COACHES

H E A D C O A C H

Brianna Roughton

Varsity Coach

Brianna Roughton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin – Hook ‘Em Horns! – with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She is originally from the Austin area and attended Lake Travis High School. She cheered for Lake Travis all four years, winning the NCA National Championship in 2008 and cheering the Cavs onto 3 straight state titles.

This is Coach Roughton’s seventh year teaching and coaching at Vandegrift. She helped to lead the varsity team to a third place finish at the UIL State Cheerleading Competition in 2016 and 2020. She believes a successful coach is able to create a team atmosphere that consists of players that are willing to work hard, build positive reputations through on another, and are able to reach their ultimate potential while having fun.

Coach Roughton is looking forward to watching the athletes cheer on Viper football on Friday nights and having another successful year at the UIL State Competition. Go Vipers!

J V C O A C H

Augie Strauch

Junior Varsity Coach

Augie Strauch is a graduate of Baylor University where he majored in Secondary Education Social Studies. He is originally from Chicago and was on the gymnastic team throughout high school. At Baylor, he participated in gymnastics and retired during his sophomore year due to his size. He was the tallest gymnast in the state of Illinois, and while accommodations were able to be made before, he found he was too big to fit on any of Baylor’s equipment.

This will be his first year teaching and coaching cheer. Two things Coach Strauch would like to emphasize going into this year are compassion and communication. A team with no compassion may be able to work together and function effectively, however they won’t be able to grow. Compassion means understanding one another, and pushing each other to be their best. Good communication requires learning how to effectively communicate in a way that is constructive and can be a difficult skill to master. While he doesn't expect every student to be perfect right off the bat, it is something he would like to work on with students as it can have immeasurable benefits in the real world.

He is excited for this year and meeting all of the athletes and watching them cheer on Viper Football on Thursday nights!