THSADA Spotlight: Oscar Riojas
A native of the Rio Grande Valley, I was born and raised in Mercedes, Texas. As a Mercedes High School student I competed in UIL Academics and UIL Athletics. After graduating from Mercedes High School in 1993, I left the Rio Grande Valley to pursue my higher education. A graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville, I was a member of the Javelina Sports Medicine program in which I proudly served and assisted all Javelina Athletic programs as a student athletic trainer. I graduated from Texas A&M in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in English. In 2000, I completed graduate work for a Master Degree in Education. I served as a graduate assistant in the Javelina Sports Medicine Department. I married my high school sweetheart, Melissa A. Vogel- Riojas, and we have two beautiful children; Oscar Riojas Jr. and Audrey Riojas.
My love for sports and the positive impact UIL sports can have in the development of our students has been the drive and dedication in my career. I am a proud product of UIL Academics and Athletics therefore I am an advocate for the positive impact sports has had in my life. I have served Weslaco ISD as the Athletic Director for the past eight years after stints in Athletic Training and Assistant Athletic Coordinator all of which have been for Weslaco ISD. Along with my responsibilities in athletics, I also oversee Curriculum and Instruction for Health and Physical Education.
Weslaco ISD is a 6A school district with two high schools, four middle schools, and eleven elementary schools. It is my goal to ensure that our athletes experience the full scope of high school athletics through the development of the mind and body. I firmly believe that positive sports programs are directly related to the production of quality citizens and contributors to successful communities. As a coach, I believe that the fundamentals of true sportsmanship teach our athletes greater lessons in life, long after they have left the playing field and locker rooms. Few experiences are as helpful in the growth of our student-athletes as being a part of a team working towards a common goal.
I am humbled by the Rio Grande Valley Athletic Director’s trust in my ability to represent our Region VII and I look forward to working with all Regional Directors. Good luck to all programs in the State of Texas and I wish everyone a successful school year.