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Nixon's first female football coach

Nixon High’s first female football coach breaking barriers

When Nixon High School was looking for a new assistant football coach, Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Antonio Villalon did not have to look very far. However, Villalon’s most recent hire turned out to be a well-known educator in the local sports community.

Robyn Colin, who was named assistant coach recently, is breaking barriers on the field as the first female football coach in Nixon and Laredo history. She will be coaching the freshmen defensive ends, fullbacks, and quarterbacks. On Friday nights, she will be on the sidelines videotaping the varsity games.

“Being the first female football coach at Nixon is incredible! I’m in disbelief,” said Colin. “It‘s also empowering. I hope that it shows girls of all ages and other women that there are no restrictions to coaching. I also think of the little girls who see me out there and say, “Hey I can do that to.” So that inspires me daily. I believe that as long as everyone is open minded to it, anything is possible.”

 

Colin, who has an extensive past with the Mustang program, is extremely excited and very humbled by the whole experience.

 

“I feel really blessed that Coach Villalon has entrusted me with this coaching position. It takes someone with a very open mind to consider something out of the ordinary, which is a female coach for a football position,” said Colin. “He did not see me for my gender but for what I had to offer. I have come to learn that Coach Villalon is all about what the person can bring to the table. I suppose he saw something in me and I will try to live up to his expectations. I’m ever so grateful to him.”

 

“I added Coach Colin because I evaluated her work ethic and ability to connect with our student-athletes and by watching her teach in the classroom. So I knew that she had the ability to be a solid coach, regardless of the sport,” said Villalon. “Her father, Alex Colin, is a respected football coach with decades of quality experience. So she has a fantastic football resource within her own family to help her learn.”

 

The idea of Colin joining the coaching staff came about last year when she and Coach Villalon discussed what sports she was interested in and if she was interested in coaching when she came to Nixon. 

 

“I told him softball is my heart, my love. I said I have done volleyball, cross country, and basketball.  So these are the sports I’m familiar with. But I told him that I did not want that to be a limitation,” said Colin. “I am open to any sport boys or girls. To me knowledge is knowledge, learning is learning. So, I’m open to anything, whatever opens up, if you need a coach I’m willing to learn.”

Since she was a little girl, Colin has had a love for football. “I played flag football in elementary and when I was eleven I was able to be a ball girl here at Nixon. My dad was one of the assistant coaches so it was pretty incredible to be on the sidelines and experience the passion of the game while it is happening.”

Colin comes from a family of coaches. “My parents, Alex and Lee Ellen are both coaches. My dad coaches girls softball at Alexander High School and my mom coaches girls cross country here at Nixon,” she said. “With softball in high school I had my dad and in Little League I had both my parents coach me.  It was constant and non-stop. I try to pick up as much as I can just from watching them. I have come to learn that my coaching style is a little bit of both of them, with a little small mix of my own style.”

Colin graduated from Nixon High School in 2008 and was ranked third in her class. She played softball, volleyball, and ran cross country. 

“Coming back to my alma mater, I didn’t realize how much it was going to affect me in such a positive way. It’s completely different working at my alma mater. That school spirit just runs a little deeper. Forever Green and Gold,” said Colin. “I would say winning and losing, just the competition of it all matters a lot more. It drives me and I want to make sure the kids represent the school to the best of their ability. We are all Mustangs. It’s not just them.”  

According to Coach Villalon, the coaching staff and players have welcomed Colin with open arms.

“The coaches haven't thought twice about it. She works, does everything we ask of her, and has fit seamlessly into our coaching world,” said Villalon. “The athletes respect her.  Because Coach Colin coached boys and girls in track, our football players were already used to receiving instruction from her.  The incoming freshmen worked with her all summer and during our football camp, and they look to her for instruction and are as quick to ask her a question as they are any other coach on the staff.”

 

“When I got here I was a little worried that the boys might be like, who is this? But, no! They took me in easily,” said Colin. “Honestly it was seamless. I never once felt that they didn’t respect or believe in me. I can see every day that these kids trust me with what I have to say. They listen and they are very respectful.”

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from TAMIU. Her previous coaching experience includes being an assistant coach for Softball and Volleyball at United South and assistant track coach at Nixon High. 

Currently Nixon High School has three females who coach boys’ sports and provide quality instruction for their student-athletes. They are Colin who coaches’ football, Judy Valles who coaches’ boys shot and discus, and Maria Serna is an assistant coach for boy’ soccer.

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