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Teaching has made Ivy a better coach


Between math and special education, the two subjects helped shaped one Fort Stockton High School teacher into a better coach.

Vic Ivy, 67, teaches pre-calculus and algebra one, as well as coaches track and football.

Ivy earned his bachelor's degree in education at McMurry College before going to Arizona State for his master's degree.

He started out teaching special education in 1975.

Fort Stockton High School is his fourth school. He came to the school after accepting an invitation from Rex Whitfield in 2009 to help with coaching.

He worked with the kicker and defense tackles, as well as serving as head boys track coach.

When Ivy graduated from high school, he had to decide between being a preacher or a coach.

“The Lord showed me I'd do better at coaching,” he said.

He has experience teaching tennis and basketball.

“I enjoy all sports,” said Ivy.

In school, Ivy played football and ran track.

He always wanted to be a coach, but knew he also needed a career on top of that.

“You can't be a good coach unless you can teach,” said Ivy.

Ivy originally wanted to teach American history, but after finding out about the shortage of math teachers he went that route instead.

For 22 years Ivy taught special education and helped the students enter a mainstream math class – which he said was the best part of his job.

Teaching math and special education helped shape his coaching style, he said.

“It helps you relate to different students and different levels,” said Ivy. “Each kid is a unique individual.”

In his free time, Ivy enjoys watching college football and basketball.

Ivy was married in 1983 to his love, Demby, and has two daughters, who have been through the different schools and different cities over the last 36 years.

“We've been very fortunate,” he said. “Demby's been a great support to me.”

Demby is a retired math teacher , who has helped Ivy over the years as they were able to discuss new math techniques and styles.

“I've just been very blessed in my career,” said Ivy.