OUR ATHLETICS TEAM
Head Coach Cheer
Hello, I am Olga Alvarado and I am a career Social Worker and one of the Wellness Counselors. I bleed "Orange", I received both my undergrad and grad degrees from UT!! Go Horns!! Unfortunately, my three children did not have the same passion I did about UT and went to other universities, but that's OKAY... they found their own place and are so HAPPY! Which makes me HAPPY!!! I absolutely love anything crafting, from quilting to embroidery to making T-shirts on my Cricut. This summer I spent my time wrangling Rattlesnakes, well, my husband caught them, I ran screaming the other way... We needed to get the snakes under control since one had already bitten our puppy boxer, Lulu. No worries, Lulu is okay since she has had her Rattlesnake shots...whew! This year I am proud to be LASA's FIRST EVER CHEER COACH! Yeah! I am so excited to be a part of the program! The team has been working really hard and I can't wait to share and spread some LASA RAPTOR SPIRIT!
Head Coach Girls Soccer
Ms. Cardinale has taught at LASA since 2011. She has taught Pre-AP English II, Great Ideas, Contemporary Fiction, Hitchcock, and PALS throughout her years at LASA. She previously coached the swim team for eight years (2011-2019) and has been coaching the girls' soccer team for the last eight seasons.
Head Coach Football
Bryan Crews recently joined LASA as the school's first Athletic Coordinator. Coach Crews has over twenty years of experience in education and has been a head coach in football, track, and power lifting. Coach Crews is also a certified English teacher with 21 years in the classroom.
Previous to LASA, Coach Crews was at Hendrickson High School for four years as an English IV Teacher and Co--Defensive Coordinator in the football program. At HHS, Coach Crews was part of a 6A state quarterfinal team in 2017, and coached linebackers that are currently playing at San Diego State and Cal Berkley. Coach Crews first gained familiarity with LASA athletes during his time as Defensive Coordinator / Head Boys Track Coach at LBJ from 2010-2012. Previous to LBJ, he served as the Head Football Coach at Austin Hyde Park.
Coach Crews has a B.S. from Texas Tech in Health with a minor in English. He will complete his M.S. in Athletic Administration in October. Coach Crews lives in Pflugerville with his wife and two daughters. His younger daughter will be a junior at LASA this fall.
Head Coach Cross Country
Head Coach Golf
Jon Croston has been teaching and coaching at LASA for eight years. He teaches AP Physics and AP Calculus and also coaches Cross Country and Golf. He has over 20 years teaching too many different subjects at various schools, including the Croston School of Math. He was also a librarian in NYC and manager at a local Paintball field.
Mr. Croston grew up in Kansas City and South Florida. He loves sports and is a big fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. He graduated from Wheaton College (outside Chicago).
Mr. Croston lives way north of Austin with his wife, three wonderful children, and a zoo of animals. Currently this is 6 cats, 3 dogs, 2 bunnies and 2 guinea pigs. Although this may have expanded since this was written, his family is pushing for chickens. He wants an otter. When he actually gets a break he enjoys spending time with the family and most of the pets, reading and playing Fantasy Football.
Head Coach Softball
Assistant Coach Football
Vincent Cruz will be entering his 6th year of teaching and his 2nd year of coaching at LASA. Cruz teaches at Dobie Middle School and has been coaching there for the past 4 years.
Cruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi where he began his teaching career as the Head Band, Choir, Orchestra and Guitar Director at John Paul II High School.
Cruz has played Baseball since middle school and has a love for the game in all aspects. He has umpired Baseball and Softball for 14 years and have played on several adult baseball teams around the Austin Area.
He is excited to start the Softball season and pick up where we left off last year!
Head Coach Dance
In Houston, TX, Ms. Edwards began her dance education around the age of five at APAC Studio with a focus on ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Some of her favorite adolescent memories were during her Drill Team days as a Jersey Village Gold Duster where she helped lead the team each year.
In 2013, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Dance Minor. While attending A&M, she performed and taught with student organizations such as Fade to Black and Dance Arts Society. In the summer of 2014, she completed a dance & business internship through Performing Arts Abroad in Barcelona, Spain with Varium Espai de Moviment.
After a few years of teaching dance instruction to various studios in Austin, she began her journey into Public School Education by completing her EC-12 Physical Education and 9-12 Dance Certification. She always hoped to lead a team of her own, and although the journey was not direct, she is thankful for all of the various roles she held prior. In the Fall of 2018, she became the Dance Teacher and Drill Team Director for LASA/LBJ. She is cultivating a strong LASA Dance program and hopes to for years to come. Dance, is a beautiful source of creativity, health, friendship, and a way to connect with your community, and she loves to inspire these joys within her students.
Most recently, Ms. Edwards obtained her 200 hour RYT Certification through Wanderlust's Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. She incorporates many Yogic practices such as meditation, movement, and overall health and wellness into her teachings too.
In addition to teaching and practicing dance and yoga, she loves spending time with her cats and puppy, exploring the outdoors, seeing live music, gardening, quality family and friend time, and continually learning new things!
Head Coach Wrestling
Vyasar Ganesan has been a college counselor at LASA since 2018, but he graduated from LASA in 2008! In the intervening years, he got his BA in English from Allegheny College and a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He also served as an admissions counselor at Texas State University, where he learned to love the world of college counseling. He wrestled in high school (graduated 2008) and he is deeply excited about the sport and introducing it to a new generation of LASA wrestlers.
Head Coach Boys Soccer
Coach González is in his 8th year of teaching Physical Education at Palm Elementary and has over a decade of soccer coaching experience. He worked as the freshman soccer coach at Bowie HS where his team was undefeated and won the district championship for 2019-2020. Prior to that, he coached at Northeast High School for 3 years. Coach González also worked with several club teams in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. He coached the Clint High School club team into winning the Del Valle Soccer League in 2013. Coach González started playing soccer at a young age. Growing up in a border city gave him the ability to play in two countries – Mexico and the United States. He walked on for the University of Texas Permian Basin in 2007 (UTPB). He then transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) the following year and continued to play soccer. In addition, Coach González presently plays for ATX United at AMSA Premier League.
Coach González holds National U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching licenses and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from UTEP in 2010.
His vision for the LASA High School soccer program is to develop responsible student athletes, advance their soccer abilities, and apply modern techniques to support players in pursuing their soccer potential.
Head Coach Water Polo
Allie Hill has been with LASA for three years and has taught three years of Pre-AP Biology, one year of Chemistry, and coaches the boys and girls water polo teams. For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year she will teach Pre-AP Biology and AP Psychology. Prior to joining the LASA team, Ms. Hill spent time at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and took graduate coursework in Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences while also working with the Division I Water Polo Men's and Women's water polo teams. Ms. Hill also taught Chemistry at Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown, TX for two years while also coaching water polo. Ms. Hill has always loved science, and she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland. Ms. Hill lives in Austin and has a slight obsession with pugs. You may sometimes see photos of her family pugs, Milo and Otis. She enjoys reading, swimming, and playing masters (AKA old people) water polo.
Head Coach Baseball
I’m Eric Martanovic, teacher of AP Government, AP Macroeconomics and baseball coach.
I am in my 11th year as a coach, mentor, and teacher. Prior to teaching, I was a store executive for Target. I have a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where I was a scholarship athlete and graduated in four years. I still appear in some of the single season and career top-10’s for baseball statistics at the school. After a two-season stint in professional baseball, I went on to earn my MS in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in 2005, where I focused my interest in the topics of constitutional law and Supreme Court cases. In 2012, I earned my MA in Teaching from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
I’m an active volunteer in youth sports. I serve as Vice President for Oak Hill Youth Sports Association, coach 9u baseball and flag football. I love to bake a variety of breads and sweets around the holidays and host gatherings around my backyard barbecue.
Running, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking are some of my favorite outdoor activities… other than baseball of course!
I have two amazing children, a son Callen (9) and a daughter Carley (8), along with two delinquent dogs and one well-behaved cat… that sometimes knocks things off counter tops. This summer I watched countless baseball games, went to Lake Tahoe and swam in 55 degree water and hiked a black diamond mountain slope, taught the kids how to surf at South Padre Island, had a weekend stay at the Commodore Perry Estate, and coached the 8u Raptors to two championships.
Coach Freshman Volleyball
Coach Freshman Basketball
Hello LASA Raptors! I am Coach Lacy Murphy, I will be the Freshman Volleyball and Basketball Coach for the 2020-2021 school year. I am so excited to be part of the Raptor Family! Over the past 10 years, I have been teaching Elementary Physical Education for Austin ISD and I am very happy to join the Austin ISD Athletic family and the start of the competitive program of LASA Athletics! I moved to Austin from El Paso, Texas where I gained a Bachelor's in Science with focus on Kinesiology and a minor in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. “Go Miners!” I played volleyball, basketball, and softball growing up and always had the energy and mind set to compete for the Win! Throughout my high school athletic career, I played competitive volleyball as a setter and point guard of the basketball team. However, I didn't go right into college after high school because I wanted to experience life. I proceeded to work as a certified personal trainer for the YWCA because I enjoyed working out and helping people. I also started out with the career of being a firefighter until I made the decision to change my goal path. I suppose my true calling came through when I decided to start a career in education. I have always wanted to be a coach for a competitive athletic program and I am ready to start my coaching career at LASA! Team bonding and working together to achieve a common Win will be our key to Success! Go Raptors!
Head Coach Swimming & Diving
I has been teaching languages since I graduated from SMU and returned from studies in Berlin in 2006. My passion for German language, literature, and culture grew out of my time spent with my grandmother, who was born in Berlin in 1942. Outside of teaching English, German, and Italian before coming to LASA, I also took classes to improve my Spanish and Dutch, along with some beginner courses in Mandarin Chinese and French. Languages have been a lifelong passion of mine since I first learned German nursery rhymes from my Oma. Alongside my fascination with languages and cultures, I grew up being very active in marching band. I have always loved team sports and have been a member of a championship masters rowing team with the Texas Rowing Center for the past 4 years. I enjoy reading and writing in my free time. All 3 of my brothers live in Austin, including my twin brother.
Head Coach Boys Basketball
This is my first year at LASA and I am very excited to be here I will be working with SCORES and PALS in the classroom and am the Head Men's Basketball Coach.
Head Coach Girls Basketball
Head Coach Volleyball
Excited to join LASA High School and Raptor Athletics!
As I start the 2020 school year at LASA, I am very excited to be in the position of Head Volleyball and Head Basketball Coach for the LASA Raptors! I will also be working in the teaching position of Special Education SCORES and Methods of Personal and Academic Success.
Growing up in a 3A school in Colorado City, TX, I played volleyball, basketball, track, and was very involved in high school activities such as athletics, student council, cheerleading, and band. After graduation from high school, I continued my athletic career by playing college volleyball and basketball at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX.
Upon graduation from college in 1991 and receiving my Bachelor of Science with a Minor in Political Science and Masters of Education with Principal Certification, I then followed my dream of coaching, teaching, and working in school administration. Over the 28 years in education, I have been given the opportunity to experience teaching and coaching at the 2A-5A high school level as a Head Volleyball, Head Basketball, and Assistant Coach in the areas of track, softball, and golf. I was also very fortunate to coach as the Division III Head Volleyball Coach at Hardin-Simmons University and then moving up as the Head Volleyball Coach at Division I Centenary College of Louisiana.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, watching sports, competing in sports, and working out! I also enjoy spending time with family and friends and even taking in a Texas Country music concert, going two-stepping, and playing a fun game of golf! The best thing about being from a small West Texas town is that everyone is friendly, they all know your name, and they will be your friend for life!
I am the athletic trainer at LASA High School. I have been an AT for over 30 and I take care of injured and ill athletes. You can find me in the athletic training room or on a field, court or in the weight room working with athletes and teams. I am from Northern Illinois. BS in zoology and athletic training from Eastern Illinois University and my MS from Illinois State university in sports medicine. I retired from the US Army Reserves as a Medical Service Corps Major, specializing in patient administration. My family and I live in Pflugerville with our two yellow labs and 4 chickens!
Head Coach Tennis
I grew up in New Mexico, and I graduated from New Mexico State University in 1981. That same year, I accepted my first teaching assignment at Dobie Middle School in Austin, and I've remained an educator for almost 40 years.
During my career, I taught math at both the middle and high school levels for 30 years, served as a high school department chair and instructional coach for over ten years, and coached middle and high school tennis for over 25 years. I also earned a Masters in curriculum and instruction at Concordia Lutheran University. I retired from teaching in 2011, but I returned later that year to coach tennis at Pflugerville Connally HS--where I remained until May 2020.
Now I am excited to be a Raptor, and I am looking forward to great things for LASA Tennis.