VYPE editor Thomas Bingham, Hill Country Indoor sports director Evan Beyer and "Producer Josh" Waclawczyk continue their 2019-2020 sports coverage and share this week's "From The Bench" interview with Austin Achieve athletic director/boys basketball head coach Jordan Temple and senior basketball player DJ McDermott during the 22nd Locker Talk Austin/San Antonio episode. Thomas talks to the guests about their school's rise to UIL membership, how their campus is trying to stick out in the vast athletic and education scene, the heated playoff race featuring their 2019-2020 basketball team, and more.
Along with this, the hosts discuss notable area soccer and basketball matchups, continue their weekly pick 'em segment and remember the life of Kobe Bryant.
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."