Shelton Ervin, Head of Track and Cross Country Coach at Summer Creek High School, was selected as the 2021 Boys and Girls National Track and Field Coach of the Year. He is the third Texas coach in the tournament. history to receive this honor.
Ervin was selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaching Association from a pool of 47 applicants.
Ervin won two state titles while coaching at Summer Creek since the school opened in 2009. He won his last state title in May 2021, the first title as a team. class 6A.
âI’m excited because my three assistant coaches were able to directly coach a state champion in their field this year,â Ervin said.
When it comes to leading a winning team, Ervin doesn’t take all the credit.
âCoach Ervin presented this summer to the Texas High School Coaches Association on Track and Field and never mentioned himself,â said Troy Kite, executive director of Humble ISD UIL Athletics / Fine Arts. âHe spoke about his coaches and teamwork, which says a lot about his character.
Kite and the Humble ISD Board of Directors honored Ervin for his accomplishments at the September Board meeting.
âWinning the state championship twice puts Coach Ervin in the top percent of all coaches,â Kite said. âWe are blessed to have him in our district.
After winning his second state title, Ervin credits the fundamentals he taught to his team. He also says winning isn’t just for team recognition.
âI preach ‘Control the controllers’,â Ervin said. âIn the end, the kids did it for their community, because we’re proud to be from here.
Prior to Summer Creek, Ervin coached several sports at Atascocita High School. He has coached at Humble ISD since 2006. Prior to that, he was a member of the University of Houston Track Coaching Team.