Austin ISD Athletics

The mission of the Austin ISD Athletic Program is to create an environment that fosters respect, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and a commitment to excellence. Competitive athletics instill in our student-athletes the lifelong values of accountability, integrity, structure and discipline. Our vision is to reinvent the urban school experience by providing opportunities for teaching, learning and growing in all student-athletes.

We believe that athletics is an integral piece of a student’s educational journey and that academics and athletics work together to develop the whole child. The field, the court and the swimming pool are the classrooms for the student-athlete. 

Through athletics, our coaches help our student-athletes develop socially and emotionally, building the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and responsible decision-making, all while building relationships with their teammates, opponents and community members.

The AISD Athletic program consists of 12 high schools and 19 middle schools that compete in 22 University Interscholastic League athletic activities. AISD hosts more than 1,700 events each year at our five major central athletics facilities—Toney Burger Activity Center and Stadium, House Park Field, Nelson Field, Noack Fields and the Delco Activity Center. Nearly 1,100 coaches serve, teach and mentor our 15,000 student athletes every day.  

AISD Athletic Director Leal Anderson

Leal J. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree. He received his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Anderson previously taught business and coached at Anderson High School for 10 seasons. During the 2012–13 season, he coached Anderson's boys varsity basketball team to the Regional finals (Elite Eight), which set the school record for number of wins as a 5A program. He was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 5A Outstanding Coach for the 2012–13 season. 

In spring 2014, he was named the athletic director for Austin ISD. In 2015, the Texas High School Athletic Director’s Association named Anderson the Regional Athletic Administrator of the Year. In 2016, he was named the district executive committee chairman for 6A sports in the Austin area. In 2017, Anderson helped the district promote and pass a $1.05 billion bond that included improvements for campus and central athletic facilities. He was named to the University Interscholastic League’s Waiver Review Board in 2018. 

During his tenure as athletic director, two schools have set a school record for number of wins in football, and four AISD schools have won state championships in other sports. 

Contact Us

  • Leal J. Anderson
, Athletic Director, 
512-414-1050
  • Lorissa Demiranda
, Athletic Department Secretary, 512-414-1050
  • Lynn Pool, Assistant Athletic Director
, 512-414-1044
  • Mike Szymarek, 
Assistant Athletic Director
, 512-414-1048
  • Denise Vanlandingham
, Athletic Trainer/Purchasing Coordinator
, 512-414-1042
  • Wade Johnston, Area Coordinator
/Middle School Coordinator
, 512-841-8331
  • Odis Jones, 
Facilities Coordinator, Delco Center
512-841-8323
  • Shalanda Byers
, Special Olympics Coordinator
, 512-841-8336
  • Lou Mora
, Area Athletic Coordinator, 512-414-0019
  • Lesley Carter
, Accounting, Tickets and Game Help
, 512-414-1046
  • Irene Fabian, 
Security/Officials
, 512-414-1045
  • Jarell Routt
, Area Athletic Coordinator/
Public Relations and Communications
, 512-414-8036