Recess Camp Directors 

Alison Cote 

Location - Texas Tornados (Cypress, TX) 

Alison is from The Woodlands, TX and will be the camp Coordinator for RECESS here at the Texas Tornadoes Facility.  She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology and Education.  Alison started her career as a 5th grade Science teacher in Conroe ISD, loved every minute of it, but after three years she knew something was still missing.  At the beginning of a new year she decided to make a big change, and that was to become the Physical Education teacher at the same school she taught Science at.  Alison LOVED being a 5th and 6th grade P.E teacher.  She knew her passion was to teach children to be active, whether it was by working out or by playing sports.  After two years of teaching P.E. at the intermediate level, Alison was ready to pursue her biggest passion and that was coaching.  She is currently a Physical Education teacher and Head Volleyball Coach at Irons Junior High in Conroe ISD.  Along with coaching volleyball, she assists in basketball and track.  Her favorite part of being a P.E. teacher at the junior high level is to show the students the many games they can play outside of school sports.  Some of Alison’s favorite games include; pickleball, spikeball, tchoukball, kickball, and many more! She is very excited to be a part of RECESS and to help inspire staff and campers to grow their confidence, build new friendships, and have as much fun as possible.

Hobbies: playing sports, crafting, baking, reading

Accomplishments: Teacher of the Year (2016-2017), Teacher Achieving Excellence (2017), Humanitarian of the Year (2017-2018)

Amy Simpson

Location - The Gym (Humble, TX)

Coach Amy Simpson begins her 20th year as a high school soccer coach and teacher and first year at Grand Oaks High School.  


Coach (Pettibone) Simpson was an All-State soccer player at Humble High School where she still holds the scoring record with 52 goals in a season, 108 in her career. Coach Simpson played soccer at The University of Tulsa under Randy Waldrum but she transferred to Texas A&M after a career ending injury. 


Before coming to Grand Oaks , Coach Simpson spent 4 years at Conroe Oak Ridge, winning three District Championships, 6 years at Katy Cinco Ranch where the team won 5 District Championships, 2 Regional Semi Final appearances, and were ranked #2 in the Nation by the NSCAA,  4 years at Bryan High School where she lead the team to their first playoff win and first Regional Tournament appearance and 5 years at Austin High School in Austin, Texas where she won 2 Undefeated District Championships, 3 playoff appearances and 2 straight Regional Quarterfinal appearances.  Coach Simpson has an overall coaching record of 323 wins, 134 losses and 35 ties ranking 17th among all active girls high school soccer coaches.  


Coach Simpson holds a USSF National "D" license, NSCAA National Diploma and served as the secretary for the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches for 9 years. Coach Simpson teaches World History and AP World History and has also coached volleyball, cross country, track and basketball.  


Coach Simpson is married to Robbie Simpson and they have a black lab named Boomer and a lab mix that was rescued named Taylor.  

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