New Braunfels ISD administration is pleased to announce Richard Mendoza as the district’s new Athletic Director. He comes to NBISD with vast experience in coaching and leadership roles that span his nearly 25 years in public education.
Mendoza helped open San Antonio Veterans Memorial High School as its first Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach, a position that he held from 2015-2021.
“Being offered the opportunity to lead the New Braunfels ISD Athletics Department is a humbling and exciting feeling,” Mendoza said. “I am honored and eager to begin working within a district rich in academic and athletic history, and I am fortunate to play a role in continuing to build a legacy as we grow into a bright future.”
After Veterans Memorial, Judson ISD asked Mendoza to become the principal at Judson High School, a position he has held since 2021.
Over the course of his career, Mendoza also has the experience of being on and leading coaching staffs that have opened two new high schools, Wagner and Veterans Memorial. The experiences and skills he gained opening those schools will be utilized as NBISD becomes a two-high school district in the fall of 2024.
“Coach Mendoza’s strong leadership from an academic and athletic background made him stand out throughout the entire interview process,” said NBISD Superintendent Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury. “His ability to lead as a principal, coach and mentor throughout his career is a prime example of the exemplary leadership he possesses, and he will be a major asset to our school district and community.”
Mendoza has also coached at East Central High School (2012-15) as an offensive coordinator and baseball assistant. Before East Central, he helped open Wagner High School in 2005 when he served as offensive coordinator and as the first football assistant coach hired at the school. In 2012, he also was Wagner’s head baseball coach.
Prior to Wagner, Coach Mendoza held the positions of varsity baseball assistant and freshman football coach between 2001-2004 at his alma mater, Judson. His first coaching position was at Woodlake Hills Middle School in Judson ISD from 1999-2000. He also taught World and U.S. History at Judson, Wagner and East Central.
Mendoza has a long list of athletic and academic accomplishments, including coaching Class 5A Veterans Memorial to a 7-3 record in the team’s inaugural season, which was followed by four straight postseason appearances. His teams twice made the area finals and twice were bi-district finalists. As East Central’s offensive coordinator in 2015, he was selected to coach in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Game. In 2012-13, he was nominated for Teacher of the Year in East Central ISD.
Also as an assistant coach, Mendoza worked as offensive backs coach at Wagner for teams that were bi-district and regional finalists. In 2005, he was selected as Who’s Who of American Teachers.
Early in his coaching career, he established his winning culture as a coach by being on Judson coaching staffs that were Class 5A state semi-finalist (2004) and Class 5A Division I state champions (2002).
However, those weren’t his first trips to the state championship football game. As the starting quarterback at Judson in 1996, he led the Rockets to the state championship game. He also was a member of the 1995 Judson team that won the Class 5A Division I state championship.
Mendoza will be coming to NBISD to replace current Athletic Director Jim Streety, who recently announced he will be retiring after this school year. Streety was hired in 2014 and served as the first district-wide athletic director.
“My purpose as a leader in academic-based athletics is to have a positive impact on all of those who I encounter through active communication and collective responsibility,” Mendoza said. “It is my goal to enhance the overall academic-based athletic experience for the students, parents and community of NBISD.”
Coach Mendoza earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Southwest Texas State University in 2002 and a Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University in 2018.
He and his wife, Lucinda, have been married for 17 years and have two children: Mackinsey (15) and Caleb (12).
Mendoza’s start date will be January 29. Streety and Mendoza will partner in these two roles to help to ensure a smooth transition until Streety’s last day on June 30.