Austin Green Banker Continues Tradition of Winning

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Austin Green Banker Continues Tradition of Winning

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Sammie Joseph Jr, seen sporting his traditional salmon-colored shirt for good luck, and Green Banker Sammie Joseph III, celebrate another winning season with the WAYA/WHLL Cardinals.

 

In 1972, Sammie Joseph Jr. stepped up to be the head coach of the Cardinals.  Like his father Sammie Sr., who was very involved in West Austin Youth sports, what started as a one-season stint working with boys 11–12 has turned into a 40-year and three-generation tradition of coaching and winning.

 

In 1980 Sammie Jr. founded the West Austin Youth Association (WAYA) with Dr. Harold Brumley and Neil Kocurek.   The non-profit center now provides recreational and learning opportunities for the youth and currently serves more than 5,000 children in Austin and the surrounding area through over 30 sports programs and activities annually, including their very popular Champs League for children with special needs.  Since then, Sammie Jr. has been actively involved with WAYA and served as president two times.   He now sits on the WAYA Board of Directors as chairman emeritus.  

 

It’s a tight knit group--Dr. Brumley’s grandson just finished his second year on the Cardinals while Mr. Kocurek’s grandson just finished his first year as a Cardinal.  Incredibly, Green Banker Sammie III just finished his eighth season as a coach.  He also wore the red jersey as a player from 1992 to 1994.  Sammie’s cousin, Philip Joseph Jr., played for the cardinals during the 1999-2001 seasons and has been an assistant coach for the last five years.  Tim Sitler, a buddy of Sammie III, played from 1991-1993, and is also an assistant coach.  Current Cardinals, Buddy Brumley, Laurens Fish (fathers played for Sammie Jr.) and Will Kocurek (uncle played for Sammie Jr.), continue as second generation players.

 

The world gets smaller.  Sammie III met Green Bank Market President Bruce Irick while coaching different WAYA-Western Hills Little League (WHLL) baseball teams.  Sammie Jr. gave Bruce just enough advice to get him through the playoffs, but not enough to beat Sammie and the Cardinals in the championship.  Bruce did not take the loss too hard and Sammie III joined Green Bank in late 2010.  They are working hard together and taking their winning record into Austin commercial banking.

 

Contact Sammie at (512) 617-6856 or sjoseph@greenbank.com