For the first time, Frassati Catholic student-athletes are able to access the new, state-of-the art athletic facilities on the school’s campus. Athletes from a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball, and football are utilizing the gymnasium, weight room, and locker rooms in the new 54,000 square-foot Student Life Building during the summer months. The new space, completed in the spring of 2016, provides tremendous potential for growth for the school’s athletic program, with coaches and students alike benefitting from spaces devoted specifically to athletics.
“Having the gym and weight room available has made a huge difference in what students and coaches can accomplish in the summer months,” said Assistant Athletic Director and Head Volleyball Coach, Katie Hoff. “The past several years, we have had nowhere to hold regular practices, so we had to wait until tryouts to see the freshmen as a group. This year, I have been able to see them all summer, and what's even better, they have been able to see each other too. The younger girls who have come to summer skill sessions have a jump start on our drills, routines, and getting to know other girls on the team, including some of the upperclassmen.”
Hoff has been able to meet weekly with volleyball players for practices and workouts, allowing her to help her athletes better prepare for the start of the season in August.
“Just being able to offer students a place to all play and work out together on a regular basis is making my athletes stronger and keeping them from getting rusty over the summer so they'll be ready to go for tryouts and the regular season. We normally have to take the first couple of weeks of the season to get back into volleyball mode, but since we have had our hands on a ball since June, we'll be able to hit the ground running in August.”
The facilities aren’t just a huge boost for the fall sports teams; winter and spring sports also have been able to train and establish strong team environments before their seasons even begin.
“Summer training has given our athletes the opportunity to improve technically and establish a strong foundation in preparation for October and the beginning of our season,” said Head Soccer Coach, Kyle Smith. “The summer sessions are a valuable opportunity for players to grow not only individually, but also collectively as a team.”
The first home volleyball game in the new gymnasium will be held on Thursday, August 18. The first home basketball game will be held on Friday, November 4.
About Frassati Catholic High School: Founded in 2013, Frassati Catholic High School serves the families and parishes in the north Houston area of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation from Nashville, TN, Frassati Catholic High School prepares students to walk on the path of true happiness through a robust college-preparatory curriculum rooted in the Catholic faith. The school currently serves freshman through senior students. For more information about Frassati Catholic High School, contact Kyle Smith, director of communications, at 832-616-3227.