WHEN JEFF SCHROEDER ARRIVED IN HOUSTON IN FALL 1989, THE PLAN WAS FOR IT TO BE A SHORT STINT.
The recent University of Northwestern at St. Paul graduate – who was engaged when arriving – was named the head baseball coach at Second Baptist School and on the staff for the first football season. Thirty-plus years, 15 TAPPS Final Four appearances, five state championships, 57 college athletes and four pro athletes later – Schroeder's mark on SBS baseball is acknowledged with a massive graphic sign attached to the back of the home dugout which is almost not big enough to fit all the accomplishments.
"I think it's a culmination of a lot of small things over the years," Schroeder, who now serves as the school's dean of students in the middle school and assistant softball coach, said. "A lot of investment in kids and coaching staff, facilities and school. It's a culmination of a lot of kids and a lot of coaches coming together for a common purpose. It was a lot of small habits that ended up as great results and took a lot of time. I've had incredible assistants with me and everything you see on that wall, my name is on it but many, many names are behind it."
Move over Clint Eastwood, there's a new gunslinger in town. Ace Whitehead is his name and he's a multi-sport athlete at Lampasas High School. He jumped on the Central Texas scene as a freshman and sophomore, and turned up the dial so much as a junior that his public profile sits at a personal high going into his senior year.
It started with the 2019 Texas high school football season, when he recorded his best year to date with 4,982 yards and 75 touchdowns. He ultimately quarterbacked the Badgers' football team to its first UIL state semifinal appearance in 33 years.
"I think the most memorable thing was just how we came together as brothers and let everybody know what we're about here," said Whitehead. "We didn't listen to the outside noise or whatever. We just came together as a unit and gave it our all each Friday night."
But, Whitehead's on-the-field play wasn't alone in putting him on the map. He also received statewide attention for his unique name. Twitter users have described it as "QB Name of the Year" and a "quintessential Texas HS QB name", and it's been featured in media stories like the one you're reading.