Jersey Village coach Patricia Lewandowski reflects on 100th win

For Patricia Lewandowski, home is 209 miles from Jersey Village High School.

The 42-year-old Corpus Christi native has always dreamed of coaching in a metropolitan city at the Class 6A level.

She’s been through the ups and downs of her basketball career as a head coach and assistant, but Lewandowski wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I look back from where I started and how I got to where I am today,” Lewandowski said. “I had a lot of people in my corner who helped me throughout my career. Sometimes things have been difficult, but it’s enough to fight for everything, as we tell our daughters.

Lewandowksi is in her second season at Jersey Village and celebrated a historic milestone in her coaching career. On January 18, his Lady Falcons beat Northbrook 67-5 in a 17-6A District game.

For Lewandowski, it was her 100th victory in her coaching career as head coach.

It was a milestone she liked to reach, but as a head coach, it’s always in the next game.

She coached for 20 years and was head coach for ten seasons.

Lewandowski began his career as a head coach in the Corpus Christi region.

His first coaching gig was at John Paul II. From there she went on to coach in Ingleside, Riviera and at her alma mater CC Ray where she is in the Hall of Fame. Coaching in the Corpus area meant playing more than one sport. She felt she could coach multiple sports and was ready to take on the workload to help the girls improve.

This 100th win meant a lot to Lewandowski as she had so many players, coaches and managers on the way to help. She didn’t do it alone and will be the first to tell you.

After spending two seasons at Atascocita as an assistant coach, she then came to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

During her freshman year at Jersey Village, she had to lay the groundwork, but also had to deal with COVID-19 protocols.

“It was a challenge for sure,” Lewandowski said. “You know you’re going into your freshman year and you want to define everything you want to do. But last year we did a lot of housekeeping, keeping the girls separate because we never knew what was going to happen. Every day was something new.

Jersey Village was an under-the-radar team last season and was unranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Association’s preseason poll. That changed when Lewandowski and his Lady Falcons won 15 straight games and his peers began to take notice of his program and were ranked by state for the rest of the season.

The Lady Falcons season ended in the area against a tough Fort Bend Dulles side, but it was a season Lewandowski will never forget competing at Class 6A level in a metropolitan city for the first time. of her coaching career.

“Last year was a really special year for me,” Lewandowski said. “We took a lot of teams by surprise but we had some really good girls. It was something the young girls playing now could see and now it’s up to them to have the ball and step in. .

Gia Adams (Tennessee State) and Briana Peguro (Trinity Valley Community College) were the doubles for Jersey Village last season.

The Lady Falcons are a very young team this season and are fighting for their lives in the playoffs. Junior point guard J’Nya Thomas sets up the Lady Falcons offense. Sophomore Mariyah Brown is getting better every day and is a standout player for Jersey Village. Jayla Lewis comes into her own as a guard. Defensive specialist Makayla Daniels comes in and brings high drive and toughness.

“There’s been a lot of growth this year,” Lewandowski said. “The girls understand their role and we teach them every day. There’s so much more to basketball than just scoring. You have to do all the little things well. J’Nya really came into its own after learning from Briana Peguro. Maryiah Brown is very talented and moving into this leadership role. She understands his versatility and is not a one-dimensional player. She has the ability to be special. We have a lot of kids helping us right now.

Time will tell if Lewandowski and the Lady Falcons make the playoffs. Jersey Village currently sits in fifth place with a 5-5 record in ten games.

Lewandowski always thinks of his hometown and throughout the school year will make trips home to see his family. She knows where to find tacos and good Mexican food, walks on the beach and of course pay homage to the Queen of Tejano by visiting the statue of Selena.

South Texas means a lot to the former Texas A&M-Kingsville star and she’s looking to rack up more wins in her coaching career and one day bring a state title back to Jersey Village.

“It’s my passion, it’s what I love to do,” Lewandowski said. “The thing is, we tell our players to be together as a team. When you love each other, it makes things easier on the pitch. I really like the youth of this team and we want to get into the playoffs. I love being here with my team and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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