Youth Leadership New Braunfels is a program of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and sponsored by Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association. The purpose of YLNB is to train students in leadership techniques and community awareness so they will become familiar with current issues, community resources, opportunities and other factors influencing the direction of their community's future. Through their participation in the program, the students will be prepared to make a positive impact on the quality of life in their community. The seventeenth class of YLNB will graduate on Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. at SeeKatz Opera House. The program will include a buffet dinner, keynote speaker, a video presentation of the class and awards presentation. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 4, 2014 at Noon.
The YLNB Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Lynn Hickey, Director of Athletics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will be the keynote speaker at graduation.
Under Hickey’s direction since 2000, and as the 4th Althletic Director in UTSA history, UTSA has captured three conference commissioner’s cups and a pair of league all-sports trophies while consistently winning both team and individual academic and athletics awards in all 17 sports sponsored by the university.
One of Hickey’s dreams to lead UTSA to the upper echelon of Division I Athletics was realized on Nov. 11, 2010, when the university received and accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Hickey’s long-term goal of placing UTSA in a major conference was reached when Conference USA extended an invitation on May 4, 2012. The Roadrunners moved all 17 sports into that league on July 1, 2013. Hickey has overseen the addition of three sports during her tenure. Women’s golf and soccer and a football program. Hickey has also led the charge for UTSA and its hosting of numerous NCAA Championship events including Women's Final Four, Men's Final Four, Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Men's Basketball. The school is slated to host the 2014 Men’s Basketball Second & Third Rounds, the 2014 Men’s Golf San Antonio Regional and the 2015 Women’s Golf Central Regional.
Hickey came to San Antonio from Texas A&M University, where she served as senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator from 1994. From 1984-94, Hickey served as head women’s basketball coach for Texas A&M. Before her stint at A&M, Hickey was head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State University from 1979-84.
A native of Welch, Okla., Hickey graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., with a bachelor’s degree in education. She was an All-American for OBU’s nationally-ranked basketball team and a member of the USA National Team in 1973. Hickey and her husband, Bill, have a daughter, Lauren Nicole.
Lynn Hickey has made student-athlete welfare one of her top priorities while leading the UTSA Athletics Department to new heights.
Thanks to these sponsors of the Youth Leadership New Braunfels Graduation Program:
Bluebonnet Motors, Inc.
Capital Farm Credit
Casteel & Casteel, PLLC
Kiesling & Kiesling PC
New Braunfels Downtown Rotary
New Braunfels Pediatric Associates