Coach Mary Dick is this weeks WSMS “Coach of the Week”. Coach Dick coaches Volleyball, Girls Basketball and she is assisting the Girls Varsity Softball program this spring. Mary has many years of service to the Lovejoy ISD and has raised two boys that played Quarterback for the Allen Eagles and then went on to play quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks. She has a wealth of athletic knowledge. “We are very excited to have Coach Dick on our Leopard Coaching Staff.” – Jim Bob Puckett (LISD Athletic Department)
Name: Mary Ellen Dick
LISD Sport(s) Coached: WSMS Volleyball & Basketball Hschool -Softball
High School: Rider High School in Wichita Falls Tx College: Midwestern State University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education
Newly engaged to Andy Burns—wedding to follow.
Children/Ages:Casey Dick age 29 Nathan Dick 27
Favorite Sport:to coach Basketball –to watch football/basketball Why: Coaching basketball allows for individual talents to show through and create a “TEAM” that molds together mentally to produce positive results on and off of the court.
Favorite Athlete: Larry Bird Why: Larry Bird, a past superstar for the Boston Celtics, was a clutch performer for his team that played with integrity as a team player on the court and showed positive character off of the court.
Roger Staubach, a Hall of Fame NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, was a true leader for his team in perseverance and integrity. He led his team to 5 NFC championships and had a QB score of 104.8!
Favorite Coach: Tom Laundry Why: Tom Laundry was named head football coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 1960. He went from coaching on thin ice to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1993. A man of strong character and determination on and off of the court. Loved his fedora hat on his head!
Athletic Background: played softball throughout childhood and 2 years in college, played basketball in high school and was a twirler
Athletic Awards: High school was on all district team in basketball, Several MVP awards in softball and won state and national titles in twirling
Coaching/Teaching Experience (Years):10 year out of school and 3 years in school settings
Teaching Certification: Elementary of Education K-8 and Kinesiology
Coaching Background: baseball, basketball, and soccer
Favorite Coaching Moment: My favorite moments in coaching is watching kids suddenly come alive on the court with confidence and show explosion as their team is playing.
Philosophy of Coaching: Trust in the Lord and always do your best in everything you attempt to do in life.
Hobbies: swimming, exercising, reading, movies, family time
Something that people may not know about you: Frozen Yogurt is only eaten in the spring, summer and early fall—Hot chocolate then takes over through the late fall and winter time
Why Lovejoy ISD? I began teaching at Lovejoy because of the family environment and rich academic opportunities for the students.