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The John Cooper School made a huge statement with the hiring of their new volleyball coach.
Enter Courtney Eckenrode, who won a UIL State Title as the leader and setter of The Woodlands High School before having a stellar career at the University of Missouri. Most recently, she has been the Director of Volleyball for Houston Skyline.
“The qualities Courtney displayed in both her playing and coaching career align with the mission and vision of The John Cooper School. Her familiarity and knowledge of our community is a huge asset and will assist in the transition to Cooper,” John Hoye, Cooper athletic director said.
“We immediately sensed Coach Eckenrode’s passion for coaching volleyball and teaching. Her leadership, respect and relationships within the volleyball community were the exact qualities we were seeking for our program and players.”
"Off the court, my goal is to teach the girls the value of hard work and the importance of building genuine relationships. There are so many aspects of sports that can transition into their next chapter, and I hope to teach my players how to be good teammates and leaders that will set them up for success in whatever they choose to do after graduation," coach Eckenrode told VYPE.
"The dedication to excellence at John Cooper was so evident to me throughout the entire process. It wasn't just something that was spoken about, the actions and the intentionality behind them proved to me that this was a culture I wanted to be in. The tremendous amount of support within the athletic department has been a huge blessing and the team culture instantly had me hooked.
I am looking to instill a lasting culture within the volleyball program of responsible young women that chase excellence in all that they do, day in and day out. I want to lead them to be hungry for an SPC championship and teach them what it takes to achieve those goals. I hope that when seniors leave the program, they leave with lifelong relationships that they will cherish for the rest of their lives," Eckenrode finished.
While at The Woodlands, she directed the Highlanders to a 45-0 record and State Title in 2013. She was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year and the USA Today and MaxPreps Player of the Year.
“Courtney was one of those players who always gave 100-percent, had a great attitude and was a great leader,” former Woodlands High School coach Leslie Madison said. “I have no doubt she will be the exact same as a head coach. I am excited for the players who will get to have her as a role model and I look forward to supporting her and her team.”
Winter Seasons Finish With Dragon Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball and Swim & Dive Teams Headed To Championship Play
VARSITY BOYS SOCCER
2/1 at Houston Christian • 2-2 Tie
Goals by Will Young (2)
2/5 vs St. Andrew’s* • 5-0 W
Goals by Will Young (2), Michael Black (2), and Tanure Ewherido
Coach Bryan Sherman: We finished the regular season as the third-place finisher in the South Zone, a great accomplishment for this group. I am proud of the effort and hopefully, we can make some noise at the SPC tournament next weekend!
Next up for Dragon Boys Soccer:
February 10-12 at SPC Championships, Fort Worth
VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER
2/1 at Houston Christian* • 3-2 L
Coach Amber Clevenger: Tonight’s loss to Houston Christian was a hard-fought game that I can stand tall and be proud of. It shows that we’ve come a long way as a team because we played this same team, with the same players, in a tournament at the beginning of the season and we fell to them 5-1. Today we fought hard, scored first but still came up short. The early goal by junior Kaitlin Hinch was clutch–she earned that goal! Later in the game after being down 3-1, Elly Principi took a free-kick for us and sunk a beautiful goal. We did everything we could to get the equalizer but we just couldn’t find the net. Friday we take on St. Andrew’s for senior night and I feel confident we will play hard for our deserving seniors.
2/1 vs. St. Andrews* • 3-3 Tie
Coach Amber Clevenger: Our final game vs. St. Andrews ended in a tie. It wasn’t the result we wanted but we came out slow and then finally found our energy in the second half. Maddie Van Osdell started off the scoring and then Kaitlin Hinch scored the next two to give us the tie. Although the season didn’t go the way we wanted it to, I was happy to see the team begin to really give the energy we needed towards to end to show great promise for next year!
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
2/1 at Houston Christian* • 58-19 L
2/5 vs St. Andrew’s* • 26-25 W
Coach B.J. Feuerhelm: Resilient is the word that I would use to describe this team. We found ourselves wrapping up what has been a very challenging season but the girls never lost hope and believed in each other. Now we are headed to the playoffs. Having to win two of your last three conference games to secure a spot is never easy, but this group pulled it together and did just that! I could not be more proud of their buy-in throughout the season and now they get to reap the rewards.
8-13 season record • 3-5 conference record
Dragon girls basketball’s nail-biter 26-25 win earned them a spot in the playoffs.
Next up for Dragon Girls Basketball:
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
2/1 at Houston Christian* • 91-48 L
2/5 vs St. Andrew’s* • 55-54 L
Coach Matthew Wilson: We concluded our season with a hard-fought match against St. Andrew’s. It was a special afternoon as we celebrated our seniors. As a coaching staff, we have enjoyed working with all of them over the years. Seeing their growth has been truly rewarding. Though their season ended before we wanted it, this group helped lead us to our best season since 2014. Thank you, seniors! Best of luck to the girls basketball, boys soccer and swim & dive teams as they represent JCS at the SPC Tournament!
VARSITY SWIMMING & DIVING
Next up for Dragon Swimming:
February 11 at SPC Championships, Arlington ISD Athletic Complex
•• SPRING SPORTS ••
2/5 vs. Legacy Prep • 18-8 W
Next up for Dragon Baseball:
February 8 at Lutheran South 7 p.m.
February 10 at Second Baptist, 7 p.m.
February 14 at Woodlands Christian Academy, 7 p.m.
February 17-19 host SPC vs TAPPS Challenge
Next up for Dragon Softball:
February 18-19 at SJS Classic Tournament, St. John’sFebruary 24-26 at FBCA Tournament, Fort Bend Christian Academy
March 3 at Incarnate Word, Memorial Park Softball Field
March 4 vs. Second Baptist, 5 p.m.
Next up for Dragon Tennis:
February 11 at Chancellors Tournament, Chancellors Racquet ClubFebruary 18 at EHS MET Tournament, Metropolitan Racquet Club
February 28 girls team at St. Agnes, Memorial Park Tennis Center
March 4-5 at TTC Private School Championships
...VARSITY TRACK & FIELD
Next up for Dragon Track & Field:
February 12 at TWCA Meet, The Woodlands Christian AcademyFebruary 17 hosts Cooper Triangle Meet with Concordia Lutheran and Frassati Catholic
February 25-26 at Dick Phillips Relays, Episcopal High SchoolFebruary 26 at TWHS Invitational, The Woodlands High School
Next up for Dragon Golf:
February 22 at Kinkaid Invitational, Blackhorse Golf Club
March 3-7 at St. John’s Invitational, Wolfdancer Golf Club
For more information contact:
Lynn Boeding, Sports Communications email@example.com • 281.367.0900 ext. 2455 • cell: 281.748.1447
The John Cooper School
One John Cooper Drive The Woodlands, TX 77381 Tel. 281.367.0900 fax. 281-298-2071 www.johncooper.org