Tivy head basketball coaches Joe Davis and Christy Dill spoke to us via zoom last Wednesday.
Joe Davis is the boy's basketball head coach and has been in the area quite a while. He went to Schreiner University as a student athlete, and played basketball there. After college he spent several years as an assistant coach at Tivy, then did a stint as a head coach at Van Vleck High school. Joe then returned to Tivy as an assistant coach again, and took over this year as the head coach when Brian Young retired. This is Joe's 15th year in coaching.
Tivy graduated seven seniors last year, so the boys basketball team is young but has been competitive so far. Coach Davis' philosophy starts with the acronym "FACTS", which stands for Faith, Attitude, Character and Teamwork. He emphasizes that the students behavior off the court is as important as on the court. "Do your best with what you've got."
Coach Christy Dill is the girls coach, and has been coaching for 25 years. She also has an acronym for important traits instilled in the team: "CARE".  Character, Attitude, Respect and Effort. Judging from past team performances, this philosophy is working.
She has two assistants, Coach Fierro and Coach Johnson. It has been a hard year on everyone, including the athletes and coaches. They usually participate in team building and off season training in the spring, but because of COVID, they are doing that as they practice and play this season. Coach Dill emphasizes that the girls should only focus on what they can control. They too lost numerous seniors from last year, but are playing well and their games have been close so far.
Tickets for games can only be purchased online, and seating is limited, but they will put on a great show. Live streaming is also available for these games, so you can watch them from the comfort of your living room if you can't make the games.