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Teacher, Coach, Administrator

Georgetown Independent School District
603 Lakeway Dr
Georgetown , Texas 78628
United States

Company Description: Located in Georgetown, Texas, GISD serves a diverse population of Williamson County students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The District serves elementary...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Howard Payne University
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Rhonda Farney, Head Coach
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Coach Rhonda Farney
In her 26th year as Georgetown High School head basketball coach and girls' athletic coordinatorCoach Rhonda Farney led Georgetown to its 25th state playoff appearance, making back-to-back 4A State Tournament appearances.  In the past four years, the Lady Eagles have brought home silver, gold, and bronze medals, respectively.
More than 60 players whom Farney coached have gone on to play collegiate basketball, and more than 47 who played for her are either coaching or preparing to enter the coaching profession. She has lectured at numerous Texas basketball clinics as well as basketball clinics from Alaska to Florida.
 Farney graduated summa cum laude-still a teenager at the time-from Howard Payne University, then coached basketball and track and taught English at Goldthwaite High School and Ozona High School for the next 12 years. While at Goldthwaite, she was the only girls' basketball coach on staff, coaching the seventh, eighth, junior varsity, and varsity teams. At the varsity level, her teams won 10 district championships, four bi-district championships, and two area championships, while making four regional appearances. Her teams won 20 or more games each season, and nine players received collegiate scholarships.                 
Her coaching awards include numerous District Coach of the Year honors, Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) Coach of the Year in 2001, Central Texas Coach of the Year four times, and TGCA, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA), and WBCA Milestone Awards in 1990 for 300 wins, 1993 for 400 wins, 1996 for 500 wins, 2000 for 600 wins, 2004 for 700 wins, 2008 for 800 wins, and 2011 for 900 career varsity wins. On February 13, 2014, the veteran coach won her 1,00th varsity game against Lumberton in the area round of the state playoffs.  Coach Farney is one of only eight girls' basketball coaches to reach this milestone.  Her career record stands at 1,003-272. 
In 1998, she was selected the six-state District VI Converse Coach of the Year and Fox Southwest's Coach Who Makes a Difference. Farney was named the NFCA Section 6 Coach of the Year in 2006 for the six-state region. She is a former President of TABC and TGCA. She also has coached the TABC and TGCA All-Star games. She served on the TABC Hall of Fame Committee from 2004-08 and was chair for two years.  On May 18, 2013, Coach Farney was inducted into the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame. She was named the National Federation of High School Coaches 2013 National Coach of the Year as well as being one of 17 UIL sponsors and coaches to receive the prestigious UIL Sponsor Excellence Award in 2014.  In June 2014, Coach Farney was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.
On the national scene, Farney has chaired the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee, helping select players and coaches for the Summer Youth Development Festival. In summer 2001, she was one of two high school coaches named by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee to serve as floor coach for the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was assistant coach for the 2005 USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival, where her team won the gold medal.
Farney was named head coach for the April 2003 WBCA/Nike All-American game in Hartford, Connecticut. Previously, in April 1996, she traveled to Philadelphia as assistant coach for the WBCA/Nike All-American game. Farney served four years on the WBCA andNFCA Board of Directors and completed a term on the NFCA Basketball Rules Committee.
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The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Cadet and Youth Committee, chaired by Rhonda Farney, Georgetown High School (Texas) head coach.
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GHS girls' basketball coach Rhonda Farney teaches life lessons on and off the court
Rhonda Farney Some teachers never stop teaching. Rhonda Farney hasn't taught in a classroom setting for several years. As head coach and women's athletic coordinator for Georgetown High School, her classroom is the gym, but that's not where her team's lessons end.
According to Rhonda, "a good coach is a good teacher. That atttitude says a lot about Rhonda, whose list of accolades is long and whose team, the Georgetown High School Lady Eagles, won the UIL 4A State Championship last spring.
This year brings different challenges, of course, but as Rhonda notes, every year is different. "The dynamic on the team will be different, but I think we have the potential to have a very good year. Obviously, the team can't ignore last season. They can't pretend it didn't happen. "We have to validate and look back and appreciate what we did last year," Rhonda says, "but to be challenged this year, we have to look toward the future."
Rhonda doesn't measure great years by the number of wins, or championships won, in a season. "We don't set out to win. We set out to try to achieve excellence in whatever we do, and winning just kind of takes care of itself. Winning State was a great experience, but Rhonda wants her team to know that they will, during their lives, do many things much more important than playing a basketball game.
Rhonda Farney victory "Basketball is really not all that I am, and it's not even the most important part of who I am," Rhonda says.
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And if these girls are diamonds in the rough, Rhonda and her staff are there to help them shine-on and beyond the basketball court. "I want our girls, when all is said and done, to grow as people and to have a lot of opportunities."
Rhonda loves to travel, but when she was a young woman from a small Texas town, she never thought she'd travel to all the places she read about in her beloved books. She never thought she'd see sites like the Eiffel Tower, but she has; and now she encourages the girls to think about traveling. Since 1998 the varsity students and their parents have raised funds to compete in out-of-state basketball tournaments during Christmas break, but they also strive to make each trip an educational experience. They've been to Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and other places in between. Rhonda remarks, "There's nothing quite like taking them to the memorials or the Holocaust Museum in D.C. or to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco."
(l to r) Maddie Anderson, Haley Frias, Nicole Elliott, Rhonda Farney, Caitlyn Buttram
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(l to r) Maddie Anderson, Haley Frias, Nicole Elliott, Rhonda Farney, Caitlyn Buttram
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"I keep hearing feedback from our former players about our etiquette piece," Rhonda says. "They told me how much more confident they were when they went to college, just knowing which forks to use, what to talk about at the dinner table. Last year Rhonda also had someone come in and talk to the girls about skincare and the importance of first impressions. "The year before, we did the high ropes course through [Georgetown Parks and Rec]," she says.
Some of the girls' practice time is used for these programs. "I'm a big believer," Rhonda says, "that just one more hour of practice is not going to make us or break us.
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This year Rhonda is bringing in several women of varying backgrounds and accomplishments to speak to the girls. "We've been moving toward this for a few years," Rhonda says, "but it's nothing to the extent that I planned for this year."
Coach Rhonda Farney A banker will speak to the girls about the importance of establishing a credit score and how to protect themselves from identity theft. Two young women who own and operate an all-green hair salon will talk about entrepreneurship. "I have a photographer who moved here from Scandinavia twenty years ago. We're going to choose one of the girls randomly, and she's going to photograph that girl," Rhonda says. "And while she's doing that, she's going to talk to the girls about photography and her business and about what it was like coming to another country when she didn't even speak the language and how she managed to do that."
Most of the speakers are local because, Rhonda adds, "we live in such a phenomenal community. We have all of these resources, and we should use them. A successful insurance agent from Georgetown will talk about different types of insurance. She'll also provide the girls with scenarios, such as getting in a wreck with an uninsured driver, and explain what they need to know in that situation. A breast cancer survivor and her female oncologist are going to speak about their experience. A local legislator will talk to the girls about how she makes tough decisions. "I've got a female judge who's going to talk not only about family law, but also [about] being a mother," Rhonda says. "I have somebody coming to talk about self-defense. So you can kind of see that what we're doing is about a whole lot more than basketball."
The speakers will address not only the girls but also their mothers, grandmothers, and sisters. Rhonda thought it was important to invite them because she hopes the girls and their families will go home and initiate a dialogue about the things they've heard. "It will provide them with more experiences," Rhonda says, "and I'm convinced that . . . when these kids have more experiences, they're more confident.
Staff Directory: Administration
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Rhonda FarneyGirls' Athletics Coordinator
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