TLU Football ends 2014 season with school-best rankings in AFCA, D3football.com polls
Texas Lutheran Football finished in the Top 25 in both major NCAA Division III polls at the conclusion of the 2014 season. read more
Head Coach / Offensive Backs
Texas Lutheran Head Football Coach Danny Padron just concluded his fourth season (the 2013 campaign) as head coach with the Bulldogs. Padron led the Bulldogs to the 2013 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. TLUs championship squad went 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the SCAC.Padron was named the 2013 SCAC Coach of the Year.
Padron quickly turned around a TLU program that was coming off an 0-10 season when he inherited it in 2010. The 2013 season record of 8-1 was the best overall record for TLU since the 1976 NAIA-II semifinal team went 10-1.In 2013, the Bulldogs were ranked in the Top 25 by the American Football Coaches Association and received votes in the D3football.com Top 25.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, TLU was third in DIII in total offense (521.2), sixth in scoring offense (46.1) and ninth in passing offense (326.7).
TLU was rewarded with a near sweep of the SCACs 2013 major awards. The Bulldogs Brent Peavy (Houston/St. Pius X) was selected as SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year while teammate Bradley Snowden (Houston/Seven Lakes) was named Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Additionally, TLUs Tyler Figol (New Braunfels/Canyon) was voted the leagues Newcomer-of-the-Year while Padron took home the coaching honor.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach
Andy Padron joins his father, TLU Head Football Coach Danny Padron, on the coaching staff of the Bulldogs.
Padron is a 2007 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he starred as a quarterback and helped UMHB to the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 2004. Padron was a part of Cru football squads that went 41-8 from 2003 to 2006 and won four American Southwest Conference Championships.
Padron was an Academic All-ASC selection in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and he was named the Crus Most Unselfish Player in 2005. He also was a multiple honoree on the universitys Deans and Provosts lists for academic excellence. Padron was also a Unity Council Member in 2006.
Co-Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach / Strength & Conditioning
Mark Carey joined the Texas Lutheran football coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant coach. He will coach the defensive line.
Carey comes to TLU from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he was a graduate assistant coach for The Cru. He worked as an assistant coach at UMHB from Jan. 2004 to Jan. 2010. Most recently at UMHB, Carey assisted the defensive coordinator with all aspects of coaching, including the development of game plans. He was actively involved in the recruiting process in the Central Texas, East Texas, and Dallas regions.
Carey also served as the defensive coordinator for the UMHB junior varsity and helped the team to a 19-5 record from 2007 to 2009. He also assisted with the organization and development of the programs strength and conditioning program.
Asst. Head Coach / Co-Defensive Coordinator
Braxton Harris joined the Texas Lutheran Football Coaching Staff in the spring of 2011. He will serve as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the defensive ends. Coach Harris comes to TLU from Waco High School, where he served as the varsity safeties coach. Waco High won the Bi-District Championship, and Harris coached two All-District safeties.
Prior to his time at Waco High, Coach Harris was the varsity wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He started with the Cru in 2006 as a student assistant and recruiting coordinator and became the varsity wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons.
In his four years on the staff with UMHB, the Cru won four American Southwest Conference Championships, advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals twice (2007, 2008) and advanced as far as the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in 2006.
Kyle Ingraham begins his fourth season at Texas Lutheran as the wide receivers coach. He works under Bulldog Head Coach Danny Padron, who was Ingrahams offensive coordinator in high school. Ingraham also serves as the teams academic coordinator, the junior varsity head coach and the director of football operations.
In 2012, Ingraham coached a record receiving unit that set all-time TLU records for total receptions, yards and TDs. Coupled with the units downfield blocking, the Bulldog offense broke the all-time total offense record at TLU. Texas Lutheran finished 13th in the country in both passing offense and total offense. Slot receiver Casey Davis was named co-freshman of the year for the ASC.
In 2011, the Bulldogs got off to their best start in the DIII era and had the best record in the last six years of TLU football. Ingraham also coached the special teams that season. In 2010, Ingraham mentored Steven Thrash on his way to breaking TLUs DIII-era receptions record at Texas Lutheran. In his senior season, Thrash set career highs in yards per catch, receptions in a game and career long.
Craig Harris, the father of current TLU co-defensive coordinator Braxton Harris, is on TLUs staff as the defensive line coach. Harris was hired in the summer of 2012.
Craig Harris is a long-time Texas high school football coach. Most recently, Harris was the defensive line coach at Gatesville High School in Gatesville, Texas.
Harris was the head coach and athletic director at Mexia High School from 1999 to 2004 and posted an overall record of 43-25. He guided Mexia to five consecutive playoff appearances and to the 2001 Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
Carl Gustafson joined the TLU Football coaching staff in January 2014. Gustafson came to TLU from the North East Independent School District, where he served as assistant athletic director.
Gustafson previously served as head football coach and athletic coordinator at San Antonios Churchill High School and as head football coach and athletic director at New Braunfels Canyon High School.
Gustafson coached Churchill to the Area state playoff round in 2000 and to the Bi-District state playoff round in 2006.In 2003, Churchill was the Dan Cook Cup Winner for the top-rated athletic program in San Antonio. Churchill also claimed the UIL Lone Star Cup Championship in 2000.