July 16, 2018 – Coach Jennifer McHugh has been named Assistant Athletic Coordinator, replacing Frankie Whitlock who has relocated to Houston. Coach McHugh will assist the Athletic Coordinator, Coach Lyndon Hamilton, with the administration and coordination of all Reagan Athletics programs. Additionally, McHugh will continue to coach Girls Cross Country and Girls Track and Field.
Since 2010, McHugh has successfully coached Reagan Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country and Girls’ Track and Field. This past year, her Girls’ Track team earned District, Area, and Regional Championships and qualified six athletes to compete at the State Track Meet. In addition, her team won the Judson Invitational for the first time in school history this past year, defeating the longstanding champions. Girls Track earned the 26-6A District title four years in a row under Coach McHugh and Cross County achieved the District title every year for the past eight years. Over the years, McHugh’s Cross Country and Track teams have advanced 24 athletes to State.
She began her teaching career in NEISD at Roosevelt High School, where she taught English and coached Track and Cross Country. In eight years as a head coach at Roosevelt, she coached athletes to the State Track Meet six of the eight years. In her last two years at Roosevelt, McHugh’s teams swept District and were Regional Runners up – advancing 12 athletes to the State Track Meet with all 12 individuals placing and her team placing eighth.
McHugh graduated from UTSA in the nation’s top 10% of college graduates. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.
Her philosophy is simple. “I believe in the power of research-based, educated, and positive coaching, for it changes athletes’ and families’ lives. With track as the platform, I have the opportunity to positively impact young people and help to shape strong, independent, character-rich, and resilient young women. Through track, I can teach humility in victory, and pride, even in defeat – a lesson applicable one’s entire life. Importantly, I value track for what it can give an athlete: discipline, self-sacrifice, strength in adversity, and an understanding of, and commitment to, something greater than one’s self. I believe in the refinement forged through struggle. As pure gold put into the fire is proven pure, so too are we, when we face adversity and rise above. Track will not be easy, but it will be worth it. Tangible victories are never guaranteed; however, when the focus lies on that which is truly important, victory is inevitable.”
In addition to her passion, Coach McHugh is dedicated to her family: husband, Troy, and daughter, Gabriella.
We’re excited to have her passion and enthusiasm in her new role as our Assistant Athletic Coordinator! Best wishes for continued success Coach McHugh!