Rudy Bernal went to 5th grade at St. Gregory's school in San Antonio, where he played CYO baseball and basketball. After playing a little baseball at the University of Houston, Rudy graduated from UTSA. He then embarked on 37 years as a high school coach, with 31 as head boys basketball coach and beloved figure at Lanier High School. Rudy is now head basketball coach at Antonian College Prep.
Rodney Williams spent 5th grade in Flatonia, Texas playing every sport that involved a ball, and even a couple that didn't. He earned his degree from St. Mary's University, where he played baseball and is now honored in their athletic hall of fame. After a few seasons of minor league baseball, Rodney began his teaching and coaching in Cibolo, Texas. He currently teaches math and coaches football at Judson High School.
Lisa Lewis is a military brat who attended 5th grade in Alabama, where her favorite playground activity was tether ball. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Communications, she has worked for 20 years in advertising, public relations and internal communications. Lisa has supported student programs from reading tutoring to competitive robotics.
Lance Lewis went to 5th grade in Aviano, Italy where he played baseball, and his most prized possession was his lefty catcher's mitt. He earned a degree in political science and history after playing college basketball for a year. To get his first teaching job, Lance agreed to be a high school JV basketball coach--a chance assignment that began a 19-year career of connecting with kids through sports.
DR DAVID BRENNEN
David Brennen attended 5th grade at Lewiston Porter elementary just outside Niagara Falls, NY. His sports career included a stint with JV basketball, several intramural sports, and even powerlifting. He earned his medical degree at University of Buffalo followed by pediatrics residency with the military in San Antonio. He served a 13-month combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq before getting the opportunity to return to New York State for fellowship training in pediatric cardiology. He now works for Pediatric Cardiology Associates here in San Antonio where he specializes in exercise testing and physiology.
Washington native and Texas transplant, she experienced a Montessori 5th grade education with no organized sports, but a taste of everything from kickball to flag football. She went on to play soccer at the University of Washington. Upon completing her degree, Jenai moved to San Antonio and has worked in medical sales the past 16 years. She continuously supports children's programs and has served on several boards advocating children's initiatives. Plus, she's a mom.
DR. ELDA MARTINEZ
Elda Martinez attended fifth grade on Lackland AFB. While she was not an athlete, it was there that she became an avid fan of recess; an appreciation which continues. Trinity University’s MAT Program prepared her well for the ten years she served the San Antonio ISD community. She taught in general education and special education settings and served as a mentor to preservice teachers. These experiences led Elda to pursue a doctorate from Columbia University and a career in higher education. Elda is now the Director of Teacher Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. She continues to be a supporter of athletics; particularly with her interest in the connection of exercise and motor movement to facilitate learning.
Taylor Wright moved from the small Texas town of Wheeler to the big city of San Antonio during the fifth grade. She started playing basketball at the age of four and never really stopped. During her time at Texas Tech, she was a member of the Texas Tech Women’s rugby team and continues to play today for the San Antonio Women’s Rugby team. She got a degree in Mathematics from Texas Tech, a masters in Statistics from UTSA, and is now a Statistician at H-E-B.