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Feb. 7, 2022- Coaches Kayla Bell of Cypress Woods High School, Lizbeth Oyervides of Bridgeland High School, Kyuara Rider of Cypress Springs High School and Casey Rosellini of Cypress Park High School were selected as 2022 members of the R.O.C.K. Mentoring Program.
The second-year mentoring program is a partnership between the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and Texas A&M University’s Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy, and was created to meet the needs of young coaches and help decrease the attrition rate of coaches leaving the profession. The mission is to cultivate younger coaches to find their passion while being prepared as leaders in an ever-evolving environment. Developed by coaches, focus points include fostering work alignment, executing best practices, combating apathy, enhancing time management and addressing work-life balance.
The program’s name was founded on the words Rare, Outstanding, Compelled and Knowledgeable, which are traits portrayed in many successful coaches.
Bell, Oyervides, Rider and Rosellini were among 45 coaches selected as the Class of 2022 mentees.
Bell is an assistant basketball and track and field coach at Cypress Woods. She is in her fourth year in education.
“Being accepted into this program is a huge honor and an amazing opportunity for me and all the coaches who were selected,” Bell said. “I believe a program like this is a great way to mold and help young coaches like myself grow and mature in this profession. Having these great mentors be able to give their time to help bring the next generation of coaches up is significant in our development and growth to receive knowledge from such extraordinary coaches.”
Oyervides is an assistant basketball and volleyball coach at Bridgeland. She is in her third year in education.
“Being selected as one of the coaches for the R.O.C.K. program is a blessing and a privilege,” Oyervides said. “I am excited to grow and network in the profession with other young coaches and veterans in the game. I’m looking forward to this opportunity and being a part of something special alongside the other young coaches across the state.”
Rider is an assistant basketball and track and field coach at Cypress Springs. She is in her fourth year in education.
“Being selected for this program brings much joy to me because it confirms that there is more within me that others see,” Rider said. “One can be a good coach, but I’m striving to become a great one. In being a part of this program, I know it will broaden my skillset past knowing X’s and O’s by exposing me to more gems to become greater.”
Rosellini is an assistant baseball and football coach at Cypress Park. He is in his second year in education.
“It's truly an honor to be selected for such a prestigious program,” Rosellini said. “The opportunity to learn from some of the best in this profession is extremely exciting. I'm going to be a sponge and try to soak in as much as I can, so that I can be more well-equipped to serve this community that I love.”
The mentoring program is split into two phases. It will begin with a mentorship symposium on March 20-21 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The second phase will take place online where mentors and R.O.C.K. mentees will be provided with materials such as articles, videos, podcasts, scenarios and other readings to provoke thought and discussion.
Mentoring Program 1: Lizbeth Oyervides, an assistant basketball and volleyball coach at Bridgeland High School, was among four CFISD coaches selected as 2022 members of the R.O.C.K. Mentoring Program. The second-year program is a partnership between the Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas A&M University’s Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy to meet the needs of young coaches and help decrease the attrition rate of coaches leaving the profession.
Mentoring Program 2: Kyuara Rider, center, is an assistant basketball and track and field coach at Cypress Springs High School and part of the R.O.C.K. Mentoring Program. The 45-member class will meet for a symposium March 20-21 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Mentoring Program 3: Casey Rosellini, second from left, is an assistant baseball and football coach at Cypress Park High School. The Cypress Falls High School graduate joined the staff at Cypress Park after serving as a long-term substitute teacher at the campus.
Mentoring Program 4: Kayla Bell, center, an assistant basketball and track and field coach at Cypress Woods High School, was among four CFISD coaches selected as 2022 members of the R.O.C.K. Mentoring Program.
(PRESS RELEASE FROM CY-FAIR ISD COMMUNICATIONS)
(Press Release from Cy-Fair ISD Communications) As part of the CFISD athletic department’s mission, a number of high school and middle school teams and student-athletes participated in various community service projects and volunteer efforts during the holiday season.
Of the many service projects, the largest across the entire athletic department was taking part in Christmas Wishes, a toy drive joint venture between KSBJ radio and Be A Resource Houston to help ensure the more than 12,000 children in child protective services have presents for the holidays. Coaches made more than a dozen trips to deliver all of the donations.
A number of campus athletic departments and teams collected and donated items to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps to distribute toys to children for Christmas. Among them were Langham Creek High School, Cypress Falls and Cypress Woods wrestling teams, Cy-Fair High School baseball and Cypress Ridge, Cypress Ranch and Cypress Springs swimming programs.
The Cypress Lakes and Jersey Village girls’ soccer programs came together during a scrimmage Dec. 10 for a “Sauces for Soldiers” game. In total, the two teams collected more than 700 bottles of hot sauce to send to soldiers stationed at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa.
A number of girls’ basketball teams did the same as district play began. Bridgeland and Cypress Ranch collected blankets to donate to a local nursing home. Cy-Fair and Cypress Ridge also held a blanket drive, with the donations going to Star of Hope. Cypress Falls and Cypress Woods collected socks with all the items donated to be sent to the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.
Swimming teams from Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Ranch collected toys and canned goods at the seventh annual “Maeve the Brave” College Format Invitational, with the items to be donated to local charities.
A number of teams and student-athletes also volunteered their time in giving back.
The Cypress Springs girls’ basketball team spent time on Dec. 18 at the Children Like Loni Santa’s Workshop. The Cy-Fair boys’ basketball team helped prepare meals at the Faith over Fear Transition Center’s second annual Holiday Giveaway. The Cypress Ridge volleyball team visited BeeHive Homes and sang holiday carols to the assisted-living care residents.
“I’m proud of how our coaches and student-athletes look to find ways to impact those that might need help,” said Kirk Eaton, CFISD associate director of athletics. “Too often seasons and the hard work it takes to be successful can keep a team from finding time to give back. The work our programs do are so much bigger in scope than just a two-hour game that keeps score. They teach life through each respective sport played in CFISD.”