Courtesy of Katy ISD Communications
KATY [January 13, 2020] – The new year is off to a great start for Katy Independent School District's Tompkins High School (OTHS) Head Football Coach Todd McVey after finishing a record breaking season. McVey was presented with two prestigious recognitions from the Houston Texans. He was selected as the Houston Texans Coach of the Year and will represent the NFL team nationally at the end of this month.
It all began in October 2019 when the OTHS head football coach and campus athletic coordinator was named Houston Texans Coach of the Week. The recognition included a $2,500 check for the OTHS football program. Recently, McVey learned that he was named the Texans High School Coach of the Year, a coveted honor that comes with an additional $5,000 for the school's football program. Now just one week into the new year, the 2019 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award nominees have officially been announced and McVey will represent the Houston Texans during the 2020 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 26 in Orlando, Florida.
"These recognitions are a representation of the great things taking place on the field, in the classroom and in the community," said OTHS Coach Todd McVey. "Showcasing Katy ISD and Falcon pride with coaches from across the country is an honor I will truly cherish."
In early 2017, McVey was named the new OTHS head football coach/campus athletic coordinator. He has since taken the Tompkins football team from zero wins in 2017, to a playoff contender in 2018 and 2019. He has also made it a priority to integrate a positive family-like atmosphere with an emphasis on character building - not just on the field but in their day to day lives.
All Cynthia Payne could do was pray.
On a rainy, September day in Houston as Tropical Storm Imelda pushed through, sitting in the car with her son Jayden in the back seat across the street from Aldine High School, she watched as a car plunged into a ditch full of rushing water.
Next, her 16-year-old son Jayden rushed across the street and dove in to save a mother and her child.
"I knew God had him there for a reason. I told God just use him and give him back," Cynthia said. "That's all I asked. I can't replace him."
When Jayden saw the car head into the water, the junior tight end for Aldine football didn't think. Instead of pulling out his phone to record video – he reacted.
"I was like, I'm just going to run over there and put my life at risk because I felt like their lives were more precious," Jayden told VYPE the day of the storm. "She had her daughter with her. I'd rather save her life and risk mine for that. It was just a moment for me."