Argyle Girls Coach Skip Townsend Honored by UIL

Argyle Girls Coach Skip Townsend Honored by UIL

by Steve Gamel

The accolades keep rolling in for Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend.

Townsend, who led the Lady Eagles to their second straight state title in March, was one of 15 people to earn the University Interscholastic League’s Sponsor Excellence Award in April. Winners were selected for their contributions in the areas of athletics, academics, and music.

“I feel that competition and athletics play an important role in the educational setting,” Townsend said in a press release provided by Argyle High School. “It teaches life lessons about success, failure, winning, losing and how to have the character to handle both.”

Townsend is not one to seek the limelight, but his success over the last 43 years – 36 of which he has spent as a girls basketball coach – is hard to overlook.

Townsend won his eighth state title, and second at Argyle, this year when Argyle topped Waco La Vega. According to the school’s press release, he has coached 15 all-state players, three high school All-Americans, and three players who went on to become professional athletes.

He was tabbed as coach of the year by the Denton Record-Chronicle and, in March, was given the same award among 4A coaches by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Townsend was also named the 1A-4A coach of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

The latest award only adds to that trophy case.

Other winners of this year’s UIL award were:

Kenneth Brown (Boys Ranch)
Mark McGahey (Keller)
D’Lyn Morris (Lockney)
Jennifer Adams (Big Spring)
Roumaldo Guerrero (La Feria)
Amanda Drinkwater (Flower Mound)
Bryan Buffaloe (Houston Clear Lake)
Cindy Callahan (Ropesville Rose)
Anna Coppedge (Canton)
Blake Sandford (Early)
Jill Wilkinson (Midway)
Margo Reeder (Ballinger)
Susan Matthews (Magnolia)
JJ Jonas (Salado)

Per the press release, each of the 15 winners received $1,000 and a symbolic memento from the UIL in recognition for their efforts.

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