SHERMAN, Texas – After four seasons at the helm of the Austin College football team, head coach Ronnie Gage will be stepping down from that position after accepting the same position at Barbers Hill ISD in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Gage will also serve as Barbers Hill's athletic director.
"My time at Austin College has been an enjoyable experience," said Gage. "I have met many people through the experience and have made many friends. The people I have worked with and worked under are first class. I will miss the players and I know the program is headed in the right direction. Their commitment and effort are commended. Austin College is a first- class institution, and I know the high standards of success will always be a draw."
Gage came to Austin College prior to th e 2006 campaign, and the 'Roos led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in rushing each of the four years. Austin College also finished among the top rushing teams in NCAA Division III every year over that span. "We are thankful for the time that we had Ronnie Gage as our head football coach," said vice president for Student Affairs and Athletics Tim Millerick. "He was instrumental in moving the pro gram to a new, improved level of competition as we transitioned to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference."
Under Gage, the 'Roos posted an overall record of 17-22, including a 9-17 mark against SCAC competition. In four years Gage has coached 40 players to All-Conference honors, and in his first three seasons 43 of his student-athletes were named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll. This year's Academic Honor Roll has not yet been announced.
"As I understand it, this move is a very good one for Ronnie and his family," added Millerick. "On behalf of th e entire Austin College community and in particula r those associated with the athletics family, I thank Ronnie for the effort he put forth here and wish him all of the best."
Before coming to Austin College, Gage was a two-time Texas 5A State Championship coach at Lewisville High Sch ool, compiling a career record of 137-60-9 in his 18-year high school coaching career. His teams won five district championships over that span.
Gage also formerly served as the president of the Texas High School Coaches Association, and in 2009 was inducted into the THSCA Hall of Honor in recognition of his accomplishments. Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiat e Athletic Conference.