2017 Recipient

Kent Austell is a member of the 2004 graduating class and joined the Briarcrest faculty in 2011 as Director of Student Ministries and the Track and Field Coach.  In High School, Kent was an accomplished athlete in track and field.   Kent was a 2-time state champion and part of Best of the Preps Track and Field Team and was awarded the Best of the Preps Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  At the University of Arkansas, Kent’s track and field team won 7 SEC Championships and 2 team National Championships and was awarded the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award.   During Kent’s Briarcrest coaching tenure, the Saints have broken 14 school records and this past year, the Saints swept the Regional Championships for the first time in school history.  The Boys track team finished with its highest points total and highest finish ever at the State Championships.
Kent has been married to Jenni for 7 years and they have three daughters.