Donnie Bodron, who is principal of Riverwood Middle School in Kingwood, was inducted into the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Hall of Honor on Nov. 18.
Bodron was honored in recognition of his upcoming induction at a student assembly at Riverwood on Nov. 16. 

Thinking about his career as a soccer coach since 1994 when he became assistant soccer coach at Kingwood High School, Bodron said he “has many wonderful memories from coaching. I was very fortunate to have some very successful teams. It is definitely rewarding to think of our state girls' championship season in 1999 and all of the other great teams that played at Kingwood over the years.” 

While his role as coach was to inspire, mentor and lead his soccer players, he sees his career as including “so many amazing kids that have played for me.” He said, “They have had such an amazing impact on my life, and I am so thankful to have been a part of their lives in some small way.” 

Bodron has coached both girls and boys teams in middle school, high school and soccer clubs. During his career, his teams have compiled a remarkable record of 307 wins, 54 losses and 32 ties. 

He has been honored multiple times as Coach of the Year for District, Region and State. His teams have won 12 district championships, four regional championships, one state runner-up and one state championship. 

Bodron has been married to Jennifer since 1994 and they have three daughters. Brooke is a junior at the University of Texas. Hannah is one of the captains of the Kingwood High School varsity soccer team, and Bodron says she “is currently in the recruiting process and is looking at several different colleges.” Jenna is an eighth grader and plays for the Texas Rush soccer club and the Riverwood Middle School team. 

Bodron grew up in a military family with his parents and three sisters. They moved every few years to locations including California, Alaska, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas. He started playing soccer when he was 6 years old and has always had a passion for the game. He moved to the Humble area when he was a sophomore and was a letterman in soccer, cross country and track at Clear Creek High School in League City. 

Bodron went to Texas A&M University on a track and cross country scholarship. He graduated in 1993 with a B.S. degree in nutritional sciences. He also obtained a masters degree in educational administration in 2007 from the University of St. Thomas. 

Bodron remembers many highlights from his years of high school coaching. He said, “Amazingly, the things that stick out the most are probably insignificant to anyone else other than me and the coaches working for me at the time, and the players that rose to meet the challenges.” He remembers kids getting up on the field after being knocked down and going back into the match. He remembers kids at the end of the bench being called in to make a crucial kick after he had run out of regular players. He remembers kids that absolutely refused to lose.

 These are the memories of a dedicated coach, father and educator. As determined by the Texas Soccer Coach Association, they are the ingredients of a Hall of Honor inductee.

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