Meet the Athletics Team
Our coaches are teachers first; the field or gym is their classroom. They help students realize that success in sports and life relies just as heavily on character as it does on talent. Everyone in the Athletic Department is striving for the same goal: give every student-athlete a positive experience, confidence and the skills to succeed in any arena of life.
Coach Hendricks became Trinity’s Director of Athletics and Physical Education in summer of 2020. He joined the Trinity family in 2013, and has served a variety of roles including PE Teacher, PE Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Director, and coach (volleyball, basketball and baseball). Before Trinity, Coach Hendricks served at Fort Worth Country Day as a strength and conditioning coach, girl’s assistant varsity basketball coach, field hockey coach, boy’s volleyball coach and baseball coach.
Coach Hendricks was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Henderson State University on a baseball scholarship, earning a bachelor’s in communications and a master’s in English. He was inducted into the Hall of Honor as a baseball player at HSU in 2019. After his collegiate career, he played eight years of minor league baseball — four in the United States and four in Belgium.
Coach Hendricks understands the power of having a positive relationship between coach and player. Through these relationships he strives to teach the following core values, which serve as the blueprint to success:
- Excellence – Take pride in working hard.
- Respect – Be respectful to parents, teachers, coaches, opponents, officials, peers and yourself.
- Commitment – Make a difference everyday.
- Honesty – Be accountable to each other.
- Love – Sacrifice for the benefit of the team.
- Strength – Have courage and determination to never give up.
Coach Hendricks and his wife Roberta have two children (K, 3rd), and both are Trinity students. You can learn more about Coach Hendricks in our Teacher Feature video series.
Jenna Allen started her career in athletics as a Certified Athletic Trainer, completing her undergraduate degree at University of the Pacific and Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Texas Christian University. While at TCU she worked as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Training department working with the football, volleyball and swimming/diving teams.
Following her graduation, she began her professional career as an Athletic Trainer at Fort Worth Country Day as well as continuing her love of education as an adjunct professor at TCU. Following her time in Fort Worth, Jenna continued her professional career at Bellarmine College Preparatory and The Harker School in her birthplace, San Jose, California.
Jenna has worked in independent schools for 10 years. Her vast experience at other independent schools and love of athletics brings a wealth of knowledge to the Trinity Athletic Department. She's the proud parent of two children, who she loves spending time with when she’s not cheering for our athletic teams!
PE Teacher / Coach
Stephen Braggs joined Trinity in 2015. He is a former player in the National Football League and a former coach in NFL Europe. He believes he has found his passion in coaching middle and high school athletics.
Coach Braggs was born in Houston, Texas, and he has lived in Austin for 20 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Organization Communications from The University of Texas at Austin. He was a starter on the Texas Longhorns football team for all 4 years at UT. He capped off his collegiate career by being named Team MVP in 1986.
Coach Braggs was drafted to the NFL in the 6th Round by the Cleveland Browns. He was a proud member of the Original Dawg Pound — his nickname was "Puppy Dawg." He played 5 years with the Cleveland Browns and 2 years with the Miami Dolphins. During his NFL playing career, he was also an entrepreneur, owning three Burger King franchises. After retiring as a player, Coach Braggs coached in NFL Europe for 6 years, serving as defensive backs coach for the World Bowl Champion Berlin Thunder in 2001.
Outside of coaching, Coach Braggs enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling in his RV across the US, fishing, golfing, and almost anything outdoors. You can learn more about Coach Braggs in our Teacher Feature video series.
PE TEACHER / Coach
Brooks Holder coaches cross country, soccer, and boys lacrosse. He joined Trinity's Athletics Department full-time in 2010 after a brief stint as a substitute and teaching fellow. He coached the swim team for two seasons, and he has worked collaboratively to cultivate a running trail on our campus. Coach Holder has led an effort to recruit Trinity alumni as volunteers and mentors to current students. He's a huge lover of all animals — especially dogs — and he enjoys running, cycling, paddling, swimming, and just about anything outdoors.
PE TEACHER / Coach
Coach Hyde joined Trinity in the fall of 2017, and she says she has loved every minute of it! She teaches physical education classes in the lower school and coaches volleyball and soccer in the middle school. She hopes to inspire children to be active. In her free time she plays sand volleyball, runs, and paddle boards on Town Lake.
Coach Hyde grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, attending Fort Worth Country Day School. She then earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Coach Hyde moved to Florence, Italy, for a semester to teach English. She fell in love with teaching during that time. She moved back to Austin to pursue a corporate job, but left to pursue her true passion of working with children.
You can learn more about Coach Hyde in our Teacher Feature video series.
Dane Smith is a BOC-certified and state-licensed athletic trainer. He joined Trinity in 2018 as our first full-time trainer. Before that, he worked in Utah with Intermountain Healthcare's Sports Medicine and Concussion clinics. Trainer Dane graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He worked with BYU football's training staff as well as many of the dance and theater programs. He moved to Austin in 2017 to pursue a career in sports medicine. In addition to Trinity, he has provided coverage to many local rugby clubs, NBA referees, youth ultimate frisbee and many other organizations.
Trainer Dane was born and raised in Orem, Utah. He grew up trying many sports and played competitive basketball, tennis and lacrosse in junior high and high school. He was a team captain in cross country and track and field, where he excelled in the long distance events and pole vault. In Utah he developed a love for the mountains and found excitement in many of the outdoor sports and activities. When not at work, Trainer Dane is most likely doing some kind of outdoor activity like bird watching, hiking, camping, skiing, climbing and mountain biking.
You can learn more about Trainer Dane in our Teacher Feature video series.