Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan notches 900th career victory
DUNCANVILLE — She stood for most of the game, hands folded across her lower chest, a blank, not-quite-content expression appointing her face as her team raced to a 91-28 victory. Cathy Self-Morgan had been here before. She’s coached through blowouts, nail-biters and state championships, usually on the winning side of all those, and Tuesday night’s victory validated her career all the more.
Duncanville defeated South Grand Prairie for Self-Morgan’s 900th career victory. She now joins a distinguished coaching class. As far as Texas women’s hoops coaches go, she’s near the top, behind only Granbury’s Leta Andrews, Canyon’s Joe Lombard, Dean Weese, Longview’s Tommy Aldridge and Duncanville’s own Sandra Meadows, who had 907 career victories.
“I’ve been blessed to have 35 years of teams that could get the job done,” Self-Morgan said.
Duncanville made five 3-pointers within the game’s first four minutes. It was 19-4 at that point, 33-8 at the end of the quarter and 55-16 at half.
“Just because it was her 900th win,” guard Empress Davenport said. “I know it means a lot to her and a lot to us.”
High school girls have called Self-Morgan coach since she graduated from Texas. She got her first job at Austin Westlake, just four years older than the seniors, and worked to instill discipline and drive when the girls wanted to befriend her. The style worked. In 22 years there, she won three state titles.
Self-Morgan has been at Duncanville for 12 years now. She’s particularly excited about this team, which is now 25-1 and nationally ranked.
She’s living the life she dreamed of since fifth grade. Back then, she wanted to coach because she loved sports and wanted to wear a warm-up suit to work. With 900 victories in tow, she’s not ready for the dream to end.
“I have no desire to get out of it,” she said. “It’s my passion.”