In an era when women’s sports were growing, Cathy Self-Morgan pioneered a path for future female athletes to follow in her footsteps. She grew up in Jourdanton, Texas, playing basketball from a young age. She was accepted to University of Texas in 1974 as one of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship. Self-Morgan was a member of the UT Women’s Varsity Team and their first nationally-ranked team in the 1977 season.
Self-Morgan has continued to inspire young athletes on the court in her 40 years of coaching. Her high school teams boast incredible records and she herself had an astonishing 1,100 wins and only 207 loses at the beginning of her 40th season. Austin’s Westlake High School gave her her first head coaching job and she stayed with the Chaparrals for 22 years. During those years the team won three state championships (1993, 1995, and 1996) and Self-Morgan was named the Centex Coach of the Year an impressive ten times between 1980 and 1996.
She moved to Duncanville High School where she is in her 18th season. The Pantherettes have made playoffs all 18 seasons under her rule and have won five state championships (’03, ’12, ’13, ’16 and ‘17). In addition to coaching for Texas high schools, Self-Morgan was given the honor of coaching the Texas All-Star Team five times and was selected to coach the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2004 and 2010. Self-Morgan also coached in the Jordan Brand Classic in 2016.
She was inducted into the University of Texas Women’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 2004 and named National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 2010. Dallas Morning News crowned her Coach of the Year in 2012 and in 2013, she was the USA Today National Basketball Coach of the Year, the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year and MaxPreps National Coach of the Year. In 2014, Self-Morgan received the National High School Girls’ Basketball Naismith Coach of the Year. Gatorade presented her with the Gatorade Coaching Excellence Award and an invitation to the ESPYS in 2017.
Self-Morgan worked double time as the Athletic Director of Duncanville ISD for eight years, but recently stepped down to fully devote herself to the girls’ team, which was ranked first in the state of Texas for the 2017-2018 season.