The road that Greg and Deb Ploetz traveled is a reflection of the struggles that many of our teammates and their families have experienced from this dreaded disease.  

After being diagnosed with a possible form of CTE , Greg decided to paint a tribute to his teammates.   The completion of this painting is a story of his heart holding on while his mental capabilities and hand-eye coordination deteriorated.   This painting was completed in 2010, and it is obvious that he was struggling with details. However, his efforts are not about art; they are about the human spirit winning battles against his aggressive opponent. This painting is a special and personal gift from Greg Ploetz to his teammates--a victory of the heart over the mind.

May God bless Greg, his family and all of our teammates and their families who have suffered to the end with this hideous disease

In this lithograph autographs of former DKR players are combined with one of Greg Ploetz last attempts to share a memory about Longhorn sports before CTE completely ravaged his mind . It is not a good painting, but that is not the point. Paintings deliver messages that words can never yield and the message here is that Greg is struggling to remain cognitive while rendering his art work, but his effort is unsuccessful.

The painting is historically incorrect. What this painting offers is a glimpse into Greg's state of mind as he paints. Norman Rockwall's decades ago rendered a piece of art titled "Self portrait". Greg Ploetz has rendered a self portrait of CTE’s impact on the mind.

Even though Greg was a defensive player as a Longhorn, in this painting Greg ( #31) believes he is the offensive player who  delivers the key block that results in James Street’s (#16) ) winning touchdown run in the national championship game against Notre Dame in 1970.

In fact, James Street does not make this touchdown , the Notre Dame jersey colors are incorrect, the stadium architecture is not the Cotton Bowl, and Billy Dale (#22) is not a blocker on this play. This painting reflects what CTE looks like from Greg's confused state of mind .

Deb Ploetz and I started our journey together four years ago to tell the story of CTE. It is time for the journey looking back to end and looking forward to begin. This Lithograph with 250 plus signatures of DKR players should have value in the market place and Deb Ploetz wants to offer this historical piece to a CTE tax exempt to raise money to fund future CTE research.  If this auction goal is accomplished, the artwork will be the only Longhorn sports artifact with this many signatures from DKR players. Players who delivered 3 national championships and 11 Southwest Conference Championships to The University of Texas from 1957-1977.

Horns Up,

Deb Ploetz and Billy Dale


 



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By Terry Frei

The Denver Post

My story on Greg Ploetz, the former Texas defensive tackle from the Longhorns’ famous national championship team in 1969, is in the Sunday paper and here.

I quote Greg several times in the story, simply noting he was speaking in 2001. Perhaps some wondered why I didn’t credit or explain where those quotes came from. I left that unanswered in the story and this is a more appropriate spot to confirm what many reading the story might have known, anyway: The 2001 quotes from Greg in the story and much of the material about his background were gleaned from my interview with him while researching my book, Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming, about the 1969 Texas-Arkansas game in Fayetteville. That’s not meant to be a plug; it’s an explanation because the book came out in late 2002, not last week. I spent much of the summer of 2001 in Texas and Arkansas, then made return trips to Austin and Dallas in the fall.

Before speaking and having dinner with Deb Ploetz and Greg’s former roommate and teammate, David Richardson, on Tuesday, and then meeting them to see Greg in the Arvada memory care assisted living facility on Wednesday, I again listened to my 2001 interview with Greg. I pulled the cassettes out of the huge carrying case devoted to the HHNC interviews, again smiling about (and also being proud of) the line in famed sportswriter Blackie Sherrod’s column, where he noted I “must have worn out a dozen tape recorders” researching the book. (I actually made it through with just one; the major frustrating experience has been repeatedly realizing others have not been reluctant to, um, appropriate and run with the book’s revelatory material about what was going on around those teams and the 1969 game.)

I’m sad that Greg and I weren’t able to significantly chat again during my visit with him Wednesday.

As noted in the story, David presented Deb with a $14,000 check from the Longhorn Support Group, led by former Longhorns halfback Billy Dale.

Greg Ploetz’s former roommate and teammate, David Richardson, presents Deb Ploetz with the $14,000 check from the UT Lettermen Support Group in Arvada in 2014.

A total of $25,000 was raised by teammates on two fund drives.

Many in the LSG still are shaken by the September 2013 death of , the charismatic Wishbone wizard and the father of former Rockies pitcher Huston Street. Street died of a heart attack. Also, James Saxton, the Texas running back who finished third in the 1961 Heisman Trophy voting (behind Syracuse’s Ernie Davis and Ohio State’s Bob Ferguson), passed away at age 74 last week after a long battle with dementia. At least one other prominent player in the Texas program from 1969-72 also is fighting dementia.

In communicating with Dale during this process, and telling him how much I respected how the LSG has responded to help Ploetz and other former Longhorns and their families, I mentioned that my father was the head coach at Oregon during that period, and I’ve been reminded again and again over the years about how the bonds between teammates — and between coaches and players — last. The latest was when three of my siblings and I were present as our father posthumously was honored at the Oregon spring game on May 3, tying it the military appreciation theme of the afternoon because he had been a decorated P-38 fighter pilot during World War II … and never allowed that to be included in his coaching biography. (He was an Army Air Forces contemporary of Ploetz’s father, Frederick Ploetz, the P-40 fighter pilot, also in the Pacific Theater.)

I feel comfortable with sharing what Dale wrote me about the teammates’ bonds issue:

“Bonding only occurs when the respect of a teammate is earned. We all respect each other. We struggled through the mental anguish of trying to be a starter for the Longhorns. We shared victories, losses, work-outs, fellowship, sorrow, pain, and joy together and now that most of us are entering the 4th quarter of our lives, we huddle again as a team to help each other. The teammate bond is not broken and the respect for each other remains years after our glory days at UT have ended.”

Greg Ploetz, Former Texas Football Player, Dies At Age 66

David Richardson (Greg's roommate during college) wrote to his teammates the following letter:

DEAR HORNS,
 
AS MOST OF YOU KNOW I REPRESENTED LSG AND DELIVERED THE CHECK FOR $14,000 TO GREG PLOETZ.  BY NOW, MOST OF YOU HAVE READ THE ARTICLE WRITTEN BY TERRY FREI FOR THE DENVER POST CONCERNING GREG’S SITUATION AND THE POSITIVE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT MEDICINAL MARIJUANA HAS PLAYED IN GREG’S LIFE. 
 
ALL THE TEXAS NURSING HOMES WOULD NOT TAKE CARE OF GREG UNLESS THEY COULD KEEP HIM MEDICATED AND CALM. DEB WAS AT HER WITS END UNTIL SHE FOUND THIS PLACE IN COLORADO AND HEARD ABOUT THE MARIJUANA TREATMENT.  
 
WHAT AN EYE OPENER IT WAS FOR ME AS AN OUTREACH MINISTER FOR VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH.  NOT THAT I APPROVE OF IT IN THE RECREATIONAL SENSE BUT IT DOES HAVE SOME VALUE MEDICALLY.  AFTER ALL, WHERE DID WE FIRST GET OUR MEDICINES?  FROM PLANTS.
 
OVER ALL IT WAS A VERY GOOD TRIP.  GREG IS IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, THE MOUNTAINS ARE ONLY ABOUT 10 TO 15 MILES FROM HIM.  HE CAN GO OUT IN THE BACK YARD AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY.  THERE WAS STILL SNOW ON THE MOUNTAINS.  HIS NURSING FACILITY IS MORE LIKE A HOME THAN CARE INSTITUTION.  THE WORKERS ARE NICE, AND THEY ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS.  
 
WHEN GREG FIRST ARRIVED HE WOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYONE AT THE NURSING FACILITY BUT NOW WITH THE HELP OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA HE HAS CALMED DOWN AND HIS ANGER HAS SUBSIDED.

 


 
I WAS HIS ROOMMATE, BUT GREG DOES NOT KNOW ME.  HE KNOWS DEB AND THEIR DOG BEUTTER.
GREG KNOWS HE IS NOT AT HOME BUT HE WANTS TO BE.  THIS FRUSTRATES HIM AND HE CAN STILL GET AGITATED VERY QUICKLY.  HE GOT UPSET WITH ME WHEN I TOOK A PICTURE OFF THE WALL TO ASK HIM ABOUT IT.  HE LOVES HIS ART; I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE ARTWORK HANGING IN HIS ROOM AND HIS EYES LIT UP AND HE EVEN SMILED.  HE LIKES TO WALK OR PACE.  HE DOESN'T TALK MUCH, JUST MAKES SOUNDS. DEB SAID THAT SOMETIMES AFTER SHE HAS GIVEN HIM HIS DRUGS HE CAN PUT A SENTENCE TOGETHER.
 
IT'S VERY HARD FOR DEB TO GET HIM TO DO ANYTHING.   SHE HAS TO MANIPULATE HIM AND THIS IS VERY HARD ON HER; SEEING HER HUSBAND IN SUCH A STATE.  HE HAS LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT AND JUST DOESN'T LOOK THE SAME.  THE DRUGS HAVE GIVEN HIM AN APPETITE AGAIN SO MAYBE HE WILL START GAINING THE WEIGHT BACK.  
DEB ADMINISTERS HIS MEDICINE TO HIM IN THE MORNING AND AGAIN IN THE EVENING.  SHE HAS A LICENSE TO BUY AND TO ADMINISTER THE “DRUG”  THE NURSING HOME EMPLOYEES ARE EXCITED ABOUT HOW THE “DRUGS” HAVE HELPED GREG, AND THEY HOPE  BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER THE DRUG TO THEIR PATIENTS IN THE FUTURE.  THERE IS A TOTAL OF 10 MEN WHO RESIDE IN THE HOME.  
 
HER LIFE IS BETTER, BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY HER SITUATION IS STILL VERY DIFFICULT.  FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH MY DAD WHO HAD ALZHEIMER’S, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS IS HARDER ON THE CAREGIVER THAN THE PATIENT, BUT THE LONGHORN FAMILY HAS COME THROUGH AND MITIGATED A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION.   
PLEASE KEEP GREG AND DEBRA IN YOUR PRAYERS.
 
I WAS HONORED TO DELIVER OUR HEART FELT DONATION TO DEB.   DEBRA AND TERRY FREI WERE OVERWHELMED WITH OUR OUTREACH. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION PLEASE CONTACT ME.
 
–DAVID RICHARDSON

 

 

While all Dorothy had to do was follow the yellow brick road, The Longhorns had to follow a confusing Rainbow of brick roads and many false starts that ended nowhere.

It has been said that “what starts here changes the world”. If that is so, Texas created the full spectrum of the color palette for the world searching for the color burnt orange.

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The Only Way To Produce The Color "Burnt Orange" Is To Mix Pale Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, With Cadmium Red, And A Touch Of Burnt Sienna. Any Deviation From This Formula And The Color Is No Longer Burnt Orange.

The road to the perfect color begins in 1893 and ends in the late 1960’s with a color titled “burnt orange”.

The Keller clan lived through all of these color changes and their journey is an important part of Longhorn sports history.

 




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Gold and White - In 1893 UT Students identified themselves with their surroundings on the campus, and several University teams donned gold and white uniforms. Gold and White was never the UT official colors and only lasted a short period of time.

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By 1895 members of the student-run UT Athletic Association wanted a more "masculine" color, and orange was paired with white. Unfortunately white uniforms were difficult to clean after a hard-fought victory so in 1897, to save cleaning costs, the Athletic Association opted for maroon color that wouldn't show dirt as easily.

For the next ensuing years, UT football, baseball, and track uniforms, along with letter sweaters, were orange and maroon.

This created more than a little controversy among the alumni. Adding to the confusion was the Cactus Yearbook, at the time published by the Athletic Association, listed the University colors as either gold or orange and white. The appearance of the 1899 Cactus made matters worse. The Athletic Association suddenly declared the University colors to be "Gold and Maroon," which just happened to be the same hues used for the yearbook's cover. The UT students at the medical branch in Galveston wanted to throw out the double-colors in favor of a single one- royal blue. There is no question that the University of Texas student body was a neurotic mess in 1899 fighting over a rainbow of colors including shades of yellows, oranges, whites, reds, maroons, and a few in royal blue. The neurosis was so bad that the next year (1900) the Board of Regents decided to hold an election to settle the matter of the official UT colors. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were all invited to send in their ballots. Out of the 1,111 votes cast, 562 were for orange and white, 310 Orange and maroon , 203 royal blue , 10 crimson , 11 royal blue and crimson , and 15 for some other colors.

The story of the The Longhorn Keller Clan

I believe that Stewart Keller’s ancestral lineage is the longest in the history of Longhorn sports. For 120 years the Keller name has been associated with Longhorn sports with Stewart Keller representing the Longhorn family tree in 2019.

Stewart’s grandfather, Raymond Keller, is in the photo below dressed in the maroon and orange uniform. In 1899 Raymond was one of the first athletes to receive a maroon and orange Longhorn letter sweater .

The second row of photos shows Raymond’s brother ,Victor Keller’s, brother on the 1900 football team. (The Cactus misspelled Victor’s last name.)

For 41 years Raymond’s sweater has been stored in an air tight container at an off campus storage facility.

With the help of employees from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, I was able to gain access to Raymond’s letter sweater and take the photo below. I believe this is the only maroon and bright orange letter sweater remaining from that era.





1933-1934 swim team.

In that container was an unexpected bonus!! Under Raymond Keller’s maroon and Orange letter sweater in that air tight container was Stewart’s Uncle’s (also a Raymond Stewart) 1933 diving letter sweater. Raymond was one of the first divers to letter in swimming and for recognition received a letter sweater.






This photograph was taken by the Corpus Christi Caller for an article publish in 1976 for the NCAA tennis tournament . Stewart is with his uncle Raymond Keller who was a diver for the Horns in 1933.





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Stewart is bottom row second from right.

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Stewart was an instrumental part of the Longhorn tennis team in the mid-70’s winning the SWC for the first time in 11 years. The team finished 5th nationally. Tennis Coach Snyder said it was one of his best teams at UT. The Tennis team had a chance to win the national championship, but the #2 Longhorn went back to South Africa before NCAA’s and even though Royal offered to fly him back on a private jet if he would play. He did not return. (Curren played #3 on that team and Denton #6).

In the NCAA’s Texas had a re-match with a UCLA team they beat earlier in the year. Tied at 4 all with UCLA, Texas needed to win the doubles match to advance in the NCAA tournament. Missing Stewart’s South African doubles partner the Horns lost to UCLA 5-4. UCLA eventually lost to the national champion Stanford team 5-4.


Longhorn sports history is replete with stories like Stewart Keller’s.

TLSN is a free, insightful, educational, and historical website that captures Longhorn sports special moments, UT Sports history, UT traditions, UT legacies, UT culture, individual records, photos, insightful comments, and personal commentary from those who made Longhorn history into a form that all Longhorns can celebrate.

Researching this incredible story was a joy for me. Thank you Stewart for emailing me and sharing this fascinating family story of Longhorn sports history.


Horns Up!

Billy Dale










1974 “Cactus” comment about Soccer

Mark Stinson’s graphic works were visionary in 1974 while he was a student at UT. In the “hand out” graphic below Mark captures for the “Cactus” all the obstacles in one depiction what women had to overcome to gain equal financial footing with the men. Great country song writers can tell a whole story in one sentence. Mark does so with graphic art.

THE NAVIGATION TOOL TO THE HISTORICAL  PAGES ON THIS WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN. THE SITES ARE  Que, donate, sports, articles, missions, CTE, Sentry, Lost too soon, and fans.

UNLIKE TEXAS BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, TRACK, AND BASEBALL THERE ARE VERY FEW BOOKS DEDICATED TO LONGHORN women's soccer.  I HOPE WITH TIME THIS SITE CAN ADD SOME HISTORICAL INSIGHT AND TELL THE COMPELLING STORY OF LONGHORN soccer .  

A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn Soccer follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase from many fine book stores about Texas Longhorn Sports or please visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com for more information  

 

 1993 Women's UT Soccer - Coach Zobrist

After competing as a club for several years the soccer team gained varsity status this year . The team finished second at the TWISCC playoffs with Monica Moore making the All conference team.

 

Since the inception of  Women's soccer in 1994 thru 2014 The Lady Longhorns have :

  • Made 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns sport a 7-11-1 (.395) record during NCAA postseason action;

  • a winning percentage is .584

  • have ranked in the top 20 5 times (2002,2004,2006,2007, and 2008.)

  • advanced to NCAA Tournament Round of 16 three times (2004, 2006, and 2007);

  • advanced  to the NCAA Tournament Second Round five times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2014);

  • Claimed three conference championships. 

  • UT is the lone current member of the Big 12 to have qualified for the league’s postseason tournament each year;

  • four players drafted into Women’s Professional Soccer, three of them as top-25 selections (Kasey Moore/15th/2008, Stephanie Logterman/20th/2008, Jill Gilbeau/22nd/2008, Kelly Wilson/44th/2004).

 

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Coach Dang Pibulvech produces lightning but no rain

 

1994-1998- 40-50-3 record  Coach Dang Pibulvech

Please visit the "Pioneer" navigation page and click on Dang Pibulvech to hear his story.

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Soccer games were located at Frank Denius Field

First Division I soccer contest was against Pepperdine  with Heather Bethard scoring the first goal

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First season the soccer team was 6-1 at home.



Heather Bethard collects UT's first Division I goal against Pepperdine. 

 

 

TOP OF THE CHARTS

 

 

 

 

 Freshmen take 10 spots on the 1994 team.

First division I win is against Cal Polly. 

First Division I home win is against Texas Tech.

Jill Cook records the first Division I assist against Texas Tech.

Jaime Strong holds the career record for saves at 473. Jaime Strong records her seventh shutout of the 1994 season with a 4-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 30 to set the school single-season record for shutouts.

 

1995 Coach Dang Pibulvech 7-14

Jill Cook holds the record for the fastest score to start a game at 10 seconds.

 

Carol Finch is one of three players who are tied for the Texas record for 4 scores in one game. 

Jaime Strong sets a school-record 20 saves against Minnesota.   Strong holds the UT career record for saves with 473 over her four seasons on the Forty Acres. (no picture)

 

1996 Coach Dang Pibulvech 8-10-2 pending

This Team Holds The Seasonal Record At Texas For Most saves (196) 

 

Texas sets single-game records for points (36), goals (12), assists (12) and largest margin of victory in a 12-0 win over Pittsburgh.

Carol Finch sets the UT single-game record with four goals in the Longhorns' victory over the Panthers.

 

1997 Coach Dang Pibulvech 10 -10 pending

Rachael Safirstein is the first Texas player to be named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week. 

Alanna Makinano is the first Longhorns player to be named a Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. 

Katie Baruth is one of three players who are tied for the Texas record for 4 scores in one game. 

Jaime Strong holds the career goal saves (473)

1998 Coach Dang Pibulvech  6-9-3 pending info

 

 

Coach Chris Petrucelli 1999- 2010

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Coach Petrucelli brings lightning , a Rainbow, and some rain.

Coach Petrucelli"

  • As of 2005 Coach Petrucelli was 7th in all-time coaching wins,

  • Two time Coach of the year 1994 and 1995 at Notre Dame,

  • 165-88-26 record

                   

1999- 8-9-2 record   Coach Chris Petrucelli

 Topping the Charts 1999

The construction of Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field is completed. As of 2015, the Longhorn women's soccer teams  have compiled a 116-35-16 (.743) in 16 seasons in their new home  which includes four undefeated home campaigns  in 2002,  2007, 2008, and  2013. 

The First game in the new stadium was a 1-0 victory in August of 1999 against Oklahoma. Nicloe Ramirez made the first goal .

Cami Varnadore is the first UT defensive player to earn a Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honor (no picture). 

 

2000-  12- 7 record   Coach Chris Petrucelli pending

Kati McBain is Big 12  Freshman of the Year and All-Central Division. She is the first Texas player to be named the Big 12 Conference's Rookie of the Year 

Kylee Wosnuk is the first Longhorns Player to earn a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor. 

  

2001-  14-6 -  Coach Chris Petrucelli pending

Texas records its first victory in Big 12 play with a 3-2 win over Colorado. 

Coach Petrucelli is Big 12 Coach of the Year

Texas secures its first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship. 

Soccer Honors is 2001 are below - more information to follow.

Kristen Teter all Big 12 Tournament

Team wins Big 12 regular season title in addition to capturing Big 12 Tournament crowns in 2006 and 2007.-   

Texas had a 11 game win streak

2002-   15-5-1 record    Coach Chris Petrucelli 

Ranked 14 nationally.

Kelly Wilson is the only Longhorn to receive the  Big 12 Player of the Year award .  She holds the seasonal record at texas for points scored (46), goals scored (16), and assists (14). 

Kelly Wilson Receives A NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship,Holds The Career Texas Record For Points (129), And Assist (41)

Kelly Wilson is named to the Big 12 Conference 10th Anniversary Team.

Kelly Wilson Receives Freshman  All- America Honors And Is The Only UT Women's Soccer Player To  Be Selected To The USA National Team.

 

  

 

 

In 2000- Kati McBain is Big 12  Freshman of the Year

Kati  McBain receives National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors

Kati McBain- First Texas player named  Rookie of the Year in the Big 12; had 6 points against Texas Tech in two games. Selected to the All-Central team.

 

This team ties the 2004 team for the  record for most points scored (172) in a season.  

2003-  12-9 record   Coach Chris Petrucelli.

This Team Holds The Seasonal Record At Texas For Most corner kicks (162)

 

Kelly McDonald receives National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors. She is one of three players who are tied for the Texas record for 4 scores in one game 

Kelly McDonald Holds The Texas Career Record For Goals (46)and she finished her career with 4 league offensive players of the week honors. 

 

McDonald finishes her UT career with four league offensive players of the week honors.

Texas defeats No. 6 Texas A&M by a score of 2-1 in double overtime to give the UT soccer program its first-ever triumph over the Aggies. 

  

 

2004 -   15-7-2 record   Coach Chris Petrucelli

Ranked 16th Nationally

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Carpenter holds the seasonal records for shots (109) and is tied with two other players for game winning goals (8). Kelsey Carpenter is a All-American and team MVP. group.

 

 

 

 

 

This team holds the seasonal record at Texas for most goals (57) most assist (62), and most shots 481

Capital One Academic All-America Emily Anderson is the only two-time winner, receiving second-team honors in 2008 and first-team recognition in 2009. (no picture)

Caitlin Kennedy makes the Soccer America All-Freshman Team and is a Parade All American.

 Priscilla Fite is team Academic MVP

 

 

 

2005-   11-9-1 record   Coach Chris Petrucelli

 

 

 

Kasey Moore in Big 12 Freshman of the Year. 

Kasey Moore makes the NSCAA First-Team All-America team . She is the only player in Longhorn women's soccer to win the honor three years in a row.

Kasey Moore holds the Texas career record for matches started (91) and is Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

 

 2006 -  18-4-3 record   Coach Petrucelli

Best finish in the history of UT soccer at eighth in the nation

Longest winning streak in Texas Soccer History (13)

Four Longhorns are named to the Big 12 All-Conference team. 

Senior captain Carrie Schmit , junior forward Kelsey Carpenter , sophomore defenders Stephanie Logterman, and Kasey Moore are named to the first-team. 

The Longhorns win their first Big 12 tournament and advance to the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament.

10 Longhorns are named to Academic All-Big 12 first team.   Amy Burlingham ,Kelsey Carpenter Priscilla Fite, Stephanie Gibson , Jill Gilbeau  Karen Haight, Leslie Imber, ; and Stephanie Logterman.  

Emily Anderson - 2009 Academic All- American

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Part of an article on Texassports.com about Karen Haight is below

 

2006 KAREN HAIGHT: WHY I MISSED SOCCER SENIOR PICTURES STORY ON TEXASSPORTS.COM 

Karen Haight says :

 Last year as a junior, I applied for an internship with Goldman Sachs through the on-campus recruiting program here at The University of Texas. I interviewed in Austin with a lot of people and then traveled to New York for a day to interview with six more people. After I found out I made the cut, I was given the internship at the beginning of the summer.

I worked 10 weeks in the sales and rotational program, spending time with different desks within that division while learning about the company. I met as many people as I could and even helped out when possible. The main purpose of the internship was to see what life would be like if you worked for Goldman Sachs.

Prior to this internship, the closest I came to a full-time commitment (outside of playing soccer at one of the best Division I programs in the country) was a minimum wage, fast food job a few summers ago. I think the recruiters appreciated that I had little-to-no working experience because of my involvement with soccer, my grade point average and my personality. That combination helped me through the initial screening process and into the interview pool. From there, the people who selected the interns looked for people who they felt had a good personality to fit with the company and the program.

When I left for New York City, I knew no one there. I had never been to New York, other than for my interview, but even then, I flew in and out the same day. When I accepted the position I was definitely going on a leap of faith.

I met a lot of fun people in Manhattan including a few from UT. Actually, I met a lot of Texas students there. In our program were a number of students mainly from Ivy League colleges and other programs on the East Coast.

I lived in a dorm off Wall Street within walking distance to work.

 

2007-  16-4-5  record    Coach Chris Petrucelli- ranked 11th nationally

Texas junior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger sets the UT school record with her 29th career win. 

Priscilla Fite is Academic MVP 2007

 2008 -  13-4-4 Record Coach Chris Petrucelli gets his 300th victory ranked 18th nationally

In September 2008  the Largest Crowd (5585) ever to watch a soccer game in the Big 12 saw Texas and Texas A & M compete. The average attendance was 1,068. The game ended in a tie.

This Team Holds The Seasonal Record At Texas For Most shutouts (11),  fewest points allowed (40), and consecutive shutouts (4). 

Kelly McDonald is tied with Kelly Wilson and Kelsey Carpenter with Texas career game-winning goals (13).

Petrucelli was reprimanded for pursuing and then confronting game officials near midfield after the completion of the Texas at Nebraska match on October 3.

 

 

Stephanie Logerman receives the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

 

 

Soccer defensive standout Jill Gilbeau  receivesthe Janet Hauber Academic Excellence Award given to the female student-athlete who excels in the sciences. Gilbeau was  a biology major who was named to the ESPN Magazines Academic All-District First Team and to the Big 12 Academic First Team. She also receives soccer's Lowe's Most Improved Award.

 

2009- 9-9-3  record Chris Petrucelli

2010 Chris Petrucelli pending more information

 

2011- to Present Coach Angela Kelly

2011- to Present Coach Angela Kelly

As of 2015 Angela Kelly has a 31-24-8 record at Texas.  Her overall career record is 191-108-28 with 12 of those years at Tennessee. At Tennessee she is credited with 10 NCAA tournament bids, 5 sweet 16 appearances, 4 SEC tournament titles.  3 SEC titles, and 3 time SEC coach of the year. 

2011 11-9-1 Coach angela kelly pending more information

The Texas Soccer program receives the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year. 

2012 8-10-2 Coach Angela Kelly

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Kelsey Shimmick

 

 

 

 

 

Brook Gilbert and Kelsey Shimmick         make Big 12 All tournament team

 

2013 12-6-2 Coach Angela Kelly

 

2014 11-8-4 Coach angela kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Smith holds the career record as goal keeper for lowest goals against average (.80)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  2014 is the end of Soccer history on this site. Future information will be added at the appropriate time. 

Playing soccer for Texas link from TexasSports.com is below.

http://www.texassports.com/news/2015/9/3/WSOC_0903152156.aspx

 

 

 

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Harvey Penick

 

Unlike Texas Basketball, Football, Track And Baseball There Are Very Few Books Or Research Material That Discuss Longhorn golf.  I Hope With Time This Site Can Add Some Historical Insight And Tell The Full And Compelling Story Of The Texas golf Tradition. 

  • 1971, 1972, and 2012 National Champions with 4 runner-up finishes (1983, 1989, 1994, and 2016)

  • Longhorn success in golf started with Legendary golf instructor Tom Penick followed by his younger brother Harvey Penick.

1902- pending

1907- pending

 

 

1913

 The Athletic Council is formed. Its goal - conduct sports in an "honorable and beneficial manner", promote suitable exercise for UT students, and raise and disburse funds to maintain the athletic programs. 

1923- pending

Texas supports 7 sports in 1923- football, baseball, basketball, track , cross-country, tennis, and wrestling.  There are no varsity sports for women, and no coed golf for either sex. 

1926- pending

Men's golf is adopted by the SWC as an official sport . 

 

Coach Tom Penick 1927- 1930

Tom was Harvey Penick's older brother.  If not for Tom's insistence that Harvey work as a Caddie, we may never have learned the principles of golf thru Harvey's eyes. Golf is considered a “minor sport” at Texas.

1927- Coach Tom Penick - SWC champions

Golf is recognized as a varsity sport at UT. Harvey gives credit to his brother for planting the seeds for future UT National Championship teams.  Team had no uniforms or team home.   

Conference Champion 

1928- Coach Tom Penick pending content

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Gibson Payne-Captain

 

 

 

 Individual championship was won by the captain - Gib Payne

 

 

 

 

 

1928 Golf was made a conference sport.  L-R. Gibson Payne, Morris Gydeson, Tom Haynie, Pat Patrice, Shorty Long .  Texas beats the Aggies for the first SWC championship.

 

1929 Coach Tom Penick Pending Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac Burnett was a good football player and the captain of the 1930 Golf team

 

1930 Coach Tom Penick Pending Content

Mac Burnett wins the trophy for longest drive at the Oakmont tournament.  

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Tom Penick resigns to focus on his job as head professional golf instructor at Lions.  During his years at Texas, Tom’s role was unofficial golf coach of the Longhorn golf team. As such,he was an excellent teacher of fundamentals and link play.

Coach Harvey Penick  1931-1963

Kevin Robbins the author of the book Harvey Penick says that Harvey wanted his pupils to swing the bucket, clip the tee, give luck a chance, and take dead aim.

Harvey Penick's coaching expertise was derived from a life time of experience of playing golf. . He knew the truth about a golf swing without knowing the reason it worked. He just taught the premise without discussing the cause, and he never tried to answer the question why "taking dead aim" worked.

 Harvey Penick Earned A National Reputation As The Pro's Pro, Among His Students Were Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Don Massengale, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, And Sandra Palmer. 

Harvey is 26 years old when he accepts the head coaching job for the men's UT golf team.

  • HOH 1969

  • Coached UT to 20 SWC golf titles

  • 8 times Harvey's team finished in the NCAA top 10 including runner-up for the National Championship in 1949

  • 19 individual conference medalists and one National Medalist  

  • Named "National Coach of the Year" by PGA in 1989.

  • 1985 Penick was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

 

In the book Harvey Penick-The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf by Kevin Robbins, Kevin makes a profound statement that captures the life work of Harvey Penick.  Kevin says Harvey was a "caddie who became a player, who became a club professional, who became an instructor", and ...... is "ensconced, firmly and forever, as the guardian of golf's simplest truths". 

Kevin's book is a great read that not only captures the essence of Harvey Penick, but captures in mesmerizing detail some of the most important tournaments and  historical moments in the history of  Golf.   

 

 

1931- 1932 Harvey Penick

Harvey's first team consisted of Dick Gregg, Lane McAfee, Fred Gross, and Jack Tinnin

Scholarships were forbidden because the NCAA ruled that a scholarship  was compensation and therefore the golfer was considered a "professional". 

1933-Harvey Penick SWC Champions pending info.

SWC Champs - Tinnin is captain 

The Longhorns finish 4th at the NCAA Championship. It is the first time the Longhorns place at an NCAA event. 

1934-Harvey Penick SWC Champions pending info.

 Horns win the SWC shooting a course record of 299. Texas ranked 5th in the country

SWC Champs

5th at the NCAA Championship

Golf was finally recognized at UT as a "major" sport.

Ed White, Nelson Munger, Raymond Ramsey, Bill Welch and Bob Battle are members of one of the best golf teams in UT history. 

 

Ed White is SWC Medalist 1933, 1934, and 1935.  He is the first NCAA medalist for the longhorns. Harvey Penick said that Ed White "hit the ball as well as anybody ever did." 

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1935-Harvey Penick Pending Content SWC Champs

 In the 30's college players had more prestige than the professional golf athletes.

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Horns golf team wins all their matches in the SWC in 1935.

Texas finishes 5th at the NCAA tournament behind Michigan, Yale, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame led by White and Welch.

 

Top of the Charts- I am in the mood for love

 




1936-Harvey Penick SWC Champs Pending Content

SWC Champs

 Bill Welch is SWC Medalist 1936 and 1937

1937-Harvey Penick Pending Content

SWC Champs- 6th SWC in a row

1938-Harvey Penick Pending Content

Walter Benson joins the team (audio below)

SWC Champs

1939-Harvey Penick SWC champs Pending Content

14th at the NCAA Championship

1940-Harvey Penick Pending Content

SWC Champs

17th at the NCAA Championship

Buck Luce is SWC Medalist 1940

1941-Harvey Penick Pending Content

SWC Champs

6th at the NCAA Championship

Leonard Spitzer  is SWC Medalist in 1941

1942-Harvey Penick SWC champions Pending Content

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Front row- Penick, Brady, T. Roden back row- B Roden, Russell, Fortner, Wild

 

 

 

 

 

John Russell is SWC Medalist in 1942

 

 

 

 

 

1943-Harvey Penick SWC champions Pending Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 Harvey Penick SWC Champions Pending Content

SWC Champs

Frank Hooverl is SWC Medalist in 1944 (no picture)

 

1945- SWC Champs Harvey Penick Pending Content

 

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front- Wehner, Johnson, Humphrey Back Row- Watkins Browning, Tice, Penick

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Joe Ruby and Sterling Brown

 

Joe Ruby is SWC Medalist in 1945 (no picture)

Sterling Browning receives the Massingale trophy.  Team has  to withdraw from the NCAA tournament because Nat Johnson is called into service the day before the tournament. 

 

 

 

 

1946- 14th SWC under Harvey Penick Pending Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Dahlberg  Is SWC Medalist In 1946 (no picture) ;

14th SWC championship 

Bob Watson wins the Massingill trophy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1947 Harvey Penick Pending Content

Team wins 8th consecutive SWC championship.  Ed Hopkins wins the Individual championship.

Morris Williams is the only player in the state of Texas to win the Texas Junior, Open, and the PGA in the same span of time. On September 16, 1953 Morris Williams was killed on a training flight in a Lockheed F-80. The golf world was devastated by the news. Harvey Penick said talking to Morris Sr. after his son's death' was the toughest day of his life.  Morris William Golf Course was built in his memory in 1964. Morris was enshrined in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Ed Hopkins - SWC Medalist

 SWC Champs

30th at the NCAA Championship

Harvey Penick said that Ed White, Morris Williams, Tom Kite, and Ben Crenshaw (in that order) were his best students. 

 

1948-Harvey Penick Pending Content

Hopkins, Watson, Penick, Dahlberg, Williams, Neimeyer

Hopkins, Watson, Penick, Dahlberg, Williams, Neimeyer

Runner up in the SWC.   Dahlberg wins  the Massingill Trophy

12th at the NCAA Championship

 

 

 

Bob Watson Is SWC Medalist In 1948 and 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1949-Harvey Penick Pending Content

2nd at the NCAA Championship- Bob Watson, Reece Alexander, Marion Pfluger, William Smith and Morris Williams. 

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Top of the Charts 1949

 

 

 

 

1950-Harvey Penick Pending Content

Harvey thought that Morris Williams was one of the purest and most endowed golfers he had ever seen or coached.  Williams wins the Massengale trophy

 

SWC Champs

Team wins 3rd consecutive SWC championship.  Eleventh championship  in the last 12 years and 20th since the first Conference title started in 1927 .

Wesley Ellis is in the #1 position (no picture)

11th at the NCAA Championship

1951-Harvey Penick Pending Content

 

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13th at the NCAA Championship

SWC Champs

Roane Puett was Born into a family of Longhorn athletes. His father was the star quarterback on the 1911-12 University of Texas football team.  His older brother. played football for the University of Texas in the late 1930’s.  In fact, Roane’s great-grandfather, Thomas Moore Harwood, was a member of the commission that created the University of Texas and served on the very first University Board of Regents.  The Legislature vested the governance of The University to the Board of Regents on October 19, 1881.

Roane Puett first row orange shirt 2006

1952-Harvey Penick Pending Content

Harvey says this team is one of his best teams. 

4th consecutive SWC Championship . 

Lee Pinkston wins the Massingale Trophy.

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Pinkston, Moncrief, Golden, Blackmar, Riviere, Ellis

 

4th at the NCAA Championship

Team wins 29 matches 

Wesley Ellis  Is SWC Medalist

1953-Harvey Penick Pending Content

6th at the NCAA Championship

 

Julian Oats attends Texas to play tennis and wins two individual conference championships.  His last year at Texas he switches to Golf and is the medalist at the SWC championship tournament.

 

 

More to follow on Bobby Moncrief and Bernard Riviere 

 

 

1954-Harvey Penick pending

TOP OF THE CHARTS

 

 

 

 

 

SWC Champs

8th at the NCAA Championship

Joe Golden Is SWC Medalist In 1954

Davis Love is inducted into the HOH in 2016

 

  • Team wins the SWC Championship with Joe Golden, Raymond Leggett, Davis Love, F. Lee Pinkston, and Teddy White. Joe Golden had the low score at the SWC championship. Pinkston won the Massingale Trophy for the 3rd straight year . The award is given to the team member with the lowest score in team qualifying matches.

1955-Harvey Penick pending

 

1955 begins a slow decline in Texas men's golf. The team finished next to last in the SWC.

23rd at the NCAA Championship

Davis Love was 3rd at the SWC tournament. Theodore White wins the Massingill trophy, but did not participate in any post season events. 

 

 

 

 

1956-Harvey Penick pending content

Finished 3rd in conference with a 4 - 2 record.  Kirby and Attwell finish8th and 11th in the conference meet.

 

1957-Harvey Penick Pending Content

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Front- Attwell, Rhodes

Back- Seekatz, Pohl, Trimble

 

1958-Harvey Penick Pending Content

 

18th at the NCAA Championship

1959-Harvey Penick Pending Content

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White, Nelson, Pohl, Rhodes

A 5th place finish in the SWC is the best record in the last 5 years.  Bob Nelson and Sonny Rhodes were the key to the team.  There were some ugly defeats as Texas Tech beat Texas 6-0 and A & M beat Texas 5-1.

1960-Harvey Penick Pending Content

 

 

 

Top of the Charts 1960

 

34th at the NCAA Championship

 

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Bratton, Dill, Chancellor, Bridwell

Terry Dill receives the first full scholarship to Texas

 Terry Dill  Is SWC Medalist In 1960. Terry is a West Texas boy who shined for the Longhorns.  Dill was only defeated one time the whole season.  Texas finished 6th in conference.  Dill  made the quarter final round at the NCAA tournament. 

 

 

 

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Front - Fisher, Bratton , Chancellor  Back- ? . Bridwell, Dill

Front - Fisher, Bratton , Chancellor

Back- ? . Bridwell, Dill

 

ABC asked Harvey Penick to share his knowledge of golf with their T.V. audience. He declines the offer.   This was Penick's  9th year in a row with poor results in the  the SWC.  

Harvey's commands a price of $3 for a golf lesson at the Austin Country Club. 

20th at the NCAA Championship

1962-Harvey Penick Pending Content

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? Roden, Dill, Thomas, Kizer, Munn

 

Harvey decides he wants to simplify his life. His passion is teaching at the Austin Country Club so after 32 years as the UT Golf coach he resigns.    

1963-Harvey Penick Pending Content

6th at the NCAA Championship

A Reflection on Harvey Penick's teaching style.

According to the book Harvey Penick- The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf by Kevin Robbins, Harvey was non-confrontational, kind, disarming, and non-aggressive. Harvey's skills at instruction were learned from all the great players he met. He was a listener more than a talker, and his listening skills made him one of the greatest college coaches of all time.  Harvey said "Most of my knowledge came from other pros.  He also listened and learned from his UT players. He stated high school "Boys had pros" that taught them before he was their coach at Texas. 

Kevin Robbins says - "Harvey's life was blessed- he was in the right place, at the right time, and in the right frame of mind for the rise of women's golf." Fred Davis says about Harvey "He is simple but not simplistic, reserved without being passive, disciplined but not rigid, and confident without being presumptuous."

Harvey Penick's coaching style  was based on a life time of experience. He never tried to answer the question why "taking dead aim" works.  He just taught the premise without discussing the nature of things. He had a knack for not over coaching his pupils. 

Tom Kite said that Coach Penick was a great coach because "he understood the way the body worked," and he "totally understood what made the golf swing work".  

 

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