Duncanville ISD Head Coaches
Head Women's Basketball Coach
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Cathy Self-Morgan has been the Duncanville Pantherettes head coach since 2000. In her many years of coaching, she has compiled winning records few ever achieve and has earned national recognition for both her own successes and the success of her teams. Self-Morgan’s teams boast an 83 percent winning average and have won more than 1,100 games. Coach Self-Morgan has led her teams to eight State Championships including three titles while coaching at Austin Westlake and five with the Duncanville Pantherettes.
Self-Morgan was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco in 2018. In 2017, after winning back-to-back State Championships, Coach Self-Morgan was named the 2017 winner of the Gatorade Coaching Excellence Award. This award, established in 2016, honors two coaches nationwide who have made an impact on the lives of their student-athletes and whose commitment to their profession goes beyond the game. Self-Morgan was also invited to attend the ESPYs in Los Angeles. The ESPYs are annual awards that recognize excellence in sports performance.
In 2014, Self-Morgan was named the National High School Girls’ Basketball Naismith Coach of the Year and also the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The awards add to the growing list of honors for Self-Morgan.
Coach Self-Morgan has had the privilege of coaching Texas All Star teams five times and was a floor coach for the USA Junior Olympic Trials in Colorado in 2000. In March 2004, she was selected to coach the McDonald's All American All Star game held in Oklahoma City and was awarded that honor again in March 2010. In 2017, Self-Morgan was selected to be one of the head coaches for the Jordan Brand Classic in New York City.
Coach Self-Morgan began her career in South Texas where she played at Jourdanton High School. She went on to play at Temple Junior College on scholarship for one year before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin where she was one of the first women to play on athletic scholarship in basketball. While at Texas she was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the team in 1975, Co-Most Valuable Player in 1976, and won the Scholar Athlete award in 1977. Self-Morgan was honored to play for Jody Conradt her senior year.
Self-Morgan graduated summa cum laude, with highest honors, in 1977. She received her Master’s in Education from Texas State University in 1984. Coach Self-Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Honor at the University of Texas in 2004.
Coach Self-Morgan is married to Jack Morgan. Jack keeps the books for all away games and is the announcer for home games. They have three married daughters and nine grandchildren. With a strong tradition already established, Coach Self-Morgan continues to utilize her expertise and capitalize on her passion for the game of basketball in coaching the Duncanville Pantherettes. She also served the Duncanville Independent School District as Athletic Director from 2011- 2017 when she decided to focus exclusively on coaching her players.
Head Football Coach
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Duncanville ISD’s varsity football coach brings a quarter of a century of experience and a winning record to the City of Champions. Reginald Samples served as head football coach for 25 years in the Dallas Independent School district, including nine years at Skyline High School. During Samples’ time there, the Skyline football team participated in the state playoffs every year, accumulating 19 playoff wins in six seasons. The Skyline football team won six straight district titles.
DISD Athletic Director Clint Harper said, “Coach Samples has done a tremendous job of rebuilding the (Duncanville) football program. Establishing a winning culture with an 11-3 record in 2016 and going four rounds deep in the playoffs has set the tone for upcoming years.”
Coach Samples says he believes Duncanville has untapped potential to become a top football program. He said, “I really think fans will see that the team will play hard. I don’t like to make predictions, but I will say this: We will work hard and they will see our kids are confident and they will play hard. We won’t back down from anybody.”
Head Boys Basketball Coach
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Coach David Peavy joined the Duncanville ISD family in April 2018, coming from Dekaney High School in Spring ISD (Houston). He brings more than 22 years of successful coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels. Coach Peavy has been named Coach of the Year three times and was twice named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Committee.
Coach Peavy believes in developing leaders and promoting discipline on and off the court. He is committed to building a championship team of character, class and one that gives total effort. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and his Master of Education in Teaching from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
“I am very excited to get started,” Coach Peavy told the Board of Trustees. “I’m very excited for myself and my family.”
Head Baseball Coach
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Fahey is a 1997 graduate of Duncanville High School. He is in his 15th year of teaching/coaching. He played for Duncanville HS for four years, earning 1st Team All-District Honors, District 6-5A MVP Honors, 1st Team All-Area Honors and All State Honors. Coach Fahey continued his playing career after high school, playing two years in junior college (Howard County and Brookhaven CC) and two years at Northwood University, earning 1st Team All-Conference Honors in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, and the Red River Athletic Conference.
Coach Fahey is a 2002 graduate of Northwood University with a degree in Business Management. Fahey’s father Bill was in professional baseball for 22 years, including 11 years as a major league catcher for the Rangers, Padres, and Tigers, and six years as a coach for the San Francisco Giants. His brother Brandon played eight seasons of professional baseball, with three seasons as a major league infielder/outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. His mother Carla has been an active volunteer in the school district and PTA for over 30 years. Fahey married his wife Janel in 2008 and they have two daughters, Reagan and Carsen.
Head Softball Coach
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Brett Duff graduated from Duncanville High School in 1997. He coached at Kennemer Middle School from 2005-2007 before coming to coach at Duncanville HS in 2008. Duff became the Assistant Softball coach at DHS in 2010 and Head Coach in 2014. Coach Duff led the Lady Panther Softball team to their first playoff victory in 2016.
Duff is married and has two daughters, Ashton and Dani.
Head Volleyball Coach
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Head Golf Coach
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Head Swim Coach & Natatorium Supervisor
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Coach Stephanie Bernier joined the Duncanville High School coaching staff in 2015. Her previous coaching experience was at Cedar Hill HS, where she took relays and individuals to Regional finals for two years. She has been coaching USA swimming club teams since 2011. Coach Bernier grew up in Cedar Hill and swam for the club team based at the Duncanville Natatorium since 2000. She attended the University of North Texas on a swimming scholarship, was captain of her team, and achieved NCAA cut on a relay while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Head Tennis Coach
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Coach Trent Sellers has been a USPTR certified tennis coach working for 18 years in Florida and Kentucky before coming back to Texas to coach. He has been head tennis coach for Duncanville ISD since 2006. Coach Sellers has 134 team tennis wins and counting, three district team tennis championships, 27 regional qualifiers, and two state semifinalists. He has been selected as the District Team Tennis Coach of the year three times.
Before Coach Sellers joined the educational ranks he served as a junior development coach, a USTA National Coach(1998), and the Fort Worth Gran Prix Coach (1998-1999). During this time he coached 13 juniors to top national rankings, with one national champion and three state champions.
While going to Texas Tech, Trent served in the Army National Guard. After Tech, he moved north to serve as a College Minister at the University of Iowa (1990-1992). While in Iowa, Trent continued in tennis and was proud to have been able to break a Guinness World Record for 75 hours of continuous tennis play to help raise funds for a local ministry.
“Our purpose in life is to be poured out for others and to leave the world better than we found it.” He is actively involved with the children’s ministry at his church, but his greatest joy comes from spending time with his wife Hollie and his daughter Addyson.
Head Boys Soccer Coach
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Coach Passos is beginning his 18th year in teaching and coaching and his eighth year at Duncanville. He is only the third boys soccer coach in Duncanville HS history.
Coach Passos is a four-time District Coach of the Year and a Dallas Morning News and Star Telegram Coach of the Year. He was also selected as the Texas High School Soccer Coaches Regional Coach of the Year in 2014 and also the North Texas Competitive Coach of the Year.
Coach Passos has helped revitalize the Duncanville HS program for area, regional, state and national rankings. He also coaches club soccer with Solar Soccer Club and he has won numerous prestigious awards including being a five-time Dallas Classic D1 Champion, three-time North Texas State Champion, two-time USYS Regional Champion, two-time USYS National Bronze Medalist, National League Champion and a Dallas Cup Finalist.
Coach Passos is married with two children and resides in Mansfield, Texas.
Head Girls Soccer Coach
Head Boys Track Coach
Coach Leon Paul is a product of Fort Worth, TX. He is a graduate of Arlington High School where he lettered in both football and track. He received a football scholarship to play cornerback at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. While attending OPSU he earned two All-Conference honors and received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
Coach Paul has coached at three other high schools prior to coming to Duncanville to be the head boys track and field coach. He started his career at South Grand Prairie and then has been to Crowley and Kennedale HS.
Kennedale was his first Head Coaching job, where he was able to bring two district titles, two Area titles, two Regional titles, and the first State Championship title in school history. He then took over the track program at Crowley High school, leading their track team to twp district titles, two Area titles, one Regional title and two State appearances.
“Getting the opportunity to come to Duncanville and be around future hall of fame coaches is an atmosphere I wanted to be around,” Paul says. “The level of competition in our district makes our kids better and makes our coaches better, and I always strive to be the best at whatever I do.”
Coach Leon Paul is married to Shenay Paul and is the father of three beautiful daughters - Kailyn, Robyn and Kenidee.
Head Girls Track Coach
Coach Green grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. While at Arlington Heights she competed in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She received a scholarship to Texas State University for Track and Field, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Coach Green became part of the Duncanville family in 2012 as an assistant Track Coach. In 2014 she became the Girls Head Track and Field Coach.
Head Cross Country Coach
Head Cross Country Coach Leisa Reed graduated from University of Texas at Arlington in 1987. Her teaching and coaching career includes positions as elementary and secondary Physical Education/Health teacher and coach and junior high Athletic Coordinator.
Coach Reed was awarded Teacher of the Year honors at Clarke Middle School in El Paso and runner-up Secondary Teacher of the year for Socorro School District. She has been selected Track and Field Coach of the Year for the Star Telegram, and Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A-5A Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year.
As a Head Track and Field and Head Cross Country coach at Arlington Martin, Crowley High School, and Duncanville High School, Coach Reed has been instrumental in leading her teams to more than eight District Championships, two Regional team championships, and has coached numerous individual state champions, medalists, and qualifiers.
She resides in Arlington with her two children, Matthew and Caitlyn.