2017 Hall of Honor Inductee Barry Briner

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A native of New Orleans Louisiana, Barry Briner was born on November 2, 1958.

After graduation from West Jefferson High School, he continued his studies at the

University of Southwestern Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor of Science

Degree. He has also earned a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin

State University.

Briner has thirty four years of educational experience, Including twenty eight

years in teaching and coaching and six years in administration. After teaching and

coaching for eight years in the state of Louisiana, Briner moved to Houston, TX in

1989. His coaching experience Includes twenty eight years in football and

eighteen years in Track and Field. Briner served as Head Track and Field coach at

North Shore High School for seven years. During that time, the Mustangs

amassed seven consecutive District titles, back to back Regional Championships

culminating in a Class 5A Championship in 2010. The 2010 Mustangs set the

record for points scored at the State Track Meet during its 100 year anniversary.

Coach Briner was selected as the Gulf Coast Scholastic Track and Field

Association, Texas Track and Field Coaches Association and the Prairie view

Interscholastic League Coach of the Year.

In 2003, Briner was part of a staff that won 15 consecutive football games

culminating in the Class 5A State Championship. In 2010 He joined the athletic

staff at Summer Creek High School where he continued to coach Football and

Track. In 2013, Briner was part of a staff that won the 4A State Championship in

Track and Field at Summer Creek High School. In 2015 Coach Briner was selected

High School Huddle Coach of the Year by the East Houston Fellowship of Christian


Retiring from public education in 2015, 

Briner is currently employed by Boston Heart Diagnostics.


2017 Hall of Honor Inductee Dave Jantzen

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Early History:

Dave was born in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1946 and grew up on a small farm 10 miles

west of Beatrice. He attended a one-room country school for grades K-8, and Beatrice High

School for grades 9-12. He played football all four years of high school and at Bethel College

in North Newton, Kansas, primarily as an offensive lineman. Bethel is an NAIA school and

his only athletic scholarship was as the track team manager. Since the track team only had

one coach, he became an assistant coach to some extent. Dave was always a big kid growing

up and weighted as much as 210 pounds until prior to his senior year of college when he

started running and then reported to the college football team at just under 180 pounds. This

hooked him on running and fitness, which were the basic tenets of his coaching career.

In 1970 after graduating from college, Dave and his wife Cheri moved to Houston for

teaching positions in HISD. His first position, from 1970-73, was at Ryan Middle School,

where he did not coach. However, in the spring of 1973, he built a track on the Houston

Mennonite Church property in the Spring Branch area, and began a track club for girls, the

Houston Mennonite Track Club. He had consulted with Herman Goldberg and Oliver Brown,

both HISD teachers and coaches, as to how to begin a program.

Coaching History

His first coaching experience was with the club program, which he served as head

coach from 1973 until 2014. His first school coaching experience was at Fleming Middle

School, where he taught from 1973-78. Some of the girls at the school were running with the

club program before girl’s track was first started in HISD middle schools. However, the first

few years only female coaches were paid to coach girls’ teams, so he volunteered to help

coach the girl’s track team at Fleming, which won the first city track meet. His first paid school coaching job was at George Washington, K-8 school in HISD, where he worked from

1978-80 and was the boys’ head track coach.

In 1980 the George Washington facility was converted to the School for Law

Enforcement, so Dave transferred to Reagan High School where he remained until 1987. He

was very fortunate to arrive at Reagan when Larry Roberts was the Athletic Director at the

school and he allowed him to be the head boys’ cross country and track coach with no other

coaching responsibilities, something which was rather unusual at that time. There were only

3 boys out for cross country the first year, but 5 years later, with 50+ on the team, Reagan

won the district cross country meet, as well as the HISD city JV and freshmen meets. Wayne

Rushwam, Miguel Aldrete, and Jose DeLaLuz were among the top distance runners. In track,

the top athlete was David Campbell, a sprinter, who would go on to run for four years at


In 1987, after 17 years in HISD Dave began teaching in Spring Branch and became

the assistant track coach to Bob Collette at Strake Jesuit, in charge of all field events. Collette

left Strake after his first season with them, but Dave continued as an assistant for two more

years with Mike Crowley. In 1990 he began what would be 13 years as the head cross

country and track coach at Stratford High School in SBISD. At first he was the head coach

for both girls and boys in cross country and track, but later coached only girls. During his 13

years, nearly all the school track records were broken. Over the years at Stratford he had a

number of outstanding female distance runners -- Alexis Smith, Amy Stanberry, Lindsey

Mosley, Kristen Weber, and Elizabeth Hilligoss -- with all but one qualifying for at least one

state meet and going on to run at the next level. On the boys side the top athlete was Bill

Collins who won state and vaulted at UH.

In 2003 Dave retired from public school and taught until 2013 and coached through

2014 at Houston Christian High School, a private school in the Spring Branch area, where he

served as the head coach for the cross country and track teams. At Houston Christian his

teams competed in TAPPS for the first 9 years, and had 15 individual state champions, and

then in the SPC conference the last 2 years with 3 conference champions. Alex Ralston,

Bruce Bennett, Anthony Whitaker, London Lomax, Taylor Payne, Mary Louise Clawson,

Katherine Quandt, Kelsey Crawford, Jaela DeJean, and Amie Leitko were just some of the

state champions who went on to compete at the next level.

Other track related activities

Along with coaching cross country and track and field, Dave also became involved in

officiating, first at the University of Houston and then at Rice University and at other venues

as well. The highlight of these was the NCAA track and field meet in 1983 at UH when he

served as the head long and triple jump official. He also started hosting track meets, first with

the club program, but also at Reagan where he started the Reagan Relays and then at Houston

Christian where each season he hosted a large cross country meet for middle school and high

school athletes, as well as a track meet at both levels. Also, when he began the track club he

started competing in open track meets and fun runs himself for the first time and for nearly

20 years would compete in decathlons both in the Houston area and around the state. The

highlight of his competitive track career came in 1981 when he placed 4 th in the national

master’s decathlon in the 35-39 age group with a score of just over 5000 points, and set 5


Coaching philosophy

Dave believed that each and every athlete on his teams needed to enjoy the

experience and at the same time value the health benefits derived from the sport. One of his

favorite quotes that was used with all the teams was, “I can always find someone who can

beat you, and I can find someone you can beat, so the only important thing is your time or

distance.” Athletes were taught to compete against themselves and that their true measure of

success was their personal improvement.


2017 Hall of Honor Inductee Rose M. Brimmer

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Rose Brimmer is a retired teacher/coach of thirty-one years.  She owns a private coaching

consultant business “Brimmeryou.com,” where she provides private track and field lessons

and collegiate consultations to upcoming graduates.

Her mission is to offer her clients training that emulate college programs, and

performances, and to expose the athlete to information they need to be successful

academically and athletically at and elite level.



Middle School

Wynn Seale Middle School 1983-1996

Rose Brimmer began her teaching and coaching career in 1983 at Wynn Seale Middle

School in Robstown, Texas. She coached basketball and track for three years.

High School

Westbury High School 1986- 2004

She spent nineteen years at Westbury High School in Houston, Texas where she coached a

combination of volleyball, basketball, cross country and track and field.

She was blessed to build an impressive resume, and more than eighty five percent of her

athlete went on to college.

Notable Accomplishments

Track Championship Coach

HISD District Track Coach of the year 1993,94,95,96,97,98,99,00,01,02,03,

HISD District Volleyball Coach of the year 1993, 94,95,96,97,98

Texas High School Track Coach of the Year 1998

Texas High School Girls Service Award Winner

Texas All-Star Coach 1997

Texas High School Girls All-Star Track and Field Coach 1999

Texas Executive Women Award Winner 2000

USATF Track and Field Service Award Winner 1999

Track and Field Championships

District Championships: 1993,94,95,96,97,98,99,00,01,03,

District Runners-up: 1992,2002

Regional Championships: 1996,97,98,99,00

Regional Runners up: 1995,02,03

State Championship: 1997,98,99,00

State Team Third place: 1995,00

Three High School All-Star Athletes

National Honors

4x100 Meter Relay National Champs 1998

4x200 National Record Holder (1998-2003)

14 High School All-Americans

3 USATF World Youth Athletes

BYDGOSZCA, POLAND July, 1999- Three Texas Prep (Westbury’s Stephanie Durst, Raasin

McIntosh, Ashley Mitchell)


University of Texas Aug 2004- 2012

Assistant Coach 2004-2012

NCAA National Championship Assistant Coach 2005 Indoor

2 All-Americans

NCAA National Championship Assistant Coach 2006

3 All Americans

Interim Head Coach 2013

18 All-American including Olympic gold medal Courtney Okolo

2005-2008 Coached

3x Olympian Michelle Carter

Marshevette Hooker

Destinee Hooker

Marelle Hall

4 th place winner Olympic Trials Shanay Briscoe

Professional Education

Rose graduated from formerly Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M Kingsville)

with a BS in Education. She was a graduate student of Texas A&I University and University

of Houston.

Athletes Coached @ University of Texas of whom are 1 st   Team All- Americans

Michelle Carter, Marshavette Hooker, Destinee Hooker, Jordyn Brown, Chantelle Malone,

Shanay Briscoe, Victoria Lucas, Courtney Okola, Briana Nelson, Danielle Dowie, Chalonda

Goodman, Morgan Snow, Kendra Chambers, Chameque Frances and Christi Udoh.

Second Team All–Americans

Beverly Owoyele, Okwe Okolie, Alexus Brannon, Milessa Gonzales,

Rose is married to Leo Brimmer and together they have three children

Son, Brodney Pool, played football at the University of Oklahoma and was a 34 th  pick in the

NFL draft in 2005. Brodney has coached football at Baylor University for the past three


Their Daughter, Bria Brimmer was four-year starter and All–Conference Volleyball

player at SCSU. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting, and received

her MBA from Hult International School of business in Finance.

Son, Taylor Brimmer attended SFA and Texas Southern University and is a coach at

North Shore High School.

Rose assisted in raising two of her sister’s children after her death. Brittany and

Brian Williams were both collegiate athletes. Brittany a Howard University Volleyball

player; Brittany is currently the head volleyball coach at Bethune-Cookman University.

Brian played football at Texas State University and University of Houston.


2016 Hall of Honor Inductee Bubba Fife

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Bubba was born in Mexia, Texas on July 12, 1942. He attended Mexia Elementary,

Mexia Jr. High, and Mexia High School. During his high school career Bubba competed

in football, basketball, track, and baseball.

After graduation in the spring of 1960 from Mexia High School, Bubba entered Texas

Christian University on a football scholarship in the fall. He was a member of the 1960

TCU freshmen football team and a member of the 1961, 1962, and 1963 TCU varsity

football teams. Bubba graduated from TCU in the spring of 1964 with a Bachelors

Degree in Physical Education and a minor in Biology.

Bubba began as a teacher/coach in the Irving ISD from the fall of 1964 through the

spring of 1972. During the first year in Irving he taught Physical Education and was

Eighth Grade Football Assistant and Head Track Coach at Crockett Jr. High. The next

seven years in Irving ISD Bubba taught Biology, Driver Education, and was JV Football

Assistant and Head Freshmen Track Coach for two (2) years and Varsity Football

Assistant and Head Track Coach for (5) years at MacArthur High School. In 1970 his

MacArthur track team won the first athletic district championship in the history of

MacArthur High School. During his teaching/coaching career in Irving he received a

Master of Secondary Education Degree from North Texas State University in 1970.

The next 13 years were spent in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Bubba was a Driver

Education Coordinator, Health Instructor, Varsity Football Assistant, and Assistant Track

Coach for three (3) years at R.L. Turner High School. In the fall of 1975 he was chosen as

the first Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator of Newman Smith High School as well

as Director of Driver Education in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD where he served for

ten (10) years. In 1983 he was selected 8AAAAA Football Coach of the Year after his

1983 football team won the first athletic district and bi-district championship for

Newman Smith High School.

In order to get some athletic director experience, Bubba accepted the position of

Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, Director of Driver Education, Teacher Appraiser

at Tuloso Midway Rand Morgan High School in the spring of 1985.

In the spring of 1987 he accepted the position of Head Football Coach/Athletic

Coordinator and Teacher Appraiser at James E. Taylor High School in Katy ISD. He

served in this capacity for twelve (12) years through the spring of 1999. The 1995 James

E. Taylor Mustangs were 19AAAAA Football runner-up. In the summer of 1999 Bubba

became the Assistant Director of Athletics in KISD where he served for ten (10) years

until his retirement in June of 2009.

From 1980-1983 Bubba served as a Director of the Texas High School Coaches

Association, where he was a member of the ethics committee. He is a member of many professional organizations including the Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas

High School Athletic Directors Association, American Football Coaches Association,

Greater Houston Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association,

Texas Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association,

National Education Association, and is a current USATF Certified Official in the Gulf


Bubba continues to work as a starter at high school invitational, district, area, regional,

and state track and field meets. Each year he continues to start the Katy ISD junior high

district track and field meet and he has started some college invitational meets.

In the spring of 2009 Bubba received the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association

“Distinguished Service Award” and was inducted into the Texas High School Athletic

Directors Association Hall of Honor in July of 2009.

Bubba and his wife Judy (for 53 years) have one daughter, Anita Gumbert. Anita and

her husband Bill have blessed Bubba and Judy with three (3) wonderful grandchildren:

Dylan Gumbert--Age 22

Morgan--Age 20

Landan--Age 18


2016 Hall of Honor Inductee Danny Jones

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Born: Mar. 26, 1953 in St. Louis, MO to the late Jay Jones & Jerry (Clark) Jones

From 1954 to 1967 Danny lived in Rockdale, TX. In the summer of 1967, Danny & his

family moved to Houston, TX. He attended & graduated from Spring Woods Senior High

School in 1971.

Danny attended Texas A & M University & graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science

degree in Physical Education. While at Texas A & M, Danny competed on the cross

country and track teams from 1971 through 1975. He was a 4-year letterman under

Head Coach Charlie Thomas & Assistant Coach Ted Nelson.

In Aug. of 1975 Danny began his teaching and coaching career in the Spring Branch ISD.

For 37 years, Danny coached in SBISD at Spring Branch High School, Spring Woods High

School, and Memorial High School. During his 37 years of coaching, he coached football,

girls basketball, boys & girls cross country and boys & girls track. He had numerous

District Championships in cross country (boys & girls), as well as track (boys & girls). He

also had numerous Regional qualifiers and champions (both in cross country & track).

He also had athletes who qualified for State competition (as well as State Champions).

He coached 2 All Americans while at Spring Woods High School (1 in the long jump and

another in the high & intermediate hurdles).

Since retiring in 2012 following a heart attack, he & his wife, Janice King-Jones, have

made their home in Adamsville, TN, where he has continued his teaching and coaching



2016 Hall of Honor Inductee Dwaine Wyman

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Dwaine Wyman recently retired from College Park High School in 2014 to be a granddad after 28 years

of coaching. Dwaine spent 20 of those years coaching track and more specifically the throwing events at

Alief Elsik, Aldine, Tomball and College Park High Schools. During this time he has had his athletes

qualify for the state track meet 14 times resulting in 3 bronze medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 gold

medals. Dwaine is currently working with Paralympic thrower and Shot Put American Record Holder

(F57 classification), Michael Wishnia.


2015 Hall of Honor Inductee Andrew Blanks

Additional Information

Coach Blanks better known as Coach “B” has been a track & field coach for more than 40 years. He has worked at Texas Southern University as an Assistant Coach, at Johnston Middle School and Westbury High School as Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach. To his credit he has been Teacher of the Year, Man of the Year, Coach of the Year, Cross Country Coach of the Year, Outstanding Young Educator, Golden Apple Award Winner, NAEBC Secondary Teacher of the Year, Voted Johnston Middle Schools Teacher of the Year- twice, Dave Bethany Award Winner, Stan V. Wright Award Winner, and inducted into Houston Coaches Association Hall of Honor. He feels his most outstanding accomplishment is being the only coach to have two former athletes who were on the same high school team, who participated in the same events and to make the finals of the 400 meter hurdles in the Olympics in Athens, Greece. No other high school or coach has ever had this to happen. 


2015 Hall of Honor Inductee Phil Reidel

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After graduating from Sam Houston State University and unable to find a teaching job, Phil was offered a teaching assignment at Manvel Jr High but had to coach football, basketball, track, tennis and swimming. He accepted the position and went on to lose every football and basketball game in his first two years. Phil did have a pretty good track team though.      

After two years in Jr High, Phil decided to look for a high school job and was hired as a Head Coach at Dobie H.S. Phil was not  sure why they hired him at 25 years old but he learned really fast that he didn't know as much as he thought he did about coaching. After a few years, Phil got it figured out, had success, and moved on to Klein H.S.     At Klein H.S. there was a atmosphere of success throughout the administration and campus and it carried over to the track sports programs. The team worked hard and had lots of fun. Phil thoroughly enjoyed the coaching camaraderie and the  fine young individuals he was able to coach. Phil would like to thank his coaching mentors: Scott Yates, Jerry Carter,   Rudy Carlin, and Bobby Kramer.     

Coaching Career:

Manvel Jr. High 1986‐1988  

Dobie High School 1988‐1995  

Klein High School 1995‐2008    

Track and Field  District Championships ‐ 7  

Regional Championships ‐ 1  

State Qualifiers ‐ 14 individuals 28 times  

State Girls Qualifier 16 years in a row  

State Champions ‐ 6 individuals 8 titles  

State Record ‐ 1    

Cross Country  

District Championships ‐ 13 ‐ 7 (girls teams), 6 (boys teams)  

Regional Championships ‐ 2 (girls)  

State Meet Team Qualifiers ‐ 7 girls teams (6 top 6 finishes); 3 boys teams (3rd ‐ 2002)  

3 individual top ten finishers (2 runner‐ups)  

2 Footlocker finalists


2015 Hall of Honor Inductee Shirley Crowe

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USATF CERTIFIED MASTER OFFICIAL 006856  National Officiating career began in 1986. Some of the highlights are listed below.  1996 Olympic Games  1990 ‐ 1998 Goodwill Games  Six Olympic Trials  Most of the USATF National Championships since 1988  Two USATF Masters Championships  Most of the USATF Youth National and Junior Olympic Championships 1990/2010  Ten NCAA Championships  Collegiate Conference Championships   Southwest Conference, SWAC Conference, Big 8, Big  12, Conference USA, Southland Conference, American South Conference Western  Athletic(WAC)Conference, Big West Conference, Great West Conference.    Most of the Collegiate Meets held at The University of Houston, Rice University, the University  of Texas and Texas A&M University.  High School District Meets Aldine, Humble, Spring Branch, Deer Park, Galena Park.  Region III Championships at San Jacinto College   University of Houston and 15 years at Humble ISD.   Cross Country Competitions from National Championships to Youth Athletics.  Paraolympics  Trials and Games, National Wheel Chair Championships,   Victory Games, Les Austres Games. 

Indoor Competitions,  chiefly Collegiate Meets and Conference Championships but Included  several NCAA Championships and a National Championship.  There are other notable competitions that are not listed. This listing reflects the broad and  varied  experience  of  his  career.  He  served  at  most  competitions  as  a             Referee. He was devoted to the Combined Events ( Heptathlon and Decathlon) and was the  Combined Event Referee at many of the Collegiate and National Championships for a number  of years.  He served The UIL Region III Meet at Humble ISD as Referee for 14 years and was  recognized by most coaches in the area.  Served on the Selection Committee for the Officials for the 1992 Olympic Trials and the 1996  Olympic Trials and Games.   Was Vice Chair of Training for a term on the USATF Officials Committee.   Served as Officials Certification Chair for USATF Gulf Association for 15 years.      Member of the USATF Officials Hall of Fame  2008   USATF Officials Outstanding Service Award (A Bakjian Award) 2010  USATF Horace Crow Outstanding Field Event Official  1995  USATF John Bennet Award  2008 (Decathlon Committee recognized Brian Clay and Shirley  Crowe  with the same award for 2008)  USATF National Youth Chair Award 2009  Honored by Humble ISD, University of Houston, Rice University  Recognized by the University of Texas for 25 years service   Recognized by Texas A&M University for 20 years service


2014 Hall of Honor Inductee Billy Johnston

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Billy Johnston was born in Longview, Texas in 1951.  Played football and ran track in junior high and high school.  At an early age while competing in elementary track meets and summer track developed a passion and love for the sport.  Attended Kilgore Junior College from 1970-1972, then moved to Houston to attend University of Houston 1972-1978.  Married his wife of 39 years Sharon in 1975 and have two children Rebecca and Tim.   

His first job was an Elementary Physical Education Teacher at Hailey Elementary in The Woodlands from 1978-1980.  Realizing that his first love was to coach Track and Field, took a job at Montgomery I.S.D. coaching high school Cross Country, Junior High Football and Track and Field, from 1980-1982.  He coached the Montgomery High School boys cross 

country team to the Regional Championships and just missed qualifying for the State Meet.  This was the first time the school had ever competed in Cross Country.   

In 1982 he accepted a job at Conroe Oak Ridge High School as the Head Boys Cross Country Coach and the Head Boys Track and Field Coach.  From 1982-1993 the Cross Country team won District Championships and qualified individuals and teams to the Regional Championships and to the State Championships.  In Track and Field the program won District Championships as a team and had numerous individual District and Regional Champions, Regional Qualifiers, and State Qualifiers.  He coached Quinton McLeod to a State High Jump Championship, 7’0”, as well as other medal winners at the regional and state level. 

In 1993 he accepted a job at Brenham High School as the Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach and Assistant Coach for Track and Field.  From 1993-2002 lead the boys and girls Cross Country teams to District Championships, Regional Championships, and State Meet Qualifying.  In Track and Field he had numerous 800, 1600, and 3200 meter athletes qualify for the Regional and State Track Meets.  He was fortunate enough to coach two young men that where exceptional High Jumpers.  Courtney Manson was 7’0” jumper finishing third at the State Meet and younger brother Andra Manson.   Andra was a two time State Champion and his senior year the World Junior High Jump Champion, 7’7”.  He went on to be a NCAA Champion, 

World Championship medal winner, and a 2008 Olympian.   

In 2002 he accepted a job coaching at Montgomery High School as the Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach and the Head Girls Track and Field Coach.  From 2002-2012, he had individuals as well as teams in Cross Country that won District and Regional Championships.  In 2006 the girls Cross Country team won the District and Regional Championships and at the State Championships finished as the State Runner-Up.  In Track and Field during the 10 years at Montgomery he had individual athletes and teams win District, Regional, and State Championships.  Most notable was Lizzy Whitney, who was a State Champion in the 800 meters and the winner of 7 state medals in her high school career in the high jump, 400 meter and 800 meter dashes. 

At the end of his 2012 season he decided to retire from coaching at the high school level.  After only 7 months of retirement he decided to accept a job as an Assistant Track and Field Coach at Houston Baptist University, coaching the sprinters and high jumpers. 


2014 Hall of Honor Inductee Chuck Seeber

Additional Information

Born and raised in Irving Texas A.  Education 1. Graduated from Nimitz High School – 1976 2. Blinn Jr. College – 1976 – 78 3. Sam Houston State University – 1978 – 80 


B. Family 1. Married to Donna Marie Herron from Humble Texas for 34 years 2. Meagan Marie Seeber – graduate from Sam Houston State University with a BA in education 3. Abbey Leigh Seeber – graduate from University of Texas San Antonio with a biology degree 


C. Careers 1.  Coaching Career – Track, Cross Country, Football a. Tomball High School  1980 – 83 b. Private Business  1983 – 87 c. Magnolia High School 1987 – 90 d. Baird High School 1990 – 93 e. Kempner High School 1993 – 94 f. Magnolia High School 1994 – 97 g. Westfield High School 1997 – Present 


2. Accomplishments a. College Athletes – 42 with 27 college degrees 

b. State Qualifiers – 20 with 19 relays qualifying c. State Champions – 5  d. District Titles – 10 e. Cross Country – 1 State Champion, 3 qualifiers 


2014 Hall of Honor Inductee Gary Derks

Additional Information

Coached 30 years Cinco Ranch 1999 – 2012 

16 District Championships in Cross Country and Track 

4 Regional Titles 

2 State Titles 

Athletes reached All-American status 41 times 

9 National Champions 

National Indoor High Jump Record Holder, Olympic Trials Qualifier and ESPN’s High Jumper of the Decade Track and Field Indoor Athlete of the Year 

4 High School 7 foot high jumpers 

Presented Bill Bowerman Award in 2004 

Texas Relays Most  Outstanding  Male Team in 2005 


2014 Hall of Honor Inductee Terry Vestal

Additional Information

Education: Huttig High School – Huttig, AR. Participated in Basketball and track College: A. Arkansas A & M ( U. of A., Monticello) – BSE B. University of Louisiana, Monroe – MED Coaching Career: 1963 – Northeast Houston ISD(North Forest)- Coached 9th and JV Football and assisted in Track. 


1967 – Crosby ISD -1st Assistant Varsity Football, Coached Basketball and assisted in Track. 


1970 – Channelview ISD – Football assistant and Track assistant. 


1971 – Dickinson ISD – Coached Football and assisted track.  1980 – became Head Track and Cross Country, plus Football duties. Won 3 Cross Country districts and 2 track districts. Also, being involved with a state championship in Football. Retired in 1996. 



1997 – Hot Springs, AR., Lakeside HS- Coached Football and started soccer program, and coached individual Track athletes for Decathlon and Heptathlon, which is very big in Arkansas. No athlete ever finished below 4th place. 2001 select coach of the year by AHSAA in boys soccer. Retired again in 2003, but continued to work/Referee State 2A Track Meet. 


Coaching has been Terry's life. It was all he ever wanted to do. As he reflects back on his 33 years of coaching in the Houston area, it brings back many enjoyable experiences. Terry thought of himself as an athlete’s coach. Most of the time he did not have large track and cross country teams, but he had some average to quality athletes that were competitive. Some of the athletes were: Derrick Small, who still holds the State 4A 800m record; Mike Walker, coach at DeerPark; plus other athletes like Andre Ware and Donnie Little, in football that he was associated.  Terry always had lots of respect, and was very grateful to the coaches in the Greater Houston area.  Some of the ones that Tery knew and had lots of respect were: Doug Reid, E.J. Swindler, Drew Dunlap, and Kermit Courville, to name a few. Many others could be named.