FBCA names international soc​cer star as girls' head coach

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Monica Gonzalez has quite the resume.

She played college soccer at Notre Dame, played in World Cups and the Olympics with the Mexican National Team, has been a studio analyst for ESPN and played and coached in the professional ranks.

She has recently been named the Fort Bend Christian Academy girls' soccer coach for the 2019-20 season.

"We are so blessed to get Coach Gonzalez on our campus this season," FBCA AD Kelly Carroll said. "Her international experience as well as her recent work in Mexico with younger females is unmatched. She has been to two World Cups, the Olympics and commentated for ESPN for the 2011 World Cup and Champions League. Her most recent position that brought her to Houston was as an assistant coach of he Houston Dash. I'm excited for her to be impactful with our players. Our girls have a renewed excitement about them that will make this season great.

"She also has her own Wikipedia page," Carroll laughed.

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KINGWOOD - The true impact of a coach can't always measured by the number of win and losses, the number of district championships or even runs at a state title.

This story goes beyond any of that.

In reality, the impact a coach is seen whenever they become the one that is in need of the support that they have been providing to others their entire career.

Kingwood girls soccer coach Pres Holcomb, who is set to begin chemotherapy to battle Stage 4 colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with on December 20, is seeing his impact as the Kingwood and soccer community has rallied around him and his family with messages, wristbands, t-shirts, donations and more.

"It's overwhelming in a good way," Holcomb said. "It's kind of crazy when you see your own name across stuff like that. Once we went public with it, the support has been amazing. People you haven't talked to in years are reaching out to you."

Since they've gone public with it the "Hope for Holcomb" campaign has taken off.

The soccer team - which was told about Holcomb's battle in a group setting - created blue wristbands with the phrase on them. It started with the girls wearing them during matches and expanded to them being sold at different places in the community.

They started by ordering just 300.

Then an order of 500 more was needed and that still wasn't enough. The wristbands have sold more than 1,000.

"You don't even think you know that many people," Holcomb said.

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