A pair of coaches who have transformed their schools’ volleyball programs were recently named the 2013-14 Coaches of the Year by the McKinney Independent School District. Kellie Janzen of Dowell Middle School and McKinney High School’s Jessica Camp were honored at ceremonies at their respective campuses last week.
In just her second year at Dowell, Janzen directed her volleyball team to an undefeated season and a district championship. An assistant coach in 2012, Janzen quickly made an impact on the campus—both on the court and in the classroom. “Kellie Janzen has an amazing ability to captivate her athletes,” said Juli Krepps, girls athletic coordinator at Dowell. “She is a natural leader and is not afraid to share her ideas and back them up with implementation.”
Krepps also noted that Janzen, who teaches Target Math, helped implement a new design for practices, including single-skill days and a revamped try-out program. “Dowell Middle School found a gem when we hired her,” she added. “She connects with her students on a daily basis.”
Also in just her second year, Camp was recognized for her leadership in taking McKinney High School deep into the Class 5A volleyball playoffs in 2013. The state volleyball playoff appearance was the first for the Lionettes in 17 seasons.
“Her team finished fourth in the district race and had to beat Plano West for a third-straight time to snag a playoff spot,” said Jeff Smith, campus athletic coordinator at MHS. “The future is bright for her and our volleyball program, and I feel that she has accomplished this through a great offseason, organization, high expectations, and a positive approach.”
The McKinney ISD encourages all students to participate in extra-curricular programs whether it is Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics or any other number of U.I.L. (University Interscholastic League) programs. As the McKinney area continues to grow, the participation within the MISD athletic programs increase as well. It is the mission of the McKinney ISD Athletic Department to supplement the educational process of those students who exhibit an interest in athletics and want a forum to challenge their physical and emotional capabilities. We offer a full range of competitive athletics to well over 3,000 student athletes. This includes McKinney High School, McKinney North High School, and McKinney Boyd High School as well as Faubion, Dowell, Johnson, Evans, and Cockrill Middle Schools. The staff on all eight campuses is extremely devoted to the ideals and basic fundamentals of sportsmanship, responsibility, work ethic, character development, and positive attitudes that are essential in any athletic program. These values will allow them to be successful in any endeavor they are involved in after high school. We are blessed to live and work in a place where educational opportunities and development of well rounded young people is a priority.
Pratt served for seven years (1993-2000) at Slaughter Middle School and McKinney High School as a history teacher, football coach, basketball coach, and track coach before opening McKinney North High School as the head football coach and athletic coordinator. He remained at North until 2008, when he took on his new role as MISD Director of Athletics.
Pratt received his Bachelor of Science in History at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993 and his Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2003. Pratt is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas High School Athletic Director’s Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Coaches Outreach, and the McKinney Education Foundation.
Tune in daily on Time Warner Cable Channel 98 to see highlights of recent athletic events and hear the head coaches of McKinney High, McKinney North and McKinney Boyd recap games and discuss upcoming opponents. Sports Talk airs daily at 11:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Main Number: 469-302-4166
Director of Athletics
Email: Shawn Pratt
Assistant Director of Athletics
Email: Valerie Little
Email: Paula Martin
Email: Terrie Barnes
Email: Lynne Hubbard