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January 11th, 2010
San Marcos Academy hires Oswalt to promote athletics

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San Marcos Academy has retained the services of J. Ronald Oswalt as Special Assistant for Athletic Development.

Oswalt has worked over 15 years in marketing and public relations, most recently with the Austin Turfcats of the Southern Indoor Football League. He will assist the academy in their athletics program by coordinating day-to-day sports media operations and promoting the program throughout the central Texas area.

Oswalt said he plans to get SMA student athletes more involved in the local community and area events. Among the initiatives being planned is an “Adopt-a-School” reading program that would bring academy student athletes to mentor younger students in the San Marcos area.

A San Marcos resident and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Oswalt is active in the local community, serving as an ambassador with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos.

During the 2009 football season, Oswalt volunteered his time to submit press releases for the Academy Bears, who reached the state playoffs. He also created a sports website to further promote the team.

Oswalt and his wife, Machel, have two sons, Aubrey and Hayden. Aubrey is a sophomore at San Marcos Academy, where he is active in football and other student leadership activities.

While working for the Austin Turfcats, Oswalt saw his team make the championship in their first year of professional competition in 2009. The team was also recognized for having the best website and best media coverage among all SIFL teams in 2009.

Oswalt previously was on staff with the Katy Copperheads of the National Indoor Football League, the Texas Copperheads of the Arena Football League 2, and the Beaumont Drillers of the American Professional Football League. In addition, Oswalt has worked as active media covering the New Orleans Saints, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has covered the Humanitarian Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Texas Bowl and Alamo Bowl for college football.

Oswalt’s duties at the academy begin immediately.

The SMA Bears Athletics Program is committed first to excellence in the classroom and secondly to training premier teams for competition in the Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools.

— FROM SAN MARCOS ACADEMY/SHELLEY HENRY

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