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John Cooper School makes splash hire with Erik DeHaven

Erik DeHaven fit the bill. Via VYPE

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HOUSTON – John Hoye wanted to ride the momentum of John Cooper's greatest season in program history when it came to attracting a top-tier candidate for the next head coach.

Erik DeHaven fit the bill.

The St. Pius X coach was formally introduced on Tuesday as John Cooper's new head coach exiting Pius X after five years, spending last season as the Panthers head coach.

"We had a really good season and we wanted to capitalize on that and I think we're at a crossroads where we've done a lot of introductory things and we have established ourselves in our early years of SPC," Hoye, the John Cooper School athletic director, said. "We've made some noise this year and I think we'll be competitive again next year. I think you always want a coach that you have confidence in to continue what you've been doing.

"I think he has the ability to do that."

DeHaven takes over John Cooper School with 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level.

"The biggest thing for me is to build something from the ground up," DeHaven said. "Cooper had a great season last year. I'm at a point in my coaching career the opportunity for the first time to really get into a K-12 school and grow them homegrown is something that really excites me."

The search was nationwide and Hoye said they received more than 70 applications. Three finalists were brought on campus and were great candidates but Hoye continued to say DeHaven stood out in the process.

In his most recent stop, DeHaven helped guide St. Pius X to a No. 1 ranking in the state and was named a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Private School Coach of the Year Award.

"The last five years have been some of the best years of my life as far as coaching," DeHaven said about St. Pius X. "Tremendous support from the athletic director to head of schools. The kids are honestly a direct reflection of who they are from eight to three and it shows up on the field. It was a blessing and a tremendous opportunity to be there.

"Just like anything in life, I felt like the time is now."

DeHaven is taking over a young program as John Cooper School just completed its eighth season.

The Dragons are coming off their best year in program history, going 9-1 and finishing as runner-ups in the Southwest Preparatory Conference 3A State Championship game.

DeHaven wants to continue that upward trend as he takes over.


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Kingwood had the best season of all teams in the district. Via Vype

The season has officially come to an end for District 22-6A girls soccer teams with Kingwood and Atascocita both falling in the Region III-6A Tournament this past weekend.

Kingwood had the best season of all teams in the district, advancing to its first regional final since the 2010 season.

Pres Holcomb earned the District 22-6A Coach of the Year award after guiding Kingwood to an impressive 29th-straight District Championship this season. Also the deepest playoff run in nine years for the Mustangs.

A key piece for the Mustangs' success was Catherine Childs, who brought home the District 22-6A MVP Award. Childs finished the season with nine goals and 11 assists.

The District 22-6A Offensive MVP Award went to Kingwood's Emma Ebert, who had an impressive 33 goals and 16 assists this season.

Other District 22-6A awards went to Pasadena's Vanessa Cabello (Defensive MVP), Atascocita's Ainsley Cunningham (Goalkeeper of the Year) and Atascocita's Victoria Arenivas (Newcomer of the Year).

Find the full list of awards here

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