Dr. Jim Hilliard's Longhorn family football roots go back to the 1930's.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bohn Hilliard

 

 

 

 

Jim's distant cousin,  Bohn Hilliard,  is a Hall of Honor inductee, an  All  SWC player in baseball with a batting average of 356, and the football player of the year in the SWC in 1934 . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the Hilliard family both past in spirit and present in prayer  have bonded together to support  a fine man who has given so much to so many.  

Tamara Hilliard comments about Jim's battle with ALS follow.   

Please Help Us Strike Out ALS! Just a few months before his anticipated retirement and dream of perfecting his golf game, my precious husband, Jim Hilliard, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Words no one ever wants to hear and words that have now changed our lives forever. The news is devastating, but we have a strong will to fight and an even stronger faith in God.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is devastating. It slowly kills the body’s motor neurons, paralyzing every muscle in the body until patients lose their ability to walk, talk, eat and eventually breathe. Today, there is no cure. Life expectancy is 2-5 years. 

Jim has had such a rich life and accomplished career. He is an athlete and a scholar, played college football on full scholarship at The University of Texas (Hook’em Horns)! He then graduated from The University of Texas at Galveston Medical Branch with his doctorate and enjoyed a 35 year career as an Orthopedic Surgeon in Arlington, Texas.

Jim is, first and foremost, a follower of Christ and the love of my life for nearly 30 years. He is an awesome Dad to our three sons and most recently a grandfather! His many loves are to read, play golf, create wonders in the kitchen and keep up with our youngest son’s professional baseball career as an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, AA team. Family and friends are what he treasures most.

Facing a disease with no cure leaves us feeling helpless. Other than prayer, our only weapon is supporting the researchers who are racing the clock to find a cure. 

We are now publicly sharing our story because there is a desperate need for funds to help advance research. ALS is rare and the patient base does not really grow in size. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed, and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle. 

We want to help and we have chosen ALS Therapy Developement Institute (ALS TDI) as our Charity of Choice.  Here is why.

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The Hilliard family

 

Our family wishes to see the day when no other family has to go through this experience of battling ALS. We are committed to help raise awareness and funding for ALS research. We share in the hope with the rest of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) family of scientists and experts that they will be able to advance the most promising drug we have seen yet AT-1501. AT-1501 is an antibody therapeutic with comprehensive and promising preclinical data. It blocks specific immune cell activation and may protect nerves against the progression of ALS. Why we are excited about AT-1501? In preclinical testing, AT-1501 produced the most exciting outcomes we have seen in the over 300 drugs tested since the inception of ALS TDI. All of these data have been consistently reproduced, enhancing our excitement and confidence that AT-1501 is one of the best drug candidates ever developed for advancement to clinical trial for ALS.

The strategy to fight back against ALS is simple. Find ways to slow down the progression while research can continue to advance towards either halting its progress or even reverse it. 

ALS TDI was founded in 1999 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit biotech whose sole purpose is to find effective treatments for ALS. They have built a pipeline of potential treatments that they are moving forward through preclinical testing and teeing up the best for clinical trials, such as AT-1501!

Jim will be taking Radicava, the most recently approved drug to slow the disease and we are praying that it will slow his progression down and that other potential treatments, like AT-1501, advance rapidly forward and are found to help as well!

view the link to learn more about Jim's struggle

www.als.net/teamhilliard

 The ALS Therapy Developement Institute (ALS TDI) . They are the world's foremost drug discovery center focused solely on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), based in Cambridge, MA.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit biotech whose sole purpose is to find effective treatments for ALS. They have built a pipeline of potential treatments that they are moving forward through preclinical testing and teeing up the best for clinical trials, such as AT-1501!   

Tamara Hillard 

THE NAVIGATION TOOL TO THE HISTORICAL  PAGES ON THIS WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN. THE SITES ARE  "TLSN", "SPORTS", "GUEST WRITERS", "MISSIONS", "ARTICLES" , "LOST TOO SOON", AND "SENTRY".

Unlike Texas Basketball, Football, Track And Baseball there are very few books that discuss Longhorn tennis.  I hope with time this site can add some historical insight and tell the full and compelling story of the Texas tennis tradition. 

 

 

For information on Longhorn Women's tennis prior to 1945  Please click on  the  search Engine and type in "1896" 

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1973- victories for women's Tennis 

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Texas longhorn tennis 1976-2014

  • 1976 is the first year of NCAA sanctioned tennis at Texas 
  • Tennis record thru 2015 is 717 victories and 264 defeats
  • 31 NCAA appearances 
  • 2 National Championships (1993 and 1995) Under Coach Moore
  • 1 runner up for National Championship team (1992)
  • 3 semi-final appearances in 1990, 1994, 1997
  • 18 conference championships
  • 21 Longhorns have received ITA All American status
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               Coach Betty Hagerman lasted one year with the team

              Coach Betty Hagerman lasted one year with the team

1976   Coach Betty Hagerman 

                     Coach Cathy Beene  takes  the reigns for two years

                    Coach Cathy Beene  takes  the reigns for two years

1977   Record 2-2  Coach Cathy Beene

 

 

 

 

On May 8th 1977 women's tennis is the first women's sports team to turn the tower orange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978   Record 16-9 Coach Cathy Beene

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Coach Dave Woods

Painting by Ragan Gennusa

1979   Record 14-8 Coach Dave Woods pending

1980   Record 19-8 Coach Dave Woods pending

1981    Record 19-8 Coach Dave Woods pending

 

 

Qualified for AIAW National Championship tournament and beat Alabama and Arkansas but lost to Indiana and Rollins.

 

TOP SONG 1981

                                The Tennis Program Blooms under Coach Moore 

                               The Tennis Program Blooms under Coach Moore 

Coach Jeff Moore-  1982-2005

  • 594 career wins — As of 2003 he ranked as #2 in wins in NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis history among active and All-time Division I coaches (535-181). 
  • As a Longhorn he was 506-153 with a win percentage of .768
  • ITA Indoor Nationals Doubles Championships — 1992 and 1993
  • NCAA Division I Team Championship — 1993 and 1995
  • Advanced to NCAA team finals — 1992 & 2005
  • Advanced to NCAA Final Four — 1990, 1994 and 1997
  • Advanced to NCAA Elite Eight three times
  • Coached 19 All Americans
  • ITA National Coach of the Year — 1993
  • Big 12 Conference Champions — 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Named Tri-Big 12 Coach of the Year — 1999
  • 8 times Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • 6 times Southwest Region Coach of the Year
  • Chair of NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Committee — 1988–1989
  • Chair of NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee — 1989–1991
  • Member ITA Board of Directors
  • Member ITA Sports Science Committee
  • Director, Longhorn Coaches Clinic — 1986–1994
  • Co-Director Longhorn Tennis Camp — 1985–2005
  • Inducted into the University of Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor — 2002
  • Inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame — 2009
  • Inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame — 2012
  • CEO, Moore Leadership — 2011–Present (as of 2014)
  • Inducted into the Holland High School Athletics Hall of Fame — 2013
  • He is the only Texas Tennis Coach ever selected as Conference Coach of the year.  ( 1984, 1986,1988,1991, 1992,1994, 1996, and 1998)

  • One of only 4 college Tennis Coaches to surpass the 500 win plateau.

  • 12 top-10 finishes including 5 in the top 3.

  • 10 Academic All Americans and 44 Academic All Conference players 

  • won 11 of 14 SWC Championships
  • Coached 13 Professional tennis players
  • Coached 13 Conference Players of the year

Sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, interviews coach Jeff Moore. 

Jeff Moore and Dr. Cohn talk about the mental dynamic of practice, emotional toughness, and how to design practice for physical, mental, and emotional stress. This way athletes create a positive transfer from practice to competition.

Listen to this month’s sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.

JEFF MOORE

Jeff Moore is acknowledged as a prolific innovator, popular speaker, and expert clinician.

 

 

1982 - 22-10 ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore

 

 

 

Jane Johnson ITA singles All American. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 29-7 ranked 5th Coach Jeff Moore

 This team holds the record for most wins in a season (29

Loses to California in First round

1984- 24-3 ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore

Loses to San Diego State  in quarterfinals

Becky Callan- Doubles ITA All American. All Conference in Doubles in 1984 and 1985.

Robyn Field is All Conference in singles in 1984 and doubles in 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Cummings singles ITA All Amercan 1984. A member of the 80's All Decade team. She is All Conference in Singles in 1983.

Michelle Carrier is All Conference in singles in 1984

 

 

 

 

1985- 11-12 ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore

Texas loses to Oklahoma State in first round

 

Diana Dopson- Doubles ITA All American and Singles ITA All American. All Conference in 1985 in doubles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gen Greiwe- Doubles ITA All American and All Conference in doubles in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

1986-18-8 Ranked 12th- Coach Jeff Moore

Loses to California  in first round

 

Anne Grousbeck- singles ITA All American 1986, 1987, 1988 and All Conference in 1987 in singles. 

 

Lanae Renschler is All Conference in doubles in 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

1987-16-11 ranked 18th Coach Jeff Moore

Loses to Trinity first round

 

Top of the Charts 1987- Walk like an Egyptian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Bowes ITA 1984, 1985, 1987 Singles All American and 1984 ITA All American in doubles. Beverly Bowes is Conference Player of the year in 1984 and 1986. Member of the 1980's All Decade team.

Diane Merrett is All Conference in singles 1987 and conference player of the year in 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988-19-8 Ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore

 

 

 

Levity

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989- 26-5 Ranked 4th Coach Jeff Moore

Texas loses to Georgia in the first round 

 

Susan Gilchrist is Conference Player of the year in 1989, 1990, and 1992.

She is also an ITA All American and National singles and doubles winner from 1990- 1993, and holds the Texas seasonal record for doubles wins. (38-9) and Texas career record in doubles of (122-24).

Member of the 80's All Decade team

 

 

 

 

 

1990-23-5 Ranked 6th Coach Jeff Moore

Reachs the Semi-finals for National Championship and loses to Stanford

 

Carla Cossa ITA singles All American 1990. All Conference in singles 1988-1990.

 

Joanna Plautz ITA doubles All American in 1990 and 1991. All Conference in singles and doubles in 1988 and doubles in 1989 and 1990.

 

 

 

1991-25-3 Ranked 2nd Coach Jeff Moore Pending

Team loses to California in the first round 

1992-25-4 Coach Jeff Moore

Runner up to National Championship -  Qualifies for finals but Loses to Florida. 

Qualifies for finals but Loses to Florida. 

 

Vickie Paynter ITA All American singles and doubles 1992, '93 

 This team holds the record for most All Conference players (8) 

 

 

1993-25-1 Ranked #1 Coach Jeff Moore

 Best Season Ever At UT In Tennis

This team holsd the Texas season record for winning percentage (.961)

National Champions

With four All-Americans the 1993 Longhorns won their first ever NCAA Championship in women's tennis. 

Susan Gilchrist led the Longhorns with a 31-9 singles record. Kelly Pace and Jackie Moe also reached the 30-win plateau Vickie Paynter was the fourth All-American. All 4 finished the season ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 50 in singles.

In doubles Gilchrist and Paynter finished as the ITA top-ranked squad in the country.

 

 

 

Vickie Paynter is a ITA All American in  singles and doubles in 1994 and 1995 . Vickie was All Conference in singles in 1992 and 1993. She Holds The Career Winning Percentage For Doubles (.866)

 

Jill Craybas is All Conference in singles in 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994- 26-3  finishes 3rd at Ncaa- Coach Jeff Moore

 

 

 

Lucie Ludvigova ITA singles All American 1994 and 1995, Conference Player of the year in 1993, and All Conference in singles and doubles in 1993 and singles in 1994.

HOH inductee in 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Moe is a ITA All American in singles 1993 and doubles 1994 and All Conference in singles and doubles in 1993 and 1994.

The 1994  team set the season record for Most All Americans (6)

Qualifies for semi-finals before losing to Stanford. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1995- 22-6 National Champions Coach Jeff Moore

 

National Champions

 

 

Kelly Pace wins 152 single matches for a .863 winning percentage, and  is a ITA All American in singles 1993, '94, '95 and in doubles in 1994, '95. She is Conference Player of the year in 1994.

 

Kelly Pace holds the Texas record for most single career wins (152-24)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Pace Wilson Induction starts at 1:07 of the video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melody Falco is All Conference in doubles in 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

1996- 24-6 Ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore

 

 

 

Farley Taylor is an ITA All American in singles 1995, 1996, and in doubles 1996.

She is Conference player of the year in 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997-23-6 ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore

Qualifies for semifinals but loses to Florida

Cristina Moros is Big 12 player of the year in 1996, All Conference in singles in 1997 and doubles 1995,1996, and 1997. She is a ITA doubles All American  1995,'96,'98 and singles 1997

Laura Berendt - Doubles ITA All American and All Conference in doubles in 1997

 

1998-21-7 Ranked 17th Coach Jeff Moore

 

Qualifies for 2nd round before losing to Florida.

Sandy Sureephong is Big 12 Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997.

Kaysie Smashey is All Conference in doubles

 

1999- 24-6 ranked 8th Coach Moore

Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to Miami

Sandy Sureephong is an  ITA All American singles and doubles  in 1997 and 1998.

 

 

Vladka Uhlirova is All Confernce in singles and doubles 1999-2001

Michelle Faucher is All Conference in singles 1996-1999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000- 21-9 ranked 13th Coach Jeff Mooore

Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses to UCLA

Janet Walker is Big 12 player of the year and ITA All American in 2000. All Conference Player 1998- 2000 in singles and doubles. 

Joanne Masongsong is All Conference in singles in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001- 23-6 ranked 10th Coach Moore Pending

Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses to Duke

 

 

 

 

Levity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002- 11-15 Ranked 33rd Coach Moore

Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses  to Wake Forest

 

 

 

Kendra Strohm is conference Freshman of the Year and is All Conference in singles in 2002 and doubles in 2003 and 2004.

 

Ziva Grasic is All Conference in doubles 2001 and 2002.

 

 

 

 

2003-23-6 Ranked 12th- Coach Jeff Moore

Team loses in first round to Tulane

 

 

Katie Ruckert is All Conference in 2003 in singles and doubles in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004- 25-6 Ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore

Qualifies for 2nd round then loses to Arizona State.

Mia Marovic is All Conference in singles in 2004 and singles and doubles in 2004 and 2005. She wins the team MVP.

 

2005-  25-6 Coach Jeff Moore 

Team Qualifies for the finals but loses to Stanford

 

Courtney Zauft All Conference 2005 doubles and 2007 singles. 

Petra Dizdar is All Conference in singles 2003- 2005,  Freshman Conference player of the year, team academic MVP, and a recipient of a Post graduate scholarship.

 

 Coach Patty Fendick-McCain replaces Jeff Moore

Coach Patty Fendick-McCain replaces Jeff Moore

Coach Patty Fendick-McCain-  2006- 2014

  • Record at Texas - 145-70

  • Two big 12 championships (2012 and 2013) 

  • Round of 16 (2008, 2010, 2012)

 

 

 

2006 - 18-12 Ranked 19th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain

Team Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to TCU

Stephaine Davison is All Conference singles in 2006

Vanja Corovis is team MVP 

Courtney Zauf is team Academic MVP (no picture)

 

 

 

 

 

2007-  16-10 Ranked 27th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending 

Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to USC

2008- 20-7 Ranked 15th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for round of 16 but loses to Georgia Tech. 

Vanja Corovic

• 2008 NCAA Doubles Championships participant
• 2008 All-Big 12 singles and doubles
• 2007 NCAA Singles Championships participant
• 2007 Big 12 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year
• 2007 All-Big 12 singles and doubles

All Conference in singles and doubles 2006 and 2007.

 

 

 

Marija Milic   

•2008 NCAA Doubles Championships participant

•2008 All-Big 12 doubles

•2007 All-Big 12 doubles

•2008, 2007 Academic All-Big 12 (first team) and all Converence in doubles in 2006 and 2007.

 

2009- 17-8 Ranked 23rd  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to California. 

2010- 19-6 Ranked 16th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for round of 16 but loses to Baylor. 

2011-17-8 Ranked 23rd Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for 2nd round then loses  to Miami. 

 

Lina Padegimaite Freshman Conference Player Of The Year In 2011.

Elizabeth Begley is Big 12 most outstanding performer

 

 

2012-19-8 Ranked 10th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain

Qualifies for round of 16 then loses to Georgia. 

Aeriel Ellis is an All- American  two years in a row in singles tennis and  Freshman Conference Player of the Year 2009.

Krista Damico

• 2012 All-Big 12 (singles)
• 2010 All-Big 12 (singles)
• 2010 Big 12 champion, No. 2 doubles (with Amanda Craddock)

 

 

 

 

 

2013- 18-11 ranked 17th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made it to the round of 16  then loses to Virginia 

Courtney Zauft and Marija Milic

Edgar O. and Melanie  A. Weller Tennis Center opens at a cost of 8 million dollars.

 

2014- 13-13 RANKED 22nd Pending

Qualifies for second round but loses to Texas A & M

 

 

 

                          Coach Danielle Lund McNamara  lasted one year

                         Coach Danielle Lund McNamara  lasted one year

 

Coach Danielle Lund McNamara 2015 

One year and done- Coach McNamara resigns - UT posted a 10-11 mark during the 2015 spring dual-match season, including a 6-3 record in Big 12 Conference play. 

Qualifies for 2nd round but  loses to Virginia.  

               Coach Howard Joffee 2016 to present a new Burnt Orange Sunrise

              Coach Howard Joffee 2016 to present a new Burnt Orange Sunrise

2016 to present - coach Howard Joffe

“There’s a tradition of excellence within the women’s tennis program here, not only in having won national and conference titles, but also in producing very fine athletes and students," Joffe said upon his hire.  "I’m cognizant of the charge and the responsibility, but I’m very confident that I’ll be able to work with the student-athletes and the administration to continue that tradition of excellence.”

“We’re extremely pleased to land a coach of Howard’s character and caliber,” UT Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonsky said upon Joffe's hire.  “He is a proven winner.  Howard was a very competitive student-athlete himself.  He was mentored by an exceptional coach, and after pursuing coaching himself, he has found it to be a perfect landscape for him.  He’s driven to excellence, cares about his student-athletes and is inspired by the combination of an institution with academic excellence and high goals for championship performance.” 

Courtney Dolehide is A former All-America tennis player at UCLA.  Dolehide assumed her position at Texas in January of 2015 and was retained by first-year Texas head coach Howard Joffe upon his hiring in June of 2015.

2016- History of Tennis is completed - more will be added at a later date. 

 

Team makes the round of 16

 

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Betty Thompson, "The Quiet Crusader" sets the tone for the transition from the Hiss doctrine to the  Lopiano Renaissance.  

Betty Thompson thoughts about women in sports was closely aligned with Anna Hiss. Like Hiss, her primary passion was recreational sports. Regardless of her beliefs and the other key administrators disdained for the male model of sports, she understood that many women students-athletes  wanted UT to add an intercollegiate sports model component that copied many of the features of the men's program. The student athletes got their wish. 

  • 1966-1967 basketball and volleyball are the first two women's intercollegiate sports to be added at UT.
  • 1967-1968 badminton, golf , and gymnastics were formalized as intercollegiate sports
  • 1968-1969 tennis is  recognized as an intercollegiate sport
  • 1969-1970 swimming becomes a intercollegiate sport

The total budget for the 7 varsity women's intercollegiate teams was $3000.

1973-1975  VERY IMPORTANT YEARs FOR LONGHORN INTERCOLLEGIATE WOMEN SPORTS

In addition to the title of Intercollegiate Sports Interim Woman's Athletic Director, she was also the Director of Recreational Sports responsible  for the merger of the men's and women's intramurals.    In 1975 she moved  all administrative functions  from Anna Hiss Gym to Gregory Gym Annex.  Betty Thompson's accomplishments as Director won her the Babe Didrikson award for Best Athletic Department in 1975 and 1976.

Betty Thompson "NOR HELL A FURY LIKE A WOMAN  SCORNED"

 

Betty Thompson sends a letter to the UT President Spurr that says "NOR HELL A FURY LIKE A WOMAN  SCORNED" .   This letter was sent after Spurr after he rejected a special committees recommendation  to merge the women's and men's programs into one athletic department. Instead the Athletic Council suggested a "separate and distinct" department for intercollegiate athletics for woman. On the surface  this decision appeared to guaranteed the independence of women's sports from men's sports, but in reality this decision made the success of the new intercollegiate women's athletic department problematic. Without question funding from scratch and building a Women's Athletic Department would require tremendous sacrifices from both the players and coaches.

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A TRIBUTE TO BETTY THOMPSON FROM RODNEY PAGE

It was 45 years ago during the summer of 1972, that I first set foot on the University of Texas campus.  Little did I realize how that would affect my future, personally and professionally.   It was also my first visit to Austin, TX.  I came to interview for a teaching position in the Department of Physical Instruction, which later merged into the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). 

The first person I met on campus was a calm, soft-spoken, selfless, bespectacled Dr. Betty Thompson, who was representing the Physical Instruction Department.   Betty wore many hats, which included Physical Instruction, Recreational Sports, and Women’s Athletics.  We met in her office in Anna Hiss Gymnasium.  In our first meeting, it was apparent that she was genuine and trustworthy and I sensed she was a person that I could trust.  That never changed, and actually grew. 

After my first year of teaching, I approached Betty Thompson about the possibility of coaching the UT Women’s Basketball team in 1973.  Rice University in Houston, TX had offered me a teaching position, but I wanted to remain at UT particularly if I had the opportunity to coach women’s basketball.  I had served as a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Houston during my Graduate studies.  When the UT coaching position became available, I approached Betty Thompson about applying for the position.  It’s important to know that not many people were lined up to apply or coach the team.  It was like going to battle with limited resources.  Perhaps you had to be half crazy to even want the job.  I guess that described me, particularly since there was no pay the first year and we were on the ground floor of establishing a legitimate intercollegiate basketball program.  It was truly a labor of love and passion.

Betty Thompson hired me first as a teacher, and then the UT Women’s Basketball coach.  As I reflect on those early days, I remember Betty Thompson as a friend, mentor, guide, and advocate.  In offering me opportunities as a teacher and then a coach, I always saw genuine acceptance in her eyes.  She saw the best in me, she believed in me.  I felt valued as a human being, and in her voice, I always heard truth.  What a gift to a young “man of color” stepping into the reality of the social landscape of the time and the state of UT in terms of diversity and inclusion.  I often think how easy it would’ve been for my UT experience to have never happened.   Yet, it is history.

 

Being the first African-American head coach was never discussed.  It was never brought up when I was offered positions as a teacher or coach.  I was hired based on competency rather than tokenism. This is not to say that race was not important or significant.  It was definitely not in denial, but more about understanding the social climate as well as the UT reputation and environment at that time.  The social issues of the day were too obvious to deny and UT was certainly not immune to them.   What can be openly and freely discussed now, was not spoken so overtly in those days.

I’ve heard it said that sometimes “words unspoken speak loudest.”  I feel certain that this was true concerning our relationship.  I think that both Betty Thompson and I were listening to a voice that didn’t use words (Rumi).  We both were aware of the issues of the time concerning equity, gender, and race.   Looking back, it is clear to me that her actions demonstrated and spoke loudly about her commitment to equity and fairness.  From my perspective, she was a champion in that regard.  She had concern for my personal journey as a “man of color” every bit as much as I understood her journey as a woman, as we were both fighting for equity, justice, and equal opportunity.  I cannot be persuaded otherwise.  There is another name that comes to mind when I think of Betty Thompson, and that name is Branch Rickey.  I’ll let those who know the history and story dwell on this connection.

Throughout my seven-year tenure at UT, Betty Thompson and I always maintained a warm relationship based on mutual respect and honesty.  As a friend and mentor, she provided sage counsel in personal and professional matters.  Her strongest recommendation came as she offered candid suggestions for me to consider in response to my removal as UT Women’s basketball coach.    

If I had the opportunity today to sit across a table from Betty Thompson, I would take her hand in mine and share a few heartfelt words.  Betty, thank you for the opportunity in hiring me both as a teacher and UT Women’s basketball coach.  Most of all, thank you for your belief in me and for always seeing the best in me.  Thank you also for your courage in hiring me.  We both demonstrated tremendous courage in that venture.  And last but not least, thank you for trusting me.

My dear friend Betty Thompson, our relationship sparked the genesis of a successful and fulfilling career for me that has continued into the present.  I stepped into my destiny through the portal of our relationship.  For that, I am eternally grateful.

 

In my own words and still standing,

 

Rodney Page

Life Coach/Consultant

June 23, 2017

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COACH JOHN MACKOVIC

1992-1997

 

John Mackovic earns a Scholarship to Wake Forest where he teams up with Brian Piccolo. 

He was an assistant Coach with the Dallas Cowboys, head coach of Kansas City Chiefs, and head coach for the University of Illinois. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn football during the Mackovic years follows. Please either visit the "credit" section of this website to view books available for purchase from many fine book stores or visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com.  

 

In the book Runnin' with the Big Dogs the author states that Mackovic's coaching failures are due to "death by personality". 

 

 

 

 

Even this song cannot pump up the Mackovic era's won-loss record

 

 

 

1992  6-5 Coach Mackovic

During Coach Mackovic years at Texas he concentrates mainly on recruiting receivers, quarterbacks, and backs such as Shea Morenz, Mike Adams, Lovell Pinkey, and Ricky Williams.  

 

 

 

Mike Adams holds the career record for total return yards on kickoff/punts (2,651 yards) and most returns (160). 

 

 

The 1992 team holds the season record for most yards per play (7.4).

This season is average but there are 4 Longhorns drafted in the NFL. 

Mackovic says of Peter Gardere " I don't know anybody who earned as much respect from his teammates and coaches this year as he did".

 

 

 

 

The second Century of Texas football is about to begin with Mackovic in charge. 

 

 

 
 
 

Hilarious attempt by former Aggie Coach Jackie Sherrill who morphed into the Mississippi State Head Coach's Desperate attempt to beat the Longhorns.

In order to motivate his football players at Mississippi State to beat Texas, Jackie Sherrill has his  team view a bull castration.  MSU administration condemns this technique of "motivation" and Sherrill apologizes.  

Blake Brockermeyer All American and Hall of Honor Inductee

 

1993  5-5-1 PENDING Coach Mackovic

 

1994  8-4 Coach Mackovic

Final ranking 25th nationally

Rice beats Texas for the first time since 1965.

 

 

 

 

Phil Dawson holds the career record for field goal attempts (79); and most field goals made (59).

 

 

 

 

Chris Carter holds the career record for most return yards (261).

 

 

 

 

 

Mackovic beats Mack Brown's North Carolina team in the Sun Bowl. This is Texas first bowl victory in 13 years.

 

 

 

Shea Morenz is hurt and James Brown starts the OU game. Texas wins 17-10 after Stonie Clark, the 6-foot-1, 343 pound  nose tackle Crush's running back James Allen at the goal line  with 43 seconds to play. 

 

 

 

 

 

Stonie Clarks goal line tackle 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1995  10-2-1 Coach Mackovic

Final ranking 14th nationally

Texas wins the SWC championship with a scholarship player who has no college eligibility.  Ron McKelvey (Ron Weaver)  plays in 11 games at Texas.  His mother and father do not know he is on the Texas team. Federal prosecutors charge Ron with "fraudulent misrepresentation" and misuse of a social security number. The result- no NCAA infraction for Texas and Ron reimburses Texas $5000 for the cost of the scholarship. 

Pat Fitzgerald 

 

 

 

Pat Fitzgerald holds the Longhorn season record for touchdown receptions (8) for a tight end. 

Texas breaks A & M's 31 game home winning streak. 

After 80 years the SWC is dissolved. 

Ricky Williams is a Freshman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996 8-5 Coach Mackovic

 

 

TOP SONG

Final ranking 23rd nationally

 

 

Less than a decade after UT declines to rename the stadium after D.X. Bible, the stadium is renamed after DKR.  

Texas is a 21 point underdog to Nebraska when James Brown says to the media "I don't know.... I think we're going to win by three touchdowns."  His comment inflames the Nebraska players and fans, but James confidence also inspires the UT football team . "Roll Left"- The play that won the game in the last minutes of the 4th quarter is now part of Texas football history . Brown connects with Derrick Lewis to help win the game.  Texas 37  Nebraska 27

 

 

The Texas win over Nebraska is voted the most stunning upset of the 1990's .

 

 

 

 

Roll Left play starts at 1:26:00 in video below.

 

 

 

Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams represent one of the greatest backfields in the History of college football.

 

 

The Longhorns defeat Texas Tech and claim the Chancellor’s Spurs trophy for the first time.

 

 

 

Texas wins the first  Big 12 Championship. 

Applewhite commits to  A & M but Aggie Head Coach Slocum fires the offensive coordinator so Applewhite changes his commitment to Texas.

 

 

1997 4-7 John Mackovic

The field at DKR stadium is named after Joe Jamail

Tackle Chris Atkins Breaks Nearly All Of The  Longhorn Lifting Records.  Atkins records include  The Squat (760 pounds), Bench (556), And Power Clean( 363 pounds)  (No Picture)

Wayne McGarity Holds The Career Record For Yards Per Touchdown (40.3) 

Ricky Williams Breaks Earl Campbell's Single Season Rushing Mark And Is The First Texas Player To Gain 200+ Yards In Consecutive Games. 

 

The wheels come off the football program and  Longhorn fans and the donor class of Texas finally have had enough. 

 

 

 

Texas is a 22 point favorite to win the OU game but lose in overtime. 

 

 

 

 

James Brown gets hurt

UCLA embarrass's UT  and the defeat is tagged as "Rout 66".

Worse season in 50 years

An Important Lesson 

Sometime weight lifting does not translate into wins. 

In 1995 Texas has 10 players squat over 550 pounds and 15 players record a vertical jump of 32 inches or more. In 1995 Texas record is 10-2-1. 

In 1997 Texas has 15 players squat more than 550 pounds and 21 players jump 32 inches or higher.   In 1997 Texas record was  4 -7.  

Moral of the story- weight training  and conditioning are not the only factors  needed to maintain a winning tradition.  

REFLECTIONS

 

Mackovic had a history of micro-managing teams. Coach Greg Davis states in the book Burnt Orange Nation that Mackovic was "plagued by an inability to relate to football culture....." , or "relate especially well with players, and he definitely didn't fit in with the Good Ol' Boys who funded the Texas football machine." 

Even Kiki DeAyala (Longhorn football player from 1980- 1982) who played for Mackovic at Kansas City told anyone who would listen that the players at Kansas City did not want to play for him.  

No one listened and Coach Mackovic was hired. His tenure was not a total disaster. He recruited Ricky Williams, won the last SWC championship ,and the first Big 12 Championship ,but overall Texas football was shaken to its core under Mackovic. In 1997 Teas was embarrassed by UCLA and the team had its worse season in 50 years. 

Mack Brown replaced John Mackovic. At the time of Mack's hiring very few people knew anything about him. However, fans quickly realized that Mack Brown was perfect for Texas. Mack Brown knew how to win "by personality". He delegated authority, related to recruits and  players, and "communicated" with the Good Ol' Boys who funded Texas football.   

John Mackovic's weakness's also plagued him after Texas. As the head coach at the University of Arizona from 2001-2003 he failed to  understand the local football culture, he did not relate to the players, and he did not fit in with the good ol' money Boys from the University of Arizona. 

Coach Mackovic's downfall at UA began early after he tells Justin Lavasseur an Arizona player "he was a disgrace to his family." Mackovic continued to make disparaging remarks to other players which resulted in 40 players meeting in secret with the President of the University of Arizona to protest the verbal abuse administered by Coach Mackovic. Mackovic apologized to the players, the university, and the fans and he was not fired. But One year later quarterback Nic Costa states publicly that many players have  lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner. 5 games later Mackovic is fired.    

 

A personal reflection from Billy Dale - 7 years into Mack Browns reign as Head Coach, I had lunch with Coach Royal and the conversation focused on football in the 60's. In the middle of this discussion Coach Royal's stops in mid-sentence and says "You know we could still be looking for a head coach at Texas and never find another Mack Brown." No truer words have ever been spoken. 

The Mack Brown era is about to start. 

 

 

 

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FOR INFORMATION ON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRIOR TO 1957 PLEASE VISIT  "WOMEN'S SPORTS HISTORY"

1957-1975 - The Struggle to reach critical mass for a successful women's intercollegiate sports at texas begins .

Betty Thompson acts as transition catalyst for  Longhorn women's sports from the Hiss doctrine to the Lopiano Renaissance.  For more on Betty Thompson and Donna Lopiano click on  "Sports" the "Pioneers" and "Athletic Directors".

 

1957-1961  Josephine Chapman is Women's Director- Pending more info.

Josephine Chapman replace Anna Hiss

1961 -1968  Sheila "Shy" O'Gara is the Women's director- pending

O'Gara takes over the Directorship of the department. She followed Hiss's core values.

1966-1967 Basketball Coach June Walker  

Basketball and volleyball are granted intercollegiate status.

The Club program under UTSA is disbanded. 

In 1966 Coach June Walker has try-outs for the basketball team. The games are played in the women's Gym. There were three  coaches between 1966 and 1973 - Dalton, Hansen, and Page.

Above picture - Mary Neikirk (#10) successfully petition the UT Administration for a intercollegiate women's basketball team. However, women's basketball was denied as a varsity sport.  Girls rules for basketball still were used.

 

 

 

Topping the charts is respect- an appropriate song for the future of women's sports. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BETTY THOMPSON 1968 - 1975 transitions women's sports From  hiss to Lopiano.

Tessa Nichols stated that Betty Thompson listened to  the women students-athletes who wanted a intercollegiate sports model that copied the men's program over the wish of the key U.T. administrators who disdained the male sports mode.

1967-1968 badminton, golf , and gymnastics were formalized as intercollegiate sports

1968-1969 tennis is  recognized as an intercollegiate sport.

1969-1970 swimming becomes a intercollegiate sport.

Coach Dalton is coach of the Basketball team in 1969, 1970, and 1971

The total annual budget for the 7 varsity women's intercollegiate teams is $3000.

1971 Basketball Coach Dalton -pending more info.

"Girl rules" for women basketball are abolished and replaced with "boy rules".

1972- Basketball Coach Barbara Hansen Pending photos and content

Basketball team reaches regional AIAW tournament but can not participate due to lack of funds.

Title IX become law.  

Top of the chart in 1972 is Stevie Wonder's song Superstition

 

 

 

1973- A very Important year for Longhorn intercollegiate women sports

University of Texas President Stephen H. Spurr requested information about the status of Women's Sports from  from several prominent Universities. The responses are below;

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Results of First AIAW meeting are below

 

BETTY THOMPSON "NOR HELL A FURY LIKE A WOMAN  SCORNED" 

This comment was sent in a letter to the UT President Spurr from Betty Thompson after he rejected the special committees recommendation in the Athletic Council  to merge the women and men's 's program into one athletic department. Instead the Athletic Council suggested a "separate and distinct" department for intercollegiate athletics for woman. On the surface  this decision seems to be positive for the independence of women's sports from men's sports, but in reality this decision made the success of  the new intercollegiate women's athletic department problematic. Starting from scratch to fund the Women's Athletic department reduced the chances of building a successful women's program. Betty Thompson knew that success would require tremendous sacrifices  from both the players and coaches.

Even with all the perils that lied ahead for women's intercollegiate sports at Texas, Betty Thompson accepted the job as the interim Athletic Director for women. One of Betty's first jobs was to formulate the first budget request for the new Athletic department.  By her estimates the women's program would need  $94,850 dollars for the first year. That budget request was less the the football programs annual phone bill, but it was rejected and reduced to $50,000 with supplemental funds added from a voluntary student fee for women's athletics.

In addition to intercollegiate sports interim Woman's Athletic Director, in 1973  Betty Thompson  merged men and women intramurals into the "Division of Recreational Sports" with Betty Thompson as Director.

Betty Thompson first two hires for head coaches of varsity sports were Rodney Page for basketball and Pat Patterson for women's swimming.  

 

Coach Rod Page 1973-1976  45-28 Record

1974- 7-11 Record 

1974  is the first year the women's basketball team received the services of professional trainers, cheerleaders, and the UT band. 

 Betty Thompson starts the process of looking for the women's athletic director. Comments from several Universities are  below.

Cathy Self Morgan entered The Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2004.  She was one of Rodney Page recruits in the first years (mid-70's) of Longhorn women's basketball. The video below tells her compelling story after leaving Texas.

1975 17-10 Record  Coach Page 1975 17-10 Record  Coach Page

  • Texas  receives the Babe Didrikson Award from 1977- 1982 for the best overall women's athletic program 
  • Scholarships are offered for the first time.
  • The team makes their  first plane trip.
  • Team advances to state AIAW tournament

 

Betty Thompson moved  all administrative functions of the Division of Recreational Sport from Anna Hiss Gym to Gregory Gym Annex.  Betty Thompson as Director won the Babe Didrikson awards for Best Athletic Department in 1975 and 1976. 

Texas also receives the Babe Didrikson Award from 1977- 1982 for the best overall women's athletic program

Title IX  gives women equal opportunity but not equal amenities. Budgets controlled the amenities and the women's programs had very few resources. During road games the team often stayed at a family members' house sleeping on the floor and couches.

 

The players sometimes had to sleep three to a bed. Pam Hoerster said "We had to buy our own shoes and parents fed us".  

Pam participated in the program's first-ever women's basketball team in 1974-75. Pam's teams had to fight for recognition and accommodations. 

Coach Page even had his mother cook a traditional southern meal of red beans and rice, cornbread, and greens for the team when the Longhorns visited his hometown in Houston.  

Texas women start to practice and play in the Gregory Gym. 

  • Coach Page with the support of Leon Black -the head coach of the men's basketball team- moved women's basketball games from Gregory Gym annex to Gregory Gym. 

  • Coach Black also sharesd some of his budget to buy supplies and equipment for the women and permitted the women's basketball team use of the trainers for games.  He also helped  promote the women's basketball program by allowing the women to play before the men's game.  These kind of gestures increased attendance at the Lady Longhorn games which heighten the morale of the players.      

  • The University of Texas President Stephen Spurr announces the beginning of the Women's Athletic Department with a budget of $50,000 replacing the UT Sports Association. 

 Click on site below to learn more about Coach Page

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18788073

CLICK ON "PIONEER" AND SCROLL TO "RODNEY PAGE FOR REFLECTIONS ON COACH PAGE TENURE AS LONGHORN HEAD COACH

 

 

 

 

Picture of the first women's basketball game under Title IX is to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1976 21-7 Record-  Coach Page LAST YEAR

Donna Lopiano is hired as the first Women's Athletic Director. The History of Lopiano's reign as Women's Athletic Director is chronicled on  the "Pioneer" page under "Donna Lopiano" and "Athletic Director. 

Retha Swindell is the first Texas Woman's black player; first Longhorn All American in Basketball, and first black captain.