ANNA — The Anna school district didn’t have to look far to locate its choice for new head coach of girls soccer at Anna High School. Korey Olvera, an Anna Middle School Math teacher this past year — with an earlier stint at Anna as well — was named to the post in July.
“I love Anna,” Olvera said at AMS on Aug. 2. “It’s the best place I’ve ever worked. The people are great.”
An accomplished high school and collegiate soccer player, Olvera fills the vacancy created when Scott Turner left Anna after one year to coach in the Dallas Independent School District. Though this will be her first time to coach at the high school level, the transition should be eased by the fact that she coached some of these girls when she was at Anna before.
“It will be really good to see familiar faces,” she said.
During her previous Anna Middle School stop, in 2014-2015, Olvera taught English and coached volleyball, basketball and track. Those were her last coaching duties until now. She’ll continue to teach sixth-grade math and will now also coach cross country at AMS. Olvera has also taught and coached volleyball and soccer at Round Rock, Texas.
She and her husband Osbaldo have an eighth-month old son, Cruz, and a dog named Romeo.
“We are excited to have Korey Olvera back in the coaching world as our new girls soccer coach,” Anna Girls Athletic Coordinator Tomika Crosby said. “I know she will be a great addition to the program and for the girls.”
Anna Athletic Director Jason Heath echoed that sentiment: “Coach Olvera will be a great addition to our coaching staff and especially our girls soccer program. She has a passion and love for soccer which, along with her college playing experience, will greatly benefit our soccer program.”
Olvera started playing soccer at 5 years old and competed on Select teams growing up in Garland. At Sachse High School she played soccer for three years before graduating early. Offered a full scholarship at Louisiana Tech, Olvera decided late to stay local and play for Richland College. There, she and the Thunderducks advanced to the NJCAA national championship tournament in 2007 and placed third.
“I’m still bitter about it,” she laughed.
Olvera then transferred Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she played two years – breaking her back along the way in a makeshift-snow sled crash. She recovered to set a SWOSU school record for goals in a season in 2009 (9). Olvera finished her studies at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, graduating in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
As for coaching in the high school ranks, Olvera said, “I think there will be more talent. There’ll be more developed players, so there’ll be more to kind of work with. It will be not so much introductory, showing them how to do things, because they should know.”
She said she believes her creativity, especially on offense, will be a strong point of her coaching.
“I was a center-midfielder, so I was constantly figuring out how to attack and come up with new plays,” Olvera said. “Definitely, with that mindset — that attacking mindset — I think I can definitely help them open up.”
Olvera’s coaching role model is Krys Sobiesky, now 67, a former professional soccer player and coach in both Poland and the United States. He played for the Dallas Sidekicks for six seasons and also coached Olvera’s Select club for several years.
“I give him all the credit,” she said. “Without him I wouldn’t have been able to do anything. He really took his time and developed me into a really good player.”
Besides coaching Olvera, Sobiesky also arranged for her to coach others at various camps.
If Olvera ever doubted that teaching and coaching are where she belongs, that thought likely departed for good during the brief time she worked for a large insurance company in 2015. After two months there, Olvera said, “I was like, ‘Get me out of here. This is not what I want to do.’ I missed (teaching) so much. I missed the classroom, I missed the students. And I missed coaching too.”
She returned to teaching at Princeton in October 2015 and finished out the school year there. When then-Anna Middle School principal Thance Springer called to see if she’d return to Anna, Olvera quickly accepted. Then, this year, when Heath asked her about coaching high school girls soccer, she recalled asking herself, “Is this a dream?” … “I was shocked because I had been out of (coaching). I just kind of thought — maybe I was done.”
Olvera takes over a Lady Coyotes team coming off a 5-13-1 season and a fourth-place finish in District 5-4A.