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Football coaches win UIL Excellence Awards

AUSTIN— The University Interscholastic League is proud to recognize 15 of the best UIL sponsors in Texas as the 2014 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners.

“Interscholastic competition and student performance have innumerable benefits that are only possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors, coaches and directors like these,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “On behalf of the UIL I commend these outstanding educators.”

Each winner will receive $1,000 and a symbolic memento from the UIL in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition. The League continually strives to strengthen and promote the role of extracurricular activities in Texas through programs like the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

Two two football coaches to win the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners for 2014:

Tom Chavez – Brownsville Rivera Early College High School

Tom Chavez has served as coach, athletic coordinator or athletic director for more than 35 years. During this time he has coached teams to six district championships and an area championship. However, Chavez is most proud of the impact and change in the lives of the students he served. More than 20 of his former student-athletes went on to teaching and coaching.

“Coaches are instrumental in the lives of students, they serve as mentors, friends, teachers, fathers, mothers, big brothers,” Chavez said. “We build relationships, then we build programs.

Rick Rhoades – Cameron Yoe High School

During his 31 years as a coach Rick Rhoades has coached football, basketball, track & field and baseball. Rhoades has lead teams to state championships twice in football and twice in track in addition to numerous district honors.

“The educational process is the backbone of our democratic society and for our society to function as it was designed to, we must do a great job of education our youth,” Rhoades said. “Athletics plays an important role in this process of educating and hopefully it will involve as many students as possible.”

The other UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners for 2014 are as follows:

  • Eloise Blair – Houston Lamar High School
  • Roxan Bowman – Ballinger High School
  • Carol Cox – Archer City High School
  • Elizabeth Dickinson – Lometa High School
  • Kathy Fishburn – Amarillo Tascosa High School
  • Richard Herrera – Northside Brandeis High School
  • Dennis Hodgkiss – Paris North Lamar High School
  • Carl Idlebird – Sommerville High School
  • Bill McDonald – Houston Strake Jesuit College Prep
  • Lindy Perez – Richardson High School
  • Kenneth Rohrbach – Three Rivers High School
  • Jon Skupin – Sadler S&S Consolidated High School
  • Kerry Taylor – Austin Westlake High School


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