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Welcome to Headwaters Athletics

KhabeleLionsFinalWe are proud of our hardworking student athletes! Our Athletics program grows and strengthens each year. Read more about the sports we offer below.


Flag Football

High School Coach: Mike Franz


Flag Football at Headwaters is entering its fifth year. In 2010, the Headwaters Lions went 0-6 and scored one touchdown the entire year while playing an independent schedule. In the 2011 campaign, Mike Franz took over as Head Coach of the Lions. A foundation was set in place and the Lions achieved their historic first win against Sterling Academy in a 23-20 thriller. The 2012 season was a tremendous success as the Lions transformed into a winner. No longer an independent, the Lions joined the Austin Private School Association (APSA) and finished 7-3. The Lions dropped the APSA Championship game that year against rival Waldorf and went into the 2013 campaign looking for revenge. The 2013 season produced a historic 9-1 record and a first-ever regular season win against Waldorf 20-7. This was the first loss ever for Waldorf in APSA play. The season also included a 34-32 semi-final playoff win against Waldorf that was won on the final play and a 24-22 Championship game victory over San Juan Diego which was won in that same fashion in front of the biggest crowd to ever watch a Headwaters football game. The win earned the Lions their first ever APSA football championship in 2013.

A young Lions team heads into the 2014 year hoping to repeat last year’s success.If your child would like to play an exciting brand of football while eliminating the risks of severe injuries and concussions, look no further. Head Coach Mike Franz is an experienced football mind with passion and zest for the game. We focus on fundamentals and strategy in our after-school practices four times a week. Practice is held at Duncan Park which is a brief 3-minute walk from the picturesque Rio Grande campus. The Headwaters team learns to aim for victory, but accept any outcome with grace and respect for their opponents. Athletes are taught to grow stronger in the face of adversity, both on and off the field. Regardless of the outcome, the ultimate goal is for players to reach their highest potential as individuals, and as a team. Games are played at Zilker Park off of Robert E. Lee road. Thanks for your interest and GO LIONS!

Middle School Coach: Sean Fleming

More information coming soon about MS Flag Football!

Girls Volleyball

High School Coach: Chalimar Brown

Week4_6_WebVolleyball at Headwaters is the most accomplished and longest tenured sport at Headwaters. The Lady Lions have competed as high as TAPPS level in some seasons. Last year the girls competed in the APSA Conference and lost in the championship game to NYOS Academy. Coach Chalimar Brown brings experience as a former collegiate athlete and creates a family environment for the girls. If your child is interested in Headwaters Volleyball don’t be afraid to ask. Thanks for your interest and GO LIONS!

Middle School Coach: Jaclyn Faulkner

The Middle School Volleyball team is open to all Middle School girls. In recent years, the Middle School volleyball program has grown in both size and skill level. Coach Jaclyn puts strong focus on building the foundation of the team and internal team dynamics. Team members will learn basic volleyball skills while cultivating skills in all Headwaters 5 Attributes. The members of this team will not only form close relationships and strong friendships, but also learn how to be a team member. Regardless of experience of skill level, every team member is valuable in the Headwaters Middle School PE program.

Boys Basketball

Coach: Sam Jones


Basketball has come a long way at Headwaters School. We are building a winning tradition, one that we expect to continue for years to come. Basketball, like any team sport, is more than a game, more than X’s and O’s, more than winning or losing. The game itself is an art–a combination of beauty, motion, skill, will power, subtlety, and teamwork.  Teamwork requires the players to think outside themselves and to accept the concept of mutual gain coming from mutual sacrifice.  Teamwork also requires one’s ability to see self and others as part of a whole–in this case, a magically dynamic whole.  The purpose of coaching at this level is to examine the fundamentals of the game with the idea that foundational work will result in success on the court as well as in giving the player a base from which he or she can acquire a life-long love of this wonderful sport.  We will accomplish that goal by structured, competitive, and  fun practices and by thoroughly examining basketball strategy.  As a very well-known coach of mine once said long ago, “One does not win games by simply playing them, one wins by preparing to win.” And, both preparing and playing will be fun, exciting, and conducive to athletic and personal growth.

In 2010-2011, the Headwaters Lions finished 2-6 playing an independent schedule. In 2011-2012, the team finished 4-6 playing an independent schedule. In the 2012-2013 campaign, the Lions joined the APSA Conference and finished 9-4 while taking home the conference title in a overtime thriller against Austin Peace Academy. Championship aside the year was historic. The team played outside of Austin for the first time, had several players qualify for top statistical categories in Central Texas, and had the number one ranked defense in Central Texas.  Head Coach Brandon Price led the Lions these last three years and built a champion from scratch. Leaving the Lions on top, he resigned his duties and will always be beloved by the Lion faithful. In 2013-2014, Sam Jones stepped into the role of Head Coach. Sam has immense experience with basketball including coaching professionally in Nepal. The Lions responded with the greatest season in school history, finishing 20-5 and taking home the APSA Championship for the second straight year. The highlight of the season was likely the Lions’ come-from-behind 45-41 win against rival Austin Peace Academy at the Cedar Park Center before the largest crowd to ever attend a Headwaters basketball game. Once again, the Lions had several players among the statistical leaders in Central Texas, had the #1 ranked team defense for the second year in a row, and had a player lead Central Texas in rebounding.  The Lions play and practice half a mile from campus at the Austin Recreation Center. Go Lions!

Girls Basketball

Coach: TBA 


Coach: Mike Franz

Soccer is the longest tenured boys team at Headwaters. Over the last decade, they have competed in the TAPPS Conference and have a history of success. The past year led by Head Coach Mike Franz they captured the APSA Conference Title with a dominating performance. Practices are held 4 times a week at beautiful Zilker Park and games are played all over Central Texas.