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2016 Athletic Hall of Honor

monk Albert B. “Monk” Keith

Albert B. “Monk” Keith was Schreiner’s much-admired golf coach from 1966 to 1984.

He moved from Houston to Kerrville to help develop what is now Riverhill Country Club. Playing golf with Schreiner President Andy Edington led to Keith’s coaching the Schreiner men’s golf team part time in 1966. He became a fulltime coach in 1970.

Keith led the golf team to several junior college conference titles, upper-tier finishes in regional tournaments, and one third-place finish nationally. He was voted national junior college golf coach of the year in 1977.

Keith also coached the first women’s golf teams at Schreiner during the 1970s.

Golf was his second professional sport. Keith played baseball in the 1930s for several minor league and semi-pro teams, sharing the diamond with legends such as Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. He earned the nickname “Monk” when he climbed a backstop in pursuit of a foul ball.

His aggressive play led to a broken glove hand, and he eventually turned from baseball to golf. Keith became manager of the Hughes Tool Company’s country club and golf course, and served as president of the Texas Professional Golfers’ Association.

Remembered by former students as both a trusted counselor and patient coach, Keith and his wife, Helen, were dorm parents for girls living in L.A. Schreiner Hall after the school started on-campus residence facilities for females.

“Monk was not just our coach,” says one of his former players, Oscar Elizondo, ’84. “He was also like a father figure for those of us that needed direction, discipline and good family values. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, it was usually profound.”

Keith died in Kerrville in 1995 at age 84.

delgado Felicia Delgado, ‘04

Felicia Delgado was a record-setting Schreiner softball player from 2000 to 2003.

She came to Schreiner in fall 1999 after an outstanding athletic career at O. W. Holmes High School in San Antonio, and was a starting pitcher and first baseman on the Mountaineer softball team for four seasons.

Delgado holds SU career records for batting average (.358), hits (153), runs batted-in (103), triples (12), doubles (45), pitching wins (40), shut-outs (15) and innings pitched (457). She also holds season records for triples (5 in 2002), doubles (16 in 2003), earned run average (1.39 in 2000) and shutouts (7 in 2000).

In 2003 she was named to the American Southwest all-conference softball team and was named player of the year in the ASC West Division. She made the ASC all-West Division squad in 2002.

Delgado served as a student assistant coach in 2003–2004, before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

She lives in San Antonio, where she is training to be a law enforcement officer. She has also operated her own pet grooming salon, Diamond in the Ruff.

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singleton Dr. Marvin Singleton, ‘60

Dr. Marvin Singleton, M.D., ’60, followed his two years at Schreiner Institute by becoming a doctor, running a successful medical practice, participating in Missouri government and even raising Arabian horses.

An honors student during his Schreiner days, he was active in numerous science-related campus organizations and played on the tennis team. Of the latter, he notes that tennis coach Laurence Becker had “the patience of Job.”

He received the President’s Medal for outstanding contribution to school life during the 1959–1960 academic year and was president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

“I enjoyed the camaraderie of a small school with small classes, enabling nearly individual attention from the professors,” he says of his Schreiner experience. The school offered him “a complete range of subjects to explore within a liberal arts tradition,” and it “prepared me for a wonderful life.”

The Baytown native went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South, and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School.

After decades of building and managing a successful practice in ear, nose and throat medicine, he served four terms as a Missouri state senator. Dr. Singleton also found time to raise Arabian horses.

In retirement he resides in Seneca, Mo., and is a generous and loyal supporter of Schreiner University.

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