IN THIS EVER-CHANGING WORLD WE LIVE IN, TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS HAVE BECOME PARAMOUNT, AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS, LIKE SECOND BAPTIST SCHOOL, ARE GOING ALL IN.
"That's really the cutting edge of athletic administration; just like in any business or industry, you've got to stay current," Walker said. "I try to network with the schools out there we have areas in common with -- private school, successful athletics programs, and a faith-based Christian environment for athletics. Technology is what's next."
The move to PUSH in the weight room was fueled by Director of Athletic Performance Nick Mascioli. It is a program that utilizes real-time velocity-based training to motivate athletes and create a complete performance picture, not solely relying on how much weight they can lift.
"Most importantly, we are not training weightlifters, we're training athletes," Mascioli said. "What's really important about strength and conditioning, especially enhancing their performance on the field, is power. PUSH technology helps us measure that."
Every rack in the SBS weight room has an iPad on it that tracks their stats – their power output – on every rep, and there is even a leaderboard.
"This is a technology that puts an emphasis on the competition aspect," Walker said. "It also puts focus on the power and explosion, which that's what being an athlete is all about. Nick has really sold the science behind the PUSH program, and our kids love it."
Another area is getting a technology upgrade. When it comes to recruiting, there is a lot to understand. From live and dead recruiting periods, contacting coaches, and getting video out there for recruiters to see. The SportsRecruits technology platform does all of that to help athletes get to the next level.
"We really didn't have a platform for storing video or helping high school kids communicate with college coaches," Walker said. "So, the SportsRecruits platform fills that gap. Every varsity athlete will have a profile page, resources for communicating with college coaches and instant notifications for recruiting updates.
"It might open their world a little bit to what other options are out there for college athletics," asserts Walker.
Both the athletes and coaches will receive real-time notifications when athletes are contacted by colleges or even when schools view their videos.
Second Baptist School is also investing in Varsity Hype, a web and mobile solution that claims that the perfect video, content, and analytics platform should be uncomplicated, accessible, and affordable.
This new technology will allow all Eagles sports from middle school volleyball to high school tennis to have a platform to store their video.
"I wanted to be able to offer it to every level of every team," Walker said. "Every athlete and coach should have a platform to store video and have the option to break it down."
"My job is to help coaches lead and give our students every opportunity to be successful."
So as the 2021-2022 athletic seasons arrive, Second Baptist School continues its commitment to excellence, investing in PUSH, SportsRecruits and Varsity HYPE to open up even more opportunities for athletes donning the blue and gold.
Then the phone rang. It was none other than Scott Drew, head basketball coach for Baylor.
"Coach Drew called me from the locker room after the national championship game during the celebration," laughed Williams. "It was crazy."
Williams' athletic career has been like that -- full of surprises, twists, and turns.
Along with receiving offers from Baylor for basketball at a young age, Williams was also offered by the University of Houston in football as a freshman as well, but his most impactful encounter came in the eighth grade.
"My middle school was doing a project, and I was able to interview Chris Paul and some other Houston Rockets basketball players," he said. "After that meeting, I tried to mimic what Paul did on and off the court. I love his game and how he sees the court, and I admire the leader he is off the court as well."
After middle school, Williams burst on the high school scene at Kinkaid, where he stepped in for his brother Josh as running back in the Southwest Preparatory Conference title football game. He led his team to the championship and was the game's MVP, as a freshman.
At Second Baptist School, after choosing to forgo playing football for the 2020 fall season, Williams excelled on the basketball court for the Eagles. After averaging 26.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, Williams was named the District MVP; first-team, all-state and firstteam, all-district.
But his success at SBS hasn't just been on the court.
"Second Baptist School has been great," he said. "From the teachers to the students and coaches, everyone here is awesome. It's just a supportive atmosphere and everyone has accepted me. My grades are still strong with a 4.2 GPA, so I'm taking care of business."
Williams' early success should not be a surprise given his family's athletic history.
His father Jermaine played football at UH and then in the NFL, while his brother stars at LSU.
"I've grown up around football," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete said. "That's the first sport I played, and my dad and multiple uncles played in the NFL. I also ran track and played baseball. I didn't pick up basketball until the seventh grade and that's when I developed a love of the game."
"When I'm around football, it's just familiar. With basketball, I have so much to learn. I'm addicted to the feeling of getting better. It's just a different feeling when I play basketball."
That's not to say that he still doesn't get the football bug.
"When football season came around and I decided not to play last year, every Friday night I'd have that urge in my stomach when I saw those Friday night lights," he said. "I still have that offer from UH in football, and I take that very seriously – that's my dad's alma mater. If schools gave me football offers, I'd have to consider them. That goes for baseball too."
Williams continues, "Who knows what the future holds. I'm considering playing football next fall. Just being able to go out there and battle with my friends is not out of the picture. But right now, my future is basketball."
And when Williams puts his mind to something, he goes all in. His expectations match his passion for the game.
"I have aspirations of playing college basketball," he said. "In five years, I'd like to solidify my spot in the NBA and actually contribute to a team trying to win a championship. I think I really have a good chance at doing that."
His confidence comes from who he surrounds himself with.
"My life consists of school and working out," he laughed. "I enjoy spending time with my family, either arguing over video games or bonding over working out. We had a whole group chat with all my older cousins and older athlete friends playing DI football about working out over quarantine. It was really fun."
SBS Athletic Director Mike Walker says, "Jordan is an outstanding young man with big goals and disciplined habits to reach those goals. I have been really impressed with his work ethic in the classroom, his leadership ability on our campus, and the energetic way in which he interacts with faculty, staff, and students.
Whatever Jordan decides to do, I know he will do it with great effort and with a great attitude. I can't wait to see how God continues to grow him." Whether on the football field, basketball court, or classroom, Jordan Williams has proven to his coaches, teachers, and administrators that he is committed to success. No doubt, the 2021-2022 school year will be one to remember for this student-athlete, but it will be even more exciting to see how he continues to shine over the next few years.