Assistant coach makes history at Hendrickson

March 9, 2021


Alexis Frueh  Alexis Frueh had applied for a job as an assistant coach, on the Hendrickson High School girls soccer team, and had gone through the interview process when the position was changed. A few days later, she received an interesting call from Hendrickson Principal Daniel Garcia.
 
Garcia told Frueh the position was still open, but it had transitioned into a boys assistant position. To be clear, Garcia reiterated that it was a job coaching boys, which made Frueh chuckle.

“I welcome the new adventure,” she recalled telling Garcia.
 
She landed the job and the former Connally High School soccer standout made history, becoming the first woman to coach a boys sport at Hendrickson.
 
“I am beyond appreciative of the open-mindedness that was displayed throughout the [job] process by all parties involved,” Frueh said. “They are the ones who made this opportunity possible and it is the ability and manner in which they filled this position that speaks volumes about them as individuals, about the athletics programs at Hendrickson, about Hendrickson High School and about Pflugerville ISD.”
 
With soccer season winding down, the Hawks are fighting for a playoff spot, under the guidance of head coach Jacob Stern and assistants Felipe Castro and Frueh. Throw in COVID-19 restrictions, plus a historic winter snowstorm, and it’s been quite the season.
 
The 29-year-old Frueh graduated from Texas State University, before obtaining a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
 
She played college soccer for two years before playing women’s rugby while attending Texas State. She fell in love with the sport and excelled, later playing for a nationally ranked Austin Valkyries team that competed for a national championship in 2019.
 
Also, she spent a year as the head girls soccer coach at Lockhart High School, and three years as an assistant for the Del Valle girls soccer team, as well as two years as an assistant at Connally High School.
 
Her tenure at Connally was a return to her alma mater, as she had played goalkeeper at CHS under current coach Jessica McCartney. She was named academic all-district four times and was the District 25-5A goalkeeper of the year in 2010.
 
“I could write a novel about all of the things I have learned and continue to learn from Coach McCartney, both as a player and as a coaching colleague,” Frueh said.
 
She noted that when McCartney first arrived at Connally, there was a total of 13 players in the entire program. For a team in Class 5A, playing against some of the most formidable teams in Central Texas was a daunting task, but McCartney stayed positive.
 
That stuck with Frueh.
 
“She showed me how to build a program by building up people, and creating strong athletes by teaching them how to be good teammates and good people,” she noted.
 
Besides coaching, Frueh teaches Academic English I and II at Hendrickson.
 
She attended Pflugerville ISD schools as a child: River Oaks Elementary, Westview Middle School and Connally.

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