Larry Dippel played on the ‘58 state championship team at Stamford, then played for Hall of Famer, legendary Sam Baugh, at Hardin-Simmons. He was the head coach at Hereford from 1971-74 before becoming the head football coach at Amarillo High. Dippel led the Sandies to 222 wins and 23 playoff appearances until his retirement in 2005. He won the 1993 Tom Landry Award and High School Extra “Coach Who Made a Difference” award. He was the inaugural winner of the national “Power of Influence” award in 2003 given by the American Football Coaches Association. He is a member of the Hardin-Simmons, Texas High School Coaches and Texas Panhandle halls of fame and compiled an overall coaching record of 253-134-6.