Saint Jo Athletic Director and Head Coach Mark Stevens Announces Retirement
After an illustrious 30-year journey in education and coaching, Saint Jo Athletic Director and Head Coach Mark Stevens is preparing to bid farewell as he enters retirement at the conclusion of the 2024 school year. For the past five years, Coach Stevens has seamlessly worn the dual hats of Athletic Director and head coach at Saint Jo ISD, leaving an enduring impact on the district.
During his tenure as the head football coach, Coach Stevens steered the Panthers to a remarkable 44-15 record and an impressive streak of five consecutive playoff appearances. His leadership culminated in three District Championships, three Bi-District championships, and a notable achievement in 2019 when his football team reached the regional quarterfinals.
As the regional director for the Texas Six Man Coaches Association from 2021 to 2023, Coach Stevens further solidified his presence in the coaching community. In 2022, he had the honor of coaching the Division 1 East All-Star Team in the TSMCA all-star game.
In his role as Athletic Director, Coach Stevens orchestrated a highly successful total sports program at Saint Jo. In the 2022-2023 school year, every boys' and girls' sports program under his oversight advanced to the postseason, reflecting his commitment to excellence.
Beyond the football field, Coach Stevens has lent his coaching expertise to baseball, junior high basketball, and track. He has also been a dedicated educator, teaching high school math and elementary PE.
Prior to his time at Saint Jo, Coach Stevens spent seven years as the offensive/defensive coordinator in Muenster, amassing an impressive record of 83-11. His accomplishments include serving as the offensive coordinator for the 2017 2A Division 2 State Champions and the 2015 2A Division 2 State semifinalists.
Coach Stevens embarked on his coaching journey in Goliad, Texas, and has made significant contributions in Karnes City, Taft, Van Vleck, Louise, and Era.
Now, as he approaches retirement, Coach Stevens looks forward to dedicating more time to his family, especially his grandson Grayson Mark. His legacy of excellence and dedication will undoubtedly endure in the hearts of those he has coached and mentored throughout his remarkable career.
"We will most certainly miss Coach Stevens and the impact he has made on Saint Jo ISD," Superintendent Katie Morman said. "His high expectations, his extreme preparation, and desire to see every student-athlete in Saint Jo succeed are just a few of the reasons that he'll be so deeply missed. He has created a culture of Panthers who are not only good athletes, but also good students and representatives of SJHS and our community. We’re going to miss him, but wish him nothing but the very best in retirement.” Stevens’ retirement won’t take effect until the end of the school year, but he wanted to give the district ample time to find his replacement. Saint Jo ISD Superintendent Katie Morman said a search would begin immediately for Stevens’ successor.