Coach Cathy Self-Morgan is in her 18th season at the helm of the Duncanville Pantherettes. She has compiled an amazing record of 1116 wins and 207 losses, an 83% winning record in her 38 years of girls high school varsity coaching. She led the Pantherettes to the State Championship in 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. In 2004 and 2014, the Pantherettes lost in the state finals. From 2012 to 2014, Coach Self-Morgan’s Pantherette teams won an amazing 105 consecutive games. In 2016 her team finished #1 in 5 National polls. Her Duncanville teams have made it to the playoffs all 18 years of her tenure.
Before coming to Duncanville she led the Austin Westlake Chaparrals to the Class 5-A state Championship in 1995 and 1996 and the 4-A State Championship in 1993. In 1992 her Westlake team made it to the Final 4. She has coached teams to the state playoff's thirty years and has never had a losing record.
In 2014, Coach Self-Morgan was named to the National high School Girls’ Basketball Naismith Coach of the year and was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the year. In 2013, Coach Self-Morgan was named USA TODAY National Coach of the Year, MAX PREPS National Coach of the Year, Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year. She was also named National Federation of High Schools Sectional coach of the Year. In 2012 she was Named Texas High School Girls and Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year. She was also named 'Woman of the Year" in 2012 by the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 she was honored with the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2010 Coach Self-Morgan was named National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
Texas Sportswriters have named her Texas High School Coach Girls Basketball Coach of the Year 4 times, and while at Westlake was named Centex Coach of the Year an unprecedented 10 times between 1980 and 1996. She has had the honor of coaching Texas All Star teams five times and was a floor coach for the USA Junior Olympic Trials in Colorado in 2000. In March 2004, she was selected to coach the McDonald's All American All Star game held in Oklahoma City and was awarded that honor again in March 2010 when the McDonald’s game was held in Columbus, Ohio. In April 2016, she was the head coach of the All American West team that played in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York
Coach Self-Morgan began her career in South Texas where she played at Jourdanton High School. She went on to play at Temple Junior College on scholarship for one year before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin where she was one of the first women on athletic scholarship in basketball and played for Jody Conradt her senior year. While at Texas she was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the team in 1975, Co-Most Valuable Player in 1976, and won the Scholar Athlete award in 1977. She graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in 1977. She received her Master’s in Education from Texas State University, San Marcos, in 1984. Coach Self-Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Honor at the University of Texas, Austin, in 2004.
Coach Self-Morgan is married to Jack Morgan. Jack keeps the book for all away games and is the announcer for home games. They have three married daughters and 9 grandchildren. With a strong tradition already established, Coach Self-Morgan continues to utilize her expertise and capitalize on her passion for the game of basketball in coaching the Duncanville Pantherettes. She also served the Duncanville Independent School District as the Athletic Director for 8 years and just recently stepped aside to devote full time to the Pantherette program.
Teranie Thomas is in her first year as a Varsity Assistant Coach. Coach Thomas graduated and played basketball at Duncanville High School from 2004-2008. She then received a full scholarship to play basketball at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. At WKU, she received her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2012, and her M.S. in Sports Administration and Coaching in 2014. Before joining the Pantherette staff, Coach Thomas spent the last two years working for the Amateur Athletic Union, Inc. National Headquarters (AAU) in Orlando, Florida. She is excited to return home to the Pantherette program and looks forward to a great season!
Varsity Assistant Coach
April Zacharie is in her first year as a Pantherette varsity basketball assistant and junior varsity coach. Coach Zacharie graduated and played basketball at Duncanville High School under Cathy Self-Morgan from 2002-2003 and was part of the state championship team in 2003. She then received a full scholarship to play basketball where she was a four year starter at the University of Louisiana Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana from 2003-2007. While attending Monroe, she received her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2007 and a M.S. in Exercise Science in 2008. Before joining the Pantherette staff, Coach Zacharie worked for Irving ISD as a teacher and a coach for six years. She has a supportive husband of 7 years, Kenneth Zacharie Jr., and 2 kids, Kenneth 5 and Kaden 4. She is blessed and grateful to be back home to be a part of the tradition that she helped to build.
Junior Varsity Coach
Stephanie Cooper is in her 2nd year as a Pantherette varsity assistant and Pantherette freshmen basketball coach. Before joining the Pantherette staff she was the head basketball coach of a 5-A school in Dallas Independent school district for 5 years where she turned the program around and increased girls athletic numbers, her team received the “Fighting Heart Award” and was able to make the playoffs.
During that time she was a vital part of the re-birth of the Paul Quinn College which is a Historically Black College in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, where she also coached for 3 years. She also trains 3 professional athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Coach Cooper graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Texas Women’s University in 2009 where she also pledged in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated Sorority. Her high school basketball career ended with accolades of First team all –district, and Most Valuable Player at South Garland High School. She is ecstatic to join the Pantherette Basketball team and the legacy of Coach Self-Morgan.
Varsity Assistant Coach and Freshmen Blue Coach
Destiny Castillo is in her 2nd year as a Pantherette varsity assistant and Pantherette freshman coach. Coach Castillo graduated and played basketball at Duncanville High School. She attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2012. After graduating from Tarleton, she came back home and coached at Kennemer Middle School for threeyears.
She is excited and thankful to return home and give back to the program that has helped her develop into who she is today. She looks forward to a fun and successful season.