Pershing Physical Education and Athletics

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The Pershing Athletic department will be hosting our bi-annual physicals in the big gym on Thursday May 23th from 4:00 to 5:30.

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.


Joaquin Ortiz

PE Teacher and Department Chair, Girls Soccer and Cross Country Coach
713-295-5240 X


Leisa Brents

Gymnastics Teacher, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach and Asst. Softball Coach
713-295-5240 X


David Burgan

PE Teacher, Athletics Director, Head 8th Grade Football Coach and Head Softball Coach
713-295-5240 X


Linda Lindsey

PE Teacher and Track and Field Coach
713-295-5240 X


Kelly Ray

PE Teacher, 7th Grade Girl's Basketball Coach, and Swim Coach
713-295-5240 X


Timothy Taft

PE Teacher, 8th Grade Boy's Basketball Coach and Track and Field Coach
713-295-5240 X


Benjamin Sifuentes

713-295-5240 X

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

Girls' Basketball

Attention all girls interested in playing for the Lady Panda Basketball team, try-outs will be Monday October 22nd for 8th grade girls only and Wednesday October 24th for 7th grade girls only.

All paperwork is due Monday October 15th. You will not be allowed to try-out if your paperwork is not turned in on time.

7th grade girls need to see Coach Ray in the girls' coaches office.

8th grade girls need to see Coach Taft in the boys' coaches office.

2018 Football Information

All HISD paperwork must be complete and on file with the coaches prior to any child's participation in practices.

The paperwork can be found on the Pershing website or students can pick it up on campus from the main office.

The first practice will be Tuesday August 27th, 2018. (only for those with completed paperwork)

Boys are responsible for providing their own cleats, black & red socks, and black pre-padded practice pants. The school will provide helmets and shoulder pads 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.

See Football Schedule on the Football Page.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Burgan, Athletic Director�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


Girls Lacrosse

Coach Hall�

7th and 8th Grade Only UIL Sports


Coach Brents

Football 8th Grade

Coach Burgan

Football 7th Grade

Coach Sifuentes

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 Sifuentes

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 � Fall Start - Mid-October
  • Basketball � Mid-October
  • Lacrosse � Year Round
  • Basketball � Fall start - Mid-October
  • Swim � Fall start - Mid-October
  • Soccer � Tryouts in December
  • Track � Early-February
  • Baseball � Tryouts December/January
  • Softball � Tryouts in December

Spring Sports: Tentative Start to be Announced