Submitted By Paula Allen
Stephanie Barnes, head swim coach at TMI Episcopal, received the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Classification 5A Female Coach of the Year, recognized with the Edd Burleson Leadership Award, at the conference’s annual meeting June 6 in Waco.
At the end of the 2017-2018 season, the TMI men’s varsity swim team won the TAPPS Division II state meet by nearly 50 points, the school’s first swimming championship in more than a decade. The Panthers also brought home gold medals in two relays and two individual events, while breaking eight school records in the process.
The men’s and women’s teams have won six regional championships and placed in the Top Four at state for a combined five teams in the last three years.
Barnes is a former assistant coach at Auburn University and its 2002 women’s national champions, assistant head coach at the University of South Carolina and volunteer coach for the University of Texas men’s team. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn, was an NCAA All-American and SEC champion in the 200 breaststroke, a U.S. Nationals finalist and a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier.
The Burleson Leadership Award is named for Edd Burleson, the longtime executive director of TAPPS who retired in 2013. Average enrollment in TAPPS 5A schools is 218 to 379 students.