Coaches

 

JONATHAN JONES Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
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Coach Jones started his coaching career in 2008 and joined the Vandegrift Viper coaching staff in 2012 as the Boys JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. In 2015, Coach Jones was named the Head Coach for the Lady Viper Basketball program. Prior to Vandegrift, he spent 4 years at Belton High School: 1 year as the Freshmen Head Coach and 3 years as the JV Head Coach. Jonathan graduated from Panhandle High School, where he excelled in sports being named All-Region in basketball and All-State in tennis. He also participated in football, golf, cross country and track during his high school career. He attended Howard Payne University where he played tennis his freshmen year, and worked with the Division III National Championship winning Women’s Basketball Program.

Coach Jones loves to play golf, work out, and spend time with his beautiful wife, Bridget, and growing family; daughter, Rylin, and son, Braxton.

 

LAURA JOINER Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
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Laura grew up in Plano, Texas, graduating from Plano Senior High School. From there, she went on to attend Texas A&M University (whoop!), where she received her degree in Education while also playing college basketball. Laura has been teaching and coaching for over 25 years. She loves working with young people in the classroom and in athletics.

Laura’s been married for thirty years, and her and her husband have two wonderful children….who are also Aggies!!

Laura’s hobbies include working out, attending all kinds of sporting events, going to the beach, and spending time with family.

 

PAUL PEHRSON Head JV Girls Basketball Coach
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Paul is entering his 28th year of teaching and coaching. In 1991, he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with a BA in Mathematics, while playing football and throwing shot put and javelin on the track team. He also started his coaching career his sophomore year in college working as a Freshman boys basketball coach at his old high school.  In 1991, Paul came to Texas to student teach in a special program in the Rio Grande Valley. He taught Math for 21 years and Special Education for 5 years. He has coached basketball for 23 years (13 with boys, 9 with girls including 6 years as a Head Boys Coach), football for 23 years, track for 20 years, and volleyball for 3 years. He also spent 8 years as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at two different schools. Most recently, Paul worked at Burleson Centennial High School near Fort Worth.

He and his wife, Julia, have 3 wonderful children, Adilyn (16), Kaya (14), and Loic (10).

 

CAITLYN IVY Head Freshman Girls Basketball Coach
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Hi! I’m Caitlyn Ivy—teacher, coach, dog lover and aspiring world traveler.
This year will be my 6th as a teacher/coach, and my first at Leander ISD. Growing up in Huntington, a small, one-red-light East Texas town, I played basketball (All-District honors) and softball (All State Honors/2008 State Champions) for Huntington High School—learning how important athletics can be in a young person’s life. I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio on a softball scholarship and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science.Though I’ve enjoyed my previous stops as a teacher and coach, I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the Vandegrift family and look forward to a great year!