Pasadena ISD Picks New Athletics Director, Assistant Athletics Director

Pasadena ISD Picks New Athletics Director, Assistant Athletics Director
Posted on 02/22/2017
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Ruperto Jaso was named by the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees as the new district Athletics Director and Dobie assistant principal Donna Branch was named the district's Assistant Athletics Director.


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Jaso brings 24 years of educational experience to his role as Athletic Director, serving as a coach and assistant principal at Clear Creek ISD.

The Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees approved Ruperto Jaso and Dobie assistant principal Donna Branch for the positions of District Athletics Director and Assistant Athletics Director at its February meeting.

“I look forward to working with everyone at Pasadena ISD and continuing to build on the already great athletics program,” Jaso said.

Jaso brings an array of leadership experience to the district. He has served as an assistant principal at Clear Creek High School since 2013. From 1999 to 2012, he was an assistant basketball and football coach and was eventually promoted to head baseball coach.

“Through his experience as an administrator in various capacities, he has garnered respect from the Clear Creek ISD community,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD superintendent of schools. “His philosophy is in line with where we want the athletics department to go and I look forward to seeing what he will bring to Pasadena ISD.”

Jaso holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University, a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas Southern University and an associate’s degree in kinesiology from Laredo Jr. College. He has also earned certifications in all levels of physical education for grades 8-12 health and as a principal and is a member of various athletic organizations including the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association, and the Houston Area Coaches Association.

A Rayburn graduate from the Class of 1975, Branch has served Pasadena ISD students for 35 years. She started her educational career in 1981 at Dobie as a teacher and head varsity volleyball coach, where she achieved 10 district titles, with seven appearances to the regional quarterfinals and two appearances to the regional tournament.

“I’m very excited and honored to take this new position,” Branch said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting principals and coaches and being a part of the competition again.”

Her status as a star volleyball player at Rayburn and volleyball coach at Dobie helped her make Pasadena ISD history as one of the first Athletics Hall of Fame inductees to be honored for both her successes as a student athlete and coach.

Branch holds a bachelor’s degree in science, health and physical education from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in educational management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

“As a well-known and respected former student, athlete, role model, coach and administrator, Coach Branch brings a level of pride and tradition to Pasadena ISD as a whole,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD superintendent of schools. “Her leadership skills add another level of expertise to our athletics program.”