Calvin Ruzicka is in his first year at ETBU under head coach Brian Mayper and will lead the defensive charge. He brings knowledge from one of the top high school programs in Texas from Cedar Hill spending the last 17 years on their football staff becoming one of the dominant teams in 6A. Cedar Hill won Texas State Championships in 2006, 2013, 2014 and were state runners-up in 2012.
In his time at Cedar Hill, he has been a special teams coordinator, secondary coach, and freshmen head coach. In 2013, he was awarded the National Football Foundation 6A Assistant Coach of the Year award. He has helped over 250 student-athletes gain college scholarships while also serving as the campus academic coordinator. Helping in the community has also been a part of his job as the community relations coordinator. As a track coach, he has seen three regional team championships, was state runner-up in 2006, and coached a 4x100 relay team to second in state.
Prior to his time at Cedar Hill, he spent two years at Texas Christian Academy (Arlington, Texas) as head coach and Athletic Director, where he won a state championship in the Texas Christian Athletic League in 2000. He was 18-4 in two seasons while also winning the 1999 TCAL NW district championship.
He is a 1988 graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Management and is married to Julie. They have two children; Darron and Mason, and two grandchildren; Caden and Brady.
Stepping in to continue to lead a high potent offense is Jason Bachtel as he enters his first year on Brian Mayper's staff. He comes from North Forney High School and has spent over 14 years working with offenses from being a quarterbacks and running backs coach to an offensive coordinator.
Last year at North Forney, the offense averaged 53 points per game and finished 10-3 on the year making a run into the playoffs. He spent six years as the head coach and Athletic Director at Scurry-Rosser High School where he was the 2013 District 6 Coach of the Year guiding his team to a 12-1 record.
Bachtel has also been an assistant coach at Galena Park High School and Gatesville High School. He started his coaching career as a student assistant at Howard Payne University in 2002 as the running backs coach. In that year, HPU went 9-1 and finished ranked 17th in the AFCA national poll and 10th in the Football Gazette poll.
He is no stranger to the American Southwest Conference as a three-year letterman for Howard Payne University at quarterback. In those three years, HPU won 19 games as he finished his senior year at 8-2.
Graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in History, he is currently working on a Master of Education in Educational Administration at Lamar University. He has been married to Tara for 16 years and has four children: Talen, Bailee, Brooklyn, and newborn Blaire.
Strengthening the coaching staff with a Texas high school and college veteran coach, East Texas Baptist University head coach Brian Mayper has added Vance Gibson to his staff to coach defensive backs. Gibson comes to ETBU with significant experience as a Texas High School 5A and NCAA Division III head football coach.
"We are excited to have a strong Christian leader join the Tiger family. Coach Gibson's wealth of knowledge, work ethic, and passion for this game is a perfect fit for our staff," said Mayper.
Gibson brings over 40 years of coaching to the ETBU, including both high school and college. He spent 13 seasons (1992-2004) at Howard Payne University, where he still ranks as the winningest head coach, with 89 wins and the best winning percentage (.627). In the high school ranks, he has been associated with 10 championship high school teams and 17 playoff teams.
In 11 seasons at Howard Payne, he guided his teams to three TIAA (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) conference championships, winning it outright in 1992 and tying for the championship in 1994 and 1995. In 13 years, he posted 11 winning seasons and were nationally ranked numerous times in the NAIA and NCAA Division III.
HPU was amongst one of the winningest college football programs in the 1990s in Texas. From 1992 to 1999, HPU went 52-28 posting eight win seasons in 1992, 1996 and 1998. His teams were nationally ranked five times in the NAIA in 1992 (6th), 1994 (23rd), 1995 (13th), and 1996 (19th) and once in NCAA Division III in 2002 (17th).
During his time at HPU, he coached 23 All-Americans and five went onto be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, where Gibson is also a member. Several of his players also went on to play professionally. Gipson also spend three years as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Sam Houston State University.
He has spent the last 13 years at Frisco High School as the athletic coordinator and head football coach, winning 79 games. Other high school coaching stops as an assistant coach have included Garland, Irving MacArthur, Plano Senior High, Abilene Cooper, and Williams. He was also the head coach at Sherman High School.
Gibson has had the honor of speaking at Nike football clinics and at the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) convention.
He holds two degrees from Austin College, which include a bachelor's degree (1975) and a master's degree (1976). Gibson is married to Darla and they have seven grown children and numerous grandchildren. The Gibson's are active members of First Baptist Church Frisco.