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Young Women's Academy names first high school-level coaches in campus history

Coach Williams and Coach Pacheco

(YOUNG WOMEN'S STEAM RESEARCH & PREPARATORY ACADEMY -- Aug. 2, 2019) — The Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy — EPISD’s only all-girls school —  this week announced the appointment of its first high school-level coaches in campus history. The school will begin enrolling ninth-graders starting this upcoming academic year.

The District announced the appointment of Laura Pacheco as head volleyball and softball coach and Jermaine Williams as head basketball coach.  Both coaches are expected to grow their teams into the varsity level with the addition of grades tenth through 12th over the next four years. 

“We are excited to welcome Coach Pacheco and Coach Williams to the Warrior Family,” said Principal Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros. “The Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy offers girls from throughout El Paso County a high-quality education, and that includes access to competitive athletic teams. We know these teams will make the school proud.”

Pacheco is a former El Paso Community College softball player and assistant coach. She has served as an assistant softball and volleyball coach at Chapin High School, where she helped lead those teams to numerous district, bi-district, regional and area championships.  Pacheco has served as president of the El Paso Coaches Association and is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Williams previously served as junior varsity and assistant varsity coach for the girls basketball team at Andress High School.  The Andress JV team won district championships three of the last four years under his leadership; and the varsity team has won district, bi-district and area championships. Williams has served as assistant coach of the Greater El Paso Girls’ Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Story by Gustavo Reveles