Mavericks Score Big at Touchdown Club Awards

Sam Chambers
Congratulations to Head Varsity Football Coach Steve Gleaves for being selected as the 2012 Touchdown Club of Houston Coach of the Year.
In his 22nd year of coaching at St. John’s, Gleaves guided the Mavericks to a 9-2 season, the most single season wins in the history of the football program. Quarterback Ben Griffin ’13, fullback Nathan Avery ’13, running back Logan Smith ’13 and lineman Walt Baker ’13 were also nominated at the inaugural Touchdown Club of Houston Private School awards ceremony which recognized 29 players and seven coaches from the TAPPS and SPC conferences.
In the wake of Baker and the offensive line, Griffin set a school single-season rushing record of 1791 yards in addition to scoring 21 td’s. Avery rushed for 1383 yards and scored 17 td’s while Smith gained 1253 yards to go along with his 19 td’s.    
“The entire athletic department is very proud of the accomplishments of Walt, Logan, Ben, Nathan and Coach Gleaves,” said Athletic Director Vince Arduini. “We are especially proud, not only for their success on the field, but more importantly for the manner in which the honorees represented St. John's School."
“Steve’s award is richly deserved especially the first one, for someone who has done so well for so long,” said assistant football coach Stobie Whitmore ’68. “No one does more for more people in an athletic program from his assistant coaches all the way down to the managers. He is a great leader who does everything in his power to make you good at what you do.”
Gleaves has made two stops in his coaching career. After spending his first 11 years at Kinkaid, he made his way to St. John’s in 1991 and has been an integral part of the football, tennis, basketball, and wrestling programs ever since, and if he is not helping with a team, you can find him fixing the athletic facilities.  
“Steve is the consummate pro and teacher who has coached the game the right way,” said Arduini. “The St. John's School community has been very fortunate to have Steve Gleaves as its football coach.  In his acceptance speech he quoted the famous Grantland Rice when he stated, ‘For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you play the game.’  His teams are representative of the merits of athletics, which is a testament to Steve Gleaves and his values as a person.”
Earlier this fall Coach Gleaves won the PCA Double Goal coaching award, his first coaching recognition in his 33 year career.
“You coach for a long time and you don’t expect to win awards, then all of a sudden you have a year when we do well as a team and people get recognized,” said Gleaves. “It’s funny how everything happens at once. It was a special year for me, the school, and the players.”
For a complete list of the nominees please click here.

For more on the award winners please click here.

Sam Chambers-Athletic News