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The main objective of the Mount Carmel Athletic Club is to provide a recognition
club program for Mount Carmel Academy student-athletes competing in the Texas
Christian Athletic League (TCAL). Carmel Athletic Club was founded for the benefit of the students of MCA.

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Amy Giacchino Bates Scholarship recipient for 2021 is...J'La Harris! Congratulations J'La
06/26/2021

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Amy Giacchino Bates Scholarship recipient for 2021 is...
J'La Harris! Congratulations J'La

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Amy Giacchino Bates Scholarship recipient for 2021 is...J'La Harris! Congratulations J'La!
06/10/2021

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Amy Giacchino Bates Scholarship recipient for 2021 is...
J'La Harris! Congratulations J'La!

Be Safe Everyone & Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands.
03/18/2020

Be Safe Everyone & Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands.

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02/16/2020

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Should Parents Talk to Coaches?https://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2019/08/05/parents-talk-college-coaches/?utm_source=newsl...
08/19/2019
Should Parents Talk to College Coaches? - NCSA Athletic Recruiting Blog

Should Parents Talk to Coaches?
https://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2019/08/05/parents-talk-college-coaches/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=newsletter-email&mktgcid=newsletter

College coaches across all sports agree that parents play a significant role in the athletic recruiting process. NCSA’s 2019 State of Recruiting report found that on a scale from 1 to 10, coaches ranked the impact of parents on an athlete’s recruiting process as 8. While it’s true that a stron...

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06/04/2019

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A leader can't always please everyone. Oftentimes, they will need to make some tough decisions. http://bit.ly/2NsVzvS

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Sport Scholarship Winners! This year's recipients are: Allys...
05/19/2019

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Sport Scholarship Winners! This year's recipients are: Allyson Jo Elizabeth Wolf & Jeeline Lomento Martinez!

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04/14/2019

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Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Sport Scholarship Winners! This year's recipients are: Gerro...
08/13/2018

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Mt. Carmel Athletic Club's Sport Scholarship Winners! This year's recipients are: Gerrod Romero & Diana Alvarez!

KHGV 99.7's Daniel Garcia (play-by-play) & Sal Rico (color) want to congratulate Mt. Carmel Football at being the TCAL 6...
11/25/2017

KHGV 99.7's Daniel Garcia (play-by-play) & Sal Rico (color) want to congratulate Mt. Carmel Football at being the TCAL 6-Man Football State Championship Game & finishing State Runner Up this season!

A HUGE THANK YOU! to our Mt. Carmel volunteers! We passed out 30'000 promotional foam fingers from 10:30a - 11:30a. Way ...
09/10/2017

A HUGE THANK YOU! to our Mt. Carmel volunteers! We passed out 30'000 promotional foam fingers from 10:30a - 11:30a. Way to go Mt. Carmel!

The Houston Texans & Mt. Carmel Athletic Club Fundraiser... Opening Day! Thanks to our Mt. Carmel Student /Volunteers! G...
09/10/2017

The Houston Texans & Mt. Carmel Athletic Club Fundraiser... Opening Day! Thanks to our Mt. Carmel Student /Volunteers! Go Texans! Go Mt. Carmel Houston!

The Houston Texans & Mt. Carmel Athletic Club want to help you (MCA) obtain Community Service Hours this Sunday 9/11/17!...
09/08/2017

The Houston Texans & Mt. Carmel Athletic Club want to help you (MCA) obtain Community Service Hours this Sunday 9/11/17! Bring your FILLED Permission Slips & Release Forms. Bus leaves at 7:30a.

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club & The Houston Texans are teaming up to help you (Mount Carmel Academy Houston Students) obtain ...
09/04/2017

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club & The Houston Texans are teaming up to help you (Mount Carmel Academy Houston Students) obtain Community Services Hours this Sunday...Opening Day at NRG Stadium! Sept. 10, 2017! Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. Permission Slips & Release forms available to the first 50 MCA students. Please sign and return them ASAP! DON'T GET LEFT OUT! Once the space is gone, it's gone! Go Texans! Go Mt. Carmel!

06/26/2017

5 THINGS RECRUITS DO THAT IRRITATE COLLEGE COACHES
Do you know someone whose personality just really irritates you? Maybe they come across as arrogant, or only talk about themselves, or even worse, never stop talking! Consider this; if you were a college coach, would you want that person on your team? Would you want to coach that person for the next four years? Probably not!
For that reason, the last thing any recruit wants to do is to irritate a college coach right out of the chute. You only get one chance at a first impression and you need to make the most of it. There are many things a recruit might do that could irritate a coach, but there are 5 that are very common and can be easily avoided. Here they are…
1. Overstating your athletic and academic abilities
The number 1 way to irritate a college coach is to “project”, “round up”, or “exaggerate” your athletic or academic abilities. Let me say that in another way; the fastest way to get your name scratched off a recruiting list is to communicate that you are stronger, run faster or throw harder than you really do. If you don’t think college coaches cross-check this information, you’re fooling yourself. If you waste a coach’s time by making them research your real stats you will NEVER play at that school. Keep in mind that before a coach invests any significant amount of time on any recruit, they will make sure they know the real picture.
I realize that if you are a freshman or sophomore it’s easy to rationalize that you will improve as you get older and work harder. Guess what! College coaches already know that. They know the need to project where each player might be as a senior and they have the experience to do that. They also understand that some athletes develop later than others. Most college coaches will be able to project your abilities just from viewing your game film. Your athleticism will tell them everything they need to know.
2. Being foolish on Social Media
In today’s society many high school students spend more time texting, tweeting and posting than they do talking. In fact, the average American checks his or her phone 110 times a day. That seems like a lot to me! Keep in mind that your habits and actions on social media are a reflection of your personality. You are literally painting a self-portrait with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts.
Given these facts, college coaches have become more and more active on social media and to some extent use it as a way to communicate with potential recruits. Right or wrong, most college coaches will assume that how you act on social media will be how you act on campus. In fact, many college coaching staffs have someone in charge of reviewing the social media accounts for all potential recruits.
In spite of all these facts, one of the most common mistakes by high school athletes that irritate college coaches is the recruit who is reckless or foolish on Social Media. College coaches don’t expect high school athletes to be public relations experts. They just want players that will make good decisions and positively represent their university. Chris Yandle, Director of Communications at the University of Miami may have put it best when he said, “Live your life, don’t tweet your life.” Use your common sense. Don’t post, tweet or direct message anything you don’t want a coach to see.
3. Sending impersonal emails or inappropriate direct messages
I don’t know about you, but when I receive a form letter or a “canned” email I delete it immediately. College coaches feel the same way about emails from prospective recruits. If you think a two sentence, general email with no personal touch will be well received by a college coach, think again. In fact, it’s downright irritating. If you want college coaches to be interested in you, you have to be interested in them. I’m not telling you to research the head coach’s personal hobbies, but it should be obvious that you know a little bit about their program. The more personal the email, the better chance you will get a response.
Much like an impersonal email, an inappropriate tweet or a direct message that reads something like, “Hey Coach, check out my highlights!” isn’t anything a college coach wants to see. Neither one is going to get a response or even get considered. Thoughtful, polite and respectful comes across much better than lazy, cocky and arrogant.
4. Attitude is everything
My good friend, the late Brooks Thompson, a former NBA player and Division I college once said, “My coaching staff watches players from the time they step off the bus until the time they get back on the bus. We watch how they warm up, how they interact with their teammates, how they handle themselves in competition, how they win and how they lose. We evaluate the entire package; we don’t just look at the box score.” Every recruit should consider themselves warned. A player with a bad attitude stands a good chance of irritating a college coach before they even meet them.
College coaches watch how you react to game situations and how you interact with your teammates and coaches. Your behavior is always on display and that will only intensify if you play in college. College coaches are certainly looking at talent first, but your conduct and character are definitely factors, especially when they are trying to decide between recruits of similar abilities.
You don’t have to be a boy scout or a nun, but if you don’t respect your teammates, coaches and parents then your attitude might be a problem. College coaches don’t want to babysit half their roster.
5. Asking about scholarship money in the first conversation
Timing is everything and just so you know, college coaches generally don’t want to talk scholarship dollars in the first conversation (unless you are a 5-Star recruit). Remember, for most athletes college recruiting is a process and you probably aren’t going to land a scholarship in your first contact with a college coach. They want to get to know you as an athlete and a person. When you go on a job interview, you don’t walk in and ask “So, how much money am I going to make here?” You wait for the appropriate time for that discussion. Every college coach knows you want to maximize your scholarship dollars and if they are truly interested in you they will help you reach your goals.
If you can, let the coach start the scholarship conversation. It might happen during the first conversation, but the more likely scenario is that it will happen after you’ve established a relationship with the coach.
Here’s the deal
*You don’t get a second chance at a first impression with a college coach and a bad first impression can be hard to overcome. Make sure your first impression is a good one by avoiding the above 5 mistakes.

06/12/2017

TOP 5 THINGS PARENTS DO THAT CONCERN COLLEGE COACHES (Published in USA Today HSS)
We’ve all been at a game or two where a parent gets out of hand. You know what I’m talking about, the parent who screams at the referee on every call, berates the other team, and coaches their athlete from the stands. I don’t know about you, but this kind of childish behavior from an adult really irritates me. Well, if this behavior irritates you and me then it at least causes concern for a college coach too. I can assure you that college coaches notice this type of behavior by the parents of any athlete they are truly interested in. That said, it’s not only behavior at a game, there are other things parents do that are “warning signs” for college coaches.
An athletic scholarship is a huge investment for a university to make in a high school athlete and college coaches take the responsibility of making scholarship offers very seriously. Making the right decisions on which athletes they recruit is critical to their livelihood. For that reason, in addition to evaluating the athlete, college coaches also evaluate the parents of the athletes they are recruiting.
Last week we talked about things recruits do that irritate college coaches. This week let’s discuss the things parents do that might annoy coaches. A parent’s actions and behavior could be the deciding factor between two athletes of similar abilities. Parents need to know the things that a coach might notice to be sure they don’t negatively impact their athlete’s chances for a scholarship. Here are my top 5 things parents do that annoy college coaches.
Parents who criticize their athlete’s coach, teammates and/or the officials
As discussed above, everyone knows a parent or two who constantly complains about the coach, the players and the officials. If you are one of those parents, just understand that you might be sitting next to or near a college coach recruiting your athlete. Yikes!
College coaches know that this kind of behavior teaches a young athlete to make excuses instead of making adjustments. It also creates an atmosphere of tension, and tense athletes typically don’t perform very well. Finally, this behavior will most likely continue into college and then the college coach will have to deal with it. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Just enjoy watching your athlete compete and let them talk about the game on the car ride home.
“Helicopter parents”:
A Helicopter Parent is defined by Google as “a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.” Let me say it another way, “They hover over their kids like a TV news helicopter over a car wreck”. To some extent, all parents have been Helicopter Parents at one time or another, but the problematic Helicopter Parent is easy to spot when their child is an athlete. Whether they want to admit it or not, a helicopter parent can actually have a negative impact on an athlete’s chance for a scholarship. There is a fine line between being a supportive role model and a true, full-fledged “helicopter parent”.
Helicopter parents tend to try and influence the recruiting process for their athlete. Some try to push a particular school on their athlete and others might talk to college coaches at inappropriate times or in inappropriate situations. Parents need to realize that they aren’t the one who will be on the team. It’s not their athletic career.
“Lawnmower parents”:
A Lawnmower parent is defined by the MacMillan Dictionary as “a parent who clears all obstacles from their child’s path, so that they never have to deal with any problems by themselves. Instead of hovering, lawnmower parents clear a path for their child before they even take a step, pre-empting possible problems and mowing down obstacles in their child’s way.”
If a college coach determines that an athlete’s parents are truly “lawnmower parents” they may steer away from that recruit. There is no scientific study on children of lawnmower parents (yet), but I would bet money that those kids don’t deal with adversity very well and aren’t the most coachable athletes on the planet. Neither of these two attributes are a positive in a college coach’s eyes.
"Parents who think they can be objective about their own kid":
There are very few parents who are truly objective with respect to their children. I’m certainly not objective about my kids and (I think) that’s ok. Parents need to be their athlete’s #1 fan! The trick is to realize that you aren’t objective and find someone who will be. Without an objective evaluation of your student-athlete, your expectations from college coaches is going to be distorted and perhaps disappointing. Consider this; almost every parent a college coach talks with has an unrealistic opinion about their athlete. It might be refreshing if you were one of the few who didn’t.
Parents who contact coaches for your athlete:
Believe it or not, some parents will actually contact college coaches themselves on behalf of their kids. That’s right, they call or email college coaches and introduce themselves as “Billy’s dad”. Parents need to understand the following: At least initially, college coaches only want to talk with two people (other than their own coaching staff) about any recruit: (1) the athlete and (2) his or her coach. That’s it. No one else’s abilities or opinions matter, especially a parent, whose opinion is biased. When the time is appropriate for a coach to have a conversation with the parents, they will initiate it.
"Here’s the deal":
College coaches pay attention to the parents and families of the athletes they are recruiting. If, after reading this article, you still don’t believe me, here are the thoughts of Pat Fitzgerald, the football coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats: “…when we talk about our fit, we’re evaluating the parents, too. And if the parents don’t fit, then we might punt on the player and not end up offering him a scholarship. That has changed over a decade. Ten years ago, that wasn’t as big of a role. Now it’s a big part of it.”

Mount Carmel Academy...The school will be providing sports' physicals next Wednesday, June 14th at 6pm for $20 (cash onl...
06/09/2017

Mount Carmel Academy...
The school will be providing sports' physicals next Wednesday, June 14th at 6pm for $20 (cash only) in the MCA cafeteria. Please call the school to confirm your spot at 713-643-2008 or you can just show up on Wednesday.

Come support Mt. Carmel Baseball at the TCAL State Baseball Tourney at Baseball USA! Game time 10a!
05/11/2017

Come support Mt. Carmel Baseball at the TCAL State Baseball Tourney at Baseball USA! Game time 10a!

Come support Mt. Carmel Softball at the TCAL State Softball Tourney at Baseball USA! Game time 10:30a.
05/11/2017

Come support Mt. Carmel Softball at the TCAL State Softball Tourney at Baseball USA! Game time 10:30a.

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club Scholarships are given to deserving student/athletes who qualify from Mt. Carmel Academy in Hou...
03/17/2017

Mt. Carmel Athletic Club Scholarships are given to deserving student/athletes who qualify from Mt. Carmel Academy in Houston, Texas.

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02/12/2017

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Thank You Mt. Carmel Baseball!
12/02/2016

Thank You Mt. Carmel Baseball!

With the rebirth of Mt. Carmel in 2008 came a new beginning! A chance to rebuild from the ground up. Our family (Rico Family) is very proud to have been a part of helping Mt. Carmel from the ground up since the summer of 2008. One of those challenges was the sports program. My challenge was to revamp the Mt. Carmel Baseball Team, then known as the Rebels. I was committed to bring fun and excitement through the game of baseball. Those first years were rough but we managed to qualify to The TCAL State Baseball Tournament. From 2009 till now 2016. Mt. Carmel Baseball has been State Runner-Up 5 times, The State Final Four 6 times, Regional, Champions 1year. and District Champions 3 times during my time here. We've had several members play for NAIA 4 yr. schools a Junior College and several play College Club Baseball. (As well as some of our alumni going on to play in the NCAA, Minor Leagues and Major League Baseball.) I'm very proud of these young men and of all the baseball student/athletes who have played and participated with us. I've never regretted my time with these fine young men and I hope and pray that I was able to make a positive difference in someone's life or lives.
During our time together we not only learned about baseball, we also learned about life and the opportunities it affords us from time to time. In our conversations we would talk about recognizing when an opportunity presented itself. That opportunities can sometimes past you in a blink of an eye or linger just long enough until you notice and then it's too late. Sometimes those opportunities are gone for ever, sometimes you'll see them again way on down the road and sometimes they come back without even knowing. The thing is, what are you going to do with an opportunity when you get it?
An opportunity for me came to be the Baseball Head Coach for Mt. Carmel. One that I have cherished ever since 2008. This allowed me to mentor young minds and teach not only the game of baseball but also about respect and honing up to your own actions... being responsible. And every baseball student/athlete that I came across no matter what, they liked and enjoyed the game of baseball. It was the "Never Give Up" attitude that attracted me to Mt. Carmel and becoming the Head Baseball Coach. Having a combination of great players and the willingness to go for it and laying all on the field... that don't give up attitude has lead this team to be one of the power houses in TCAL in our District. So much so that for the past two seasons (2015 & 2016) we've gone 18 - 2 in District play.
We've also re-established our Baseball Alumni game after a 20 year hiatus. I believe it's important that the Mt. Carmel Baseball brotherhood/family stay in contact and know that many of our Baseball Student/Athletes have gone on to do great things later in life... Professional Athletes, College Coach, State Representative, State Judge, Doctors, Lawyers, Founders & Presidents of companies, Military, Fire & Law Enforcement, Civil and Social Services and anything & everything in between. Mt. Carmel Baseball was a starting point where we all had something in common.
As I look back at my involvement with Mt. Carmel Baseball I have no regrets. And remembering out conversations about opportunities I was presented with one I never ever thought possible. A once in a lifetime chance to coach in the college ranks. After much prayer and time with my family, it was not an easy decision to make. With the overall improvement of the current Mt. Carmel Baseball team these past couple years, I feel the team will perform well and be competitive for years to come. Including Winning The State Championship!

I have decided to step down as Head Coach of Mt. Carmel Baseball and take advantage of the opportunity and challenge of becoming the New Head Baseball Coach at the college level with Lone Star College-North Harris (Hurricanes). I would like to thank Paul Sobieski and the Mount Carmel school board who believed in me and first gave me a shot with Mt. Carmel Baseball and to Mr. & Mrs. Giachinno who extend their confidence in me and continued to believed in me and our program. A HUGE THANK-YOU to our parents, family and friends of our baseball student/athletes who believed in our philosophy and who gave of their time, money and efforts all during all these seasons! And, most of all... to the baseball student/athletes themselves... it is their determination and focus that kept our sport alive and well! You guys made it all possible to enjoy!
Thanks to all the former Mt. Carmel Baseball Players who returned and assisted our guys at the practice field... and to our Dads & Moms who have help our team grow and who have helped on the field and kept score as well as to the families who have set up concessions and assisted in our dinners and gatherings since 2008/2009. Thank-You to the men who have stepped up as 1st. assistant coaches during my tenure at Mt. Carmel: Rick Martinez, Sal Delagarza, Mark Flores, Tommy Bischof and Art Perez. Last but not least, Thank-You to my Family for their understanding and to GOD for allowing me the greatest opportunity in the world to guide these young men these past eight seasons.
Thank-you for all the GREAT memories this, past & present group has provided. I will never forget you or any of our teams from the difficult to the successful times. I wish only the best and continued success for Mt. Carmel Baseball. Now that I am the New Head Baseball Coach at Lone Star College-North Harris, we would love to have you come to a Great Affordable College for your education and know that we also have a New Baseball Team. The Lone Star College-North Harris Hurricanes Baseball!

P.S.- I am still President of our Mt. Carmel Athletic Club and will continue to support raising funds for deserving student/athletes at Mt. Carmel Academy as well as volunteer some of my time on various projects at Mt. Carmel Academy. Also, I will still be active with our Mt. Carmel Baseball Alumni Game. You will still see me from time to time. I will continue to help with broadcasting our Mt. Carmel Games. And, who knows what the future may hold? Billy Martin made a comeback 3 times with the New York Yankees as Manager. And as Yogi Berra once said, "It Ain't Over Till It's Over"!

Thank-you all. May God continue to bless you, your family and the team.
Have a Great & Blessed Day!
We Are, One Heartbeat... We Are, One Team... We Are Mt. Carmel!

Salvador Rico
Head Baseball Coach
Lone Star College - North Harris

"Hurricanes Baseball"

08/14/2016

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Sal, you make us all proud with your pride and passion. I am so thankful for the new bus, and the "old" sign. Wish we could have got the baseball field scoreboard, but at least it won't be wasted. The teams are fabulous. Thank all of you who make this school so successful. We are blessed to have so many who care so much. Go Rebels!
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