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Sports Hall of Fame - 2009 Coaches and Administrators

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Sports Hall of Fame - 2009 Coaches and Administrators

Acuff, Roy | Arnold, Frank | Ayers, Joe | Barborak, Mel | Bill, Earl | Brandenburg, Jim | Cano, Caesar | Cortez, Joseph | Crocker, Mike | DeLaune, Gary | Derk, Tim | Ferrara, John | Froff, Wally | Gustafson, Carl Marvin | Henslee, Tom | Hollar, Dee | Kelley, Ken | Kosub, Elmer | Krueger, Ann | Lareau, Bernie | Marbut, Robert G. | Mickler, Bob | Padilla, Tony | Pasterchick, George | Pickard, Billy | Potter, Jim | Lupe, Ruiz | Sawyer, Roy | Shaw, Wayne 'Red' | Shuler, Jim | Sowell, C.L. "Doc" | Tallman, Pat


Roy Acuff, in his 21st season as play-by-play announcer for the San Antonio Missions, has the fourth-longest active tenure of any minor-league broadcaster in the country. The Baylor graduate has called more than 2,300 games in San Antonio since being hired in 1988. He has worked in radio statewide, including stints at Bay City, Raymondville, Rust, Waco, Corpus Christi and Victoria before coming to San Antonio.

• He was the lead announcer for the 1974 Texas League champions, the Victoria Toros. It was his first season of broadcasting professional baseball.

• He has been the play-by-play broadcaster for four Texas League champions, including the Missions in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

• A native of Mineral Wells, he admits he grew up in a broken home, with a love of baseball serving as an escape. He discovered the game on the radio, listening to Harry Caray, Bob Prince, Gene Elston, Curt Gowdy and Pee Wee Reese.


Born and raised in San Antonio , Frank Arnold was a high school head football coach for 13 seasons before becoming athletic director of the Judson Independent School District in 1984. Arnold held that job until retiring in June 2005, ending a 41-year career as a teacher, coach and administrator. Arnold 's best season as a football coach was in 1983, when he led Judson to the Class 5A state championship. The state title was the first in football for the Rockets, who were 42-9 in four seasons under Arnold . Judson improved each year during his tenure, going 6-4 in 1980, 7-3 in 1981, 14-1 in 1982 and 15-1 in 1983.

• A Texas Lutheran College graduate, Arnold was 101-42-2 during a career that included stints at Sam Houston (14-6), Jefferson (10-8-2), Holmes (23-11) and MacArthur (12-8). His 1976 and 1977 Holmes teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

• Arnold was inducted into the Texas High School Athletic Directors Hall of Honor in 1998, and the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2002. He was named Texas Athletic Director of the Year in 1995.

• The athletic facilities at Judson were named the Frank Arnold Athletic Center in 2006.

• While Judson has consistently ranked among the state's top football programs for 25 years, the Rockets also competed on the state level in several other boys and girls sports during Arnold 's tenure as AD.

• Arnold was a four-year football and baseball letterman at TLC. He was inducted into the TLC Hall of Honor in 1982.

• A 1959 Burbank High School graduate, Arnold was a three-sport letterman for the Bulldogs. Roy Wallace, Arnold 's high school football coach, was athletic director at Judson when he hired Arnold as the Rockets' head coach in 1980. Arnold was promoted to AD when Wallace retired four years later.

• Arnold started his coaching career with a two-year stint at Davis Junior High in 1964. He was an assistant at Jefferson before taking his first head-coaching job at Sam Houston in 1971.


Joe Ayers served as the manager of the South Texas All-Stars in the Wrambling Wrecks All-Star Game for 20 years.

• He coached teams in local amateur leagues and was a member of the San Antonio Amateur Baseball Commission.

• In 40 years in San Antonio , he has used his extensive contacts in baseball to help young players earn exposure to scouts and coaches.


Mel Barborak coached high school and college basketball in San Antonio for more than 40 years before retiring in 1991.

• Barborak retired with 640 career victories. He had winning seasons in 29 of his 32 seasons as a head coach.

• He served as Athletic Director of the Texas Christian Interscholastic League.

• He has coached baseball and basketball at South San High School, Northside High School (now Marshall High School), Alamo Heights High School, and Jay High School.

• Barborak coached baseball and basketball at St. Mary's from 1959-62. He coached the Rattlers to their first Big State Conference Championship.

• In 1984-1985 he coached a Swedish pro basketball team to a 55-10 record, including a national record of 22 consecutive victories.

• He coached the men's basketball team for six seasons at Incarnate Word College (now University of the Incarnate Word). He had an 88-88 record at the school and was named the Heart of Texas Conference Coach of the Year following his final season.

• Barborak was inducted into the St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. ( He played baseball and basketball at St. Mary's from 1948-50.)


Earl Bill is San Antonio's most-notable lacrosse coach, leading St. Mary's Hall to three state titles and a 150-23 record from 1994-2003 and coaching the San Antonio Lacrosse Club team to a 205-80 record in 1974 and 1977-1995. His teams at St. Mary's Hall reached the state's final four eight times, including seven in a row from 1997-2003.

• He was the Texas high school coach of the year in 1995 and 1998.

• He coached three high-school All-Americans at St. Mary's Hall and two players who went on to be college All-Americans.

• He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base from 1958-69 and 1971-74, reaching the level of Chief Master Sergeant. He retired from the military in 1983 and was the welless director and ran the Warhawks Gymnasium at Lackland from 1983-93.

• He started the lacrosse program at St. Mary's Hall in 1993.


A 1953 graduate of Edison High School , Brandenburg went on to become one of the nation's top coaches in college basketball. He's best known for leading Wyoming and Fennis Dembo, the former Fox Tech star, to upset victories over Virginia and UCLA on the way to a berth in the Sweet Sixteen of the 1987 NCAA Tournament. Before that, he led Burbank High School to the Final Four of the 1963 4A state finals.

• Inducted into University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

• Retired from coaching in 1992 after 34 years in coaching, including 23 in the college ranks.

• Was head coach from 1987-92 at San Diego State University .

• Was head coach at Wyoming from 1978-87, compiling 174-97 record. Led Cowboys to three Western Athletic Conference titles, two NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT appearance.

• Was named WAC Coach of the Year three times.

• Led Wyoming to a No. 17 national ranking and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1987 NCAA Tournament.

• Was head coach at University of Montana from 1976-78, compiling 39-18 record. Was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1978.

• Was head coach at Burbank High School from 1958-63. Was 26 when he led the Bulldogs to a 25-8 mark in 1963 and district, bi-district and regional titles.

• Was a senior standout on Edison 's state tournament team in 1953.


Until his death in 2008 at the age of 71, Cano served as president of the South Texas Amateur Boxing Association for more than 20 years.

• Under direction of Caesar Cano and his wife Alice, the South Texas Amateur Boxing Association grew into the second largest in the United States .

• Three boxers – Robert Quiroga, John Michael Johnson and “Jesse” James Leija – emerged from the amateur ranks to win world titles as professionals.

• A native of Corpus Christi , Cano was raised in Alice and began boxing at age 10.

• Served 29 years in the Army and Air Force where he boxed and coached the sport before settling in San Antonio in 1973.


Joseph Cortez coached the Central Catholic High School basketball team for 36 years. He compiled an 800-396 record that included 10 TCIL State titles and 23 District Championships. His teams won City Crowns in 1967 and 1975.

• Cortez was an All-State basketball player at Central Catholic before going on to play at Texas .

• He also compiled a 300-210 record as Head Baseball Coach at Central, and was the Buttons Football Coach in 1961.

• He served as a part-time Assistant Coach at Trinity University from 1996-2001.

• Cortez is a former Director of the San Antonio Spurs Basketball Camp and has conducted basketball clinics in the United States and Central and South America .

• He has been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Texas High School Coaches Association, Southwest Basketball Officials Association, Jewish Community Center Board of Directors, TCIL Board of Directors and a charter member of the Spurs Club.

• He was inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Central Catholic Marianist President's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1990.


Mike Crocker coached some of the city's best quarterbacks and receivers while an assistant coach at Lee from 1966-71, then helped two quarterbacks land college scholarships while the head coach at Roosevelt .

• Crocker coached all-state quarterback Tim Trimmier at Lee in 1969, second-team all-state quarterback Bill McCabe in 1970 and all-state quarterback Tommy Kramer in 1971-72.

• He also coached second-team all-state receiver Rick Thompson in 1969, all-state receiver Richard Osborne in 1971-72, all-state receiver Pat Rockett in 1971-72 and second-team all-state receiver Gary Haack in 1972.

• Lee won the state title in 1971

• Crocker coached quarterbacks at the University of North Texas from 1972-76

• He earned nine letters in three sports at Sam Houston High School from 1959-61 and played quarterback at North Texas from 1961-65.


Gary DeLaune, a 2007 inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, will begin his 47th season of broadcasting high school football in the state, including more than three decades in San Antonio . A Kansas native and a graduate of Oklahoma University , DeLaune's career has spanned more than five decades, including work as a San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys announcer, as the voice of the Astrodome and as a reporter, producer and sports anchor for KENS-TV in San Antonio .

• DeLaune has been involved with college and professional sports teams since 1961 when he served as broadcaster for the AFL's Dallas Texans for two seasons.

• He was a member of the Dallas Cowboys broadcast team from 1964-66.

• In 1973, was hired to join the San Antonio Spurs broadcast team.

• From 1968-71, served as the voice of the Houston Astrodome, and has since also served as an on-air talent for the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association and SMU, UT-San Antonio, Southwest Texas and The University of Incarnate Word basketball.

• He began his Texas radio and television broadcasting career in 1960, with stints at WFAA, KLIF and KDFW in Dallas; KNUZ and KQUE in Houston ; and at KENS.

• In April 2006, he was named to the Lone Star Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. A year later, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.


Tim Derk is best known to local sports fans as the Spurs Coyote. He is a fixture not only for his in-game performances, but for his many public appearances.

• Derk was the original Spurs Coyote and served as the team's mascot for 21 years beginning in 1983

• Known as "Entertainus Carnivorous" (his full name), he brought a Vaudeville comedy approach to his job. His act included skating, rappelling, dunking and leaping while wearing a costume that led to him losing as much as 15 pounds in a night.

• During his service as mascot, he suffered one broken nose, two shoulder separations, cracked ribs, a bruised kidney and torn tendons.

• Derk was a high school tennis star. He graduated from Trinity University and was later a tennis instructor.

• Most recently he helped celebrate the opening of a new rehabilitation unit at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital . He also gave the commencement speech for the Clemens High School class of 2004, just four months after he suffered a stroke.


Ferrara became the Head Coach at Lee High School in 1968 and led the Volunteers to the 1971 Class 4A State title with a team that included quarterback Tommy Kramer and receiver Richard Osborne.

• He has also been Assistant Coach and Head Coach at Uvalde and Roosevelt high schools.

• The Apaches finished 6-4 in their first season under Ferrara in 1990 — the school had only won a combined three games the previous three years — and took the TCIL State Championship with a 10-0 record in 1991.

• His last team finished 9-1, losing in the TCIL playoffs.

• Ferrara had a career coaching record of 188-79-7.

• Deceased 1995.


A San Antonio native, Groff was a prominent member of the Texas A&M athletic department for 41 years. He's best known for his role as athletic director, where he helped spearhead the growth of the school's 21-sport athletic department. In addition, Groff was recognized for his leadership on various Big 12 and NCAA committees, including the NCAA Baseball Championship Committee.

• Served as athletic director at Texas A&M from 1993-2003.

• As AD, worked with 12 th Man Foundation to update and improve A&M's athletic facilities, most notably the Bernard C. Richardson Zone at the north end of Kyle Field, and the 80,000-square foot south end football complex named for former board of regent Bum Bright, and the 40,000-square foot Erle and Alice Nye athletic academic center.

• Was assistant AD at A&M from 1988-93, during which time he served as the department's chief fiscal officer, overseeing budget, ticket sales, purchasing, bookkeeping and inventories.

• Joined A&M's athletic department in 1966 as business manager. Was promoted to assistant AD for business affairs in 1975 and became associate athletic director for finance in 1979.

• Graduated from Central Catholic High School and Texas A&M, where he received with a bachelor's degree in business in 1964 and a master's in 1965.


Carl Marvin "Gus" Gustafson never had a losing season in his career of coaching high school football and basketball. A graduate of Harlandale High School, Gustafson coached the 1972 Uvalde Coyotes to the Class 3A state football championship, finishing 15-0. He also coached at Devine High School in the 1960s and at Churchill High School for three years in the early 1970s.

• His 1959 Devine High school basketball team had a 33-1 record, losing only in the state championship game. His overall district record of 82-1 at Devine includes 75 consecutive wins, still a school record.

• Compiled impressive career coaching records in both football (136-31-4) and basketball (216-51).

• He was a Texas High School Coaches Association “Hall of Honor” winner in 1989, and was inducted into the Athletic Directors Hall of Honor in 1992.

• Gustafson served as an Athletic Director and as an Administrator in the Northside and San Antonio School Districts after leaving coaching.

• The Northside School District's football stadium is named in his honor.

• Deceased 1997.


Tom Henslee led Highlands High School to the Class 4A baseball state championship in 1968, his first as the Owls' coach. Highlands made history that year, becoming the first San Antonio school to win a state baseball title in the University Interscholastic League's largest classification. When the Owls gathered in 2008 to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of their run to state, they still were the only city team to win a state baseball crown in the UIL's largest classification. The UIL renumbered its classifications in 1980, with the largest schools competing in 5A and smallest in Class A.

• Henslee was a first baseman on Austin Travis' 1954 state-championship team.

• Henslee played football at Trinity and earned his degree in 1958.


Dee Hollar was the Secretary/Treasurer of the South Texas Amateur Athletic Union and a meet official at all levels of swimming competitions from age-group through the Olympic Games.

• Hollar served as the AAU's South Texas Secretary/Treasurer from 1975 to 2002

• She was a Team Manager or Assistant Team Manager for various USA Swimming national teams

• As a nationally certified official for USA Swimming she served at five U.S Olympic Trials

• Hollar was influential in the construction of the San Antonio Natatorium in 1981 and helped to establish a summer swimming league that is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.

• As a volunteer with the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Association, she was an official at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, the 1987 Indianapolis Pan American Games and World Championships held in San Antonio

• Hollar was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 1988 and selected to the AAU National Volunteer Hall of Fame in 1997

• Deceased in 2006.


Ken Kelley, track and field coach at Texas A&I University from 1966 to 1972, help to lead the Javalinas to two Lone Star Conference Championship titles.

• Kelley was named the LSC coach of the year and NAIA District Coach of the Year twice.

• His 1969 team won five conference gold medals and the 1970 team dominated the league meet, winning nine events.

• He is in the Javalina Hall of Fame along with five of his former athletes.

• Kelley won the Kansas City Relays' decathlon in 1957, finished fifth in the National Decathlon trials that year, and was eighth in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1956.

• He was nominated by the U.S. Olympic Committee as one of the coaches for the 1972 Olympic team.

• Kelley is a graduate of San Antonio Brackenridge High School and attended San Antonio College .


Elmer Kosub served as an Assistant Coach on the U.S. Olympic demonstration baseball team in 1968 in Mexico City and was the Head Coach of the U.S. All- Star Collegiate team in 1971, 1976, and 1980.

• Kosub joined St. Mary's in 1957 as a Teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director.

• He was instrumental in the construction of V.J. Keefe Stadium, home of the Rattlers and local minor league baseball for 30 years.

• As coach of the Rattlers baseball team for nearly three decades, Kosub's record at the school was 535-358. His teams won or tied 16 Big State Conference Championships and in 1976, St. Mary's appeared in the NAIA College World Series.

• Kosub was named Big State Conference Coach numerous times and in 1976 he was selected as the NAIA District IV Co-Coach of the year.

• He was inducted into the St. Mary's Hall of Fame in 1987, the same year he was recognized for his part in constructing and maintaining Keefe Stadium with the Diamond/Collegiate Baseball Groundskeepers Award.

• In 1990, he was named to the American Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

• Kosub also coached and taught baseball in seven foreign countries.


Ann Krueger, volleyball coach at Jay High School for 25 years, led the Mustangs to the Class 5A state championship in 1991 and three other appearances in the state tournament. Krueger spent her entire coaching career at Jay, compiling a 456-281 record that ranks her among the winningest volleyball coaches in San Antonio history.

• Jay advanced to the state tournament three consecutive years after winning state, losing in the final in 1992 and semifinals in 1993 and 1994.

• Krueger, who grew up in Fort Worth , took over the Mustangs' volleyball program in 1978 and retired in June 2003.

• Krueger coached future Olympians Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil and Demetria Sance.


A well-known athletic trainer, Bernie Lareau has helped to heal professional athletes of almost all major sports teams in San Antonio.

• He worked with the San Antonio Riders and spent six years at UTSA as a trainer and Assistant Athletic Director.

• He has worked with the San Antonio Pumas soccer team, Los Angeles Clippers, and Chicago Bears.

• The veteran athletic trainer worked for the Spurs when the team moved to San Antonio. He was the team trainer and equipment manager.

• He is a winner of the Eddie Wojecki Award (1985) that is given annually to an athletic trainer who has made outstanding contributions to the SW Athletic Trainers Association.


Marbut served as President of SAOne, a sports marketing subsidiary of the San Antonio Spurs, in 1994-95. Under his leadership, SAOne attracted NFL, NHL, college basketball, and NCAA football games to the Alamodome.

• Marbut was a City Councilman from 1995-1999

• He served as president of the AAU Junior Olympics in San Antonio in 1989 and the U.S. Olympic Festival in San Antonio in 1993. Marbut was President of the San Antonio Sports Foundation in 1990 and 1991, and he was the “non-paid” staff president from 1985 until 1989.

• A former modern pentathlete, he competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival three times. He was an All-American swimmer in high school and in college and was All-Conference four times in swimming.

• At Alamo Heights High School , Marbut lettered in four sports: swimming, water polo, track, and cross-country.

• He was Chief Operating Officer for the 1997 NCAA Midwest Regional and 1998 NCAA Final Four events in San Antonio .


While Bob Mickler never played high school football, he left behind a legacy as one of the greatest coaches in San Antonio history.

• Mickler was the first football coach in Randoph High School history.

• He directed the Ro-Hawks for 26 seasons before his retirement in 1987.

• During a 28-year career, Mickler's teams posted a 228-61-12 record.

• The Ro-Hawks advanced to the playoffs 17 times during Mickler's tenure, reaching the state finals in 1967, the state semifinals in 1973 and 1978, and the quarterfinals in 1966, 1968, 1977, and 1984.

• Nine of Mickler's teams were unbeaten during the regular season.

• He was twice named Express-News Coach of the Year.

• After a golfing career at Jefferson High School, Mickler was a letterman at Southwest Texas and a Club Champion at San Antonio Country Club.

• Mickler was also a successful golf coach. His boys teams won 22 District titles and two Regional Championships, while his girls were twice Runners-Up in the State tournament.

• Deceased 1992.


Tony Padilla is considered the city's finest professional boxing promoter.

• Padilla is known as “Mr. Boxing.”

• His involvement with Raul Macias, Jose Becerra, Ruben Olivares, and Jesus “Little Poison” Pimentel (some of the world's top fighters from Mexico) helped to put San Antonio on the world-boxing map.

• Padilla's first big card game came in 1960 when Becerra and Ward Yee fought each other at Freeman Coliseum (producing a then-record live gate of $25,420).

• Through Padilla's efforts many local fighters were able to compete competitively, thus bringing World Championship Boxing to San Antonio boxing fans.

• Deceased.


George Pasterchick was the dean of San Antonio high school football coaches when he retired at the age of 75. He led the St. Gerard Royals to the Texas Christian Interscholastic League state title in 1985. St. Gerard lost in the state final in 1988 and also advanced to the playoffs in 2001 and 2002.

• Pasterchick's career record at St. Gerard was 152-185-2.

• He also was well known in minor-league football circles. He coached the San Antonio Toros and San Antonio Charros, and was named coach of the year five times.

• Even after he ended his career at St. Gerard, Pasterchick continued to coach in the annual San Antonio high school all-star game.


A San Antonio native, Pickard has been a key member of the Texas A&M family since 1965 when he joined the athletic department as head trainer. Prior to that, he was a student trainer under head football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.”

• Currently serving as director of facilities at Texas A&M.

• Before that, was senior associate athletic director for facilities for three years, after serving the previous six associate athletic director for facilities.

• Was heavily involved in the planning of the Bernard C. Richardson Zone at Kyle Field, as well as the Bright Football Complex and Academic Center .

• Served seven years as assistant athletic director for training, equipment and facilities. Responsibilities included overseeing the maintenance and scheduling of all athletic facilities, purchasing all football equipment and directing the men's athletic training program.

• Joined the A&M athletic department on Jan. 1, 1965, as head trainer. Accepted dual role of trainer and equipment manager in 1972 under AD and head football coach Emory Bellard.

• In 1979, assumed the responsibility of coordinating the training, equipment and facilities at Texas A&M.

• In 1984 received the prestigious Frank Medina Award for his contributions to the Southwest Athletic Trainer's Association.

• Elected to the National Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame in 1985.


Jim Potter worked at Trinity from 1967 to 2000 and served as the men and women's Director of Intramurals for the co-ed sports program and outdoor recreation. He was also an associate Professor in the physical education and athletic department.

• He has been involved in the San Antonio chapter of the Southwest Officials Association since 1967 and at one time was President and Vice-President.

• Potter conducted football officials clinics for the U.S. Army in Germany and Italy in 1978-84, 1987 and 1991; was a Lone Star Conference football official as a line judge from 1971-80; was a Gulf Star Conference football official as a field judge in 1984; was a Southwest Conference football official as a field judge in 1979-81 and side judge in 1985-87.

• Potter has served as game clock operator for various professional and amateur football leagues in San Antonio , including the Alamo Bowl games from 1993-2002. (He was an Alamo Bowl host and liaison from 1993-2002.)

• His awards include: the Outstanding Professor award from Trinity, National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional Award of Merit in 1991, NIRSA Service Award in 1984, dedication of the 1993-94 NIRSA flag football rules and officials manual, and established the Trinity University Jim Potter Intramural Sportsmanship Award in 1980.


Lupe Ruiz coached for 36 years, the last 30 at Lee High School , before retiring in 2006 as the all-time leader in victories among San Antonio high school volleyball coaches. Ruiz compiled an amazing 653-435 record as a volleyball coach.

• She led McCollum to the Class 4A state championship in 1975, five years after starting her coaching career at the South Side school.

• She moved to Lee in the spring of 1976 and eventually coached some of her former players' children.

• Lee advanced to the regional finals in 1980 and 1987, but the school's dwindling enrollment and the advent of club teams made it difficult for the Volunteers to compete in a district that included such powers as Reagan and Churchill.

• Ruiz was hired at McCollum to be a tennis coach but her assignment changed when the Cowgirls' volleyball coach resigned late in the summer.

• Whether she was at McCollum in 1970 or at Lee in 2006, Ruiz made the volleyball court an extension of the classroom. She set the standard for high school volleyball coaches — and coaches in general — in ways that went far beyond athletics. She was a teacher first, a coach second.

• Ruiz is a 1965 McCollum graduate.


Roy Sawyer is best known for his football-coaching career at Lee High School , where he guided the Volunteers to State Semifinal appearances in 1975 and 1977.

• Altogether he served on the Volunteers' staff from 1961 to 1982.

• He was also Head track coach for a period of time.

• Sawyer was First Assistant on the school's 1971 State Championship team, and then began a nine-year Head coaching career in 1974, posting an overall record of 67-30-2.

• He was named “Express-News Coach of the Year” in 1975. In addition to the two State Semifinal finishes, he also coached a District-Championship squad in 1979.

• After his coaching career ended, Sawyer became Assistant Athletic Director for the North East School District .

• He was a four-sport letterman from Itasca High School and went to Tarelton State University , where he quarterbacked the school to its first Conference Championship since 1928.

• After serving in the Army, he started his coaching career at Fox Tech High School.


Wayne “Red” Shaw was a member of the Southwest Football Officials Association for more than 30 years, and he was the referee at the 1963 Lee-Brackenridge game. He also served as a college football referee in the Southwest Conference.

• Shaw was an all-state football player at Athens High School and played four sports at SMU.

• He officiated at a number of college bowl games, including the 1981 Sugar Bowl.

• He was the official timer for the San Antonio Gunslingers, Spurs and UTSA.

• He teamed with Tommy Holmes to win the USTA national senior doubles title in 1993 and with Leo Rose to win the state Senior Olympics title.

• He was the president of the local SFOA chapter in 1978-79 and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in 1971.


San Antonio-native Jim Shuler carved out a basketball career filled with success. As a player, Shuler became a first-team All-American as a guard/forward at Carson-Newman College, Tenn. Later, he won more than 500 games as a head coach during a 32-year career.

• Shuler is still No. 1 in victories among men's basketball coaches at Seguin's Texas Lutheran University. He retired after the 2000 season with a record of 298-226.

• Altogether, Shuler went 519-377 in games he coached at TLU (formerly Texas Lutheran College), at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and in high schools at San Antonio Jefferson and Converse Judson.

• His coaching career started at Jefferson in 1968. He led the Mustangs to the regional finals in 1971 and to the state finals in 1972. Jefferson, with star Rick Bullock, fell to Dallas Roosevelt in the '72 state title game.

• At Judson, he led the Rockets to the 1986 regional finals.

• Shuler enjoyed his best years as a college coach at Texas Lutheran. He coached at the Seguin school in two stints, from 1972-77 and 1986-2000.

• He guided the Bulldogs to 15 winning seasons and to Heart of Texas Conference co-championships in 1995-96 and 1997-98.

• Shuler is a 1962 graduate of San Antonio's Sam Houston High School. As an athlete, he played varsity football and basketball for two seasons with the Cherokees.

• He was named in 1995 to the Carson-Newman Basketball Team of the Century.


Sowell coached the football, baseball, track, and basketball teams at Twain Middle School in the San Antonio School District for more than 40 years.

• Bubba Reeves, Alan Chambers, Curly Lozano, Charles Parrot, and many others played for Sowell.

• Sowell also served as a football official in South Texas. In 1991 he received the PAAYS Youth Coach Award.

• He was also an outdoorsman. In 1995, he shot a 14-point buck in McMullen County at the age of 92.

• Deceased 2000.


Pat Tallman was the first public-address voice of the Spurs for 14 years, and he also was well-known for his work at Trinity University sporting events.

He was the first NBA announcer to be assessed a technical foul

He was the only ABA announcer to ever be fined.

The Spurs dedicated their 1999 championship to him.

• He worked at a variety of sporting events in the city in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

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Tim Derk is best known to local sports fans as the Spurs Coyote. He is a fixture not only for his in-game performances, but for his many public appearances.

• Derk was the original Spurs Coyote and served as the team's mascot for 21 years beginning in 1983

• Known as "Entertainus Carnivorous" (his full name), he brought a Vaudeville comedy approach to his job. His act included skating, rappelling, dunking and leaping while wearing a costume that led to him losing as much as 15 pounds in a night.

• During his service as mascot, he suffered one broken nose, two shoulder separations, cracked ribs, a bruised kidney and torn tendons.

• Derk was a high school tennis star. He graduated from Trinity University and was later a tennis instructor.

• Most recently he helped celebrate the opening of a new rehabilitation unit at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital . He also gave the commencement speech for the Clemens High School class of 2004, just four months after he suffered a stroke.
I wonder if MomBear's going to be there.
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Gotta love Pat Tallman...may he rest in peace. He had a great voice, and i forgot about some of those facts....
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