Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2007

Joe Hedrick to be Honored by Schreiner University April 21

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, and 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.

Schreiner University is an independent coeducational liberal arts university related by choice and by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more information, visit our Web site at www.schreiner.edu or call the Office of Admission at (830) 792-7217.

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