Scheduling came easier this year for Southwestern head coach Joe Austin. That’s one of many benefits the Pirates should experience by moving to the Southern Athletic Association as an affiliate member until they become full-time in Fall 2025. Austin hopes a move to the SAA will allow the program to compete on more of an even playing level.
The key to the Pirates success in 2023 will be in the hands of a pair of twin brothers with All-SAA ability. Quarterback Damian Gomez became the full-time starter toward the end of last year and is expected to lead the offense while Aleksander Gomez will be the leader of the defense from his linebacker position. Austin said it’s fun having the brothers because they are each other’s biggest fans and are protective of each other.