Carrillo a 1981 graduate of FHS

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Freer High School alumni Martina Carrillo says she is looking forward to the upcoming season as the school district's new girl's head volleyball coach.

"This is where it all started for me and it's an honor to be working here," she said the 1981 graduate.

After graduation, Carrillo attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville on volleyball and track scholarships, earning a B.S. in secondary education.

For two years afterward, she worked as assistant volleyball coach at the university as well.

In 1992, Carrillo took the position of assistant head volleyball coach at Tilden High School, winning second at state.

In 1993, as head coach, the varsity team once again advanced to state placing second.

Afterward, Carrillo served as head coach at Monahans High School, leading the team to a second place win at state.

In 1996, the team became state semi-finalist champions as well.

For the last four years, Carrillo served as girl's athletic coordinator at Cuero High School and junior high before taking the position of head volleyball coach in Freer.

"These girls have the potential and talent to be successful," she said. "These kids have a big heart and are respectful; they have values and that's important."

Carrillo said she's only 17 wins from reaching a total of 300 wins during her 16-year career as a coach and educator.

"Freer was my foundation and I have a lot to give back," she said. "I'm thankful for all my successes, but if Freer were to reach the state level in competition that would be much more meaningful to me - it would be the icing on the cake."