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Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
It is a great time to be an Eagle!
The Lord has blessed our school and athletic program with tremendous success over the years and our number one priority, regardless of the season or the success, is to glorify God in all of it. The coaching staff here at LCS is filled with gifted and talented men and women who are experts in their fields and who are dedicated to advancing the Gospel through the vehicle of sports.
We believe that life is all about relationships. Not only is that the beginning of the Gospel, that God created us to know and have relationship with Him, but it is the purpose from which we coach. Our staff here at Lubbock Christian understands that this job is a relational ministry and that we are responsible both to give the Good News of Jesus Christ and to give our absolute best to the mastery of our sport.
We want our student-athletes to be able to say that their coaches cared about their spiritual growth and cared about making them into the best student-athlete they could possibly be. We take this role very seriously and we are committed to be a place where kids can grow in all areas of their life. You will notice that our coaches serve a variety of roles and sports on our campus. This ties to our belief in the power of relationships.
Being present with our kids over time is the best way to make an impact in their life. We want our student-athletes to “participate in as much as they can as long as they can.” With twelve sports offered at the varsity level and another six at the junior high level there are various opportunities for student-athletes to learn how to maximize their God given abilities academically, athletically, and most important spiritually.
“The mission of Lubbock Christian athletics is to glorify God by training up players and coaches to walk with Christ in season and out of season by pursuing a max out in all areas of our lives to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
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 7 years, spending the past 3 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 7 years and sons Denton (4), Truett (2), and Emmett (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 27 years. They have three daughters: Brittany Hilton (a 2012 graduate of LCS), Julianna (a senior at LCS) and Elizabeth (a 6th grader at LCS). He has a great love for the school and taking part in raising up Christ-like leaders for the future.
Football and Track
Coach Curt Softley has been in coaching and teaching for 4 years. This is Coach Softley’s first year at Lubbock Christian School, previously he was coaching and teaching in Nebraska. He is a graduate of Perkins County High School in Grant, Nebraska. Coach Softley received a B.A. in Business Administration with a coaching minor and a teaching certification from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a M.S.E. in Educational Administration from Wayne State College. Coach Softley is married to his wife Hannah who is an occupational therapist in the Lubbock area. Coach Softley’s duties at LCS include assistant football, head boys basketball, assistant track, elementary PE, senior economics, and high school computer.
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 3rd year at Lubbock Christian School and his 14th 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 5th grader and Lillie is a 2nd 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. Her classroom responsibilities are Chemistry and 8th grade Earth Science. She is the assistant coach for volleyball, basketball and track at LCS.