RHS graduate coaches spreading wide Tiger influence
While pondering that I will never eat barbecue again after this weekend's fair and watching the high pressure college football rivalry games through the smoke along barbecue row, it occurred to me that there have been few coaches that have graduated from Rockdale that have returned to coach here.
As a matter of fact, there have been more Rockdalians that have coached at Cameron than for the Tigers.
Hal Stanislaw—a member of the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor—was the Yoemen head coach for years.
James Petty, Sr. was an assistant at Cameron for a while.
Rockdale High School graduates and former athletes are providing influence all over the state in wide variety of sports.
No less than three former Tiger athletes have football teams ranked at the top of the high school polls.
RHS grads Wanda White and Brian Stork are currently on the Yoemen athletic staff.
Now, sisters Teresa and Angela White coached here briefly, before Teresa moved on to Deer Park and Angela got out of the business and is now a counselor at the junior high.
Danny Randall is hoops coach at Magnolia.
Lynn Locklin Whiteside is a Tiger track assistant. Her brother Kerry has reached the top rung of the coaching ladder as the defensive line coach for the New York Jets.
Dexter Wesley was an assistant here briefly before moving on to Aldine Eisenhower.
Eisenhower is a major college talent pipeline, having sent four players to four national championship contenders last season and have another top-rated group handy this year as they try for yet another district championship.
RHS graduate Donald Hatcher followed former Bartlett and Southwest Texas star Claude Mathis to DeSoto from Austin LBJ.
DeSoto is currently ranked 11th in the state in Class 5A and are poised to overtake national power Southlake Carroll.
The Eagles roll behind District 11-5A MVP running back Marcus Murphy, Texas-bound receiver Darius Terrell and quarterback Ryan Polite.
Former Tiger multi-sport star P.J. Williams is at Sealy in his first coaching stop and the Tigers are coming off a huge upset of Giddings and are currently ranked No. 8 in Class 3A.
Sealy was picked fourth in district, but after the Giddings win, everyone took notice and the District 25-3A championship could come down to their showdown with LaGrange in the 10th week of the season.
Don't think 25-3A is the toughest district around? Members Sealy, Giddings and LaGrange are ranked 8-9-10 in this week's 3A poll.
Here is a list of five prodigal son coaches that returned to their alma maters and were unsuccessful:
1. David McWilliams, Texas— Was 31-26 (1987-91) in five seasons and national coach of the year in 1990 before being fired.
2. Bob DeBesse, Southwest Texas State—Jim Wacker's right hand man was 27-39 in six seasons.
3. Gene Stallings, Texas A&M —Was 27-45-1 in seven seasons (1965-72) at his alma mater. Won a national championship at Alabama in 1993.
4. Bill Curry, Georgia Tech—NFL All-Pro had a 31-43 record at Tech. Tried at Alabama and Kentucky also and finished with an 83-105 mark.
5. Garry Gibbs, Oklahoma— Although he posted a 44-23 record in six years (1989-94), he was 2-15 against Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. See ya!