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Bandera LadyBulldog coaches receive state recognition

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

LadyBulldog Coaches Kierstyn Dumont and Brooke Ashcraft were both selected as Sub-Varsity Coaches of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
“Although the successful student-athlete in any sport must possess the inner drive which is needed to excel, that student-athlete has a greater chance of succeeding when they are training and learning under the direction of a coach who is highly motivated, extremely intense, and has the goal of serving the best interest of the student-athlete,” Head Girls Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Steve Golemon said. “Fortunately, for Bandera ISD, the 2016-2017 Lady Bulldog Cross Country and Track and Field Programs and those Lady Bulldogs who chose to compete in either cross country and/or track and field were under the guidance and direction of two excellent assistant coaches in both cross country and track and field.”
Although 2016-2017 was the first year of coaching for Coach Dumont, she shouldered the burden of coaching Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field and like Coach Ashcraft, does have the advantage of a family background that has been centered on coaching. 
“Certainly, this has helped both of these coaches to understand and accept the role that a coach must assume at any given time based on the circumstances and situation at that particular moment,” Golemon said.
Both Coach Dumont and Coach Ashcraft have fathers who either were or still are athletic directors and who coached football, as well as other sports.
“Obviously, Coach Kierstyn Dumont was a logical choice for the 2016-2017 T.G.C.A. Cross Country Sub-Varsity  Coach of the Year, since she directed the Bandera Middle School Cross Country Program and assisted with the Bandera High School Cross Country Program, particularly at most of the major high school cross country meets,” Golemon said.
Ashcraft, who serves as the Bandera Girls Athletic Coordinator, also coaches Volleyball and Track and Field.
“Brooke Ashcraft definitely deserved the honor of being selected the 2016-2017 T.G.C.A. Track and Field Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year, since she had the responsibility of being in charge of the Bandera High School Lady Bulldogs at two early season track and field meets, while I was fulfilling his duties as Lady Bulldog powerlifting coach, plus Coach Ashcraft has the assignment of training the middle distance and distance runners during track and field season,” Golemon said.
Under Coach Ashcraft's direction three LadyBulldog Track and Field Team members represented Bandera High School at the 2017 Region IV Track and Field Meet, with two of those LadyBulldogs running two events at the regional and advancing to the 2017 UIL State Track and Field Meet, where Sandy Clarkin captured the gold medal in the Class 4A 800M Run.       
To be named as a T.G.C.A. Sub-Varsity Coach, a coach must be nominated by the head coach of the particular sport and generally that sports team has to have experienced some degree of success during that sports season. More importantly, the T.G.C.A. Sub-Varsity Committee, which is made up of their fellow coaching peers from the different regions of Texas must select the particular coach that is to receive the honor in each of the UIL sanctioned sports. 
“Bandera ISD and the LadyBulldogs should be extremely proud of these two coaches and the honor that the Texas Girls Coaches Association has bestowed on them,” Golemon said. “Truly, Kierstyn Dumont and Brooke Ashcraft deserve the recognition and honor of being named respectively the 2016-2017 T.G.C.A. Cross Country Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year and the 2016-2017 T.G.C.A. Track and Field Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year.”