Past Athletic Hall of Honor
2012 Inductees: Richard Harben and Laurence Becker
Richard L. Harben
Dick Harben’s résumé might lead one to believe that he has done everything at Schreiner except be a student. After all, he coached, taught and served in Schreiner’s administration over a 43-year career here. One would be wrong, though. For a former basketball coach, he sure knows how to cover all the bases.
“Well, I have taken a few classes for credit here,” Harben said. “I took a Texas government class I needed to get my teacher’s certification, and I took classes in calculus, analytical geometry and college algebra. When I first came here, I taught algebra and I wanted to stay sharp.”
Harben was born and raised in Benton, Ill., and attended Benton Consolidated High School, where he lettered in basketball, cross country and track and held a record in cross country. In 1954, just as he was about to graduate, the high school basketball coach was taking a friend of his to Erskine College, in Due West, S.C., to try out for the team there. His friend asked Harben to come with him, they both tried out and the Erskine coach offered both of them room, board, tuition and books if they would play for Erskine.
“My friend agreed immediately,” Harben said. “And when I said, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ he said, ‘Come on, Dick. I don’t want to be here alone.’ So I went to Erskine, even though I hadn’t any thought before then about going to college. I was planning to be a mechanic.”
Harben came to Schreiner right after his graduation from Erskine College in 1958—“with a pregnant wife (Jane), a ’51 Kaiser, hot and no air conditioning.” Harben was the dorm supervisor for Hoon Hall, which was then a freshman dormitory, and the Harbens moved into a first-floor apartment.
“Those guys would jump from the second floor to the landing and then run the rest of the way,” Harben recalled. “I was always out there hollering at them not to run in the dorm. It was an interesting experience, supervising those boys.”
Harben remembers disciplining some of the boys by putting them to work shoveling out the stables, but said the punishment they really didn’t like was pulling milkweed in Schreiner’s playing fields: “It was too sticky.”
During his career at Schreiner, Harben taught at Schreiner Institute, College and University, was a basketball coach, dean of students and vice president of student affairs. He also was the faculty sponsor for the All-Girl Rodeo, which was held at the Kerrville Ag Barn.
“I didn’t know anything about rodeo, but they had to have a sponsor,” Harben said. “I used to park cars on the night of the actual rodeo.”
And a lifeguard, too?
“Dean Weir announced that the coaching staff had to be lifeguards during the summer,” Harben remembered. “I could swim but not that well. I mentioned that to one of the other coaches and he told me ‘just throw them the ring.’ You didn’t say no to Dean Weir. Well, he didn’t exactly ask, either.”
Weir had promised Harben that he and his family would be moved into A.C. Schreiner as soon as renovations, including the first-floor dining hall, were complete. Harben’s second year at Schreiner rolled around with the renovations still under way.
“Dean Weir talked to me and said, ‘Since we can’t move you right now, I would be happy to renew your contract or help you find another job.’”
Harben stayed and moved into A.C. Schreiner as soon as the work there was finished. All three Harben children were born in Kerrville and raised on the Schreiner campus. Their daughter Ann married a Schreiner student, Gary Carr, who was catcher on Schreiner’s first baseball team.
Harben’s high school running career turned into a lifelong love of running. At 44, he ran his first (and last) marathon—having run from Fredericksburg High School to Tivy High School as part of his training—in under four hours.
“It was just under,” Harben said, “but it was under.”
Since retiring from Schreiner, he exercises weekly in the Mountaineer Center and does woodwork.
“I do woodwork for my kids and for my own pleasure,” Harben said. “I made a magic wand for my granddaughter, with a magnet on the tip so she could tap on things and pick them up. She thought it was the greatest thing ever, until she sat on it and broke it in half.
“I like retirement,” he added. “You can do whatever you want, when you want to. I might be slow, but I get there.”
Laurence Becker lives in Austin in the house he grew up in. He met his future wife in his back yard at a Sunday evening gathering of college students from University Presbyterian Church. Not a lot has changed over the years—except the address.
“I was born in Austin on 39½ Street and we moved way up north to 42½ Street,” he said. “45th Street was the north edge of town in those days. Today, 42½ Street is Park Boulevard, but my wife and I still live in the same house.”
From that you might think that Becker is something of a stay-at-home. Far from it.
Becker came to Schreiner Institute in 1958, after attending the University of Texas, where he played on UT’s 1957 tennis team—a team that set a school record for most wins and was ranked #3 nationally. Becker has been ranked in the top three players in Texas more than once. Clearly, he was a great choice to coach SI’s tennis team from 1958-1962, especially when you consider that his Schreiner team won three national titles in 1962: the singles, doubles and team championships. Becker also taught Bible and English at Schreiner, and was a dormitory supervisor.
He had had another offer of a job, at Sheldon Jackson Junior College located on the Baranof Island in Alaska. But as Becker noted, “the tennis season in Alaska is very short.” He came to Schreiner.
“Dr. Edington hired me to teach the entire Bible in one semester to high school students who needed it to graduate,” Becker said. “My preparation to take on such an assignment consisted of having been a lifelong Presbyterian and having studied for two years at the Christian Faith and Life Community, an ecumenical lay theological study center near The University of Texas-Austin.”
All the teaching and coaching didn’t keep him pinned down in Kerrville.
“I was teaching the courses, supervising a two-story dorm with 72 boys, coaching high school and college tennis and I was a member of the Naval Reserve in San Antonio,” Becker said.
“On one of my days off, I would drive to San Antonio, play tennis, take care of my Reserve duties and visit Rosanne.”
Rosanne would be that young woman at the Presbyterian youth meeting in his backyard. They have been married for 52 years now and have three children.
Becker is apparently adept at doing more than one job and doing them all well. After leaving Schreiner, he taught at St. Stephen’s High School in Austin. After 11 years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, he and his family moved to rural Maine to work with Bill Coperthwaite and the Yurt Foundation for four years.
“Rosanne said it felt like four winters because it was so cold for most of the year,” Becker said.
The Yurt Foundation (www.yurtinfo.org) is an educational nonprofit that gathers folk knowledge from cultures all over the world, using it to design simpler ways of living in the modern world. The first yurt in Texas was built by students and their parents in 1972 on the grounds of St. Stephen’s.
While he was at St. Stephen’s, Becker also founded the Texas Students’ Film Festival, which he directed for six years. In 1983 he produced the award-winning documentary “Eyes Wide Open,” about the autistic artist Richard Wawro, who until Becker’s film had been considered retarded with an IQ of 30. Dustin Hoffman used this film in preparing for the movie “Rain Man.”
Becker is now an international expert on artistic autistic savants like Wawro, and organizes art exhibitions and presentations around the country.
Juggling various projects at once opens Becker’s life to the process of synchronicity, to which he attributes all the many roads his life’s journey has taken.
“Synchronicity has been a notable part of my life,” he said.
Tennis also has been a notable part of his life, in both his 65 years as a player and in a 50-year coaching career that started at Schreiner.
“My four years in the trenches at Schreiner Institute, with fellow faculty members and so many memorable students, certainly taught me more that I could have ever learned in any classroom, in any university, anywhere,” Becker said.
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ROGERS DOUGLAS ’52 came to Schreiner College with an outstanding high school athletic record. He lettered in basketball, football, track and baseball at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, where one of his teammates was the legendary Kyle Rote.
“I had offers from TCU and SMU to play basketball after high school,” Douglas said. “My coach suggested I go to Schreiner so I could learn to study.”
He left Schreiner after one year for a scholarship offer from the University of Texas.
“Turned out I was ineligible to play because I was a transfer student. Schreiner had a good basketball team and they would let me play, so I came back. You might say I was a tramp athlete.”
He officially lettered in three sports at Schreiner: basketball, football and track, although these days he’s not so sure about track. “I remember track and throwing a discus,” he said, “but I think I was just there for the pictures.”
Douglas had a successful but a somewhat varied career after leaving Schreiner. He was signed to play with the Ada Oilers, a semipro basketball team, but “the team disbanded two weeks after I got there,” he said. He then worked for a few years as a wire line specialist for Otis Engineering. He and his family returned to New Braunfels just as the golf pro was leaving Landa Park and Douglas took over, staying in the job for nine years. He spent another nine years as the golf pro at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin. In the early 1980s, Douglas and his son Doug went to work with a custom-made football shoulder pad company. Two years later, the owner sold the company and Douglas went to California to run it for the new owners. In 1986, he started his own company, Douglas Pads, in Houston with sons Doug and Jeff. The company has grown from a garage operation to a major player in the industry, supplying 26 NFL teams, 85 percent of the country’s university teams and hundreds of high schools.
“I met a lot of good buddies and made lasting friendships at Schreiner,” said Douglas, who attended while military training was still part of the Schreiner curriculum. “The things I learned there helped me in later life, including making sure I was on time. The regimentation was good for me at the time.”
Douglas is now retired, but he still plays golf regularly, still shooting in the 70s “occasionally, mainly in warm weather.”
For STEPHANIE GAMBLE ’90, attending Schreiner was a family tradition: two brothers and a sister also went to Schreiner, including her brother Fred, the University’s past vice president for administration and finance. Stephanie Gamble was an outstanding high school athlete in track, basketball and volleyball at Tivy High School in Kerrville and Schreiner College offered her an athletic scholarship. She played on the varsity women’s volleyball team, and she also played varsity basketball under then-coach Dr. Tom Wells, who nominated her for this honor. Gamble and her teammates had four consecutive winning season records, including winning 19 games during her junior year and 22 in her last year at Schreiner. The team went to the NAIA playoffs all four years she played and she led the team in steals for three years.
“Ms. Gamble utilized her education and lessons learned at Schreiner to proudly and quietly become a true success,” Wells said. “She now repays Schreiner by portraying in her professional life all that this fine institution represents.”
She made lifelong friends here as well. “I liked that it was a small school,” Gamble said. “What I remember most is the friendships I made. I made friends there that I still have today. Several of them went on to coach, too, and we talk all the time and help each other out.”
Gamble graduated from Schreiner with a degree in exercise science and teaching certification, and started her coaching career right away, coaching women’s basketball and volleyball at San Marcos Junior High School, them at the high school level in Temple and Copperas Cove. She also earned a Masters of Education degree with a mid-management certification from Tarleton State University during her early days as a coach. She was head basketball coach at Tivy High School in Kerrville for five years, during which her team won three district championships and played in the playoffs five times. Her Tivy teams also played in the state tournament twice, playing for a state championship in 2006. Since 2007, she has been girls’ athletic coordinator and head coach of basketball at Marble Falls High School. Her teams there have two district championships and have gone to the playoffs three times— so far. The San Antonio Express News named her Girls’ Basketball Coach of the year in 2006 and she was named District Girls’ Basketball Coach of the year in 2007.
“I had fun and worked hard.” Gamble said. “Schreiner had a great atmosphere; it was the type of place that felt like home because everyone was so helpful, from the professors to the other students to the administration. I feel that I have an extended family that I can always call upon.”
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David Lindsey Hulse ’90 played baseball for Schreiner College under the school’s legendary first baseball coach Bob Henry. Hulse went on to play major league ball for the Texas Rangers after graduation. Actually, you could say it was major league baseball that brought him to Schreiner in the first place. “I was at a major league baseball tryout camp for the Kansas City Royals that was being held at Schreiner,” he said. “At this camp you run, throw and hit so the team can see how good you are. We ran the 60-yard dash first and I ran the fastest 60 there. Coach Henry came up to me and said, ‘I will give you a full scholarship if you will come and play at Schreiner.’ That’s how I ended up going to Schreiner.”
Hulse was a business administration major and met his wife Helen ’90 while both were at Schreiner. He played baseball on the Schreiner team for three years in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference. “We went to the playoffs every year and had some pretty good teams,” he said.
In 1988-1990, Hulse was named to the NAIA All District 4 First Team Outfield, as well as to NAIA Top Five in the Nation in stolen bases, doubles and triples in 1989. In 1990, he was named a baseball All American, and was again on first team outfield, as well as being named NAIA District 4 Player of the Year. He was in the top five nationally in stolen bases, on-base percentage, batting average, doubles and triples. He also racked up three in-the- park homers that year.
“Great speed got David many extra bases,” coach Henry remembered. “He even stole home during a play-off game.” It was as much his attitude as his playing skills that made him so valuable a part of the Schreiner team. “David had a personality that everyone wanted to be around,” Henry said. “He had a positive attitude about life in general and always had a smile on his face. He lived every day by his favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He had it on his bat, his book covers, everywhere.” After graduation from Schreiner, Hulse was the Texas Rangers’ 13th round draft pick in 1990. He made it to the big leagues after playing only two years in the minors. The average time for a player to make that transition is three to five years. In 1993, he was a starting center fielder for the Rangers and led the American League rookies in batting average and stolen bases that year. Hulse also had the first hit, first stolen base and first run scored in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. In 1995, he went to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he started in center field 52 times, left field 67 times and right field 17 times, making him the only American League player to start at least 15 games in all three outfield positions. He was badly injured in 1996, and he played AAA ball for a year, retiring from baseball in 1999 with a lifetime major league batting average of .270 and a minor league average of .312.
Hulse now works for Larry North Fitness in Southlake, Texas. He said his real passion is just raising his kids and watching them grow and develop both academically and athletically. “They are both very athletic and both are exceptional soccer players on select soccer teams.”
“David was an outstanding player and is the type of person whose character is a positive influence on his friends, teammates and the sport of baseball,” said former teammate and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. “He is a proud representative of Schreiner University.”
Texas native William Dudley Rogers coached junior college students in tennis at Schreiner College from 1967-1981, as well as serving as head coach of the high school football team for four years and head coach of high school and college track for six.
He also started and coached the golf team. Schreiner was his first job after graduate school, where he majored in administration of physical education at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. “Dean Weir and Dr. Edington sent me a ticket to Texas and after my interview, they hired me,” Rogers recalled. “Schreiner didn’t have a PE program then, so they asked me to develop that and to build the best athletic program for the high school and the college. My job description included organizing and presenting a college physical education curriculum, coaching high school football, organizing an intramural program for the college and assisting James Englemann in supervising West Barracks. I taught most of the courses and at one time I had 13 coaches on my staff.” Among the physical education courses offered were the fundamentals of football, volleyball, basketball, handball and golf; Tennis Skills I and II ; swimming; lifesaving; and officiating and judging athletics. His teams did very well almost from the beginning. The original track and golf teams both won the Texas Preparatory League. Still, as with any new program, there were a few bumps along the way. Rogers recalls one skiing trip for PE credit to Red River, N.M. “I had to take the school van, but I decided to take my own truck along, too,” he said. “As it turned out, that was a good idea.
The skiing went fine and we started for home. First the belt came off the van. I crawled under and fixed it. Then the right front wheel came off. The boys got out and got the wheel, then several of the boys walked beside the van two miles into the nearest town, holding the wheel on with a tree limb. We’d go a quarter of a mile, then switch out boys.”
In 1971, Rogers became the school’s athletic director and took over the college tennis team. He also became a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association in that year. As an undergraduate himself, Rogers played for Sul Ross State University’s first tennis team. He was inducted into the Sul Ross Athletic Hall of Honor in 1997. Both the men’s and women’s Schreiner tennis teams won the Texas Junior College Championship all 12 years Rogers coached them. In 1975, Rogers organized the first national junior college tournament for women, which was hosted by Schreiner. The men’s team qualified for the national tournament seven times. The women’s team finished in the top six every year and won the national championship in 1981.
“Our tennis program produced 11 All- Americans and many Texas state champions played for Schreiner,” Rogers said. “We attracted student players from all over the world, including England, Australia, Japan and Finland. We also had players from Colombia, Thailand, Pakistan and Argentina. Many players went on to play professional tennis, and some are still playing and are club pros.”
Rogers left Schreiner when the school no longer provided athletic scholarships and he felt he couldn’t promote the tennis program without them. He worked in the oil industry as a geologist and “when oilfields went dead” he worked for his son, bidding construction jobs. He retired in 2003. “Now I play golf and go fishing,” he said.
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Reginald (Reggie) West ’51 came to Schreiner Institute an outstanding high school athlete from Beeville, Texas. He advanced to state competition in two sports—basketball and track—while he was there, an A.C. Jones High School record.
West lettered in football and track both of his years at Schreiner, during which time both teams went on to win conference titles. He was equally successful off the playing fields: a scholar of distinction, student council president, class vice president, company commander and named to Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In 1950, the Schreiner football team on which West played won more games than in any of the previous 10 years.
“I actually went to A&M first and flunked out,” West said. “I tell people that A&M wasn’t intellectually challenging enough for me. The discipline and help I got from my teachers at Schreiner turned things around for me.”
Like most students who attended Schreiner during its military school days, West has fond memories of his time here, in spite of the work and living conditions. “Through the closeness of the people I was quartered with and played sports with, I made lifetime friends,” he said.
When West graduated from Schreiner, he had offers of athletic scholarships from four universities. He decided to go to Texas Arts & Industries (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) on a football scholarship, where he majored in health, physical education and recreation. He continued his first-rate athletic career at A&I, lettering in football for three years and setting three school records. He ended the 1952 football season with 1,046 yards rushing and 223 carries and was All-Texas Conference Back, with an honorable mention on the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). In 1953, he was again listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was inducted into the A&I Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Beeville Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He has a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio.
West entered the Army for a two-year stint in 1954, serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. “I went into the Army already commissioned,” he said. “Schreiner gave me a foundation that helped me in my time in the service.”
After leaving the Army, West worked for Hughes Tool Co. for five years. “I always wanted to be a coach,” he said, “but college coaches told me it wasn’t a secure job.” However, after his time with Hughes, West did go on to work as a coach and educator. He coached football at Highlands High School and Edison High school in San Antonio, and served as head football coach and athletic director at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. He worked for San Antonio’s East Central Independent School District for 15 years, during which time he was a guidance counselor, high school principal and director of transportation and maintenance.
About being named to Schreiner’s Athletic Hall of Honor, West said, “It’s quite an honor and one I’ll always cherish.”
Raymond (Red) Daniels ’42 went from strength to strength as a Schreiner athlete, at one time breaking his own record in the 440-yard dash at a state championship. He left Lamar High School with a scholarship to Rice University, but Rice wouldn’t accept all his grades when school started in September.
“At that time, all ‘senior’ colleges would send their dummies to a junior college,” said Daniels. “They sent me and a running mate from high school to Schreiner. He was finishing high school, I was taking freshman English.”
Daniels took a full course of study while at Schreiner and competed on the track team as team captain and on the basketball team as co-captain. “We won state that year in track,” he said. “We were second in the state in basketball and first in football. It was a fabulous year!”
His track performances were spectacular enough that Schreiner sent him on to the national meet. “I didn’t take my finals in 1941 because Schreiner sent me to Denver,” he said. “Rex Kelly—we loved him—made me go. Sent me on a bus and I had never been two blocks from school.”
Daniels came back to Schreiner with a bronze medal and to face those finals.
Daniels’ job at Schreiner was waiting tables in the dining hall and he had the honor of serving the table of Schreiner’s first president, Dr. James Delaney, and Major Fuller, who was the military commandant at the time.
“Dr. Delaney liked me because I used to slip him radishes, which his wife didn’t want him to eat,” he said. “I’d wrap them in a napkin and slip them in his pocket.”
He remembers one stint in the dining hall particularly well. “We were coming home from church and when we got back to Schreiner, everyone was talking about Pearl Harbor. We had to go on to the mess hall and set up the dining room. Everything went berserk at that point. Schreiner was a military school, so mamas and papas were calling their boys and saying, ‘Don’t sign anything.’ Every coach in the Southwest Conference was after us [Schreiner athletes], but, of course, the war busted that up. When I went back to Rice, all the coaches were on their way to basic training.” That summer, Daniels returned to Rice for a job painting the stadium and putting in new seats for 50 cents an hour. Then his luck changed.
“Shell called the school and wanted five boys for the summer. I happened to have my mother’s car, so I was elected to drive some of us over there and apply for jobs. One of my Schreiner roommates had an uncle who worked at Shell, and he told me to be out there Monday and start work for 90 cents an hour.”
When time came to go back to school, “Shell told us, ‘You guys are welcome to stay; the draft will get you eventually, but we need you.’ I got two deferments working at Shell, but then I was called up. The government needed me more. Shell told me that if I was lucky enough to come back alive, I had a job.”
Daniels went on to serve two years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sent to Advanced Combat School at Camp Lejeune, N.C., but before leaving with his platoon, he was chosen to go to sea school. “Guys I trained with all made landing at Okinawa,” Daniels said. “And you know how many were killed there.”
He served on the USS Wasp, which was 75 miles off the Japanese coast when Japan surrendered. “Our first mission was to go in and free POWs and capture Japanese officers,” Daniels said. “I tell everybody we were picking up cigarette butts and mowing grass so MacArthur wouldn’t be in danger of getting his khakis dirty.” After he was discharged, he went back to Shell, retiring from the company after 43 years.
“I loved the military part of Schreiner,” Daniels said. “And when we weren’t playing sports, we were working, carrying coal, in the Dairy Shack, in the mess hall.”
2008 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Dr. Robert Henry was a coach at Schreiner College from 1982 to 1994, and was the prime mover behind the formation of the school’s varsity baseball team. “Schreiner University baseball exists largely because of the efforts of Bob Henry,” Dr. John Huddleston said. “Henry convinced the administration that baseball was a viable sport for Schreiner. He fielded the first team, procured the materials for a baseball field, and laid out and physically built much of the field which I personally believe should carry his name. He brought collegiate baseball to the Texas Hill Country.” Huddleston, who is a professor of history and dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Schreiner, nominated Henry for the Athletic Hall of Honor. He also worked for Henry. “For five years I was fortunate enough to be his assistant coach, and during that time I watched Coach Henry build and nurture the baseball program. His contribution to what was then Schreiner College was huge,” Huddleston said.
Before Henry became a Schreiner art instructor and sports coach, he taught and coached at other schools on the high school and college level. He also worked as a special scout for some professional ball clubs, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. He played baseball in high school and college. “I had a chance to play professionally, but probably would have stayed in the minor leagues,” Henry said. He came to Schreiner in what he smilingly refers to as “the pioneer days,” when Schreiner was changing from a two-year to a four-year institution. Part of that change involved becoming eligible to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. “To join NAIA, we needed another men’s sport,” Henry said. “Baseball was the most economical to add. In those days, we had more bills than money.”
While the basics of the baseball program were being put together, Henry worked on the art department curriculum and coached women’s basketball and soccer. He was the first coach of the soccer team. “We won our first match and that’s it,” he said. “I always say I was the soccer bus driver. The only thing I knew about soccer was how to spell it.”
Henry coached the baseball team without pay for its first year, and put more than $5,000 of his own money into the program in its first half decade. Local companies helped by donating some of the building supplies and volunteers —including Schreiner alumni, faculty, staff and students—helped build dugouts and stands and set up the field. “Texas Ranger manager Bobby Valentine, a friend of mine, donated the special infield dirt mix and the infield grass—just like the Rangers had on their field,” Henry recalls. Virtually everything the team needed came through volunteers and donations of money, time and sweat. Henry said it was “a lot like a barn-raising. Everyone pitched in.” Henry and his teams maintained the playing field. “A lot of times before a game, the team would be practicing and I would be on the riding lawnmower,” he remembered. “They had bets as to who could hit me as I mowed around the field. I had to keep one eye on the grass and the other on home plate.”
In Henry’s time at Schreiner, his baseball teams won 255 games went on to post-season play-offs eight times. They were NAIA District 4 champions three times. Both current Schreiner head baseball coach Joe Castillo and JV head coach Rodney Holland played for Henry, and were team captains. Sixteen Schreiner players coached by Henry were named to all-conference teams, and one of his players, David Hulse, was an NAIA All-American. Five players were drafted by professional clubs. Hulse went on to play in the majors for the Texas Rangers.
Henry went on to become an ordained youth minister. He stays in touch with many of his former players. His former volunteer assistant coach, John Huddleston, would like to see the Schreiner baseball field named for Henry, as the moving force behind all the donations and organization that made Schreiner baseball possible. “If I had my choice,” said Henry, “I’d call it Pioneer Field. Schreiner’s come so far, and I’m proud of how far they’ve come. But I’m also proud to have been on that first wagon train.”
Charles H. Johnston, Jr.
Schreiner honored Charles H. Johnston, Jr. ’32 as a Distinguished Alumni in 1990 for his important contributions to Kerrville and Kerr County as a business leader and volunteer. This year, the University honors him for his football career by inducting him posthumously into the Athletic Hall of Honor. Johnston was nominated by his daughter Betsy Johnston Rhoden. “I nominated my father for the Athletic Hall of Honor because he was absolutely the best father in the entire world and I just knew that being selected would have meant so much to him,” Rhoden said. “I am so grateful to the committee for selecting him for this wonderful honor.”
Johnston was a quarterback for Tivy High School before coming to Schreiner Institute in 1930, where he played for Coach H. C. “Bully” Gilstrap, who was inducted into Schreiner’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 2004. Johnston played quarterback for Schreiner for two years. After one game, a local sports reporter wrote of him: “The consistent work of Johnston at quarter, a most valuable aid to the team the entire season, was particularly outstanding.” After leaving Schreiner, Johnston went on to play for The University of Texas Longhorns, lettering for two years. He also was an excellent student and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society for Junior Colleges.
In later years, his service to the community led to his being named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, as well as becoming a Schreiner distinguished alumnus. “One of his proudest moments came when he was named an Alumnus of the Year by Schreiner College,” Rhoden said. “It was an honor he treasured, but knowing him as I well as I did, I suspect that an award honoring his beloved football days would bring a bigger smile to his face.”
2007 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
When Livingston resident Cliff Kellett ’51 is inducted into the Schreiner University Athletic Hall of Honor on April 21, 2007, it will be a moment that will bring him full-circle.
Over the years, Kellett has given tirelessly to Schreiner, especially to the former student association. During that service, one of his proudest moments occurred when his dream of establishing an Athletic Hall of Honor become a reality in 2003.
Bill Thompson ’51, who played football with Kellett, and has stayed friends with him throughout their lives, nominated Kellett for the Hall of Honor.
“Cliff really had to battle to get the Athletic Hall of Honor established— without a go-getter like him there would be no such organization today,” Thompson said.
When Kellett arrived at Schreiner Institute in 1950, his reputation as an outstanding athlete preceded him. His Galveston high school coach called him “the best small tackle I have coached.” While at Schreiner, Kellett played guard for what turned out to be the most successful Schreiner football team in a decade, with an undefeated home game record and an overall 7-3 season. Leaving Schreiner after his first year, Kellett went on to star as an All South Texas Conference guard at Wharton Junior College, and then as an offensive/defensive guard at Lamar University, where he graduated in 1954.
Kellett served in the U.S. Army in Korea, where in addition to his military duties, he played on the Korea Championship Team, All Far East All-Star team. When Kellett returned to Beaumont, joined Gulf Consolidated Services, rising to vice president before his retirement in 1990. In addition to a long, successful business career Kellett gave untiringly of his time and energy to a wide range of Beaumont-area community organizations including Boy’s Haven, 4-H, FFA, and the Young Men’s Business League.
Upon retirement to Lake Livingston with May Dell, his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Kellett remained active in community affairs, continuing his work with 4-H and FFA, Lions Club, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Polk County Youth Rodeo Association and many other volunteer jobs. Throughout the years, Kellett has been recognized many times for his work with volunteer organizations.
With Kellett’s 2007 induction into the Athletic Hall of Honor, which he fought so hard to establish, his dedication to the success of generations of Schreiner athletes has come full circle. “This is one honor that I cherish very much,” Kellett said. “I particularly want to thank all of the people who helped me along the way.”
JOE LOVE HEDRICK
Longtime Franklin ISD football coach, Joe Love Hedrick will be inducted into Schreiner University’s Athletic Hall of Honor on April 21.
Hedrick graduated from high school in 1939, after which he enrolled in Schreiner Institute. Hedrick was a standout football player at Schreiner under the legendary coaches W.C. “Heine” Weir and Rex Kelly. After graduating in 1941, he attended Tulsa University where, playing under coach Henry Franka, he capped his college athletic career by playing in the 1943 Sugar Bowl.
After graduating from Tulsa with a degree in business administration Hedrick joined the U.S. Marines, and participated in several of the toughest battles of the World War II Pacific Theater. He was proudest of his service in the battle for Iwo Jima, during which he was both wounded and decorated with the Bronze Star for exceptional bravery under fire.
After the war, Hedrick returned home to marry Tillie Kunover. He earned his master’s in education from Texas A&M to begin a long and distinguished career in coaching for Franklin ISD, where he served as both coach and teacher from 1946 to 1985. Hedrick was head football coach for most of his career with Franklin ISD and, in addition, served as Superintendent of Schools from 1965 to 1985. He and Tillie had six children, all of whom are college graduates, and who have pursued careers as varied as teacher, lawyer, and engineer.
One of those children, Joseph Lawrence Hedrick, said his father would be really excited about being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor. “He was very fond of Schreiner and the time that he spent there,” Hedrick said. “It was a very special place to him.”
A Schreiner classmate and teammate of Hedrick’s, Frank Crain ’40, remembers him as “a perfect example of a man who always addressed every activity with integrity, good will, and a genuine desire to improve his community, and to instill these qualities in the young men and women he encountered.”
Hedrick was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor in 1979, and when he finished his coaching career in 1985, his teams had amassed a lifetime record of 247 wins, 119 losses, and 15 ties. During his tenure, Hedrick’s teams won 13 district championships, 6 bi-district championships, 2 regional championships and 2 quarterfinal championships. With Hedrick’s induction into the Schreiner University Athletic Hall of Honor, the memory of one its finest scholar/athletes will be enshrined at this school that he loved and supported throughout his long and distinguished life.
2006 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Tom Ball, Jr.
Schreiner University has named Tom Ball, Jr. to its Athletic Hall of Honor. He will be honored at a banquet on April 1, during Recall, Schreiner University’s annual homecoming event.
When Tom Ball, Jr., '42 entered Schreiner Institute in 1940 he was already a celebrated high school football player. To this day he is remembered throughout East Texas as a versatile triple threat running back, who was strong on both offense and defense.
In his freshman year at Schreiner, Ball excelled as half-back and punter. According to the 1940 Recall, the team, under Coach Rex Kelly, began the season with the motto “Nothing less than the conference championship.” On November 22 that dream came true as Schreiner defeated Kilgore Junior College for the Texas Junior College Championship. Of that season Recall states, “Tom Ball’s punting….. was worthy of mention and commendations.” He was named captain of the 1941 Mountaineers, and although the season record reflected four wins and three losses, Ball once again distinguished himself on the field. After having his education disrupted to serve in World War II, he finished his education and went on to distinguish himself in his professional life, retiring as a vice-president with Paine-Webber Investments in 1999.
Ball makes his home in Houston, where he enjoys spending time with his two children and four grandchildren.
W. C. (Heinie) Weir
W.C. (Heinie) Weir '45 was Schreiner Institute’s head football coach and athletic director from 1937 until 1945. After that he served in a variety of other roles at Schreiner, retiring as academic dean in 1971.
Weir served as captain of the Texas A&M football team in his senior year there, wrote Sam M. Junkin '51, former Schreiner president in his nomination. “When his leg was broken in a game, the A&M coach told the student body to be ready, that someone might be called from the stands during the game. Hence was born the 12th man tradition,” wrote Junkin. He went on the say, “In many ways, Coach Weir was a stern man, one who did not rest easy with what he considered ‘nonsense.’ But, he was respected and he served Schreiner admirably.”
William G. Gillis Jr.
William G. Gillis, Jr., '37 distinguished himself while at Schreiner Institute having been Best All-Around Cadet, a football and track letterman, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was from Cameron, Texas.
Maj. Gillis '41 went on to glory at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was a cadet lieutenant, captain of the 1940 football team and a three-year track letterman.
He was killed in action October 1, 1944 in Gremercy Forest in France during WW II. When he died Gillis was married to Lenore Riley Mudge '37. Gillis received the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Order (British), Croix De Guerre, Silver Gilt and Vermillion Stars (French). As a testament to his popularity and the legacy he left behind, West Point dedicated the Gillis Field House in his memory in 1989.
Rex Kelly '52 coached track and football and taught Spanish at Schreiner Institute from 1935 to 1952.
Sam Junkin '51, who nominated Kelly, said, “Rex was an outstanding track coach, but an even better friend. Often a friend to the least likely. Many are the stories of the young men Rex ’adopted’ when all others had given up. I have heard of those the administration voted to suspend, only for Rex to ask that they be given one more chance and that he be given responsibility. After his service to Schreiner, Rex became a full-time rancher, but he kept up his relationships to his athletes and other Schreiner students. He was a rare and wonderful man.”
2005 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Claude R. “Chena” Gilstrap
His Schreiner Institute classmates knew him as “Chena” in the 1930s. Schreiner students and athletes in the 1950s knew him simply and affectionately as “Coach.” Claude R. Gilstrap played many roles during his long and distinguished life—mentor, friend, athlete, visionary, humorist, inspirational leader, colleague, role model, and outstanding citizen.
He was born in 1914 in Granger, Texas, and by the time he got to Schreiner he was already a physical and moral force to be reckoned with. Gilstrap's older brother, H.C. “Bully” Gilstrap, had preceded him to the Institute in 1925 and became famous as the coach who built Schreiner into a football powerhouse. Chena arrived in 1933 as a student and is remembered as one of Schreiner's outstanding athletes.
In 1950, after coaching high school and junior college teams across Texas, the younger Gilstrap took over the reins of Schreiner's football program from Leo Daniels and promptly led the Mountaineers to their most successful season in a decade. He left Schreiner in 1953 to become head football coach and athletic director at Arlington State College—now University of Texas at Arlington—where he spent 22 years and coached more winning teams than anyone else in that school's history.
During Coach Gilstrap's tenure at Schreiner and again while he was at Arlington State, he was honored as Coach of the Year by regional and national sports organizations, and was inducted into both the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Hall of Fame. Many of Coach's players went on to distinguished careers in sports, public service and business. At his memorial service in 2002, these protégés returned with heartfelt words of praise not only for his leadership and inspiration, but also for his integrity, dignity, patience, compassion, self-discipline, respect for others, high ideals and ethical standards, and for his sense of humor.
One of these protégés, Bobby Lane, who had been an assistant coach under Chena at Arlington and went on to become a National Football Hall of Famer himself, said “He was probably the greatest motivator of kids I have ever known. If anyone should have a lasting legacy, it's him, for the number of lives he touched and the young men he meant so much to over the years.”
2004 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Schreiner University has announced its 2004 Athletic Hall of Honor inductees. They are John R. "Bob" Bowmer '53, the late H.C. "Bully" Gilstrap, the late Donald "Red" Richardson '51 and Donald W. Suman, Sr. '38.
Schreiner will honor the inductees, along with two Distinguished Alumni, during a recognition banquet at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux Campus Activity Center. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $40 per person- call (830) 792-7201.
The keynote speaker at the banquet will be Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association and Baylor's all-time winningest coach. Teaff was head football coach at Baylor for 21 years, leading the Bears to Southwest Conference titles in 1974 and 1980.
Schreiner created the Athletic Hall of Honor in 2003 to celebrate former students' athletic achievements during their years at Schreiner and afterward.
John R. "Bob" Bowmer
Bowmer was quarterback at Schreiner for two years, leading the team to 6-4 and 5-4-1 records. He was selected twice as All Conference and All State Quarterback. He also played tennis at Schreiner, and was No. 1 in doubles and No. 2 in singles.
Bowmer then played football for the University of Texas for two years before serving two years in the U.S. Army. He then earned his bachelor's degree in geology from Midwestern State University. He worked for Shell Oil for almost eight years before being offered a position with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 1967. Today, he is a vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley.
H.C. "Bully" Gilstrap
Gilstrap played football, basketball and ran track at the University of Texas from 1921 to 1923. In 1925, he was named the head coach of a young Schreiner football team. He built the team into one of the state's top junior college powers. The highlight of his 12 years at Schreiner was winning the state junior college football championship in 1935. In 1937, Gilstrap was hired as an assistant football coach at UT. He coached football at UT for 20 years. In addition, he coached basketball at UT for three years, compiling a 43-28 record and leading his team to the Southwest Conference basketball co-championship and to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament.
Gilstrap retired from coaching in 1956 and became a physical-training instructor at UT until retiring in the early 1970s. He was voted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1968. He died in 1989 at the age of 87.
Donald "Red" Richardson
Richardson was a punter for the Schreiner football team, earning the All-Pioneer Conference punting crown in 1950. He also assisted the Schreiner track team to an undefeated year in 1950, taking first place in the high jump, placing second in the broad jump and running a leg on the championship 440-yard relay team. After graduating from Schreiner, he attended Alabama University.
Richardson's love for sports continued into his adulthood‹he played semi-pro football, softball and basketball; he coached a semi-pro women's basketball team; and he officiated football, basketball and baseball. He died in 1984.
Donald W. Suman, Sr.
Suman was first team All-State in football at Schreiner in 1938 and second team All-State in basketball that same year. He then played football and basketball at Rice before leaving at the end of his junior year to enter the U.S. Air Force. While at the second stage of his pilot training, he injured his knee and was given an Honorable Medical Discharge.
Suman returned to Rice and graduated in 1944. He then worked for Rice, eventually becoming the assistant basketball coach in 1947 and head basketball coach in 1949. In 1954, his team won the Southwest Conference Championship, with a 23-5 record. That same year he was named Outstanding Coach of the Year in the Southwest Conference.
After coaching for 10 years at Rice, he went to work for an American League Professional football team for three years and then joined John L. Wortham and Son Fire and Casualty Insurance Agency, where he remained for 22 years until his retirement in 1985.
2003 ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Schreiner University has announced its 2003 Athletic Hall of Honor inductees. They are Raymond Berry '51, Roland Ingram '62, Dr. Charles Johnson '58, the late H.N. "Jack" Stevens '24 and Bill Thompson '51.
Berry played football at Schreiner Institute in 1950, helping the team finish its most successful season in 10 years with a record of 73. He then played football at Southern Methodist University, before being drafted into the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1955. During his 13 years as wide receiver for the Colts, he was a member of two world championship teams. When he retired, he had caught more passes- a then-record 631 than any other player in pro football history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he retired. Sports Illustrated April 22, 2008: "The Best Game Ever" by Mark Bowden
Berry coached in the NFL for 19 years, including six seasons as head coach of the New England Patriots. He led the team to five playoff games, an AFC East Division title, an AFC championship and a Super Bowl. In 1985, he was selected NFL coach of the year by The Vince Lombardi Committee.
Ingram attended Schreiner Institute for one year but during that time he left his mark as one of Schreiner's tennis legends. He helped lead the 1962 SI team to the 1962 National Junior College Team Championship, where the team captured the title. Ingram was both the singles and doubles champion at the tournament.
After leaving Schreiner Institute, attended North Texas State University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He coached at Amarillo High School from 1966 to 1973; coached at Midland College from 1973 to 1974; was the tennis pro at Amarillo Town Club from 1974 to 1975; and was the tennis pro at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth from 1976 to 1983.
In 1983, Ingram was hired as the head women's tennis coach at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While coaching at TCU, he was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1991; Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001; Southwest Regional Coach of the Year in 2001; and Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2002. He was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995. Under his leadership, the TCU women's tennis team was named conference champions in 1991, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Ingram retired in 2002, after 19 years at TCU.
"Schreiner was very special. It was the right school at the right time for me. I don't think I would have finished college if I had gone to any other school," said Ingram, who lives in Fort Worth. "I would not have met: Dr. Edington who had the faith in me to admit me as the first ex-serviceman to school, Mr. Hammond whose wisdom and patience allowed me to pass physics, Mr. Wilbourn who taught me that history was filled with real people who had something to teach to future generations, Mr. Ainsworth who made me fall in love with literature and drama, and especially Mr. Becker who taught me more by example than any other person in my life."
Dr. Charles Johnson
Johnson played football, basketball and golf at Schreiner Institute from 1956 to 1958. He then attended New Mexico State University, where he was quarterback of the football team. His college career included two consecutive Sun Bowl victories and an undefeated 11-0 record in 1960. The team recorded 23 wins and only nine losses during Johnson's three years. His jersey number 33 is the only number ever retired in more than 105 years of New Mexico State football.
While at NMSU, Johnson continued his military training that began at Schreiner and was the Army ROTC Cadet Commander one semester. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant after graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
Johnson then played 15 years as an NFL quarterback in St. Louis, Houston and Denver. He was selected for the NFL Pro Bowl in 1963 and was named AFC All Conference in 1973. He started in more than 110 games, winning 65 of those. During his pro career, Johnson continued his education and received his master's and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He also served two years on active duty assigned to NASA in Virginia. He was honorably discharged as a Captain, USAR.
After 30 years of working in private business in Houston, Johnson returned to New Mexico State in January 2000 as professor and head of the department of engineering. He has been inducted into the Big Spring High Hall of Fame, NMSU Hall of Fame, Sun Bowl Legends and the Denver Bronco Ring of Fame.
" I have said for years that Schreiner had a huge impact on my life and education," said Johnson, who lives in Mesilla, N.M. "At Schreiner, I learned to discipline myself to study as was necessary in a tight, military-based schedule. And, I learned how to study from a very demanding, but caring and supportive faculty."
H.N. "Jack" Stevens
Stevens was quarterback and captain of Schreiner Institute's first football team, scoring the team's first touchdown during a Sept. 28, 1923, game against Junction.
On Feb. 13, 1924, Stevens married Dorothy Doyle of Kerrville, left Schreiner and began his 40-year career working at the Fawcett Furniture Company. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and Appliance Dealers Association of Kerrville.
"The letter I received from (then Schreiner Institute president) Dr. J.J. Delaney in the spring of 1923 probably did more to change my life than any other one thing," Stevens was quoted as saying in a 1980 SCENE magazine article. Stevens died on Dec. 5, 1983, at the age of 79.
Thompson was quarterback at Schreiner Institute from 1949 to 1951. He helped his 1950 team finish with a 6-2 season. After leaving SI, Thompson attended Sam Houston State College, where he led his team to two championships and two bowl games. Thompson graduated from Sam Houston with bachelor's and master's degrees.
After graduation, Thompson coached football at high schools in Hallettsville, Livingston and Vidor. In 1962, Thompson and his family moved to Baytown, where he coached at Horace Mann Junior School. In 1968, he became the defensive coordinator at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown.
In 1969, he helped lead the Lee Ganders to their first district title in a decade. The Ganders went to the regional finals in 1970, were co-champs in 1973, district champs in 1976 and regional champs in 1979. (Sports reporters have named that 1979 game against La Porte as one of the "Ten Best Games of the Decade," with the Ganders winning 30-28.) Thompson retired from coaching in 1985.
"The advantages Schreiner offered its students were many. The campus was small and friendly. The professors were helpful and caring. The distractions were few, therefore, grades and study habits become very important. The friendships made there have lasted a lifetime. We look forward to returning to campus Recall every year," said Thompson, who lives in Baytown.