Athletic Director Selected as a State Coach of the Year, in the Running for National Award

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Duncanville ISD has exemplary staff members whose performance stands out on both state and national levels.  One example of this excellence is Athletic Director and Head Girls Basketball Coach Cathy Self-Morgan, who was recently named as the 2011-2012 University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Coach of the Year.

Self-Morgan has more than 900 career wins, but says she was surprised and humbled when she learned about the state award. “I was speechless. There are so many unbelievable coaches out there who I think are more deserving.”  UIL notified Self-Morgan in October 2012 that she had been chosen from several dozen other nominees across the state.

This award qualifies her as a candidate for similar awards through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), a national organization that provides leadership and guidance for sponsors and coaches of education-based interscholastic sports and activities.  Self-Morgan will compete with coaches from Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma for the 2011-2012 NFHS Sectional Award for Coach of the Year.  If she wins in this category, she will be considered along with winners from seven other geographic sections for the 2011-2012 NFHS National Award.  The NFHS Sectional and National Awards will be announced in early January 2013, and UIL representatives say they plan to honor Self-Morgan for winning the state award before the end of this season.

Self-Morgan was nominated for the state coaching title by UIL Assistant Athletic Director Darryl Beasley, who explains that his choice was based on the coach’s focus on developing quality athletes who are also successful academically and in their personal lives.  “Cathy has a long history of success not only on the basketball court but also helping her students in the classroom.”

Meanwhile, Self-Morgan says the credit belongs to her team and her colleagues. “My girls are always excited and proud when any of us do well and represent well!  This honor is because of Duncanville and how blessed I am to work with the students, district, and community.”  This season, she says her main focus with the team is on persistence, “to stay humble but still hungry for the next win, to take care of business in the classroom, and to make good choices.”