Eagle Mountain–Saginaw ISD is pleased to announce Rafael Lopez as the new head volleyball coach at Boswell High School. He has served as the assistant varsity coach since 2013. Lopez brings 26 years of coaching experience that includes six years combined experience as the head volleyball coach at two 5A high schools; Ranchview in Irving and Bryan Adams in Dallas.
Lopez takes over the program from Kevin Anderson, who resigned earlier in May to pursue personal endeavors. Under their leadership, the team built a 143-30 record over the last four seasons. The volleyball program has won 23 play-off matches, four district championships, four bi-district championships, two area championships, one regional quarterfinal championship, and a state quarterfinal appearance. Lopez’s coaching career began in 1991 at the Borinquen Volleyball Club in Puerto Rico. From 2003-2005, he worked for the American Military Academy as the head varsity volleyball coach for both the girls and boys programs. While in Puerto Rico, he opened and ran his own volleyball club, the Escuela De Desarollo Deportivo, from 2004-2006. The following year, Lopez helped run the summer volleyball programs for the University of Kentucky and the University of Arkansas until 2012. Lopez was a multi-sport athlete throughout high school and played semi-pro volleyball for the Guaynabo team in Puerto Rico. Additionally, he participated in the beach pro circuit in Puerto Rico for two years. Lopez earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. He is currently in the process of completing his Masters in Coaching and Sports Administration from Concordia University. Rafael and his wife, Isabel, have been married for 22 years. Together, they have three sons; Ignacio, 22; Rafael, 19; and Gabriel,17; as well as a daughter-in-law, Kay.