Dr. Darryl W Crain
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but raised in San Antonio, TX. Attended and graduated from a small Christian School and was the school’s first graduate to revive an athletic scholarship (Basketball).
Attended school in Louisiana and graduated from Central Missouri. Post Graduate degrees received from Louisiana Baptist University.
Darryl W. Crain was on staff in 1991 when TCAL was founded with 18 schools. He worked as Secretary and Treasurer until 1995 when he was elected Vice-President. In 1997 he was elected President and then in 1999 elected as Executive Director having grown the organization to 106 schools around the state.
In 2000, Dr. Crain was asked by a denominational leader to assist in planting a church on the Northwest side of San Antonio. This church became a national leader in growth, conversions, and baptisms and Dr. Crain was asked to speak in various churches and conferences around the state.
In 2008, the leadership of TCAL asked Dr. Crain to resume leadership as Executive Director of the organization due to a severe reduction in membership and participation (only 8 schools remained in TCAL). The 2016-2017 school year will begin with over 120 High Schools and nearly 20 middle schools through the state.
As TCAL has grown so has the involvement of many qualified individuals who have raised the level of professionalism and infrastructure to all-time highs! Dr. Crain believes this involvement has been a major factor in our continued growth and improvement.
Dr. Crain has been married nearly 21 years, has six wonderful children and lives in Helotes, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Crain enjoys golf, still plays basketball and is an avid mountain biker.
After completing her college playing eligibility at Tennessee Tech University, served as a student assistant coach for one season (1987). Began her basketball coaching career at the University of Minnesota as a volunteer assistant coach (1988-89), returned to Tennessee to pursue her dream as a sportscaster, serving as sports intern and assistant for both CBS and ABC affiliates in Chattanooga, TN (1989-91). She resumed her assistant coach duties as she pursued a master’s degree in Mass Communications at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN (1991-1992). After returning to Minneapolis in 1992, she founded the Frazier Foundation whose mission is “Totally committed to creating academic and economic opportunities for inner-city young woman athletes.” (1995)
Hired by the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart program to serve as an academic coach for the Play It Smart program. Additionally, selected as one of the 10 National Evaluators for the National Youth Sports Program (2005). She returned to her high school Minneapolis Washburn High School to serve as head coach for the 2005-2006 seasons. Served as a Division 1 Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (2006), Columbia University in New York City, 2007-2009, and Texas Southern University TSU in Houston, TX. (2009).
Known by most as Coach Leah, in 2010 returned to non-profit youth and community programming as well as the classroom. Taught High School English and Language Arts at Energized for STEM Academy High School, Inc. and at Victory Preparatory Academy in Houston, TX in 2012. She earned an Executive MBA from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University while serving as Director of Programs and Special Events at VPREP, in Houston, TX in August of 2012. Coach Leah's future professional plans as a consultant and youth programming expert include expanding the Frazier Foundation’s reach from Minneapolis, MN to several metropolitan areas in Texas, the Southwestern US, and the East Coast through the formation of the Institute for Academic Leadership and Athletic eXcellence in the fall of 2015. ALAX's Moto: “Our insight & expertise helps you make educated and informed decisions."
Director of Events and CFO
Mrs. Christine Crain
Christine Crain has completed her third year of full time employment of Texas Christian Athletic League. She is an Alumni of Mary Hardin Baylor where she played both Volleyball and Basketball while majoring in English and Pre-Law.
Mrs. Crain took over the management of the TCAL budget in 2015 and we have seen consistent growth and stability vastly increase because of her involvement. Christine and Dr. Crain will celebrate their 23rd Wedding Anniversary this year and have 6 children and 1 grandchild.