T. Riley, MA Director of Athletics 713.458.6336 E-mail me
Former head baseball coach and assistant athletic director at St. John’s School.
16+ years of experience in teaching, coaching, and athletic administration.
Played college baseball at James Madison University, and was a 24th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 2000.
T. Riley took his first swing in education while still a graduate student at the University of Houston. The former Division I baseball player and team captain showed his trademark drive as he worked his way up to assistant athletic director in the school’s athletics department, scoring valuable experience in administration, as well as event and facilities management. A calling for a “closer connection” to students led to a teaching and coaching role at nearby St. John’s School, where his 12 years there included posts as assistant athletic director, head baseball coach, and PE teacher to students in Lower through Upper School.
“My goal has always been to get kids active and keep them active for as long as possible while teaching them skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship,” says Mr. Riley. As a coach, he stresses rules for playing the game the right way. “This encompasses many keys, including hustling at all times; respecting teammates, coaches, umpires, and opponents; handling success and failure with dignity; and taking pride in your team and baseball program.” Before arriving at St. Francis in 2017, Mr. Riley had mentored nine players who moved on to collegiate baseball and one MLB draft pick.
Mr. Riley earned a master of education degree in physical education from the University of Houston in addition to a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from James Madison University in Virginia. He’s still a record holder from his years in the sport at James Madison and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2000. On opting instead for an education track, he says, “I want to educate my players about the game of baseball and the importance of commitment, dedication, competition—and life in general—during our time together.”
Ron Robinson Girls Lacrosse Program Head Coach/Assistant Athletics Director 713.458.6135 E-mail me
16+ years of
experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Has also coached volleyball
Nearly 10 years of
experience in athletic administration.
Southern Nazarene University with a degree in education.
Ron Robinson believes all students can and do want to learn and be the best they can be. The secret, he says, is making children feel successful and appreciated, so they will have fun and, in turn, do their best. Mr. Robinson has himself earned success—and heartfelt appreciation—in the diverse duties of his nearly 15-year tenure at St. Francis. Named director of Middle School athletics/assistant athletics director in 2017, he continues to serve in the realm of physical education teacher and coach, and previously held the titles of assistant athletics director, assistant head of Lower School, and fourth-grade teacher. In every position, Mr. Robinson has demonstrated his genuine enthusiasm and love for teaching. "I know that the role a teacher plays in the lives of children, and the people they become, is oftentimes immeasurable," he remarks. "This is why I teach."
A former science major who planned to become a physical therapist, he says he couldn't escape his true calling after his first experience as a Sunday school teacher in college. He loved everything about his interaction with the children, and later changed his major to earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Nazarene University. After graduation, Mr. Robinson spent five years at Boone Elementary in the Alief school district, where he was thrice nominated Teacher of the Year for his work as a third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade teacher. He describes his move to St. Francis in 2002 as a "positive career and life-changing experience," and says he feels blessed to have had the chance to fill such varied roles.
Certified to teach English as a Second Language, gifted and talented, and learning resources (library and media), he has received extensive training in reading and writing programs, as well as TEXTEAMS mathematics. Always on the lookout for professional development opportunities, Mr. Robinson explains: "I believe being a student of teaching makes you a better teacher of students."
With a passion for the outdoors marked by a love for camping, golfing, and sports, Mr. Robinson also enjoys drawing, reading, and home-improvement projects. But most of all, he treasures time with his family and his relationship with Christ. He's also an active community volunteer and has served as an Upward Basketball coach. Whether on the court or in the classroom, he says he strives to give students ownership over their future. "The thing I enjoy most about teaching is hearing a student say something like, 'Oh, I get it. I can do it by myself now'!" he concludes. "When a teacher is no longer needed, then they know they have done a good job."
Jamie Platt Cross Country Program Head Coach/Physical Education Teacher 713.458.6340 E-mail me
15 years coaching at the collegiate, high
school, middle school, youth, and club levels.
Three-sport varsity athlete at Western New England University, where she ran cross country and played basketball and lacrosse; collegiate and high school Hall of Fame member.
Coached numerous All Americans and collegiate
student-athletes at independent schools in Texas.
Charles McMillian Football Program Head Coach/Physical Education Teacher 713.458.6451 E-mail me
20+ years of
college football coaching experience at Texas A&M, TCU, Navy, Boise State,
Prairie View A&M, Cincinnati, Indiana, and New Mexico.
football at Utah State. Served as team captain during senior year.
numerous All Americans and defensive players who have advanced to the NFL.
Contagious. This is how Charles McMillian describes his enthusiasm as a St. Francis PE teacher and head football coach. “I believe educators are difference makers in the lives of children,” he explains. “I am engaging and active and take an interest in each of my students and athletes both on and off the field.”
Incorporating life lessons (or “survival tactics,” as he calls them) that strengthen students physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually has helped this former Utah State University varsity football player and team captain tackle his own career path with ease. With more than 20 years in collegiate football roles, including secondary coach and defensive coordinator for programs like the University of New Mexico, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Christian University, and Boise State University, his play book includes several conference and bowl game championships. Along the way, he’s also taught PE at both the high school and college levels, as well as countless football camps and clinics.
Mr. McMillian earned a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in science and liberal arts from Utah State and is currently working toward a master’s degree in liberal arts. He’s a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and American Football Coaches Association and was named a 2010 Top 25 Recruiter by Rivals.com. Away from school, he enjoys basketball, fishing, and, of course, spending time with his wife and four children. At home and at work, his philosophy remains the same: Educate children in a way that helps “build character, instill confidence, and develop integrity.”