HS coach to be honored at Comets

May 13, 2008 10:07:49 AM PDT
After 31 years of service for the Clear Creek Independent School District, Coach Terry Farrell is retiring this year. The Campus Athletic Coordinator for Female Sports and Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach at Clear Lake High School will be honored at the Houston Comets Opening Night game against the Minnesota Lynx on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale at the discounted price of $12. A portion of the sales will be donated to Clear Lake High Girls Athletics. Tickets can be purchased in the bookkeeper's office in the East Wing office on the high school campus.

Coach Farrell began his career with Clear Creek ISD in 1977 as a U.S. History teacher and Boys' Football and Basketball Coach at Clear Lake Intermediate after being recruited by the legendary Coach Bill Krueger. He began coaching girls' basketball in 1979, and fell in love with the fundamental play of girls' basketball and the potential of the sport for female athletes.

In 1981, Coach Farrell came to Clear Lake High School and was named the Girls' Varsity Basketball coach in 1994. Since then, he has led a number of successful teams, including the 1995 team that advanced to the Regional Semi-Finals. Coach Farrell was named the Campus Athletic Coordinator for Female Sports in 2002 and continues to hold this position. Two years ago, he was honored with the District 24- 5A Coach of the Year award.

Although teaching the fundamentals of basketball was an important aspect to his coaching career, Coach Farrell also emphasized building his players' character.

"He kept his player's dignity as his top priority," Tina Farrell, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and wife of Coach Farrell, said. "Students always came first. Athletics was more than just a competition. He never berated a child, yelled at them, threw fits, or demeaned them. He instead spent hours on the phone and in conferences with parents and athletes, and his quiet nature was an example to all observers."

Coach Farrell also coached in the Bay Area Youth Basketball Program and led his team to the national championship in their division. He also assisted parents and local basketball advocates in developing the first area AAU team for female basketball players in the Bay Area.

Anyone who wishes to attend the celebration in honor of his retirement is encouraged to attend the Comets Opening Night game. Tickets can be purchased on the Clear Lake campus and at the Comets ticket office (713/627-9622).

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