There is a lot of newness around St. Pius X. A new head football coach, new volleyball coach, new boys' basketball coach and to top it all off – a new athletic director.
Jeff Feller, who comes from KIPP Texas Public Schools - Houston, is just a few months into what he considers a "dream job".
"The parental support has been amazing, and the booster club has been amazing," Feller said. "Leadership, both my Head of School Carmen Armistead and principal Diane Larsen have been amazing. Everyone has been extremely welcoming and supportive. Having that team collaboration is what is going to build a successful athletic program.
"We have everything here on this campus. Academically with strong teachers, fine arts and athletics to make the student-athletes and all students their best selves possible."
Feller spent the past seven years at KIPP. The first four he served in multiple roles, including athletic director, head baseball coach and associate head football coach. He also coached softball and track at times at KIPP Generations Collegiate. The last three years were served as the Regional Athletic Director.
Leaving a school he had worked at for the past seven years was going to take a special place – St. Pius X fit the bill.
"The prestige and athletic tradition that has been built here for the past several years," Feller said about what attracted him to this job. "I just wanted to be a part of that family and that legacy."
Down I-10 East outside of Houston sits Baytown, Texas, which could be considered the cradle of 7-on-7 football for the State of Texas.
It's home to Baytown Lee, where coach Dick Olin installed a dynamic pass-happy offense and launched the 7-on-7 summer league concept. Quarterbacks flocked to play for Olin back in the day as the Ganders were H-Town powers.
Goose Creek Consolidated ISD is also home to Baytown Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial High School, which have enjoyed some recent success in sports ranging from volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and water polo. Yes, water polo.
The community is hungry to return to the glory days and athletic director Dr. Bernie Mulvaney is bringing back a winning culture. Hired in 2013, Mulvaney has made some critical hires that are starting to pay dividends.
VYPE caught up with Mulvaney to talk about his path to Baytown.