HIGH SCHOOL Track & Field
HIGH SCHOOL Track & Field
Welcome to Grace Athletics
Varsity Head Coach
Norman has worked as a high school teacher and coach since 1981 at Grace, Seagoville, Crandall, DeSoto, and Lufkin. He has been with GCS since 2010 as a physics teacher, track and football coach. He currently is the Head Girl’s and Boy’s Track coach for Grace and assistant in football. Norman received his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin. He and his wife, Mary Ann, also a Stephen F. Austin graduate, have three children and three grandchildren. Their daughter Leigh Ann and her husband Michael Hyde are Texas A&M graduates and are the parents of Nathan. Their daughter Kellie and her husband Daniel are East Texas Baptist graduates and are the parents of Annabelle and Emma. Their son James is a graduate of Texas A&M and lives in Seattle. Norman likes to build things and go on mountain hikes in the summer. He has been on many mission trips, both nationally and internationally. Norman and Mary Ann are both active at First Baptist Church in Lindale.
Varsity Head Coach
Steve has a great “God story” about coming to Grace. He was living in Austin and just happened to send his excellent teaching/coaching resume to Athletic Director Joseph Walker the same day that Coach Mike Maddox was headed to Austin for a coaching convention. Coach Walker called Coach Maddox, who had dinner with Coach Parsons that night, and the rest is history. There are additional details that show the story to be even more providential, but after moving back to East Texas eighteen months ago, it’s all quite clear: God brought Coach Parsons to Grace. An accomplished English teacher, Parsons has taught the subject at every level in many different schools, yet still brings a passion for the subject each day in his classroom. His enthusiasm is contagious, and he has quickly become a favorite among students. In the same way, Coach Parsons has left his mark on several athletic programs. Although he coaches football and track, his work in the weight room touches many more sports. He is always willing to work with coaches to develop a weight-training program for athletes in their sport, and his summer “Camp of Champs” program has been extremely successful in developing student-athletes physically. If he’s not on the field or in the classroom, students can usually find him in the weight room taking time to train Grace players safely and effectively. Coach Parsons’ style, in the classroom or on the field, is very direct. His students know that he will tell them the truth, but they also know that it always comes from a position of love and wanting to make them better. His humor and love for people is evident, and he has quickly become an integral part of the Grace family. His scholarship, forthright wisdom, and passion show the perfect “heart behind the award” of all of our Grace teachers!
Ric has been teaching history at the high school level since 2012, and has been with Grace Community School since 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History/Social Sciences with an endorsement in Math from Wheaton College, where he also had the privilege to play college football. He has been married to Mrs. Radcliffe since the summer of 2013. She, too, is currently working at Grace Community School in the middle school as the eighth grade math teacher. Ric also serves as a football coach on both the varsity and junior varsity levels, as well as one of the high school track and field coaches.
John has been at Grace High School since 2012 where he has taught Modern World History, Debate, US History, AP US History, Government, Economics, and AP Government. He currently teaches AP US History, along with the regular and AP Government and Economics classes. He also serves as the History department chair at the high school. Since the spring of 2018 John has also coached middle school and high school pole vault. John had 17 years of public school teaching experience in Houston and East Texas before coming to Grace. John received his B.S. in Political Science in 1994 from Texas A&M University, where he met his wife Bonita (Bo) Keeling. They have 2 daughters who attend Grace. John loves to hike, camp, run and read with his family.
Coach Latham came to GCS in 2019 as a volunteer Cross Country coach. Tim and his wife, Debbie, moved back to his home state of Texas in January 2019 after retiring from a successful career (2017) in San Diego as a CC/T&F Head Coach for 40+ years. He served as Athletic Director at Sweetwater High School for 20+ years. He was a widely recognized expert in management and administration of team sports, managing/directing over 400 meets at every level during the course of his career. In early retirement he was an Assistant Cross Country Coach at San Diego City College and an Athletics Mentor for the Sweetwater Union High School District. Coach Latham has also been one of the facilitators of Nike Footlocker Nationals in San Diego for over 25+ years and still serves in that role.
Coach Latham has his Master’s degree from Baylor University and holds two Bachelor degrees from Howard Payne University.
Highlights of Coach Latham’s career include Coach of the Year 15 times; National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section VII (comprised of the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and California) Boys Track Coach of the Year; California CIF Model Coach of the Year; High School Sports Association of San Diego Athletic Director Award; Award of Merit form the San Diego Starters Association, and awarded the National City, CA, Mayor Award. Coach Latham’s biggest honor was Induction into the San Diego Hall of Champions – San Diego
County “High School Coaching Legends” Hall of Fame in November of 2018.
Tim grew up in Houston where his dad was the Pastor of Sharpstown Baptist Church for many years and he is pleased to be back in Texas near family and involved again in CC/T&F at GCS. Debbie and Tim attend Green Acres Baptist Church and have a son, daughter-in-law and 4 beloved grandchildren in Florida.