We are proud to introduce this group of educators and coaches that fit the profile of a Trail Blazer. Joining Athletic Coordinator Sadd Jackson are the following educators to help build a positive, competitive culture at LTHS focused on academics, teamwork, and competitiveness.
Girls Athletic Coordinator, Head Volleyball Coach, and PE: Ms. Elise Swearingen:
Elise Swearengin will be joining the Trail Blazer staff as the Head Volleyball Coach, Girls Athletic Coordinator and Physical Education Teacher. Coach Swearengin has spent the last 4 years as the Varsity Assistant and Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas. She has also been the Varsity Assistant Coach for Track and Girls Soccer. Coach Swearengin attended Pflugerville High School and played collegiate volleyball at Temple College. After receiving her associated degree she transferred to the University of North Texas and earner her Bachelors in Kinesiology. Coach Swearengin is proud and excited to develop the Trail Blazer athletic programs and kickstart Lebanon Trail traditions.
Head Tennis Coach Stephen Maupin:
Stephen Maupin graduated with his M. Ed. from Tarleton State University in 1994 and began his coaching career as the Head Coach at Mesquite High School. He was also the Head Coach at Boswell High School for 12 years before spending the last 8 years as the Assistant Coach at Centennial High School. He is proud to be a Trail Blazer and is looking forward to blazing a path to success with the tennis program. He currently lives in McKinney with his wife Marla and daughter McKinley and still competes in local tennis leagues. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and rooting for the Dallas Stars.
Math/PE/Offensive Coordinator Matthew DonCarlos:
Matt DonCarlos joins the Lebanon Trail family primarily as a PE/Health teacher and Offensive Coordinator for the football team. Coach DC has spent the last two years at Independence High, with stops at South Garland High, North Mesquite High and Channelview High before that. In his 10 years of teaching and coaching, Coach DC has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Math Models and coached football, track, and baseball at his previous schools. Originally from Baytown, Texas, Coach DC graduated from Lee High School and received his bachelor and master degrees from Texas State University. At home, he loves spending time with his wife, Amanda, and his 3-year-old son, Graham. The DonCarlos family also has another boy on the way at the end of May. In addition to family time, Coach DC loves playing golf and watching any and all sporting events in person or on television.
Head Athletic Trainer Leon Jones:
Coach Jones did his undergraduate work at Loras College in Dubuque Iowa where he studied Sports Science, his graduate work at Florida International University in Miami Florida where he studied Advanced Sports Medicine. He resides in Texas but all of his Teams are in Chicago; “Da” Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks and “Da” Bulls! He has been an Athletic Trainer since 2001 and that journey has afforded him some great experiences at the Professional, Collegiate and Secondary School levels. Married to an extraordinary Woman blessed with 2 great boys and a little girl on the way; who will bring “Balance to the Force”. An avid golfer and all around sports fanatic that often can’t believe that he gets paid to live his dream; inspiring young people to passionately pursue healthy living and life through sports! Excited to join the Trail Blazer Team and honored to be a part of the foundation that “Great Traditions” can build upon. In the words of Susan Casey, “Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.”