Pantherettes Coach Receives City, State Honors
In the course of a week, the city of Duncanville named a street after Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Self-Morgan, and she was inducted into the prestigious Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Those are the accolades befitting a person who is frequently referred to as a legend in her field.
In 41 years of coaching, Self-Morgan’s teams have won more than 1,100 games including eight State Championships with an 83 percent winning average.
"What I bring is that I love these kids, and if I can get them to love me, they’ll run through the wall for me.” Self-Morgan said.
On Saturday, April 7, Self-Morgan was inducted into the Texas Sports of Hall of Fame alongside other renowned Texas athletes and coaches.
Just a few days before that, the City of Duncanville, in partnership with the school district, renamed the street behind Duncanville High School in honor of Self-Morgan.
Self-Morgan relishes the idea of telling opposing teams that to get to the basketball arena, they’ll have to drive down Cathy Self-Morgan Way.
“Most everyone who knows me thinks it should be named ‘my way or the highway’,” Self-Morgan joked. “They would know it’s my street.”
Even though winning is important, Self-Morgan has devoted the time and energy to nurture her students. She has been at any given time a mother, psychologist, social worker and mentor.
“She isn’t just a coach, she doesn’t care just about basketball,” said senior Zarielle Green. “She cares about our feelings, our grades.”
All of Coach Self-Morgan’s seniors have gone on to college careers, many of them receiving full-ride scholarships to continue playing basketball.
Tammy Rios played for Coach Self-Morgan 18 years ago. She is now a teacher at Duncanville ISD’s Alexander Elementary School. She credits Self-Morgan with helping her obtain a scholarship to continue her education and to play basketball in college.
“She was tough on me,” Tammy said. “We all gave her heck, just like you would your own mother, but I love her. She has my heart forever.”
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