A four-year letterman in football, Austin graduated with a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University in 1995. After a short stint in the National Football League (3 whole days), Austin turned his focus back to education, later earning his law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, TX.
Austin shares time in the "city" home in Charlotte and the "mountain" home in downtown Brevard, NC. He is married to his beautiful bride of 22 years, Alisha, which runs Team Crowder. They have three daughters, Alexandria, Audrey, and Abigail.