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Coppell track coach Eric Hill corrects Coppell junior relay runner Riggs Montgomery on his hand-off form on March 9 at Buddy Echols Field. Hill began coaching at Coppell High School in January. Photo by Olivia Cooper

Coach’s Box: Get to know Coach Hill

Havish Premkumar, Staff Writer April 20, 2022

Within the course of the 2021-2022 school year, Coppell High School experienced an influx of new teachers. One of these new teachers is track and field coach Eric Hill. The new coach shares what he believes...

Coppell girls soccer coach Fleur Benatar leads the team through dribbling drills in CHS Fieldhouse on Jan 27. Benatar is moving to University of Houston to be the womens soccer assistant after one year at Coppell.

Coach’s Box: Benatar-Whitten bringing winning collegiate expertise to field

Saniya Koppikar, Staff Writer January 30, 2022

From University of North Texas to Hebron High School and finally to Coppell, (having been hired the summer before the 2021-22 school year to coach for the girls soccer team at Coppell High School) Fleur...

Coppell assistant Nicholas Shaw coaches a defense tactic to the Coppell boys basketball team during practice on Tuesday. Shaw coaches the boys basketball team and teaches ninth grade geography.

Coach’s Box: Shaw teaches athletes to have no limits

Nathan Cheng, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

After coaching college basketball at Stephen F. Austin for five years, Coppell assistant Nicholas Shaw began coaching basketball at Arlington Bowie. He came to Coppell in 2015, where he also began teaching...

Coppell swimming and diving coach Amanda Ross teaches during eighth period on Friday. Ross is a new coach at Coppell High School and has been coaching swimming for 10 years.

Coach’s Box: Ross starting year teaching perseverance

Anette Varghese, Student Life Editor September 17, 2021

Amanda Ross is Coppell’s new swimming and diving coach. This is her fourth year as a swimming coach and her first year at Coppell, previously teaching in Grand Prairie. She developed a love for water...

Coppell assistant swim coach David Conrad teaches Coppell sophomore swimmer Hudeep Mallipeddi and senior swimmer Sofia Simula correct foot position during practice before school on Tuesday at the Coppell YMCA. Conrad coaches the varsity II team, and it is his fourth year as a swimming coach. Photo by Nandini Muresh

Coach’s Box: Conrad helping students find intrinsic motivation through experience

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer November 9, 2020

David Conrad is an assistant coach for the Coppell swim team and teaches conceptual physics. With the mere mention of Conrad’s swimmers, his eyes glisten and a smile lights up his face After more than...

Coppell assistant Blaine Barnett passes during pregame warmups before the Cowboys’ 42-35 victory against Sachse on Oct. 2 at Buddy Echols Field. In addition to coaching football, Barnett teaches special education at Coppell High School.

Coach’s Box: Barnett setting example as father figure for student athletes

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager October 28, 2020

Blaine Barnett coaches tight ends for the Coppell football team and is a special education teacher at Coppell High School. Barnett graduated from CHS in 1995 and came back to coach as a special teams coordinator...

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Coach’s Box: Bourg diving into golf, calculus

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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