Think About It... from Houston Baptist University
#148 – Dr. John O. Tyler, Professor of Government
Dr. John Tyler, HBU professor of Law and Jurisprudence, as well as director of the Legal Studies Program, practiced as an attorney in Texas for 35 years, even arguing as lead counsel in two cases before the US Supreme Court. He earned a PhD in Philosophy; his writing and teaching emphasize the political, moral and historical dimensions of law that formed the Western legal tradition. He is involved in HBU’s pre-law program and the Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty.
#147 – Misty Jones, HBU Women’s Soccer Head Coach
Misty Jones, head coach of the HBU women’s soccer team, joined the University in 2006. The team secured three conference tournament championships and two NCAA tournament appearances, among other accolades. One of the soccer team’s mottos has always been, “In Your Name we play,” reminding players that they represent Christ in everything they do. Visit HBUhuskies.com.
#146 – Denim Rogers, HBU Track and Field
Denim Rogers became HBU’s first track athlete to reach the NCAA championships. He is primarily a decathlete. The decathlon is a 10-event competition featuring the pole vault, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put, discus, 110-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 400-meter run, and a 1500-meter run. Denim has prepared for his impressive athletic career since he began running track as a 5-year-old. Visit HBUhuskies.com.
#145 – Bailey Zappe, HBU Football Quarterback
Bailey Zappe is a junior quarterback on HBU’s football team. In September 2019, he was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week following HBU’s defeat of the University of South Dakota. For the game, Zappe completed 41-of-53 passes for 513 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions for the Huskies, setting new records for completions, yardage and tying the touchdown mark.
#144 – David Shuster, HBU Golf Head Coach
David Shuster is head coach of the HBU men’s and women’s golf teams. When recruiting athletes, Shuster looks for well-rounded student-athletes. The men’s and women’s teams have enjoyed significant success, including multiple conference championships. He says, “Each one of our golfers has a great opportunity to make a difference, to win championships, and to grow in Christ while getting a great education.” Visit HBUhuskies.com.
#143 – Rev. Gregg Matte, Chair of the HBU Board of Trustees
The Rev. Gregg Matte is senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church and chair of the HBU Board of Trustees. Matte joined the Board in 2011, and has helped lead the University through growth in enrollment and programs. Matte grew up in southwest Houston. Before leading Houston’s First, Matte founded Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University. He is a celebrated author, husband, and father of two.