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Coach’s Box: Lowery tackles responsibilities of coaching, department chair

Coppell wrestling coach Chip Lowery (far left) takes a photo with senior wrestlers on Senior Night at the CHS Arena on Jan. 31. Lowery is also the physical education and dance department chair and off campus P.E. director.

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Chip Lowery is the Coppell wrestling team coach and the department chair for physical education and dance. Due to coronavirus, wrestling workouts are completed on virtual Performance Course. All questions were answered by Lowery via email. What does being a coach mean to you? Coaching has been my who...

Coach’s Box: Landa supporting players through self-isolation

Coppell assistant Natalie Landa coaches junior Rishita Uppuluri and senior Rifhat Sindhi, following up the match against Longview at the CHS Tennis Center on Sept. 28. Landa is using her tennis coaching experiences to work virtually with the Coppell tennis team.

Trisha Atluri, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 16, 2020

Natalie Landa is the assistant coach for the Coppell tennis team and teaches world geography at CHS9. Since all school tennis courts and schools are closed due to COVID-19, Landa is working with Coppell coach Rich Foster to provide home workouts and encourage players to maintain their fitness. All r...

Coach’s Box: Bourg diving into golf, calculus

Coppell golf coach Jan Bourg talks about her interests and hobbies during a video interview with the 2017-18 Sidekick staff. Bourg is also an AP Calculus teacher and licensed scuba diver.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Jan Bourg is the head coach for the Coppell girls golf team and an AP Calculus teacher at Coppell High School. Aside from school, she is a licensed scuba diver and likes to travel to oceanic places and spend time with her family.    Why do you like to play golf? Well, I like all sports,...

Coach’s Box: Dyson running Cowgirls with experiences coaching champions

Coppell coach Mike Dyson rakes the infield at the Coppell ISD Softball Complex on March 7, following the Cowgirls’ victory over Cedar Hill, 7-5, at the Coppell & Marcus Tournament. Dyson is in his fifth year of coaching the Coppell softball team.

Tracy Tran, Staff Writer/Photographer

March 25, 2020

Coppell softball coach Mike Dyson is in his fifth year of coaching at Coppell High School. Under Dyson, who previously coached at Frisco Centennial and Irving Nimitz, the Cowgirls advanced to playoffs in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.   When did you become the head coach of the Coppell team? Fi...

Coach’s Box: Balcom leading team to turnaround, passing love of sports to family

Coppell coach James Balcom watches the action at Buddy Echols Field on Feb. 23 against MacArthur. Balcom has been coaching the Coppell boys soccer team for nine years and teaches world geography at CHS9.

Angela Yuan, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

James Balcom has been the head coach of boys soccer at Coppell for three years. He developed a love for sports at a young age, and his competitive nature drove him to become a soccer coach. He teaches world geography at CHS9 and has three children: 7-year-old Carson, 5-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Ally. He s...

Coach’s Box: Hartsburg applying Mavericks experiences to basketball coaching

Coppell assistant girls basketball coach Julieann Hartsburg high fives players during the pregame introduction during their District 6-6A game against Irving. Hartsburg previously worked as the street team coordinator for the Dallas Mavericks.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

January 15, 2020

Behind the large gym, on the other side of a Coppell-colored door lies a corridor with a small room labeled “Basketball Coaches Office.” This room holds tables, chairs, promotional posters and Coppell assistant girls basketball coach Julieann Hartsburg. With more than 13 years of professional experi...

Coach’s Box: Schnell teaching students character through basketball, English

Coppell basketball coach Clint Schnell talks to Mesquite players on Dec. 10 in the CHS Arena following the nondistrict game. Schnell has been the head Coppell boys basketball coach for two years.

Akansha Singh, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Coppell varsity basketball coach and English teacher Clint Schnell has always had an affinity for basketball, as he played the sport growing up. Schnell hopes to use his coaching and teaching to shape students into better people, both on and off the court. When did you start coaching? I started coac...

Coach’s Box: Irons leads cheer in building strong relationships, supporting other teams

Coppell cheerleading coach Alexis Irons reviews the correct movement for basketball chants at the Spirit of Texas gym during eighth period on Wednesday. Irons taught at Coppell High School three years ago and has returned as an English lll teacher as well as cheerleading coach.

Claire Clements, Executive Editorial Page Editor

November 20, 2019

This school year, Coppell High School welcomed cheerleading coach and English lll teacher Alexis Irons back to campus. Irons hopes to inspire her cheerleaders and students in supporting each other and becoming more well-rounded.  How did you first start coaching cheer?  I worked here at Coppell prev...

Coach’s Box: Smith exudes patience while coaching

Coppell volleyball assistant coach Holland Smith talks with sophomore outside hitter and right side hitter Haley Holz and defensive specialist Beca Centeno after the District 6-6A volleyball match against Irving on Friday in the CHS Arena. Smith has been coaching volleyball in Coppell for three years.

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Coppell assistant coach Holland Smith has been working with the Cowgirls volleyball team for three years. With a background in sports throughout her childhood, Smith pursued a job as a volleyball coach. Smith bases her coaching around two values: patience and appreciativeness. How did you start coaching?   I played sp...

Coach’s box: Tennis coach fostering relationships, encouraging success for players

Coppell coach Rich Foster instructs senior team captain Clark Parlier during tennis practice at the CHS Tennis Center during eighth period. Foster coaches before and after school while striving to lead his players to success.

Christie Hernandez, Staff Writer/Videographer

October 4, 2019

Continuous hours of coaching before and after school does not prevent Coppell tennis coach Rich Foster from pushing his players to achieve their goals. Regardless of the long hours, Foster leads his players towards success while emphasizing scores do not reflect the talent or personality of any student. ...

Coach’s Box: Spoor bringing experience, dedication to cross country team

Coppell cross country assistant coach Jason Spoor instructs freshman Vedant Bhattacharya during practice on Sept. 17. Spoor came to Coppell one year ago after coaching at Byron Nelson and Prosper. Photo taken by Sally Parampottil.

Laasya Achanta, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

At 6:30 a.m., rain or shine, assistant golf and cross country coach Jason Spoor makes his way to the track, fueled by his passion for helping students mature into adults both mentally and physically. How is your background in track different from cross country? Before I came to Coppell, for seven years, I was th...

Coach’s Box: Merchant looking to make a difference on, off the field

Coppell football defensive coordinator Justin Merchant discusses with the defense during the Cowboys season opener against the Sachse Mustangs last Friday. With more than 15 years of experience, Merchant hopes to improve the defense while preparing his athletes for the future.

Arman Merchant, Staff Writer

September 4, 2019

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from its original version. The Sidekick apologizes for the error. With the start of the 2019 football season, a new face can be seen on the sideline. With more than 15 years of experience, new Coppell defensive coordinator Justin Merchant replaces Kirk McBride, w...