The Jerry and Joy Apple Challenge for Coaching was conceived by the Apples to see assistant coaches added to all our programs. At that time, Austin College student-athletes from only one sport had the advantages of assistant coaches. Following Jerry’s passing in February 2016, Joy remains committed to supporting the athletics programs Jerry loved. Gifts from the Apples and others have made it possible to hire a full-time women's soccer assistant coach. Let's keep the momentum going and add assistant coaches to all our teams. Our students will be the winners in this important initiative!
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We offer special gratitude to Jerry ’60 and Joy for their amazing support and loyalty to the Austin College Athletics Department. This year, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Apple Stadium. The Apples’ gift toward that facility kicked off major enhancements, including the redesign and naming of Robert T. Mason Athletic/Recreation Complex. That redesign included renovations to Hughey Gym and the addition of Dickey Fitness Pavilion and later renovations to the soccer and baseball stadiums. In the past 15 years, the Austin College athletics program has grown from 10 sports to a historic high of 16 men’s and women’s NCAA DIII team offerings and a record-setting number of athletes.