The city of Houston is home to some of the most successful active coaches in Texas high school sports. Even the nation. They win at a high level, develop athletes to go to the next level and instill their values in their students.
These are the top program-builders in the area and have filled the trophy cases of their respective schools.
Here are Houston's Top 10 Trending Coaches.
No. 1 Jon Kay, North Shore, Football<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxMzY5NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NzQ4OTI2Mn0.sRJ_HoKVJnRWyPvH0WJGVEf6vna_TMTRTAdhB2J8GUc/img.jpg?width=980" id="f57bf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="dce2bfb9ee9add1d8922ccba37f26ef3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Jon Kay has won two state titles in four years
By Bradley Collier<p>Since taking over the head coaching job at North Shore five years ago, the Detroit-native has won two state titles (2015, 2018). He's been in Galena Park ISD since 1996 and learned under coach David Aymond. Kay is tremendously detail-oriented but gives his assistants room to do their jobs. The 'Stangs are LOADED for 2019 and could reach the state game again. They market their kids and put them in the best position to be successful. </p>
No. 2 Gary Joseph, Katy, Football<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxMzc5My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzk4ODUwM30.aLxlGOPBtPzMhVF0mwnFMAWJlmtdX7eUcCgaXclXqV0/img.jpg?width=980" id="6f447" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="aed8c336bcf448e30211e643171128a0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Gary Joseph is on the Mt. Rushmore of Texas High School Football<p>On the Mt. Rushmore of Texas High School football, Gary Joseph has four state titles, 14 district titles and 201 wins. He is the fastest to reach 200 wins in state history and has held leadership positions such as being the THSCA president in 2017-18. His father was also a coaching legend at Wharton HS. </p>
No. 3 Juris Green, The Woodlands, Cross-Country<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxMzk1My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzk5MjQyOH0.D5amXkGwiq6xrlNfXpsYfvhk53rQ05xtOWknACccWx0/img.jpg?width=980" id="e1634" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c3a1393b3c0a9439f5983c1420a38c82" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Juriis Green has become a nationally-recognized coach at TWHS<p>His dad built the Highlander program decades ago, but Juris is taking it to the next level. The Woodlands boys are going for their fifth consecutive Class 6A state title in cross-country. The Highlanders have also won back-to-back state title in track in 2016 and '17. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2017. TWHS has won 21 XC state titles. </p>
No. 4 Lloyd Banks, FB Marshall, Track<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDA3Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTkwNTU1NH0.KzJD4BKhMD0OnrbQI792sZ0x8HO5r5mwg9xYHiGJoZI/img.jpg?width=980" id="6acee" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ce73280799bb63fe1e6f099ac7beda0c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Lloyd Banks has won four state titles in five years.<p>The Marshall track program has become a dynasty. Banks has led the Buffs to four state title in the past five years -- that's insane. Banks preaches competition on a daily basis and has made Buffalo Run a destination for track stars. He was named the USTFCCCA Boys' Coach of the Year in 2019. He connects to his athletes. He pushes them but also cares tremendously for their well-being. </p>
No. 5 Greg Wise, Yates, Basketball<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDE2Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODU2MjIwNn0.LvRcOpkEPawzFJSnUYpR6DQx0kfltVf3aHOKCNvZjZY/img.jpg?width=980" id="ecacf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f42be72e4b8ed2ceb6a55af5e23bfe1c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Yates' Greg Wise has four state titles<p>The kingpin at Yates has four state titles (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) to his name and six state tournament appearances. He has been controversial as his teams have rolled up their opponents by over 100 points many times. The Lions are the premiere basketball brand in Houston, drawing droves of fans to see their high-energy tempo. </p>
No. 6 Ron Eastman, The Woodlands, Baseball<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDI1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTczNTE2M30.jmSEQgteH9uYKJQyM52ozBrQahcgRJVoxbvRSqex38Q/img.jpg?width=980" id="c5d37" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="443395d71df890f73777f141dbaf7f9e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
TWHS' Ron Eastman was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame<p>MLB's Paul Goldschmidt and Jameson Taillon ring a bell? How about NFL star Danny Amendola? They have come through the Highlander program under the direction of Eastman. Eastman won a pair of state titles and reached the state tourney three times. He was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and was inducted into The Woodlands Hall of Fame in 2011. </p>
No. 7 Vincenzo Cox, Elsik, Soccer<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDMxMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NTY3MTA2MH0.oTXzrXjGAq3XbelLNwfyL-qbnPazf7GCnzVQoXZPCVU/img.jpg?width=980" id="97119" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e1ab972ce93261529fd8042364c34bd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Vincenzo Cox led the Rams to a state title in 2018<p> Cox has built a beacon in Alief ISD. The Rams won a state championship in 2018 and was named the USA Today Soccer Coach of the Year. He has built a state soccer power from literally nothing. Cox was a sprinter at UH and has become the name in Houston soccer. His is a tremendous communicator and marketeer. Elsik better hold on to this guy. </p>
No. 8 Laneigh Clark, Pearland, Softball<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDM4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTA0NjQxMn0.UZ413KXvB-bxGNnjEDXMT1HMUgDu4AX2Yh4EeHW8Opw/img.jpg?width=980" id="20958" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="dbb52b93fad53eed89d7bdb9bc9dd97b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Pearland's Clark has over 630 wins in her career<p> The Pearland legend has been to four state tournaments and is the second-leading, all-time Texas High School softball coaching win-leader with 637 wins. She has a state title under her belt in 2010 along with 18 consecutive playoff appearances. </p>
No. 9 Budd Booth, Memorial, Tennis<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDQ0Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Mjg0MjY4MH0.S01rE9PW4WloS6YBcNRnjHhy3oqeOrJV-keR7muw_5g/img.jpg?width=980" id="691fb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="083142bd3882e54348b7f0b8d1ea22b3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Budd Booth has led his team to 10 straight state tourneys<p>Booth has been patrolling the courts at Memorial High for over 15 years. In that time, the 'Stangs have been to the state semis for the past decade and the state finals in seven of those years. That's a decade of regional titles and Memorial won it all in 2017. He's also developed dozens of state individuals for both boys and girls. </p>
No. 10 Amy Cataline, Seven Lakes Volleyball<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDAxNDUxNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1ODQ3MDU5NH0.srGiUQi4fdRFReKuhVG0a_9u1mWW7sI8MHl9l_pNEPc/img.jpg?width=980" id="87d41" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="96ba61946ba7852c61973f68dd43a63c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Amy Cataline has led to schools to the state finals<p> Amy Cataline has led two different teams to school history. She led FB Austin to the state finals in 2015 – a team that hadn't been past the third round. Amy then left for Seven Lakes and led the Spartans to the state finals in her first year for the first time in their school history. </p>
The 2019 VYPE Volleyball Preview will be out in a few weeks, as gyms will be filled with the sound of squeaky shoes and coaches' whistles.
As we enter our 12th year of publishing, I feel like we've seen just about everything. The explosion of social media, some of the most elite athletes in the nation and the greatest stewards of all – high school coaching staffs.
Shockingly on the volleyball front, only two programs have brought home UIL state volleyball gold – The Woodlands (twice) and Kingwood Park last season. So, who has the best chance to hoist the hardware in November? You will have to wait on the preview.
But back to what we've witnessed for over more than a decade, the coaches. Let's just take volleyball. Houston is loaded with some of the best in the business from Seven Lakes' Amy Cataline to The Woodlands' Terri Wade to AP Clarke of Bellaire. The list goes on.
Some legends have moved on like Ridge Point's Lori McLaughlin, Clear Falls' Lindsay Hodges, Pearland's John Turner (now an assistant at Bellaire) and The Woodlands' Leslie Madison.
Why are these coaches so near and dear to my heart?
Coaching girls is tough. I've been told by coaches that girls are more competitive than guys, because they vigorously compete against the other team but also with each other. The glue that keeps a great volleyball team moving in the right direction is the coach.
It's all about communication.
What I've learned being married and raising two girls is that you can't communicate too much. There is no such thing as over-communication. Building chemistry is paramount. Trust is key. You also have to be tough, because they will challenge you.
The best teams have that rock at the core – the coach. The best can master the communication game and build chemistry and trust, all the while pushing their athletes through grueling workouts and adversity. They can be tough, but our city's coaches care and sacrifice so much to see their athletes improve and grow into young adults. I know, I've seen them in action.
On Tuesday and Friday nights, high school teams go to war and coaches are the Generals leading them into battle. But coaching is also a fraternity/sorority. When one is hurting, others come running.
Take the recent case of new Memorial coach Kaddie Platt. In a tragic boating accident, she lost her only child Robert Platt, who was also a UH pole vaulter. She is new to the job after coaching at HBU and UH as the college ranks, however, social media was flooded with well-wishes from across the city and state.
It's horrific for a family to go through the loss of a child. Coach Platt and her family's strength is on display and we can learn from them. We can also lift them up.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Platt family during this difficult time as the area's volleyball community supports one of their own.
Sometimes it's not about the games.