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Coaching Staff

At Northland Christian, we believe athletics is a proving ground for building and growing the next generation of Christian leadership.

We have built a team of coaches with high-level technical skills in their sport. We strive to train our athletes as if they will compete at the collegiate level. This includes intense physical training, as well as concepts that are utilized at the collegiate and professional levels. Our coaches have the highest expectations for the athletes on campus, and Northland Christian athletes deliver time and time again.

We aim and build for championships, but championships don’t define us. Trophies and medals may lose their luster, but the character development that occurs through hard work, playing through adversity, and being a contributing member of a fiercely competitive team with a common goal is lifelong.

Our coaching staff is proud to graduate student athletes that are prepared to take on the challenges of college, the workplace, and the ever-changing world. Our student athletes graduate with lifelong memories, lifelong friends, and the tools to be scholars and leaders with a Christian worldview.

BASEBALL

Monny Webster

BASKETBALL

Elizabeth Bohannon
Greg Bohannon

CHEER

Kim DowneyCoach Kim Downey has a degree in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California. Coach Downey lettered in Cross Country, Soccer, Track, Badminton, and Cheer at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, California. Downey has been teaching high school science for 23 years, and has coached Varsity/JV Cross Country, Varsity/JV Boys Soccer, and Cheerleading at various schools over the years.
 
Kim Downey was voted the Spring ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007 and Northland Christian Teacher of the Year in 2013. She started coaching with the hopes of having a positive impact on the future of her athletes and to help them realize and grow their God-given talents. She believes that there is nothing better than watching athletes accept challenges, grow their faith, achieve goals, and succeed while having fun. When not teaching or coaching, Kim enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two daughters.

CROSS COUNTRY

Elizabeth Bohannon
Patti Abt

FOOTBALL
PalazzoloThis is Coach Palazzolo's second year as the Head Coach of the Cougars.
 
Palazzolo, a native of Medford, OR, has football in his blood. His father, Jim, was a small college head football coach for 20 years. Palazzolo grew up a student of the game and attended South Medford High where he was all-league in football and baseball. A two year starter at QB for the Panthers, he threw for 3,002 yards and 31 TD's his senior year to lead the state of Oregon in passing. He received all-state honors and was voted a captain for the South Team in the Les Schwab Bowl.
Palazzolo was a journeyman college quarterback starting games at four different schools (California Lutheran, Pacific Lutheran, Southern Oregon, Hastings College) before eventually graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology and Human Communication.
 
After graduation, Palazzolo traveled across the pond, to Europe, where he played in Germany, Italy, and France. He lead the Pessac Kang's to the French National Championship. The Kang's lost the game 21-20. Palazzolo was named Import of the Year and still holds the French League's record for most touchdown passes in a game (eight). Palazzolo went back to Europe on a two-game contract in the Czech republic in 2019 and played QB for the Ostrava Steelers.
 
Upon returning to the states, Palazzolo spent two years working at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. He served as a marketing specialist where he focused on content creation and NFL/College athlete relationships.
 
During this time, Palazzolo also served as the offensive coordinator at Westview High School. While Palazzolo was coordinating the offense for the Wild Cats, they finished in the top five in the state in passing, points scored, and total offense.
 
A job with Blue Star Sports and the Dallas Cowboys brought Palazzolo to the Lonestar State but the career move meant he could not coach football. After one fall away from the game, Palazzolo knew he had to get back to coaching. That's when he put his name in the hat to be the next head coach at Northland Christian.
 
Coach Palazzolo's staff is filled with energy, optimism, and accountability and has brought consistency, experience, and a renewed sense of pride to Cougar Football.
Eric Allen
A native of Shelbyville, TN, Coach David Suggs started his athletic career at a youthful age after putting aside his love for music. He started playing organized athletics in the fifth grade and has not looked back since.

As a high school athlete, he participated in football, basketball, track, and baseball. While excelling in football (his mom’s favorite sport), being involved in multiple sports offered an opportunity to become a better athlete. Baseball (his dad’s favorite sport) was a sport he was good in.

He won honors such as all conference, all region, and all state as a high school football player and made several all-star teams in baseball.

Staying busy in all the sports did not interfere with what was most important – academics. Coach Suggs was a National Honor Society student and Boys Delegate. He also was a member of the Key Club and a Vice President of his class grades 9 – 11.

After his high school years were over, he went to Western Kentucky University to play football. After being red-shirted his freshman year, he learned the college game and by his junior year was a defensive starter at the outside linebacker position. This was natural to him and his stats prove it. Still today, he ranks in the top 10 in multiple defensive categories – Career Assist Tackles (7), Season Assist Tackles (4), Season Tackle for Loss (6), Career Fumble Recoveries (7), Career Forced Fumbles (2), and Season Forced Fumbles (4). As a junior he led the Ohio Valley Conference in Tackles for Loss and was named Defensive Player of the Week versus Youngstown State University. As a senior he was a Co-Captain and named the team’s Defensive MVP.

After graduating with a BS in Health Education he moved to Daytona Beach Mainland High School for his first teaching and coaching position. While at Mainland he received awards such as Teacher of the Month (twice), Most Outstand First Year Teacher, Conference Girls Track Coach of the Year (this was the first time the Girls Track Team had won a conference championship), and was the first African-American Head Football Coach in Volusia County Schools.

While at Mainland he coached football, baseball, track, and power lifting. All these sports provided an opportunity to reflect what he did as a high school athlete. Most importantly it was an opportunity to meet lots of different student-athletes.

Coach Suggs left Mainland and went to Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL for a year and then to the Great State of Texas at La Marque High School. This coaching experience proved to be a momentous experience in his coaching career. While at La Marque the teams compiled a record of 45 – 7 with a State Championship Finals in 1993.

Coach Suggs later moved to other high schools as an assistant head coach and coordinator (offensive and defensive) before landing his first Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach position at Fort Bend Willowridge High School. At Willowridge he revived a historic program that had fallen on tough times. Since Willowridge he has been the head coach at Port Arthur Lincoln High School, Beaumont Central High School, Aldine Nimitz Senior High School, Galveston Ball High School, and Beaumont Ozen High School. All of which he has led to a playoff season.
Coach Suggs has won Coach of the Year honors in football six times and has had an opportunity to coach many collegiate and professional athletes – Terry Anthony (Mainland/Tampa Bay - R) Michael Thomas (Nimitz/Houston Texans), Manny Ramirez (Willowridge/Denver Broncos - R), Anthony Collins (Beaumont Central/Outland Trophy Finalist at Kansas), and Ivory Williams (Olympic Caliber Sprinter) just to name a few.

After retiring from the public-school system Coach Suggs joined the staff at Northland Christian. Coming to Northland provided him with a chance to do what he believes God has called him to do – be a difference maker in the lives of young people.

Coach Suggs extends his thanks to Northland’s administration, faculty, community, and students for affording him the opportunity to be a part of this great family!

Monny Webster

GOLF


SOCCER

Patti Abt
Coach Jose Ortega was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Cypress Ridge High School and the University of Houston. He began playing soccer at an early age and played for Texas Premier FC, Cypress Ridge High School, and Lonestar College. After suffering a few knee injuries, he decided to turn his attention to coaching.

Once Coach Ortega earned his degree from the University of Houston, he began his coaching career at Dean Middle School in 2013. Coach Ortega lead the Dean soccer team to four undefeated seasons. In 2015 he became a trainer for the Aspire Soccer Club, where he continues to work with youth teams today. He became the head coach of the Northland Christian Middle School soccer team in 2019 and is eager to lead the Cougars to success on and off the field.

Coach Ortega and his wife Veronica have been married since 2015 and have three wonderful girls.

SOFTBALL

Coach DaQueta JohnsonDaQueta Johnson is going into her 5th season with Northland Christian, taking 2nd place in District, advancing to second round playoffs in 2018. Entering into my 17th year of training and/or coaching travel ball fastpitch and have been inspirational in helping many softball players in the past years develop into top collegiate softball players at D1, D2, NAIA and community college level of play. She has coached numerous ASA travel ball teams that have competed at an elite level. In 2002, Coach D played for Team USA, Shanghai China to represent the United States Women’s Softball team.

Coach D's vision is to expose young student-athletes to a sound structured coaching environment that will ultimately guide them to achieve higher skill levels and better knowledge of the game. It all begins with stressing the importance of academics as it relates to competitive sports and to the success in their personal future endeavors through life.

Coach D, played her collegiate softball at Purdue University, from 2003-2006, setting several records over the years. Tied school single-game record for home runs with two against Dayton, Feb. 22, 2004, tied single-game RBI record with seven hits. Ranks among the career top five in three categories: home runs (2nd with 25), RBI (3rd with 118) and slugging percentage (5th with .483) Ranks among the single season top five in home runs (4th with 10, 2006) and RBI (3rd with 46, 2006) Owns spots among the single-season lists for sacrifice flies (2nd with 5) and RBI (3rd with 44).
Dwayne Johnson who has also coached out of southern California, for over 20 plus years. With such programs as, Flash D’ Gold and California Lite 18Gold, Texas lite 12u, 14u, 16u and 18gold, Impactgold18, Texas Intensity and now STX TFS 18gold. Coach DJ has been working hard over the past years to provide opportunities for female scholar athletes who have a desire to play softball at the collegiate level.
 
My Vision for a solid softball program is to expose female athletes to a sound structured coaching environment, which will ultimately help them achieve a higher skill level and a better knowledge of the game.
 
The game of softball will stress the importance of academics as it relates to competitive sports. To also give a solid foundation to enjoy success in their future endeavors and in life. All players must maintain certain standards of academics in order to play and must exhibit the effectiveness of “teamwork “through good attitude, effort, desire, heart and hustle.
 
Coach DJ, over the last several years, has run or assisted in building solid 18g, 16u, 14u and 12u teams for several programs. All teams have been trained in the same manner, as the older 18u team in order to build consistency, throughout the programs. This stability and consistency combined with the experienced coaching provides players with the best possible opportunity for collegiate softball exposure.

***Coach Dwayne “DJ” Johnson was also selected as one of the top fifty coaches designated as an Adidas Futures top coaches for two seasons. Finishing in the top 5 of 50 teams from across the Nation. Coach Dj has been asked to coach in Italy.

SWIMMING

Silvia has worked in aquatics for 45 years with numerous certifications in the aquatic industry. She has coached 2 public high school swim teams as well as summer swim league teams and coached for many years as a USA swim coach.

She loves working with students teaching swim technique, sportsmanship and reaching for goals. Swimming and teaching is a passion of hers and she loves to see the joy in students when they reach a goal that they worked for.
She is starting her 5th season at Northland and is excited that swim team has become an integral part of the sports program at Northland.

TENNIS

Greg Bohannon

TRACK

Elizabeth Bohannon
Carolyn LemmCoach Carolyn Lemm has been a part of the Northland Volleyball program since 1990. She has coached both MS and HS. She took the 1997 Varsity VB team to the State Final Four. Her MS teams have many Championships and are consistently in the top 3 teams.

Coach Lemm has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Harding University. She has been a coach and teacher at NCS since 1982.
Patti Abt

VOLLEYBALL

Carolyn LemmCoach Carolyn Lemm has been a part of the Northland Volleyball program since 1990. She has coached both MS and HS. She took the 1997 Varsity VB team to the State Final Four. Her MS teams have many Championships and are consistently in the top 3 teams.

Coach Lemm has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Harding University. She has been a coach and teacher at NCS since 1982.