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."
Michael Settle Baseball Program Head Coach/Director of Physical Education 713.458.6454 E-mail me
Four-year baseball player at TCU with nine seasons of professional baseball experience in America and overseas.
18+ years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, college, and international club levels.
Established St. Francis’s Middle School baseball program in 2011.
We all have defining moments in our lives—those points in time when opportunity, preparation, and divine intervention work together to set us on our intended path. For Director of Physical Education/Assistant Director of Middle School Athletics Michael Settle, joining St. Francis in 2010 represented one of those moments. Up to that point, the professional baseball player—who’d traveled the nation and the world on teams ranging from the Selma Cloverleafs to Switzerland’s Zurich Barracudas—had only begun to cut his education teeth through student teaching and high school and collegiate coaching. As a member of the physical education faculty at St. Francis, Mr. Settle says he finally found his true purpose.“I find it a privilege to be an educator and have the opportunity to positively influence a child’s life,” he asserts. “One of my greatest joys is witnessing that look on a student’s face when he or she really ‘gets’ a concept.” Mr. Settle points out that every child is unique, and finding ways to help students and athletes succeed and realize they are capable of achieving goals beyond their expectations—both on and off the playing field—is his ultimate responsibility. As a St. Francis PE teacher for six years, as well as cross country head coach, girls basketball coach, and founder and head coach of the school’s baseball program, his daily goal is to instill in students the desire for an active, healthy lifestyle, and the knowledge that every new day is a chance “to get better at something.”
Mr. Settle holds a general studies degree from Texas Christian University, where he played four years of baseball. His previous coaching roles included varsity baseball at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth, and college ball at both Wheaton College and Texas Christian University. These days, his favorite games involve “any activities my children ask me to play!” However, he did squeeze some summer ball in with the Southampton Mustangs of the British National Baseball League in Belgrade, competing for the 2017 European Federation Cup.
Cydryce McMillian Girls Volleyball Program Head Coach/Upper School Physical Education Teacher 713.458.6451 E-mail me
volleyball player at Indiana University.
18+ years of
coaching experience at the college, high school, and club levels.
Has helped 25 high
school players move on to play in college.
Led team to the
2014 New Mexico 6A Girls Volleyball State Championship.
Cydryce McMillian’s love for engaging and interacting with young minds has been her motivation as a coach and teacher for as long as she can remember. Since her first assistant coaching role with the Division I volleyball program at Texas State University, she’s spread her wings as a championship-winning coach, respected high school teacher, and even founder of a camp program aimed at introducing kids to the fun of volleyball.
“I believe in hands-on teaching and student-driven discussions,” says Ms. McMillian. “My students exude confidence in my classroom and understand that asking questions is encouraged.” As a PE teacher and head volleyball coach, Ms. McMillian calls on nearly 20 years of coaching experience—plus more than 10 years as a high school physics and PE/health teacher in the Crowley and College Station school districts and Albuquerque public schools. In 2014, she led her Albuquerque volleyball squad to its first 6A state championship in more than 30 years and was named Coach of the Year by the New Mexico Activities Association.
A biology major and co-captain of the volleyball team while at Indiana University, Ms. McMillian went on to earn a master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in applied sport science—and is currently pursuing a doctorate in athletic administration and sport marketing. A certified group fitness and Zumba instructor, she introduced the district’s first live aerobic fitness curriculum while in Albuquerque. Perhaps it’s easy to see how she stays fit herself, since she has an equally active husband and four children to keep up with.
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.”
Dominique Canty Girls Basketball Program Head Coach
overall selection in the 1999 WNBA draft. Played 14 years in the WNBA with the
Detroit Shock, Houston Comets, Chicago Sky, and the Washington Mystics. Played
10 seasons of professional basketball overseas. Spent two seasons as an
assistant coach at Chicago State University.
time All American selection while playing at the University of Alabama.
All-time leading scorer for the Crimson Tide.
All-State selection and a HS All American from Chicago, Illinois.
Chris Schoettelkotte Boys Basketball Program Head Coach