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Pershing Middle School

A Fine Arts Magnet School

Pershing Physical Education and Athletics

Welcome to our page. There is a great deal of information on this page.

If you are looking for sports information, click here. 

Physical Education @ Pershing

Our classes focus on conditioning, flexibility, health and team sports.

Necessary Supplies

  • PE classes need a gray Pershing t-shirt and black PE shorts.
  • All students need to wear socks and appropriate footwear.
  • Running or tennis shoes are required.
  • All students need a combination lock (preferably master). PE lockers are for class period use only.
  • Athletic lockers are for semester use.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle, deodorant, and body wipes. Body sprays are permitted however glass containers are prohibited in the gym and locker rooms.
  • Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are allowed however sunglasses and hats may only be worn outdoors.

Grading Policy

Students start each class period with a 100. Students who do not dress out properly for class drop to a 75 for the day. Non dress and non participation without a doctors note will result in a grade of 50 for the day. After 3 unexcused non dresses in a 6 weeks, parent contact will be made, the student will receive a morning detention and subsequent non dresses will result in a 50 for the day. Parents please encourage your child to come prepared for class.


David Burgan

PE Teacher, Department Head, Head 8th Grade Football Coach and Head Softball Coach


Leisa Brents

Gymnastics Teacher, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach and Asst. Softball Coach


Linda Lindsey

PE Teacher and Track and Field Coach


Joaquin Ortiz

PE Teacher, Girls Soccer and Cross Country Coach


Kelly Ray

PE Teacher, 7th Grade Girl's Basketball Coach, and Swim Coach


Timothy Taft

PE Teacher, 8th Grade Boy's Basketball Coach and Track and Field Coach


Benjamin Sifuentes


Athletics and Sports

The athletic program at Pershing Middle School dynamically supports the academic mission of the school. Pershing MS sets high expectations for its coaches and student-athletes. Interscholastic athletics is historically a significant part of the total education program. They offer opportunities for students to be part of a team, to serve the school, to enjoy fellowship, and to develop intellectually, physically and emotionally. Our desire at Pershing is that through their participation in sports, student athletes will have fun and build lifelong relationships. The ultimate product of this investment will be healthy adults who contribute to their communities in a positive way.

Pershing Sports List | Sports Tentative Start Period

Fall Sports Physicals 2018

  • Athletic physicals for the 2018-2019 school year will take place early in the school year - date and times will be posted here as soon as they are known.
  • 3:40 pm until all are completed
  • The cost is ---- cash only.

To tryout or participate in sports at Pershing, a student must have a valid physical on file before they can try out for the team. The physicals are good for one calendar year so will last for every sport this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Burgan, Athletic Director - dburgan@houstonisd.org or (713) 295-5240

Athletic Packet & Required Documents

Parents are to complete all pages of this packet with the exception of the physical evaluation form, which must be completed by a healthcare physician. incomplete packets will not be accepted. *Do not leave completed packets at the front desk. packets should be submitted to their respective coaches.*

This packet contains the forms required for your student to participate in any sport at Pershing Middle School. Your student will not be permitted to attend any try-out, practice or sporting competition until this packet is completed and returned to the athletic department. Please make sure to provide current contact information on each page. Parents and students are required to read and sign these documents.

Click here to Get Athletic Packet & Required Documents

Pershing Sports List

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade – Club Sports Only


Coach Parker



Coach Burgan


Boys’ Lacrosse

Coach Ignatiev


Girls Lacrosse

Coach Hall


7th and 8th Grade Only UIL Sports


Coach Brents


Football 8th Grade

Coach Burgan


Football 7th Grade

Coach Williams


Cross Country

Coach Ortiz



Coach Lindsey


Girls Basketball

Coach Taft


Boys’ Basketball

Coach Breaux


Boys’ Track

Coach Taft


Girls Track

Coach Lindsey


Boys’ Soccer

Coach Franco


Girls Soccer

Coach Ortiz


Sports Start Tentative Start Period

  • Volleyball – First Week of School
  • Football – First Week of School
  • Cross Country – First Week of School
  • Swim – Mid-October
  • Basketball – Mid-October
  • Lacrosse – Year Round
  • Spring Sports: Start Tentative Start Period
  • Basketball – Fall start
  • Swim – Fall start
  • Soccer – Tryouts in December
  • Track – Early-February
  • Baseball – Tryouts December/January
  • Softball – Tryouts in December
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