Middle School Coaching Staff

Curtis Middle School
    Shelly Bass
    8th Grade Coach
    Paula Helms
    7th Grade Coach
Coach Bass is starting her 10th year of teaching in Allen. She teaches PE and Health Sciences at Curtis Middle School. She has lived in Allen for over 30 years and graduated from Allen High School in 2000. She received her B.S. degree in Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. In addition to volleyball, she enjoys traveling (especially road trips), watching old movies, spending time with her family (4 siblings and 16 nieces and nephews), and going for long walks.

Coach Helms will be in her third year coaching 7th grade volleyball/track & teaching 8th grade science at Curtis Middle School. She has been teaching & coaching for 30 years. She has coached varsity level volleyball & softball at Naaman Forest HS, & varsity softball at Highland Park HS. Coach Helms is coming to Allen from Rowlett HS where she was 9th grade A & B volleyball coach, freshman basketball coach & taught biology. She has a BA from UT-Arlington & a Masters Degree in Science from Texas A & M-Commerce. In her free time, Coach Helms enjoys all sports, reading, gardening and playing with her 3 dogs.

Ereckson Middle School
    Jennifer Hill
    8th Grade Coach
    Symbri Tuttle
    7th Grade Coach
Coach Hill is in her first year coaching at Ereckson Middle School.

Coach Tuttle is beginning her ninth year teaching / coaching in Allen, and fifth year at Ereckson, all while teaching PE. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMurry University in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2007 and finished her Master's degree in Sports Administration in 2009 at Eastern New Mexico University. In addition to coaching, she enjoys refereeing, outdoor activities, fitness, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her pup Bella.

Ford Middle School
    Brandon Soukup
    8th Grade Coach
    Heather Whitcomb
    7th Grade Coach
Coach Soukup is starting his 4th year of coaching at Ford Middle School and his 10th year of coaching overall. He was a college athlete where he played 3 years of college football and 1 year of college soccer. He has been competitive all his life and brings that same passion to his coaching. Coach Soukup is also married with 2 young boys.

Coach Whitcomb is starting her 2nd year of coaching at Ford Middle School, her 10th year of coaching overall. She was a collegiate athlete at the University of Central Missouri where she played softball. She is coaching volleyball and track and teaching PE. She has a bachelorís degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Health Education and received her Masterís degree in Kinesiology at Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to coaching, she enjoys playing with her daughter, cooking, crafting, running, playing all sports, and spending time her family and friends!

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