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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...

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Coach’s Box: Smith exudes patience while coaching

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....

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.

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

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...

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