THSADA Spotlight: Debbie Decker

Debbie Decker
COACH DEBBIE M. DECKER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Debbie Decker graduated from Allen High School in 1986 and in 2015 was inducted into the Allen ISO Athletics Hall of Honor. She graduated from East Texas State University in December 1990, with a Bachelor of Science and a teaching certificate. She earned her Master of Education degree and a principal certificate from Tarleton State University in May of 2003. She is a twenty six year educator having served as a coach/teacher for ten years and an athletic administrator for the last sixteen years. She began her career at Quinlan Ford Middle School before accepting a position at McKinney High School. In 1995, she became the first softball coach in the history of McKinney ISO before eventually accepting a position as the assistant athletic director. In 2005, she accepted the same position of assistant athletic director in Katy ISO before earning the position of Executive Director of Athletics in February of 2012. Debbie is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the President Elect of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Girls Coaches Association. In 2010, she became a NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator. She is most appreciative of her mentors that include her high school athletic director Coach Ken Purcell, the person who promoted her to assistant athletic director in McKinney ISO Coach Ron Poe and Rusty Dowling who was responsible for providing unlimited opportunities to grow professionally and supported her when she applied for the athletic director’s position in Katy ISO.

Debbie is most proud of the twenty one state championships awarded in Katy ISO, ten while she has been in Katy ISO. She is so proud of the countless numbers of student athletes and coaches.

My vision as President of the THSADA is to engage, encourage and support athletic administrators in the development of knowledge and skills necessary to be successful leaders in educational based athletics.

Goals:

1. Promote the role of the athletic administrator in the state.
2. Continue developing athletic administrators to their highest level of competency by providing resources through trainings including the state conference.
3. Expand on professional development and leadership training opportunities.
4. Build on the current relationship with the UIL, THSCA and TGCA.
5. Collaborate with THSADA members on how to continue to grow our association.