SBS announces interim head football coach for the 2022 season.
Second Baptist School is pleased to announce Tony Levine as our interim head football coach for the 2022 season. Coach Levine is a familiar face on the school campus; he and his wife, Erin, have two children enrolled at SBS, Ben ‘23 and Asher ‘25. As the owner of Chick-fil-A Sienna Crossing, Levine will donate his full coaching stipend to The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization in the Greater Houston area.
Levine brings over 25 years of coaching experience, including stops at Auburn, Louisville, the University of Houston, Purdue, and the NFL Carolina Panthers. He began coaching with the football staff this past year as an assistant coach and is excited to expand his role at SBS.
"It is an honor to be the interim head football coach for the upcoming season," said Levine. "I'm very thankful to Coach Pirtle for allowing me to be a part of last year's staff, and I appreciate Dr. Davis and Mike Walker approaching me with the idea of leading the program this fall. I'm excited to work with our outstanding coaches to continue developing our players on and off the field."
Coach Keith Page has been asked to continue as the defensive coordinator, and Coach Cecil Shorts III will serve as the offensive coordinator. Coach Keith Page has passionately served as the defensive coordinator for several years. During his time on the SBS sidelines, the Eagles have won 8 of the last 9 district championships, advanced to the TAPPS final four, and the TAPPS state championship game. Much of that success is due to the stingy defense led by Coach Page. Coach Cecil Shorts III will take over as offensive coordinator on the other side of the ball. Coach Shorts was the NCAA Division III offensive player of the year and helped the University of Mount Union claim the Division III national championship. Shorts III went on to play six years in the NFL, where he led the Jaguars in receiving during the 2012 season. In 2020, he joined the SBS football coaching staff; in 2021, he was hired as middle school dean of students.
For decades, God has blessed Second Baptist School with incredible leaders who understand the school’s history, where they are today, and where SBS needs to go. Director of Athletics Mike Walker is grateful for God providing these three Christ-centered leaders who pursue excellence, a core value of the school’s caring community.
Photo credit: Mike Turner Players photographed: Grayson Kim, Turner Murdock, Hank Huthnance and Austin Courtney