Meet the woman who will coach high school football in Texas this fall

By Stephen Spiewak | Posted 7/14/2017

Lisa Mazur has an impressive football lineage.

She’s the niece of John Mazur, former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL coach. She’s the sister of two former high school football players, one of whom played for a state title against Odessa Permian of Friday Night Lights fame.

Lisa MazurNow, Mazur herself will be writing the next chapter in the family’s football history, as she recently accepted a job as an assistant coach for the San Marcos High School (Texas) football team.

Mazur, who played soccer in college, will work with the team's kickers and punters, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

She’ll also serve as the head coach for the school’s boys’ soccer team.

The chance to serve as a football coach was not something Mazur chased or expected. But it’s one she’s definitely embracing.

“It was not something I sought out but when the opportunity presented itself I knew this was something I wanted to pursue and could do,” Mazur told USA Football.

High school football in the state of Texas is an experience like any other. The passion and pride for high school football in the Lone Star State are unmatched.

The tradition—and her own role in creating history as one of the state’s first female coaches—is not lost on Mazur.

“I will be proud to say that I was one of the trail blazers for women coaches,” she said.

Football is football. Kicking is kicking. Coaching is coaching.

Mazur recognizes that none of those is defined—or limited—by gender.

“I am good at coaching and more specifically, good at coaching kickers. The fundamentals of kicking are the same and I welcome the challenge in transitioning my skills,” she said. “Coaches are not limited to gender and women can have a role in the sport of football.”

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