Jesse OlveraDirector of Athletics, The Covenant School of Dallas
Jesse has worked in the education field for 17 years and has completed his sixth year as the director of athletics at The Covenant School. Prior to his current position, he served as the assistant athletic director, head football, and head baseball coach at Abilene Christian Schools in Abilene, TX. Jesse also served as a campus administrator and athletic department development coordinator his final two years at Abilene Christian Schools.
Jesse’s primary responsibilities at The Covenant School include overseeing the JH and HS athletic programs, the hiring process of coaches, working alongside administrators, and serving as the head baseball coach. Jesse has participated on several site-based management projects along with overseeing the installation process of new turf on the Frank Miller Field and the gym floor renovation in the Carson Leslie Center. In his six years at Covenant, the athletic department has won 14 state championships amongst the cross country, boys soccer, boys track, and boys golf teams; 5 state runners-up in girls cross country, boys soccer, and boys golf; and 2 state tournament appearances in boys basketball and baseball.
Jesse is a member of THSCA, THSBCA, THSADA, and NIAAA. Jesse earned a M.Ed. in administration and leadership of learning, a master certificate in conflict resolution, and B.S at Abilene Christian University. While earning his degree at Abilene Christian, he competed on the NCAA Division II baseball team.
Ernest Robertson, Jr.Director of Sports Enrichment Programs/Auxiliary, Palmer Trinity School
Ernest Robertson, Jr. currently holds the position of director of sports enrichment/auxiliary at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, FL. He is an accomplished athletic director and leader who enjoys using his skills to contribute to the exciting athletic advances that happen every day at PTS. His role has allowed him to be a key part of bringing the first ever state championship to PTS and leading the development of a 40-acre sports facility. Ernest is a graduate of Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/management and Florida International University with a master’s degree in sports management.
Ernesto has published an article in Spring IAA 2022 called “Guiding Fan Behavior.” He has also been a speaker at the the National AD Conference, Florida International University, NIAAA, FIAAA, SAIS, and the Florida Coaches Association. He has been the commissioner/founder of the F.I.F.C Football Conference since 2015; was a FHSAA Sectional Appeals committee member from 2017 – 2020; was a FHSAA General Assembly representative from 2018 – 2021; is a Certificated Master Athletic Administer; and has been the head boys basketball coach, physical education department chair, sportsmanship task force chair, and coached football, track & field, and softball.
Mike WalkerDirector of Athletics, Second Baptist School
Mike Walker is the director of athletics at Second Baptist School in Houston, TX. He has been leading athletic departments at three different schools since 2003 in Pennsylvania and now Texas.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education, health, and bible from Clarks Summit University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University. He as served on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Executive Counsel, was league vice president, district committee member, and was a two-time Athletic Director of the Year in his league in Pennsylvania. He has been published in Coach & Athletic Director magazine writing about a coach’s influence in the lives of students.
Leading a team of nearly 70 coaches, Mike is passionate about helping student-athletes learn how to have victory on the field by first learning how to have victory over the small things in life.