High Schools.

Episode 4: Megan Symank

Megan Symank, the assistant athletic director for College Station ISD, joins the Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy for the fourth episode of the 3-Minute Drill. Coach Symank comes from a wealth of experience in the coaching profession. In 2012, Coach Symank initiated the College Station Lady Cougar Basketball program and throughout her career with the Lady Cougars, she tallied 195 wins, 7 trips to the playoffs, and a state tournament appearance.  As a result, Coach Symank garnered the 2019-2020 “Coach of the Year” title from the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Episode 5: Marty Criswell

Marty Criswell joins the Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy for episode 5 of the 3-Minute Drill. Coach Criswell spent 32 years as an educator in Texas public schools, 23 of which were spent as an athletic director and head football coach. Coach Criswell’s accolades are numerous, highlighted by his induction to the Texas High School Hall of Fame and a state championship with the Denison Yellow Jackets. He now resides in Bryan, Texas and is a recruiting consultant for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Episode 6: Maggie younger

Coach Maggie Younger joins the Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy for episode 6 of the 3-Minute Drill. Maggie Younger is in her 18th season as the head volleyball coach at Rockwall-Heath High School. She started the program in 2004 and was awarded the 5A-6A Texas “Coach of the Year” award in 2014 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Prior to her time at Heath, Younger was a dual sport athlete playing both volleyball and basketball at Northwestern State University.

Episode 7: Cornelius Anthony

Coach Cornelius Anthony was a 4-year letterman and 3-year starter at Texas A&M University and was a member of the Wrecking Crew Defense who won the last conference championship at Texas A&M in 1998 (Big XII Champions). After graduating with honors at Texas A&M in December of 2000 he went on to play professional football between the NFL and the CFL until 2008 and retired shortly after to pursue a career in coaching in 2009. His “Great Commission” as a coach is simple; positively transform the lives of his players through the platform of sports and to teach other coaches how to do the same. Coach Anthony has been a head coach for the past 5 years. During his tenure as a head coach, through intentional and transformational mentorship/leadership development, Coach Anthony has produced 5 head coaches from his staffs’ who are currently all head coaches and campus athletic coordinators to date. These Coaches are carrying on the work of the “Coaches Great Commission” by also positively transforming the lives of young men and women in their perspective programs!

Episode 8: Libby Pacheco

Libby Pacheco currently serves as the first Chief Operating Officer of the Texas High School Coaches Association and Education Foundation. Libby was a coach and educator across the state of Texas for 22 years before her transition over to THSCA in November ’21. Pacheco has been honored as District Coach of the Year 5 times and has garnered 10 state playoff appearances. Pacheco has a B.S. from Texas State University in Exercise Sport Science, a M.Ed. from North Texas in Educational Leadership, and was a basketball student-athlete at St.Edwards University in Austin.

Episode 9: joey Florence

Joey Florence is a two-time state championship-winning football coach and was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2020. As a head coach, Mr. Florence was named District Coach of the Year ten times, State Coach of the Year twice and coached the national Under Armor All-America Game in 2012. He received the UIL Excellence Award in 2006 and served on the Texas High School Coaches Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009. Florence graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He served as an assistant coach at Sulphur Springs High School and Marcus High School before becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the state when he was named head coach at Cooper High School in 1994 at age 28. He has served Denton ISD as the director of athletics since 2014.

Episode 10: Dr. Silvia Salinas

Dr. Silvia Salinas currently serves as Executive Director of Athletics for Dallas ISD which is the second-largest school district in Texas and the 16th largest in the nation. Before becoming the first female executive director of athletics for Dallas ISD, Dr. Salinas began her career as a math teacher and coach at Lockhart High School. In 1996, she joined Dallas ISD at Skyline High School but left for a brief period to coach at Northwestern State University.  Dr. Salinas returned to Dallas in 2000 to teach at Bryan Adams High School and Richland College but then transitioned to W.T. White High School prior to becoming an assistant director of athletics for the district in 2004 and then executive director in 2019. This is her 18th year in athletic administration and her 29th year in education. 

Salinas holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Southwest Texas State University, where she competed in cross country and track & field. She earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern State University, and a doctorate in higher education and athletics administration from the University of North Texas. 

Episode 11: Shannon Rideout

Shannon Rideout currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Director with Fort Bend Independent School District.  Prior to working in administration, Shannon worked with Fort Bend I.S.D. for ten years. During that time, he served as the Head Coach for Boys Track & Field at Bush High School for eight seasons.  This is his twentieth year in education.  He has served in various administrative roles during those years, which includes serving as the Area Athletic Coordinator for Austin I.S.D.  Before working in education, Shannon worked in the broadcasting industry as a television sports reporter and sports producer.  

Episode 12: Bryan Polk

Brian Polk currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA). Prior to his time with the THSCA, Polk spent 5 years as Associate Athletic Director of the University Interscholastic League, and 17 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in districts across the state of Texas.

Episode 13: Dr. Lisa Langston

Dr. Lisa Langston was a four-year letter winner in women’s basketball under the coaching of Cherri Rapp and Lynn Hickey. She also earned two letters in track and field under Charlie Thomas and Ted Nelson. Dr. Langston earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1985. She received her Bachelors of Science with a minor in Biology from Texas A&M University, her Master’s from Tarleton State, and her Doctorate from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently working as the Athletic Director in the Fort Worth ISD and is the past president of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). In 2019 Dr. Langston received the NIAAA State Award of Merit for her continuous dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.

Episode 14: Kelli Campbell

Kelli Campbell attended Texas A&M University from 1995-2000 and was a 4-year letterman on the track and field team. She also actively volunteered in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Aggie Athletes Involved. As a junior, Kelli entered the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA), obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting, and Master of Science in Management Information Systems. After graduating in 2000, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) then transitioned to Fortune 500 company, Temple-Inland, Inc. based out of Austin, Texas. While at Temple-Inland, she was an internal auditor and eventually became the Enterprise Change Management (ECM) Lead within the IT division.

Become a Participant!

If you are a seasoned coach and/or athletic administrator and would like to submit an audio recording for consideration as a 3-Minute Drill, please do the following: 

  • • Find a quiet location with minimal interruptions.
  • • Use your phone or electronic device to record an audio file. CLICK HERE for technical instructions on how to create an audio file using your phone.
  • • Introduce yourself and provide a very brief description of your coaching experience that highlights your most valuable achievements.
  • • Provide words of wisdom and/or insights that can be used by all coaches at all levels to help be successful.
  • • Limit recording to 3 minutes or less.

After finalizing your recording, please email the audio file to CoachingAcademy@tamu.edu.

Thank you again for your time and willingness to take part in the 3-Minute Drill Podcast.

Best Regards,
The Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy