Building a Successful Athletic Dept Starts at the Top

Friday, June 26 | 10:30-11:15am

In this panel, participants will hear from two different Heads of School and their Athletic Directors on how essential Sports is to the fabric of their school culture, and it starts with school leadership.

Beck Brydon

Beck Brydon is the Director of Athletics for Regents School of Austin in Austin, Texas, a position he has held since 2006. He served as Regents’ Director of Advancement from 2004-2006. In addition to being a member of Regents’ senior staff team, Coach B has also served the school as a Senior Thesis Advisor (11 years), Campus Development Committee member, and panel moderator for both Regents Moms and Regents Dads Boot Camps. Coach B’s vision is to redeem sports for Christ, one heart, one team and one event at a time. While seemingly a monumental task given today’s culture, it is the primary goal from which all 90 coaches of 55 athletic teams spanning 15 different sports at Regents, operate. Coach B is currently an Executive Board Member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), the primary governing body of private school athletics and fine arts in the state of Texas. He and his wife Trish, a 7th grade English teacher at Regents, will be celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this year. They have three children who all attend Regents – Will Tyler (19), Annie (17), and Benjamin (16). When he is not coaching or coaching coaches, Coach B loves family vacations to the beach or mountains, playing golf and fishing.

Robert Littlejohn

Dr. Littlejohn is the Head of School at The Covenant School of Dallas and began his career in education shortly after completing his doctorate. He was the founding headmaster of New Covenant School in Virginia, and has extensive collegiate and college preparatory administrative experience. He has a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, an M.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. He is a published author, including Wisdom and Eloquence, one of the leading books on classical liberal arts learning.

Jesse Olvera

Jesse has worked in the education field for 15 years and has completed his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at The Covenant School. Prior to his current position, he served as the Assistant Athletic Director, Head Football and Head Baseball Coach at Abilene Christian Schools in Abilene, TX. Jesse also served as a Campus Administrator and Athletic Department Development Coordinator his final two years at Abilene Christian Schools. Jesse’s primary responsibilities at The Covenant School is overseeing the Logic and Rhetoric athletic programs, the hiring process of coaches, working alongside administrators and is the Head Baseball Coach. Jesse has participated on several site-based management projects along with overseeing the installation process of new turf on the Frank Miller Field and the gym floor renovation in the Carson Leslie Center. In his four years at Covenant, the athletic department has won 10 State Championships amongst the Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Boys Track, and Boys Golf teams; 5 State Runners-Up in Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Boys Golf, and 2 State Tournament appearances in Boys Basketball and Baseball. Jesse is a member of THSCA, THSBCA, THSADA, and NIAAA. Jesse earned a Master of Education in Administration and Leadership of Learning, a Master Certificate in Conflict Resolution, and Bachelors Degree of Science at Abilene Christian University. While earning his degree at Abilene Christian, he competed on the NCAA Division II Baseball Team and met his college sweetheart—and now wife—Ashlee Jay Olvera, who also graduated and competed on the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Team at Abilene Christian. They now live in Garland, TX with their three children: daughter Marlee (5), daughter Halynn (3), and eight-month-old son, Champ. The Olvera’s are members of Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, TX.

Dan Peterson

Dr. Peterson serves as the Head of School at Regents School of Austin. Originally from Tennessee, he graduated from Carson-Newman University, working during the summers at Kanakuk Kamps near Branson, Missouri. Through Kanakuk, Dan broadened his spiritual understanding of how faith can be integrated in every aspect of a Christian’s life and ignited his heart for discipleship. This was a life-changing concept that shaped his worldview, the idea of seeing all things through the truth of Scripture. Dr. Peterson obtained a M.Div. degree in theology from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served for one year at Heritage Academy in Columbia, Missouri. He then served for six years as founding Head of School at Cornerstone Academy in Tennessee, while pursuing and earning his Ph.D. in Leadership and Christian Education in 2012. He began his tenure at Regents School in 2012 serving as the Head of School of Logic until 2015. He served as the Head of School and President of Evangelical Christian School in Tennessee from 2015 to 2018 before returning to Regents. Dr. Peterson has presented at several national and regional conferences, and he has completed the Colson Fellows National Program.Dr. and Mrs. Peterson are the parents of four children, all students at Regents. He enjoys reading, running, hiking, fly fishing, and playing soccer, but most of all spending time with his family. The Peterson family attends Austin Stone Community Church.