It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling winners for team and coach of the year awards and the finalists for the player of the year awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website and Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here is VYPE's first-ever class of Hall of Fame Coaches.
Carrie Austgen, Deer Park, Softballhssoftball0527
Carrie Austgen is one of the most decorated softball coaches in the country. While she is well-known for winning two state titles at Deer Park in 2012 and 2014, there's much more to the story. Austgen won a pair of NCAA titles as a player for Texas A&M, before getting into coaching. She compiled over 300 wins as a high school coach, but also won three conference titles leading San Jacinto Junior College. Austgen was the Max Preps Softball Coach of the Year in 2012. She reached state three times at Pearland and once at Brazoswood.
David Aymond, North Shore, Football
While North Shore has become a state power under the direction of coach Jon Kay, it was his former boss David Aymond who was the architect of the Mustang program. North Shore hadn't been to the postseason in 31 years before Aymond took over the post. Since his arrival, North Shore has never missed the playoffs. Over 20-plus seasons, Aymond compiled 228 wins, won a state title in 2003 and signed 180 players to college scholarships. Aymond led North Shore on a 78-game regular season winning streak that ended in 2009, which is the longest in the highest division of Texas high school football.
Tony Heath, Pearland, Football
Mr. Pearland put the south Houston school on the map. Over 20 years ago, Heath took over an Oiler program that hadn't had any success. The community was just growing, and Heath and his Oilers became the heartbeat of the town. Heath went 195-53 as the head man and won a state title in 2010 with his "Plus One" rallying cry. The Oilers would return to state in 2013 but fell to Allen and Kyler Murray. It was a magical year as his son was the quarterback on that run. In his 20 years, Pearland reached the postseason 18 times. Prior the Pearland, Heath was on staff at La Marque which won titles in 1995, 96 and 97.
Leslie Madison, The Woodlands, Volleyball
The city of Houston hadn't won a Class 5A or 6A state title since the Year 2000. The Woodlands' Leslie Madison led her Highlanders to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. The city hasn't won a state title in the 6A level since. The 2013 team went 45-0. Madison reached the playoffs 11 times. In a three-year span, which included the state titles, The Woodlands went 121-6. Madison was also a three-time team captain and SMU and was a star at Cy-Fair.
Dale Westmoreland, Klein Oak, Baseball
776 wins! In 40 years of coaching, Dale Westmoreland won 776 games an average of 20 a year. The 2009 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee built programs at Port Arthur-Austin, Dickinson, Klein Oak and Magnolia. While at Klein Oak, Westmoreland led his teams to state in 1991 and 96 and was named the District Coach of the Year six times. He moved on to Magnolia in 2003 and rebuilt the Dog House. He led Magnolia to the Regional Finals in 2009. His two sons continue his legacy as coaches at Klein Oak.
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Mallory Madison is living up to some big expectations.
She started on a playoff volleyball team at College Park, never leaving the court as an all-around player. She earned second-team, all-district honors… as a freshman.
Madison is the future of College Park volleyball under the direction of Candy Collins-Gibson.
So, ready for the plot twist?
Her dad was a star football player at The Woodlands and Texas A&M, and is now the head football coach at College Park. Her mom won a pair of state volleyball titles as the head coach of The Woodlands, and was a legend at Cy-Fair and SMU.
No pressure, right?
"I always grew up in the gym for as long as I can remember," she said. "I was tagging along to my mom's practices at The Woodlands. She doesn't brag about her career. What's cool is that I can brag on her to my friends. She's set high expectations for me and it's awesome to have a role model like her in my life.
"It was sort of weird when we played at The Woodlands this year and I was thinking – I've been here before," she said.
After winning state in 2012 and 2013, Madison took the head job at Magnolia before hanging up her whistle a year later to spend more time with her young family and support her husband Lonnie as he took on his first head coaching job.
In another plot twist, Madison is an assistant coach at Houston Skyline, where Mallory plays. The head coach and one of the directors? Courtney Eckenrode, who was the setter for Madison and the Highlanders when they won their first title.
Talk about full circle.
"She was one of favorite players growing up," Mallory said of Eckenrode.
Being a coach's kid, Mallory just understands every facet of the game well beyond her age. Her versatility is what sets her apart and earned her a varsity spot.
"I knew the varsity game was going to be a lot different than eighth-grade volleyball," she said. "Playing club had me ready but the pace was something I had to get used to. It was fast. I loved playing with the older girls, and it pushed me to bring my game up to their level.
"I'm a hard worker and a team-player," she said. "I can go in wherever the team needs me. I used to set in junior high and am a defensive specialist in club. I'm a good all-around player. What I'm going to need to work on as I get older are my leadership skills."
Madison has aspirations of playing in college like her parents, but has enjoyed the time off from the year-round sport due to COVID19.
"It's been nice to relax and take some time to go outside and go swimming and watch TV," she said. "You never get to do that during the crazy club season."