HISD Athletics hosts roundtable of coaches and teachers

Nearly two dozen current and former Houston Independent School District coaches and one former NFL player shared their experiences on the field and in the classroom as part of a roundtable discussion last week.

The purpose of the roundtable was to mentor coaches and teachers throughout the district, and foster relationships between staff. The event was held on Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Delmar Field House.

Former NFL player Richmond Webb shared how influential coaches like Don Shula and Joe Greene helped shape his career.

“Coaches push you. You learn discipline that will help you make it through when things get tough,” said Webb.

As for retired Bellaire High School coach Rocky Manuel, the best advice he could give is to keep it concise. He stuck to that advice when addressing the round table.

“There’s no substitute for hard work,” Manuel said.

Included in the roundtable:

  • Tom Nolen, retired Lamar High School football coach
  • James Duffer, retired Milby High School basketball coach
  • Rocky Manuel, retired Bellaire High School baseball coach
  • Garry Dunham, retired Kashmere High School football coach
  • Ray Seals, retired Madison High School football coach
  • Alaina Turner, former Westside High School basketball coach
  • Michael Kramer, retired Bellaire High School golf coach
  • Greg Wise, Yates High School basketball and golf coach
  • Cornell Gray, Furr High School football and track coach
  • Michael Froenlich, Westside High School wrestling coach
  • Andrew Blanks, Westbury High School track coach
  • Fidel Andrade, Wisdom High School soccer coach
  • Nicole Harris, Sam Houston Math Science and Technology Center High School athletic coordinator and coach
  • Ralph Barreras, Heights High School basketball coach
  • Cirilo Ojeda, Sharpstown High School football coach
  • Aracely Adams, Furr High School Volleyball and cross country coach
  • Rhonda Rogers, Barnett Stadium manager and former Scarborough High School basketball, volleyball and track coach
  • Bruce Glover, Bellaire High School basketball coach
  • Stephen Dixon, Heights High School football coach
  • Debbie Crockett, Chavez High School softball coach
  • David Munoz, Lamar High School baseball coach
  • Kanavis McGhee, Sterling High School football coach
  • Lindsay Cobbs, Henry Middle School track and field coach