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Toups; Roper draw from playing careers into coaching

Coach Leonard Toups at Aldine. Via VYPE

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Entering his third season on the north side, Leonard Toups is getting the special opportunity to coach at his alma mater in his first head-coaching job.

"I love that I can still be a part of the game," Toups said. "Is there really a better job than that? I get paid to teach the game of baseball and have fun every single day."

After playing at Aldine High School, Toups played junior college baseball at UT-Brownsville. He then played Division I baseball at Texas Southern and was a part of the 2008 SWAC Championship team.

Heading into this year, Toups said the first goal of the season is to win a district championship. What's even cooler for Toups is that he is getting to coach his son Johnny.

"Honestly, it's a lot of fun. I can assure you that he gets no special treatment. I am demanding of all of my athletes and hold them all to the same standard. He knows that I'm coach Toups on the baseball field between the lines and dad outside of them."


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Alia Williams is heading to Baton Rouge.

The Kingwood Park senior announced her commitment to LSU via her Twitter account on Thursday.

"I believe the environment and coaching staff at LSU is the best place for me to reach my potential as a well rounded volleyball player," Williams told VYPE. "I look forward to developing my volleyball skills and knowledge with the coaching staff and my teammates in Baton Rouge.

"This is a great opportunity for me. Playing at the next level, especially in the SEC, is a dream that doesn't come true for everyone. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and will continue to work very hard in order to live up to the expectations of my coaches and teammates."

Williams was a part of the historic Kingwood Park volleyball team in 2018 that claimed the Class 5A State Championship, becoming the first-ever Humble ISD volleyball program to win a state title.

This season, Williams has helped guide Kingwood Park to a 19-19 overall record and 9-1 mark in District 20-5A play. Williams has recorded 213 assists, 123 kills, 110 digs, 36 aces and 31 blocks so far.

On making the decision to head to LSU, Williams said it came down to relationships.

"Many factors went into this decision," she said. "However it really boiled down to one main point. Coach Fran has seen me develop from my 15's year up until today. She knows the player I was at age 15 and how hard I've worked to become the player that I am today. I wanted to play for a coach who knew the kind of work ethic I have."


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