Monthly Archive: May 2022

Galbraith, The Galbraith Family

THE GALBRAITH FAMILY is a co-recipient of this year’s Legacy Award for the family’s significant role in Abilene High’s rich football history. Four Galbraith brothers – Gene, Cecil, Gervis Sr. and R.B. played for Abilene High football squads from 1928 to 1937, playing on two state championship teams and appearing in two other state title games. […]

Smith, The Smith Family

THE SMITH  FAMILY is a co-recipient of this year’s Legacy Award for the family’s significant role in Abilene High’s rich football history. Aultman Smith rushed for 252 yards and scored three touchdowns in 1928 as Abilene High beat Port Arthur to win the state championship. He is a member of  the Texas High School Football Hall […]

Patterson, Jack

JACK PATTERSON is one of two posthumous recipients of this year’s Bill Hart Memorial Legends Award. He won an individual Southwest Conference championship at Rice University in 1939. After coaching at Merkel and San Angelo, Patterson became the first track and field coach at the University of Houston in 1950. In 1956, he moved to […]

Gray, Elmer

ELMER GRAY is one of two posthumous recipients of this year’s Bill Hart Memorial Legends Award. Gray graduated from Roscoe High School in 1928 and came to ACU to run track and play football. He was the first athlete at ACU to run under 50 seconds in the quarter-mile, and he ran on winning relay […]

Keeling, Jimmie

JIMMIE KEELING, former Hardin-Simmons football coach, is the third recipient of the Impact on Big Country Athletics Award. Hundreds of high school football coaches around the state got their start playing for Keeling. After a long high school coaching career that included winning a state championship at Lubbock Estacado in 1968, Keeling was hired in […]

Tollison, David

DAVID TOLLISON was perhaps the best all-around player on Abilene  Cooper 1987 state championship baseball team. He was 11-1 as a pitcher and batted .417 with seven home runs, 45 RBIs and 19 stolen bases as a senior. He was the winning pitcher in the state championship game and was named the state’s outstanding baseball player. […]

Gilreath, Kathryn

KATHRYN GILREATH helped Cooper High School to a three-year record of 57-0 and three consecutive 5A team tennis state championships. She played No.1 singles all four years. In the spring, she was a state quarterfinalist in doubles in 1993, a state semifinalist in doubles in 1994 and a state finalist in doubles in 1995 and […]

Richey, Trey

TREY RICHEY is the only person to win a six-man football state championship as both a player and a coach. He was the star running back and safety at Jayton HS where the Jaybirds went undefeated and won back-to-back state six-man football championships in 1984 and 1985. In the 1985 title game, Richey rushed for a […]

Todd, Trey

TREY TODD won back-to-back individual Class 3A state championships in golf at Wylie High School  in 2001 and 2002. He then became a four-year letterman at Texas A&M, where he had two top-10 finishes and eight top-25 finishes. He graduated in 2008 with a master’s degree in accounting and a 3.45 grade-point average. Todd was named Texas […]

Green, Merrill

MERRILL GREEN was a star running back and punt returner at the University of Oklahoma in the early 1950s under coach Bud Wilkinson. He coached in college at Texas Tech and Arkansas before becoming the head coach at Abilene Cooper in 1965. He led the Cougars to the state title game in 1967. Green was the […]