On Tuesday, Dripping Springs ISD Athletic Director Galen Zimmerman announced that current Dripping Springs High School boys’ basketball associate head coach Thomas Acker has been promoted to head coach for the basketball program.
Acker is in his fourth year at Dripping Springs High School, helping the varsity basketball program to back-to-back area playoff appearances in 2021 and 2022. He also served as the freshman boys head coach where he guided the team to district titles in 2021 and 2022. Acker takes over for a program that finished 17-15 on the season and was just one win from qualifying for the state playoffs.
Acker served as the varsity defensive coordinator where he was responsible for the team’s defensive scheme and game plans, and oversaw the sub-varsity system implementation. In the classroom, Acker has worked as a special education teacher in Chemistry, Physics and Aquatic Science. He also served as the assistant coach for the Tiger cross country program.
Prior to joining DSHS, Acker spent three years at San Marcos High School including two seasons as the head boys’ basketball coach where he led the Rattlers to the bi-district round of the playoffs in 2018. In 2004, Acker was named the first boys’ basketball coach for Lehman High School in Kyle, a position he held for 11 seasons.
Acker received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He began his career as a Physical Education teacher at Small Middle School in Austin in 1999.