Coach Criss's Bio

 Pursuing Lifelong Wellness


Unlike most coaches, I haven't been eating, sleeping, and breathing athletics since birth. In fact, I wasn't an athlete. Growing up in New Braunfels, Texas, I played outside, but never felt driven to join organized sports.  
After high school I began pursuing a higher education, but without a clear direction, I enrolled in classes that sounded fun. During this time, I registered for “Intro to Education” and a “Physical Conditioning Course.” Within the first few weeks of class, my passion for education and physical fitness surfaced.  Around this time a close friend invited me on a “short” run through the park… 6 ½ miles later I practically crawled back to my car. As my eyes popped open the next day, I felt it - the drive to go running again. Call me crazy, but I hopped up and tackled a 3 mile run. Nothing fancy - I was hooked!
Although I didn't begin life as an athlete, my love for fitness and education grew throughout my college career at The University of Texas At San Antonio.
 I am excited to start this new adventure in Alamo Heights! My passion for teaching and inspiring young minds to pursue physical education flourishes daily.  I am looking forward to reaching both athletes and students who feel less athletically inclined - as I have been on both sides of the coin.
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