Duncanville Hires New Girls Basketball Head Coach

Steven Pickering
April 24, 2019 - 3:09 pm
LaJeanna Howard

Credit: Duncanville ISD

DUNCANVILLE (1080 RKLD) - The Duncanville ISD has hired a new head coach for the girls basketball team at Duncanville High School.

LaJeanna Howard has a successful record as a coach and strong ties to Duncanville.

She will fill the position that was left vacant by the retirement of long-time head coach Cathy Self-Morgan earlier this year.

Self-Morgan announced her retirement at the end of the Panthers season in February. Her public announcement came after the UIL Executive Committee ordered the Duncanville ISD to launch an investigation into whether she violated rules against recruiting players from other districts.

A statement from the Duncanville ISD said she had actually submitted her resignation letter on February 4th, days before the UIL ordered Duncanville to conduct its investigation.

The outside law firm retained by the Duncanville ISD concluded that there was not sufficient evidence that Self-Morgan had violated the UIL's rules against recruiting, but UIL officials disagreed with that assessment. Self-Morgan was issued a three-year suspension by the UIL, which would take effect if she decides to return to coaching at a UIL member school. 

The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting to hire LaJeanna Howard as the new head coach of the girls basketball team. She has been the head coach at Lincoln High School in the Dallas ISD since 2016 and led the team to the playoffs each year.

Howard has a long history with Duncanville High School. She was part of the girls basketball team that won a state championship for Duncanville in 2003 and later held a series of coaching jobs in the district. She was an assistant coach for the Panthers when they went undefeated and won the state championship in the 2015-2016 season.

"I believe all my coaching experience has prepared me for this opportunity,” Coach Howard said. "There is a tremendous group of kids in Duncanville, and I want to be part of their growth.”