THE COACHES OUTREACH TEAM
Coaches Outreach exists through the efforts of countless volunteers made up of retired coaches and lay people who minister to coaches and spouses with their time and talents. Most importantly, hundreds of coaches and spouses help further the mission of Coaches Outreach through their gifts, prayers, and involvement. In addition to these godly servant leaders, Coaches Outreach employs a few fulltime staff members (See below).
George "Butch" Smith - President
Butch grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas and attended UT-Arlington where he received a BA in Political Science. In preparation for ministry, Butch earned a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Theological Seminary and also took numerous classes at Dallas Theological Seminary. Following this education, Butch received his teaching certification and coached in Tyler, TX for one year and Alto, TX for two.
His pastoral ministry began in Lilbert, TX where he preached bi-vocationally while coaching. After further pastoral ministry in Martins Mill and Canton, TX, he and his wife, Michele, moved to College Station to pastor a church plant, Living Hope Baptist Church. In the course of his 19 years there, their congregation grew from 50 people to around 1500, at which time they planted two churches, sending 400 of their existing members led by two from their church leadership.
Butch has never gotten far from sports. As a coach and fan of his own children and as a supporter of their coaches and teams, he remembers the role his coaches had in shaping his life. That’s why he considers this ministry opportunity a gift from God. He’s eager to encourage and equip coaches and their spouses through our Bible studies and Marriage Retreats.
Regarding this new ministry, Butch commented, “I am honored and excited by the opportunity to follow a leader like Tommy Maxwell, confident that we will continue to see God use Coaches Outreach to biblically teach, equip, and encourage coaches, along with their spouses and families. I trust God will use me to help them lead and live their lives for God’s glory.”
Tommy Maxwell - Founder
Tommy received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M where he played both sides of the ball for Gene Stallings. He received All-Southwest Conference honors as a wide receiver and All-American honors as a defensive back—an achievement that earned him an induction into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
During his six years in the National Football League Tommy played for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers, being coached by legendary greats such as Don Shula, John Madden, and Bum Phillips. A highlight of his football career was playing cornerback with the Colts when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
After retiring from the NFL, Tommy enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned his Th.M. (Masters of Theology) degree in Old Testament studies. After graduation he served on the DTS staff as their Senior Development Officer. Tommy is the founder of Coaches Outreach, and lives in Granbury, Texas with his wife, Janice.
Anne Ryon - Director of Women's Ministries
Coaches Outreach has been a bedrock ministry to Anne and David’s marriage for 20 years. Anne and David, a high school football coach, have resided in the D/FW area for over 25 years. Through several address changes, different team colors, small and big churches, friends left behind as well as new friends acquired, regardless of their locale, Coaches Outreach has remained consistent, serving them through the Summer Marriage Retreats and Bible Studies.
Anne and David have 2 grown children in D/FW. Their son, Caleb, is also a high school football coach and newly married to Ruth, a nurse practitioner. Anne’s daughter, Audrey, works for a mission organization and passionately pursues Young Life and photography.
Mike Breeden - Director of Central Outreach Operations
Mike Breeden calls Rowlett, Texas home. Mike is a former football coach at the high school and college levels. At the college level he has coached at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles and Crown College in the Minneapolis area. Mike and his wife, Nan, who teaches and directs the Learning Lab at Heritage Christian Academy, have three boys: Spencer, Ben and Jack. Mike graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Masters in Theology. From the tenacity he learned on the field as a coach, to the relationship building he gained from ten years at Young Life, “The things I have done play into making it possible for what I desire to do in ministry to coaches.” Before joining our team at Coaches Outreach, Mike recently served at Dallas Theological Seminary in ministry to donors as the Director of Development for Houston. Mike told us, “It’s been amazing to watch God work in my life, and now we have an opportunity to build God’s kingdom through serving coaches who will lead their families and impact the next generation of leaders.”
Mark Chalemin - Director of Education
Mark Chalemin was raised in Maywood, NJ and earned his BS in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. While studying for that degree, he worked in the Youth Ministry of his local church. That labor of love led him and others to recognize God’s calling to full-time pastoral ministry. Due to that calling, Mark moved to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1990 with a Master’s in Theology.
Following graduation, Dr. Gene Getz invited Mark to join the staff of Fellowship Bible Church North (now Chase Oaks Church) as their Singles Pastor. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Getz brought Mark to serve as his Research Assistant. This responsibility offered an extraordinary opportunity to develop both his research and communication skills.
Following Dr. Getz’ retirement as Senior Pastor, Mark pastored in both East Texas and Princeton, TX. Mark has also developed Run Thru the Bible, which tells the story of the Bible in a very easy-to-remember style. Regarding his new work, Mark has said, “I believe that everything God has done in and through my life has been preparing me for this ministry He has called me to as Education Director at Coaches Outreach.”
Mark lives in Princeton, TX with his wife, Kristi, their teenage daughters, Braiden and Eryn, and their toddler son, Colton.
Robert Irion - Director of Planning and Information
Robert was a two time All-State baseball player at DeSoto High School, where he helped the Eagles win the 1985 4A state baseball championship.
He attended Dallas Baptist University on a baseball scholarship before transferring to Texas A&M to earn his Bachelor’s degree. He earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Because of Robert's success in the corporate sector (ARCO Oil & Gas Co.) and the private sector (Textrol) Robert brings a wealth of business knowledge to the CO team. Coaches Outreach Executive Director Tommy Maxwell says of Robert, “Robert has the passion, personality and planning ability to help CO go to a new level of ministry.”
Robert and his wife, Lee Ann, live in Colleyville, TX with their three children (Hunter, Drew and Mary).
COACHES OUTREACH BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Brazil, HD FB, Hebron HS
Hammond Heath, Senior Partner, Auctus Capital Partners, LLC
Scott Henderson, Sr. Investment Advisor, Sperry Van Ness
Ray Huffines, Owner/President, Huffines Auto Group
Dwayne McMeans, AD, Sulphur Springs HS
Danny Mitchell, President, DanMark Energy
Jack Simmons, President, JE Simmons Company
Tommy Teague, Executive, Maxim Integrated
Dr. David Klingler, Associate Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
Tommy Nelson, Senior Pastor, Denton Bible Church