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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.
I went to Angelina Junior college to play baseball for 2years before getting drafted by the Cubs and playing professionally for 11 years. Towards the middle of my career I started back going to University of Phoenix Online to get my degree in business management. Since retiring I have been coaching and teaching the game as well as running the Houston Heat Select Baseball organization.
I have 3 kids, Jerzie (12), Easton (8), and Beckett (3). The older two play softball and baseball and various other sports. My youngest is very interested in baseball already and ready to follow the older two’s footsteps. We like to go camping in our RV and travel for sports across the state and country.
I am a woodworker by hobby and have done projects that I have sold as well. I love getting out of the baseball mindset and building something from nothing. I also like to golf even though I don’t get to do that much.
I love passing on my knowledge of the game and relating it to life lessons. I love being able to get a player to see things differently and helping them reach new heights in their career spiritually and physically.
Coach 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.
Eric Allen is in his third year at Northland Christian School as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and a member of the NCS coaching staff. Prior to coming to Northland, Eric held similar coaching and teaching positions at Cypress Christian School. His coaching roles included Head Coach of the middle school football program and Varsity Assistant Coach.
As the owner of a sports training facility, Coach Allen has worked with middle school, high school, and college student-athletes, as well as professional athletes. Within the community, he served as a Head Football Coach for The Cypress Kings elite 7v7 team. For the last three years Eric has worked with the JacQuizz Rodgers Foundation helping to develop and logistically coordinate summer football camps. This program serves over 500 student-athletes annually, ranging in age from 10 to 18.
He has extensive playing experience, including high school football in Colorado Springs, where he was nationally ranked at the wide receiver position. Following high school, Eric went on to play collegiately at Oklahoma State University (2003-2005) and the University of Montana (2005-2007). Post collegiate football, he went on to play professionally in the Arena Football League (AFL 1) for the San Jose Sabercats and Boise Burn (AFL 2). He also spent a season playing professionally in Finland, for the Turku Trojans Football Club.
Coach Allen defines his coaching philosophy: “An athlete’s character is more important than their talent!” His goal is to create well-rounded athletes on the field, spiritually, as well as in the community, and classroom. He strives to enhance the football talents of his players while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic.
Coach Allen has been married to his wife Krystle since 2015 and they have two children, Emersyn (3 yrs) who is in Preschool at Northland Christian, and Callum (4 months).
Eric would like to personally thank the entire Cougar community for entrusting him with the vision and direction of our football team. His aim is to turn a good program into a GREAT program!
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.
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.
Coach 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.
Coach Tamika Newman is in her first year at Northland Christian. She is in her 14th year of coaching. She most recently enjoyed a stint at Prairie View A&M, working with middle blockers and RS hitters. She helped produce 4 All-Conference players.
She spent ten years coaching high school in the greater Houston area In 8 seasons as a head coach, her teams had (3) 20-win seasons and (2) 30-win seasons, as well as multiple playoff appearances and All-District Superlative Honors. Newman has coached over 20 student-athletes who went on to play at the collegiate level. She was awarded the 2015 15-6A and 2016 16-6A Coach of the Year Honors and was a 2014 Minority Coaches Scholarship Recipient for The American Volleyball Coaches Association. Newman was a part of the 2006 Volleyball Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Team and completed her career as the 2007 SWAC player of the year, 1 st Team All-SWAC, multiple SWAC player of the week honors, and her 2006 Team was inducted into the 2016 PVAMU Hall of Fame Class. She was also a member of the Lady Panthers Women’s Basketball Team for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Coach Newman earned a BA in Communications in 2008 and an MBA at Texas Southern University in 2010. She is also the founder of Grit and Grind Athletics, in addition to being a 3x author. Coach Newman enjoys mentoring young female coaches and athletes, giving them the tools to win on the court and in life.
Newman has a daughter, Zuri Rene Taylor.