Tagged: Abilene Cooper

Orr, Terry

Terry Orr was a star running back on a district championship team at Cooper and then played for the Texas Longhorns, where he rushed for 1,279 yards and 11 touchdowns during his career. He was fourth in the Southwest Conference in rushing touchdowns in 1984. Orr was selected in the 10th round of the NFL […]

Crousen, Barbara

Barbara Crousen Crousen spent 32 years coaching high school track, including a stint at Abilene Cooper, before joining McMurry University in 1998.  She still serves as the men’s and women’s track coach at McMurry.  During her time at Cooper, she served as president of the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 1993.  In 1995 she was […]

Overton, Ray

Ray Overton Overton is the longest tenured coach in Abilene Cooper history, spending 19 seasons at the school, including 11 years as head coach compiling a 69-40-2 record.  A graduate of Paint Creek High School in 1941, he went to Texas A&M for a year and then joined the Air Force during World War II. […]

Malone, Andy

Andy Malone Malone compiled an 861-345 record in 41 years as a high school baseball coach, including a 220-52 mark in seven seasons at Cooper.  He led the Cougars to back-to back state titles in 1987 and 1988.  His 1987 team went 33-3 and was deemed the co-national champions by Collegiate Baseball.  His Cooper teams won six […]

Rhiddlehoover, Jon

Jon Rhiddlehoover Rhiddlehoover was an all-state lineman and star discus thrower at Abilene Cooper High School and then earned all-Southwest Conference honors as a lineman at the University of Arkansas.  He later coached at Cooper and McMurry before dying of cancer.  He was inducted posthumously.  Deceased

Patterson, Andrae

Andrae Patterson Patterson is considered the top basketball player to come out of the Big Country.  The 6-9 Patterson was named Mr. Basketball for Class 5A in Texas as a senior at Cooper High School and was selected as a Parade All-American.  He was a four-year starter for Bob Knight at Indiana University.  Patterson, who […]

Harrison, Jon

Jon Harrison Harrison joined Jack Mildren, his former high school and college teammate, in the Big Country Athletic of Fame.  Harrison still holds most of the single-season receiving records at Cooper High school, where he served as an assistant coach before retiring last year.  He is considered one of the top receivers in University of […]

Berry, Ray

Ray Berry Berry, an outstanding linebacker at Abilene Cooper, was a four-year letterman at Baylor from 1983-86.  He was twice named all-Southwest Conference and was named to Baylor’s all-Decade team of the 1980s.  He ranks second only to Mike Singletary in career tackles at Baylor.  Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round in […]

Pugh, Scotty

Scotty Pugh Pugh is the first member of Abilene Cooper’s back-to-back state championship baseball teams in 1987 and 1988 to be selected to the Hall of Fame, but he may best be remembered as a remarkable three-sport star.  He was a four-year starter at first base in baseball, leading District 4-5A in home runs as […]

Snow, Justin

Justin Snow Snow and Dominic Rhodes, teammates at Abilene Cooper in 1994 and ’95, helped lead the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl XLI championship on February 4, 2007, in Miami.  They were the first high school teammates to also be teammates on a Super Bowl winning team.  Snow was an all-state defensive end at […]