Richard Jorgensen, Head Coach
Coach Jorgensen became head coach of The Woodlands High School in 2005 and is heading into his ninth season at the helm. In that time The Woodlands High School varsity has an overall record of 245-51 for a .806 winning percentage. In his eight seasons the varsity team has reached the state playoffs every year with seven straight trips to the regional quarterfinals, three trips to the regional semifinals, two trips to the regional finals and a state and national championship in 2011. During that span the varsity has won the district championship five times. Coach Jorgensen was named 14-5A District Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jorgensen, along with his coaching staff, Tim Borths and Paula Miller were named the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for 2011. In 2011 Coach Jorgensen was selected to coach The Greater Houston Area North All Star Team and also The Texas Girls Coaches Association East All Star Team. Players under Jorgensen have been recognized at the highest levels including All District, All Greater Houston, All Montgomery County, All State, Academic All State, TGCA All Stars and Sports Writers All Stars, Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year and ESPN Softball Player of the Year. In 8 years 28 players have gone on to play collegiate softball. In his eight seasons at The Woodlands the junior varsity has an overall record of 175-24-3 with 8 straight district championships.
In 2005 the varsity had a 25-5 record and reached the playoffs for only the second time in school history and ranked as high as number 3 in the state rankings. In 2006, The Highlanders went 29-7, won its first playoff game in school history, and reached the regional quarterfinals. In 2007, the varsity won its first district championship in school history and once again reached the regional quarterfinals. In 2008 and 2009 the Highlanders won the district championships and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.
In the 2010 season, The Highlanders were ranked #1 in the State of Texas and #3 in the NFCA national polls. The team finished the season with a 37-4 record and reached the regional semifinals.
The 2011 squad improved on that mark and finished the season with an impressive 44 – 1 record. The Highlanders won their first ever Texas Class 5A State Softball Championship and were named the National Champions by NFCA, Maxpreps, and ESPN Rise. The softball program’s success has contributed to 6 Lone Star Cup Championships for The Woodlands High School.
In 2012 the team had an undefeated district campaign with a 12-0 record and went on to record an overall record of 30-5 and a second straight trip to the regional finals. The team was ranked #1 for much of the season and ended the year ranked #5 in Texas.
Coach Jorgensen has been teaching for 16 years. He spent seven years at Westlake High School in Austin. He coached both the jv and varsity teams in Westlake. In 2004 he was named head coach at Westlake and led them to their first playoff appearance in 5 years.
Coach Jorgensen is from Port Arthur, Texas. He has been married to his wife Gina for 26 years. They have three children, Spencer 18, Alyssa 18, and Caroline 10.
Tim C. Borths, Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Tim Borths has been teaching and coaching in The Woodlands since 2003 and has been at The Woodlands High School 9th Grade Campus since 2005 where he teaches World Geography and coaches football in addition to softball. As a proud member of the TWHS Softball Staff, Tim has learned a lot from Coach Jorgensen and the girls and is looking forward to continuing the winning tradition that the team has built. He has seen the program go from winning its first playoff game in 2006 to being a state contender today that brought the 2011 state and national championship home to The Woodlands.
Coach Borths is a graduate of Clear Creek High School in League City, TX and earned his BBA and teaching certificate from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Coach Borths is married to Katie and they were blessed with the arrival of their sons, Ryan in October 2008 and Justin in April 2011. Softball is a family affair for the Borths’ as Ryan’s impending arrival was announced at the College Park game the season before with a subtle t-shirt and Justin was born in-between the CP and Conroe games during the last week of district play. Now they can be seen at the games with Katie cheering the girls on and chasing foul balls. Go Highlanders!
Paula D. Miller, Junior Varsity Coach
2013 will be Coach Miller’s 6th year at the Woodlands as the JV coach. Her career in softball includes playing for Sam Houston State University, coaching tournament ball and being a Varsity coach for eight years at Westfield High. In addition, she coaches volleyball at the 9th grade campus.
Coach Miller has been teaching for 16 years and teaches World History. She has her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University. One day she may plan to become an administrator but is still having too much fun coaching to pursue it just yet. Her favorite part of coaching is seeing how much these young ladies grow and develop during their high school years.
Coach Miller grew up in Santa Fe, Tx., has been married to her husband Bryan for sixteen years and is the mother of two children, Bryce (12) who is an avid baseball player and Tobi (10) who does equestrian riding as her competitive sport. Both kids are obviously being raised in a competitive family as her husband was a high school coach for many years as well.
Her time here with the TWHS softball family has included a lifetime of memories, several district championships and of course, the fulfillment of every coach’s dream – winning a state championship.