Coach Danny Padron

At the end of his junior year at Jay High School, Danny Padron made a decision. He wanted to be a teacher and coach; however, his mother wanted him to be a doctor. The star athlete in football, basketball and baseball, who later served as senior class president, had one ally – his father. Together they convinced his mother and ever since Padron has followed his passions. While attending Our Lady of the Lake University to pursue a math degree and St. Mary’s University for coaching courses, Padron began his coaching career at age 19 at St. Gerard High School. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  While working both as a math teacher and coach, Padron began each class reading quotes from motivational books and discussing the concepts of good character with his students. Padron coached at area high schools across San Antonio, including seven straight playoff berths at O’Connor High School. He is known for inspiring all students to be their best on and off the field. Today he is guiding the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs, a team on the brink of being a power in NCAA Division III. 

Photograph: 
Pillar of...: 
Fairness
School: 
Jay High School
Year: 
2013
Class of ...: 
1969