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Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Chris Softley is in his 2nd year serving as the athletic director and head football coach at LCS. He has spent the last 10 years in coaching. He is originally from Nebraska as one of four boys to Don and Kay Softley. He was a four sport athlete in high school, earning All-District and All-State honors. He continued his education and playing career at Nebraska Wesleyan University before culminating his education with a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University, where he served as a graduate assistant football coach for the Wildcats.
Chris is married to Autumn, who was an All-Conference basketball player at Abilene Christian University. Together they have two wonderful daughters, Tatum and Tyler Belle, and are grateful to have them being raised in the Lubbock Christian family. The Softleys believe athletics are a training ground where we can all grow more in Christlikeness when seeing the gift of sports through the lens of the Gospel.
Volleyball and Track
Christa Branson is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University where she played four years of collegiate volleyball with the Lady Chaps. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Health Promotion. Branson is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She is originally from Aledo, Texas and is married to LCS alum, Alex Branson.
Football, Basketball, and Track
Football, Track, Strength and Conditioning
Emery Dudensing has been in education for 6 years, spending the past 2 years at Lubbock Christian School after moving from the DFW Metroplex. A graduate of Rule High School in Rule, Texas, Emery received a B.A. in Mathematics from Abilene Christian University and a M.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M University. Emery is the proud husband of wife Emily of 6 years and sons Denton (3) and Truett (1). Emery’s duties at LCS include football, track, and elementary PE.
JH Athletic Coordinator, Football, Basketball, and Track
Eric Hardesty has been with Lubbock Christian School since January of 1991. Eric is a graduate of Savoy High School in Savoy, Texas and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lubbock Christian University. His classroom duties include 7th grade Texas History, 8th grade U.S. History and HS Government. Eric serves as the JH Athletic Coordinator, and coaches football, basketball, and track.
Eric has been married to his lovely wife, Amy for 26 years. They have three daughters, Brittany Hilton (a 2012 graduate of LCS). Julianna (a junior at LCS) and Elizabeth (a 5th grader at LCS). He has a great love for the school and taking part in raising up Christ-like leaders for the future.
Football, Basketball, and Track
This is Matt Moore’s 7th year as a high school coach and first at Lubbock Christian School. He has previously served on the coaching staffs at Wylie East, Ursuline Academy, and Cypress Christian, where he also played, and was a member of the 2003 TAPPS State Champions. Matt loves teaching and coaching because it gives him an opportunity to make the difference in the lives of students and athletes.
Matt is a graduate of Dallas Christian (B.S. in Ministry Leadership), and Dallas Baptist University (M.A. in Teaching) and has been married to his wife Katelin, who is also a teacher, for nine years.
Football and Baseball
Leslie Soto is in his sixth year of service to LCS currently teaching physics, speech, and health. He coaches both football and baseball. He has helped coach the LCS baseball team to 3 consecutive State championships.
Growing up in Floydada, Texas where he graduated from high school in 1976, he played football and was also an All-American in track with a discus throw of 183’2″. He attended South Plains College on a track scholarship and received an Associate’s degree in Agricultural Technology in 1978. While at SPC, he achieved becoming the Conference, Regional and State champion and was awarded NJCAA All-American honors while setting the all-time scoring record for SPC with 136 in one season in 1978. He went on to Wayland Baptist where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Biology in 1981 while becoming an NAIA All-American finishing 6th in the nation in shot put and 8th in the discus. He served as team captain and was awarded the most valuable field participant honor for Wayland in 1979 an d1980.
Coach Soto began his coaching career in Muleshoe, Texas. After serving for 2 years there, he began service the Lubbock Independent School District for an additional 14 years before moving into LISD administration. He attained his Master’s degree in Education Leadership in 1999 and served 15 years in several principal positions and as a coordinator for college readiness. After leaving LISD in 2010, he served the Lubbock County Office of Dispute Resolution as the Outreach Director before accepting a teaching position at Lubbock Christian School in 2012.
His wife of 39 years, Nanette, is also a science teacher at LCS. They have a 28-year-old son, Matthew, who is a mechanical engineer for Chart Energy and Chemicals in The Woodlands.
Besides teaching and coaching, Coach Soto likes to spend time watching action movies and hunting.
Football and Softball
Ches is from Tulia, Texas and graduated from Tulia High School in 1999. His classroom responsibilities include 7th and 8th grade Math and Algebra I. He is the Head Softball Coach and an assistant coach in football. This is his 2nd year at Lubbock Christian School and his 13th year in education. He graduated from LCU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. His years in education have included stops at Ralls, Pampa, and Frenship. He has coached football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and track in his 13 years of coaching. He has taught various math courses and has been blessed immensely in his years of education.
While at LCU he met his beautiful wife, Kristin. He taught one year at Ralls High School before he and his wife moved to Marquette, Michigan for a year. They left Michigan for Pampa, Texas and in 2010 returned to Lubbock with the opportunity for Kristin to work at LCU. Coach Tucker and his wife have two kids – Major and Lillie. Major and Lillie both attend LCS. Major is a 4th grader and Lillie is a 1st grader.
Volleyball, Basketball, and Track
Katie Turnipseed is a born and raised West-Texan. She attended Ropes ISD from Pre-K through her high school graduation in 2012. She received her Associate’s from South Plains College in 2014 and her Bachelor’s from Lubbock Christian University in 2017. She majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and is certified Composite Science 7 – 12. This is her first year being in education and at Lubbock Christian School. She is in her fifth year of coaching, with experience in elementary, Jr. high and high school sports. Her classroom responsibilities are Chemistry and 8th grade Earth Science. She is the assistant coach for volleyball, basketball and track at LCS.