Duncanville Athletics Hall of Honor
The Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor was established to celebrate excellence and salute the contributions of individuals whose advancement of athletics in Duncanville ISD and beyond has made a profound difference in the lives of our young people. Nominees can be coaches, teachers, administrators, athletes, fans, or booster club members who have contributed significantly to Duncanville ISD athletics programs. Each year five to six inductees will be selected. Once nominated, individuals remain indefinitely on the nomination list for future consideration.
Current List of Hall of Honor Inductees
Duncanville Hall of Honor Inductees
Brian BoddickerBrian Boddicker graduated from Duncanville High School after leading the Panther basketball team to a State Championship in 1999 and a State Semifinals appearance in 2000. At Duncanville High School, Brian was named to the McDonald's All-America team, was selected as a third-team Parade High School All-American, ranked as the 25th-best high school product in the country by Fox Sports Net and was named co-Player of the Year in the state of Texas by Texas Hoops following his senior season. He was a two-time Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Player of the Year and was a two-time consensus first-team Class 5A all-state pick. Brian averaged 24 points and eight rebounds per game in his senior campaign and was named District 7-5A MVP while leading Duncanville to a 32-6 overall record and the Class 5A State Semifinals. During his junior season at Duncanville, Brian averaged 19.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior, leading his team to a 35-3 overall record and the Class 5A state title while being named Class 5A state tournament MVP during that season.
Brian went on to play basketball at the University of Texas where he was four-year letter winner who was a key member of UT's frontcourt rotation throughout his career. Brian was a solid inside-outside player and was one of the top sixth-man threats in the Big 12 Conference in each of his last three years. Brian was a key contributor as a junior during UT's run to the 2003 Final Four, averaging 10.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game in 21.4 minutes per game while hitting 11-of-21 three-pointers during the five games at the NCAA Tournament. He shares school records for career games played and consecutive games played (134) and ranks second on the UT career three-point percentage list (.404) and seventh on the school's career three-pointers made chart (156). Brian also holds the top two single-season three-point percentage marks in UT history (.448 in 2003-04; .439 in 2002-03).
After college, Brian played 10 years of professional basketball in Europe. He played for teams in Germany, Spain, France, and Turkey where he was selected twice as an all-star.
Reaching the pinnacle of baseball with a 15 year Major League Baseball career and 22 years total in professional baseball was a dream come true. But, the greatest joy for Bill Fahey was watching his two sons and the youth of Duncanville succeed. The former first pick in the 1970 draft, coach in the 1989 World Series, and coach in the 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game always made time to serve his community. Bill has served the Duncanville and North Texas communities since he moved to this area as a member of the original 1972 Texas Rangers. He is most notable in the community for his service with the Duncanville High School Baseball Program, where his sons Scott and Brandon played. Bill was a tireless member of the DHS Baseball Booster Club, performing numerous duties including the office of president for 8 years; and he continued to serve after his sons graduated from DHS. During his time as a member and president, whatever needed to be done was considered done. Bill also volunteered to coach local summer baseball teams. By coaching little league teams and high school players, Bill was able to share his knowledge of the game of baseball and the game of life.
Bill’s service to his community reaches beyond the baseball diamond. He has served on numerous community, campus, and DISD committees in an effort to improve facilities, academics, athletics and opportunities for young people. Bill has always been a man of character - demonstrating a strong work ethic, dedication, integrity, and leadership. He has always been willing to donate his time and knowledge to anyone who will ask. His contributions to this community have made Duncanville stronger. Bill Fahey has always been, and always will be, a Champion for Children.
Bill, is married to Carla Fahey, they have two sons Scott and Brandon who grew up and played baseball at Duncanville High School. Carla is active in the Duncanville Independent School District as a volunteer, a school board member, and as a member of the Council of PTAs.
Chris Hayden graduated from Duncanville High School in 1986, helping the Panthers varsity boys’ soccer team to the UIL State Championship in his senior season. Chris, captain of the 1986 team, was voted First Team All-State, All-State Tournament Team, and District Offensive Co-MVP in that year. He was also named to the Dallas Morning News all-Metro team, scoring 23 goals as a midfielder in his senior season. As a varsity player during his final two high school seasons, the Panthers, coached by Guy Greening, finished as UIL State Finalists and as UIL State Champions with an impressive 49 wins, 4 losses, and 2 ties. After graduation, Hayden attended the University of North Texas, lettering 4 years in soccer, twice as captain, and was named All-Central Conference his junior and Senior seasons in Division I Soccer. After graduating from UNT in 1991 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, Hayden was selected in the supplemental draft of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in the fall of 1994 by the Dallas Sidekicks where he played indoor professionally for three seasons, helping the team to one league final and three straight playoff appearances.In addition to playing soccer, Chris has had a lengthy coaching career beginning while in college and continuing to today. Since 1988, Chris has coached many youth teams, helping hundreds of players get into college. He has guided youth teams to the US Youth Soccer National Championships twice, in 1989 and 1995. Chris received the US Soccer A Coaching license in 1993. From the fall of 2012-2014, Chris was one of 16 coaches in the country to attend a US Soccer two-year course and was in the first class to receive the US Soccer Technical Director’s license, the highest youth license available to coaches in the United States. Since, 2005, Hayden has been the Vice President of Youth Soccer for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS). In his role, he has helped FC Dallas Youth grow to more than 5000 players around the country and has helped direct the FC Dallas Academy since its inception in 2008. Chris coached the FC Dallas Academy to the National Finals four straight years from 2009-2012, winning the Under 18 US Soccer Development Academy National Championship in 2012. To date, the FC Dallas Academy has signed 13 players to MLS professional contracts and Chris continues to work with young players who aspire to play soccer in the US at the professional level.
Chris has many family ties to DHS. His father, Charles, taught and coached the girls’ soccer team to a 1990 UIL State Championship. His mother Darlynne taught English at the school. His sister Ashley taught at the school after winning the State Championship in soccer in 1990 and attending SMU on a soccer scholarship.
Chris lives in Mansfield with his wife Chris, DHS Band Sweetheart in 1986, and their two children, Connor, 20, and Cara, 16.
Jalie MitchellJalie Mitchell graduated from Duncanville High School in 1998 after leading the Pantherettes basketball team to the 5A State Championship in 1997 with a perfect record of 41-0. She was named District 6-5A MVP in 1998 and was awarded District 6-5A Defensive MVP for the years 1996, 1997, and 1998. Jalie was named a Street & Smith’s All-America Honorable Mention, TABC 1st Team All-State & TGCA 3rd Team All-State 1998, and TABC 2nd Team All-State 1997.
After high school, Jalie went on to play basketball at the University of North Texas where she was the greatest women's basketball player in Mean Green history. Mitchell was named all-conference all four years at North Texas, concluding her career as the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She finished as the Mean Green's all-time leading scorer with 1,764 points, and she ranks number one in free throws and attempts. She also ranks in the top 10 in school history in 10 other categories. During her senior season, Jalie was part of a team that set a school record with 21 wins in a single season and went to back-to-back postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). During that year, Mitchell averaged 19.4 points a game and scored 20 points or more 14 times. She turned in one of the most dominating performances during the season with a career-high 37 points, which still ranks as the fifth-most in a single game at North Texas. In her four-year career, Mitchell averaged double figures in each season, and she is the only women's basketball player in school history to win a Player of the Year award and the only four-time all-conference player at North Texas. To honor her outstanding achievements, Mitchell had her number retired during the 2001-02 season.
Jalie Mitchell assisted head coach Karen Aston at the University of Texas for three seasons before accepting her first head-coaching job at the University of North Texas on April 9, 2015. North Texas is her alma mater, where she served as an assistant coach for the Mean Green for three seasons before going to UT.Mitchell was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and is one of just two Mean Green women’s basketball student-athletes to have her number retired.
Martin Piller is the most accomplished golfer to compete at Duncanville High School in the school’s history. Martin played golf at Duncanville from 2001-2004 where he won 10 high school golf tournaments, advanced to the state golf tournament as a member of a DHS golf team in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and finished sixth at the 2002 Class 5A state tournament. He was a two-time district champion while also winning the regional title in 2002 and was named to The Dallas Morning News All-Area Team. Martin qualified for the 2003 U.S. Junior Championship and won the 2002 International Junior Golf Tour National Tournament. He placed in the top five of five AJGA tournaments and finished in the top 20 of two AJGA major championships.
After high school, Martin went on the to have a successful career at Texas A&M. He helped lead the Aggie golf team to three NCAA Championship berths and laid the foundation for the program's national championship one year later. In 2007, Martin earned All-Big 12 Conference honors. Before his graduation in 2008, he garnered a special honor as Athlete of the Year for the Texas A&M chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
When Martin turned professional, he won his first pro tournament, the 2008 Texas State Open. He has played on the PGA Web.com Tour since 2009. He is a five-time winner on tour. His five PGA sanctioned championships are 2010 Stadion Athens Classic at the University of Georgia, 2010 Omaha Cox Classic, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel Open, 2015 Albertsons Boise Open, and the 2015 Kansas City Digital Ally Open. He earned a PGA Tour card in 2011 and again in 2015. He finished the 2015 season ranked 157th in the official World Golf Rankings.
In January 2011, Martin married Gerina Mendoza, who plays on the LPGA Tour. The couple is active in Tour Life and College Golf Fellowship, both ministries of PGA and LPGA tour players.
Steve Gibralter was a two-sport athlete at Duncanville High School from 1988 through 1990 playing football and baseball. Steve was recognized as one of the best high school outfielders in the state of Texas during his time at Duncanville High School. He was a tremendous hitter in baseball who showed an unparalleled competitive spirit and work ethic as a player.
A 1990 graduate of Duncanville High School, Steve lettered in football in 1988 and 1990 earning All-District honors as a punter and kicker. In baseball, Steve lettered all three years at Duncanville. In 1988 he was named sophomore of the year. Steve was named to the All-District and All-Metro teams while helping the Panthers reach the State Tournament in 1989. In 1990 Steve was part of the 5-A State Championship team and earned All-District, All-Metro and All-State honors as an outfielder.
During the 1990 State Championship run, Steve carried the offense for the Panther baseball team. Steve hit a three-run homer early in the playoffs to send the Panthers to the next round and recorded two hits, one being triple, off Todd Van Poppel from Arlington Martin in the state semifinal game that the Panthers won 1-0. In the 1990 State Championship game, Steve, typically an outfielder, ended up being the winning pitcher of the game by striking out the final five hitters he faced and then on offense he started the rally in the bottom of the seventh inning that led to the home run that won the state championship for the Panthers.
Steve earned a baseball scholarship from Mississippi State University, however, he was selected in the 6th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds and decided to forego college. He played 12 seasons of professional baseball for Cincinnati, Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox. Steve spent time in the Major Leagues with Cincinnati during the ’95 and ’96 seasons and made his Major League debut June 1st 1995. Injuries de-railed Steve’s career, and in 2001 he hung up his spikes.
Steve is currently a Dallas Police Officer and is married to Jennifer Tanton Gibralter. They have twin daughters and currently reside in Rockwall, Texas.
Steve MartinStephen (Steve) Paul Martin was born in Dallas on September 15, 1950, the son of Mary and Paul Martin. He is the middle child of three boys. Steve has a daughter Angie and a son Aaron, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He married Janice (McJunkin) Savage-Martin in November 2006. He was in the glass business with Republic Glass & Mirror for 40 years before selling the business in March of 2009.
Steve has always been an active volunteer for over 35 years before becoming President/CEO of the Duncanville Chamber in July 2009. He has always tackled tasks and projects that have bettered the City of Duncanville, the Duncanville ISD, Duncanville Lions Club and the Duncanville Community Theatre. He formed the first Political Action Committees in Duncanville for both the City and the Schools. For the City, he was a driving force in the Duncanville Citizens for More Shopping and Less Taxes to help bring beer and wine to town. He helped the school district pass two major Bond Elections to build the High School and Athletic Facilities that we know today.
Steve has received numerous awards and acknowledgments including a Duncanville Police Department Commendation in 1986 and being voted as Duncanville’s Man of the Year in 1999. Steve has served two terms as president/Chamber Chairman in 1986 and 2001 for the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce. He was the Duncanville Civic Auction Chairperson in 2000 and 2001, served as the Best Southwest Partnership Director in 2001 and served on Duncanville 4B (Economic Development) Board from 2007 to 2011. He was awarded the Pioneer of the Year Award in 1999 and the Volunteer of the Year Award 2000 and 2001. He received the Duncanville John C. Pelt Masonic Lodge Community Builder Award in 2003 and was awarded Duncanville’s Key to the City awarded by Mayor Glenn Repp in 2003. Steve was also honored by Mayor David Green’s proclamation for August 15, 2006 to be recognized as “Steve Martin Appreciation Day”.
As a member of the Duncanville Noon Lions Club, Steve served as Vice-President from 2001 to 2004, as President for 2004-05, as Las Vegas Night Auction Chairperson from 1998 to 2008. He was awarded Cub Lion of the Year in 1997-98, Lion of the Year 1998-99, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2006, and the Jack Weich Fellow Award in 2007.
Steve also serves as the Sandra Meadows Memorial Basketball tournament director. He coordinates, schedules, and oversees all aspects of the Sandra Meadows Tournament and with his efforts, the tournament continues to be the premier girls’ basketball tournament in the state of Texas for high school teams.
Amy Sheiron Tennison and Andee Sheiron Kenter“A Duncanville Pantherette is a young lady with pride in herself as a student, an athlete, and a member of the community. She not only represents herself and her family but also her teammates and coaches. She shall be a leader and conduct herself in such a manner as to be esteemed not only as a basketball player but more importantly as a person.” –Pantherette Handbook
Amy and Andee have always been great ambassadors for Duncanville Athletics and embody the spirit of being a Pantherette throughout the State of Texas. These two often received attention for being identical twins, however, this was always soon overshadowed by their work ethic, determination and their drive to excel. These traits helped them to be major contributors to the 1994-95 State Finalist Basketball team. This team’s record of 37-1, losing the state championship by 3 in overtime speaks for itself. Along with this accomplishment, the twins received District 9-5A honors as Defensive (Amy) and Offensive (Andee) Player of the Year. Amy was 1995 all-region first team and all-state second team selection, and Andee was all-region third team and UIL State All-Tournament Class 5A. The pair played on basketball teams that only lost 7 games from 7th grade through high school.
Amy and Andee received basketball scholarships to Sam Houston State University, where both graduated in 1999, Amy with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and minor in Chemistry; Andee with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Both received Second Team All-Southland Conference honors (at different times) and Academic All-Southland Conference honors. Amy also received Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors, and currently holds the SHSU Career Assist Record. Both continued their education, Andee graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration from SHSU in 2000, and Amy with a Master’s in Education Administration from Lamar University in 2011.
After college Amy has continued on in the basketball world coaching. She is currently in her first season as Head Girls Basketball Coach at Midlothian High School. Previously she was Head Coach and Asst. Coordinator at Legacy HS in Mansfield (7 years), assistant Coach at Texas A&M University (4 years), Head Coach at Cedar Hill HS (1 year), Varsity Asst/JV Coach at Duncanville HS (2 years), and Varsity Asst/JV Coach at Fossil Ridge HS (1 year). She received Coach of the Year honors in 2002-03 at Cedar Hill HS and in 2008-09 at Legacy HS.
Andee worked in the insurance industry for 7 years before beginning her most important role of stay at home mom. She has also recently been named the Middle School Basketball Coach at Ovilla Christian School, and coaches youth sports teams in Midlothian.
Amy is married to Glen Tennison, and has two boys, Bryce and Brett. Andee is married to Corby Kenter, and has three kids, Kylar, Colten, and Kalyn.
Reneé Southers RodgersRenee’ Southers Rodgers was a multi-sport athlete in the Duncanville Independent School District. She played basketball and ran track at Reed Middle School in her 7th and 8th grade years. She played volleyball her freshman year and made All-District. She also ran track all 4 years in high school and went to Regionals in the Mile Relay. She played basketball at Duncanville High School for 4 years and was on the first State Championship team in 1976. Renee' was selected to UIL State All-Tournament team. She made the TGCA All-State in 1976 and 1977. Renee' was also selected to play in the Texas North-South All-Star game and the Texas-Oklahoma All-Star game after her senior year. And, in 1977, she was named All-American for High School sports.
Renee' played college basketball on a full scholarship for two years at South Plains Jr. College. After graduating from South Plains she attended Sam Houston State University on a full softball scholarship but played basketball as well. In 1980, the Sam Houston women’s basketball team were State Champions with the leadership of Renee’ Southers. In softball she played centerfield and helped lead her team to two National Championships (NAIA and NCAA) in a row her junior and senior years. She was named NCAA All-American her senior year in softball.
After college Renee’ returned to teach at Reed Middle School where she taught science for 24 years. She was also the track and basketball coach at Reed Middle School for 14 years. Renee’ retired from teaching but owns Globetrotter Travel, an adult/student travel company. She takes groups every year to Europe. She is married to Jim Rodgers and has raised 3 children, Jim Lee, Zach, and Rachel.
George WhitleyGeorge Whitley was a small-town boy with down-home values and respect for God, women, and his country. Throughout George’s life, those qualities remained among his finest virtues.
George graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science from East Texas State College. He served our country in the United States Air Force and then went on to get his Master of Science from the University of Texas-Austin in 1955.
Growing up in Honey Grove, Texas, George had Laverne Mankin as a Honey Grove High School typing teacher. Laverne’s husband Adair Mankin, hired George for his first coaching job in Duncanville in 1955, where he served as coach and history teacher. Coach Whitley took over as head coach and athletic director for Duncanville ISD in 1960. According to the Dallas Times Herald, dated Tuesday, Feb 13, 1962, “The Duncanville Panthers weren’t given much of a chance to win the District 11-AA football championship last fall . But somewhere along the line, Coach George Whitley convinced his chargers that they could win the crown. And Whitley's Panthers went on to win that title over a heavily-favored Lancaster team…Thus Whitley has been named Coach of the Year for Class AA in Dallas County.” Coach Whitley was honored at the Sports Achievement Dinner for Dallas County on Friday evening, February 16, 1962. At that time, Coach Whitley had been head football coach at Duncanville for only two years.
Coach Whitley was also the head track coach and won District Track Championships in 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962. He coached the first Duncanville track athletes who qualified for the UIL State Track Meet in Austin. As Duncanville High School Athletic Director from 1960-64 he supported the following teams to the playoffs: Girls Basketball state final four, 1962, district champions, 1961, 1963, and 1964. Baseball Regional Champions, 1961; Regional Finalists, 1963, District Champions, 1964.
George became an Assistant Principal at Duncanville High School in 1963. In 1974, he was promoted to the administration building as Director of Student Services. George was also a longtime member of the Duncanville Lions Club and served as President in 1969. Coach Whitley retired in 1998 after 43 years of service to DISD. For many years, even after his retirement, he served as the spotter for the announcer at DHS Football games. And he remained a staunch Panther Fan until his death, May 1, 2012.
George and Doris adopted their daughter Tiffany when she was three days old in October 1982. She now lives in Waxahachie and works in the non-profit field. George and Doris Whitley celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in 2011. (Doris Whitley was an English teacher and drill team teacher at DHS).
The love they shared for Duncanville can best be summed up by this quote: “You never leave a place you love; part of it you take with you, leaving part of yourself behind.”
Mike BacsikMichael Bacsik graduated from Duncanville High School in 1996. He was a 3 year letterman in baseball and lettered one year in basketball. He received many honors in baseball in high school. In 1994 he was named Dallas Morning News Sophomore of the Year. And in 1996, he was named Dallas Morning News Player of the Year. He was selected to the All-State team 3 years and was the District 9 5-A Player of the year in 1996 and 1st team all-district teams in 1995 and 1994. He compiled a 32-3 record as a pitcher, ranking 2nd all-time at DHS. And he had a 27-0 record in non-playoff games. His sophomore year in 1994 he pitched a regional semi-final no-hitter versus Temple High School. He signed to play ball at Texas Tech in the fall of 1995, going in to his senior year.
Before enrolling at Texas Tech, Bacsik was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round (543rd overall) in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. He was in his 6th minor league season with the Indians organization before making his major league debut on August 5, 2001. He was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and received the 2001 Cleveland Indians Bob Feller Award. Mike went on to play 13 years (1996-2008) of professional baseball for 6 different organizations including the Indians, the Mets, the Rangers, the Phillies the Diamondbacks, and the Nationals. He played in major leagues for the Indians, Mets, Rangers, and Nationals. He was the first son of a Texas Ranger to play for the Texas Rangers in 2004.
In 2006, Mike Bacsik played on the USA Olympic qualifying team in Cuba. He was a team mate with former DHS standout Chad Allen on this team.
On August 7, 2007, Bacsik sealed his name to baseball history as he gave up career home run number 756 to Barry Bonds, who broke a 33-year-old record previously held by Hank Aaron. During the post-home run celebration, Bacsik tipped his cap to Bonds in a gesture of respect. Bacsik visited the Giants’ clubhouse to personally congratulate Bonds on his achievement and Bonds gave Bacsik an autographed bat that read: "To Mike, God Bless. Barry Bonds." In major and minor leagues combined, Mike collected over 100 professional wins and over 1,000 professional strikeouts. Mike Bacsik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UTA in May 2012.
In February of 2000, Mike married Duncanville High School graduate Sue Myers. They have 3 children: Mary Grace, Jake, and Cal .
Leroy FisherLeroy Fisher started his Duncanville career as an athlete at high school. He was a three-year letterman (1965, 1966, and 1967) in football and also played baseball and track. He was tri-captain in football in 1967-68 and this same year was named defensive guard to the first All-District Team. During his senior year he was heavily recruited by the University of Houston and Oklahoma. He accepted a full scholarship to the University of Houston where he was red shirted and played for five years. He finished his playing career as the starting center for the University of Houston.
After his graduation from the University of Houston in 1972, Leroy was recruited by Coach Bill Savage to become a Duncanville football coach. Leroy was the first former Duncanville ISD football player to be asked to come back to his home school district to specifically coach football. Leroy saw this as a great honor and poured his heart into the Duncanville High School athletic program. As well as being a football coach, he coached baseball and golf, taught health and outdoor education. In 1973-1974 he coached freshmen football, golf, and became involved in Duncanville’s baseball program becoming the assistant varsity high school baseball coach and head J.V. baseball coach. In 1974-1975 as the head ninth-grade football coach, he took the team to a 10-0 undefeated season. As the assistant varsity baseball coach, he had the privilege of being a member of the coaching staff that brought home the first state championship in baseball.
As a testament to the impact that Leroy has on young lives, the players asked him to hold the trophy when it was presented on the field. The team had great respect for him as a former Duncanville baseball player. They saw his passion, for not only the game but also for Duncanville High School and its students. Having the opportunity to play a part in the special time of Duncanville sports’ history was the highlight of his coaching career. He continued as a high school assistant varsity football coach from 1975-1979. Leroy was a teacher and a coach for Duncanville ISD for 8 years. After that he became a high school administrator and continued to serve for 21 years.
Being an assistant principal at the high school allowed him to assist in all the sports. Players knew that he supported them and often sought his advice when being recruited to universities and colleges. Leroy took an active part in the lives of all athletes.
For nearly 40 years, Leroy Fisher has been passionate about the Duncanville athletic program. He will be the first to say that it was the Duncanville athletic program that molded him into the person that he is today. It was this program that helped provide him with the financial means to continue his education. Giving back to this program has been a life-long mission of love toward his community. He carries with him the winning spirit of Duncanville.
Cinietra HendersonCinietra Henderson Mason graduated from Duncanville in 1989. She lettered in girls basketball all 4 years of high school. Cinietra led the Pantherettes to two back-to-back state championships in 1987-‘88 and in 1988-’89. She averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds her senior year. After her senior year, 1989, she was named a National High School Girls Basketball All-American. She was also awarded MVP of the UIL State tournament and Dallas All Sports Association High School Female Athlete of the Year. She was a unanimous all-district selection 3 years in high school and was selected MVP of the district her junior and senior year.
Cinietra received a full scholarship to the University of Texas where she played under legendary Coach Jody Conradt. She earned a starting position her freshmen year during the second game of the season. In 4 years at UT she started in 91 out of 93 games. She led the team in five categories, including scoring, rebounding, and blocking shots. Her rebounding average of 10.6 boards ranks third best in UT history and her scoring average of 19.5 is ranked fifth. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Tournament team in 1992. Cinietra was also named Dallas Morning News Player of the Week an unprecedented eight times.
In 1991, Cinietra played for the South Team that won the bronze medal at the 1991 USA Olympic Festival. The following year Cinietra was invited to play in the 1992 Olympic trials. She was a finalist for the U.S.A Jones Cup team and attended the 1992 USA Basketball Premier Post Program.
After college, Cinietra was drafted by Team Sporting Athens in Greece. She played oversees for two years.
Currently, Cinietra works for American Airlines doing technical support for home-based agents. She currently lives in Duncanville and is raising two children; her son Joseph Mason and her daughter Coy Mason. She loves being a mother and spending as much time as she can with her family.
Jeremy HurdJeremy Hurd participated in both Football and Track/Field at Duncanville High School from 1995-1999. In 1998, serving as team captain, he helped lead the Duncanville football team to the school’s first ever State Championship. He received the Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the Week Award his senior year. In 1997, Jeremy received the MVP award for leading the football team to a semi-final State Championship finish. In track, Jeremy was the regional champion and state qualifier in the 400 meter dash his senior year, and was a 4-time letterman in track and field. Jeremy has always taken the time to give back and would regularly mentor elementary students while in high school. He graduated from Duncanville High School in 1999 in the top 10% of his class, and received a full scholarship to Rice University.
While at Rice, Jeremy continued to give back to Duncanville by mentoring youth during summer breaks as well as providing strength and conditioning training. At Rice, he participated in a program for at-risk youths and had the opportunity to chaperone them on an all-day trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics.
Jeremy continues to periodically speak with students and high school football players in Duncanville and Cedar Hill. He helped put together the Chism Trail Football camp for underprivileged youth in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he had the opportunity to coach a little league football team. He is currently the ministry coordinator for the Adult Drama ministry at his church, and he is an annual participant in the church-wide Easter Resurrection productions at his church.
Jeremy has been a residential appraiser for the Harris County Appraisal District, an Electronic Loan Interface (E.L.I.) specialist with EMC Mortgage Corp., a data analyst for Financial Computer Software, and is currently a Military Programs Pricing Analyst for American Eurocopter.
He is married to his best friend from high school and the love of his life, Christina. Together they are raising 2 God-fearing children (a daughter and a son) as he and his family continues to walk the walk of a Christian life.
Julie Lake was a four-year varsity basketball player at Duncanville High School. Her team was a two-time state-finalist in 1992 and 1995. Julie was named 12-5A sophomore of the year. As a junior, she was MVP of 12-5A, Dallas Morning News All-Metro team, MVP at the Arlington Classic, and most valuable player at the 43rd annual SWAAU tournament. Julie's senior year she was USA Today's top 20 players of 1994. WBCA Kodak All-American in 1995. Parade All-American, Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, TABC Player of Year and Class 5A All-tournament team, Class 5A Player of the Year, unanimously selected First Team All-State by Texas Girls Coaching Association, Gatorade Texas Player of Year, Gatorade Southwest Region Player of the Year, TABC All-Star and TABC "Ms. Basketball of Texas." Julie was also a 4 time AAU All-American and selected to be the torch bearer for the 1995 National AAU basketball tournament.
From Duncanville, Julie went to play at Texas Tech University. Julie was named SWC Freshman of the year in 1996. She set a freshman assist record for a single game in a season. She was selected to the Big 12 All-Tournament team in 1999. Julie scored over 1,000 points in her collegiate career. She is second in minutes played in the Texas Tech history, fourth on the All-time free throw percentage in tech history at (.829) percent, and fifth on the All-time assist record at Tech. Her team was SWC Champs her first two years and Big 12 Champions her last two years. The Lady Raiders were ranked in the top 20 in the nation all four years Julie was there.
Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Texas Tech. She has been personal training for the past 13 years. Julie trained at 24 Hour Fitness for 12 years and is currently independently training in Grand Prairie. Training is truly her passion! She loves changing people’s lives and leading her clients to a healthy lifestyle. Julie's drive daily is to get each one of the clients to their ultimate personal goals.
Julie's biggest blessing in life is her son. Jalen is a very smart young man and loves basketball! He started playing basketball at the age of 4, and truly has the determination, love for the game, and hard work ethic day in and out! Julie is extremely proud of him and his love for God is evident in his everyday life!
Christie Capps SiarChristie Capps was a 4 year All District, All Region, and All-State player for the Duncanville girls’ basketball team from 1974 to 1978. She was also a 3-time High School All-American. One such honor was being a 3rd Team Parade All-American. In 1976, she led the Pantherettes to their first state championship and made the All-State tournament team. Other honors in high school included being named FCA National Female Christian Athlete of the Year in 1978, first girl on the cover of Texas Coach Magazine (January 1978), and playing in the Texas North-South All-Star game. Christie received a scholarship to Baylor University from 1978 to 1980 and was the leading scorer in the 1978-79 season. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989. After several years in vocational ministry, she began coaching. In 1994 to 1998, she was the assistant coach in Duncanville. During that time the Pantherettes were state 5A finalists in 1994 and state champs in 1998 with a 40 – 0 record. She then became an assistant coach at Mansfield High School from 1999 to 200 and was a part of 3 of the 4 consecutive state 5A championship teams in 2000, 2001, and 2002. She received the Distinguished Educator Award from Mansfield ISD in 2005.
Mike Chrietzberg is in his 37th year as a public school educator. He has served all 37 of those years as an employee of the Duncanville ISD. Mike began his teaching career in 1976 at Byrd Middle School as a science teacher and football, basketball, and track coach. In 1987, he began his public school administration career serving as an assistant principal at Reed Middle School for 2 years. In 1989 he assisted in the opening of the new Duncanville Ninth Grade School serving as assistant principal for 8 months and then being named principal of the Ninth Grade School in April of 1990. He continued to serve as principal until the spring of 1995. In the fall of 1995, he was appointed principal of Duncanville High School. While principal of DHS he led the school through many changes, most notably the recent construction project that has resulted in DHS being the 2nd largest high school under one roof in the United States. In 2012 he transitioned into the role as Duncanville ISD Chief of Staff.Mike has received several honors over the years while serving the students of Duncanville Schools. He was the 1979 Byrd Middle School Yearbook Dedicatee and the 1998 Duncanville High School Yearbook Dedicatee. He has received Honorary Memberships in the Future Farmers of America, National Technical Honor Society, and in the National Thespian Society. He was named a “Champion for Children” award recipient for Duncanville ISD, Superintendent Award from the Duncanville Education Foundation, and received a PTA Texas Honorary Life Membership and PTA National Honorary Life Membership awards. He was named the Texas Association of Journalism Educators 2006 Principal of the Year. He received the Duncanville Masonic Lodge “Community Builder” award. Mike lists his greatest achievement as an educator is the fact that he has positively impacted the future of over 27,000 youth of the Duncanville School District over the past 36 years.
Duncanville swimmer Jeanne Doolan was a 4 time state champion, a state record holder, a 2 time outstanding female competitor at the state meet, and 7 time high school all-American. At the District and Regional level she was undefeated and was a 4 time district swimmer of the year from 1983-1986 and was 2 time regional swimmer of the year in 1985 and l986. As a senior, Jeanne was ranked fastest high school swimmer in the US in the 50 free and 3rd fastest in the 100 free. She set a national record in the 50 free and was ranked 1st in the United States in the 50 freestyle and 2nd in the world. She was a member of the United States National Swim Team winning multiple titles nationally and internationally including the US Open Champion and a bronze medal at the 1987 Pan American Games. After graduating from Duncanville she went to The University of Texas Austin on scholarship and was a part of three NCAA team championships as well as multiple individual championships. She was a 9 time NCAA All America. And she is a four time American Record holder, including a relay record that stood for 13 years. Jeanne was a captain of the Longhorn team her senior year. She was a finalist at the 1988 Olympic trials in the 50 free.
Jeanne Co-Chairs Swim Across America Dallas, an open water event that raises money for cancer research at The Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. The event has raised over $600,000 to fund phase 1 trials in just two years.
Billy Ray GroundBilly Ray Ground grew up on a farm just east of Duncanville. He graduated from Duncanville High School in 1941, after having been one of the great athletes of the school’s earlier years. He played football, basketball, and baseball while attending Duncanville High. In addition to his athletic success, he was honored by being chosen as “High School Favorite” for the 1941 year. After graduation he spent a couple of years with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After completion of military service he attended Abilene Christian College where he became a star basketball player for the college, lettering some four years. After completion of college in 1948, he once again returned to Duncanville High School, this time as coach for all sports, as he coached football, baseball, and both girls and boys basketball. He coached those teams to several district championships in both baseball and basketball. His greatest success probably came in girls’ basketball when he coached the Duncanville girls’ team to the state semifinals at Austin in 1951, and the state finals in 1952. This was the start of the great tradition for girls’ basketball in Duncanville. Mr. Ground later worked for the Dallas ISD as both a coach and teacher. After a long career he retired and is currently living in Desoto, Texas.
Chris OwensIn 1995-96, Chris Owens played on the Duncanville Panther basketball team that went 33-2 and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation under the direction of Coach Phil McNeely. He was named a Parade All-American. During his senior year he was rated No. 20 player in nation in The Sporting News Prime Prospects. He was third-team All-America selection by Street & Smith’s. He was also ranked in top 25 nationally by recruiting analysts Clark Francis, Van Coleman and Bob Gibbons. Chris was listed as top senior in the south by Ron Briscoe's Regional Basketball Report. And he was rated as No. 1 senior in Texas by Texas Blue Chip Basketball Report. He was ranked sixth among small forward seniors by Athlon and seventh among power forwards by Ultimate Hoop. And he was also listed among top 15 prospects nationally by The Super Programs Hotline and Sportsline. Chris was named area player of the year by Dallas Morning News as a senior, when he led metro Class 5A schools with 26.9 scoring average. He was ranked third among Dallas-area 5A players in rebounds with 11.8 average. Chris shattered the backboard midway through his senior season in game against Grand Prairie. He chose Tulane over Arizona, Arkansas, Texas and Texas Tech. After playing college basketball at both Tulane University and the University of Texas, Owens was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round of the 2002 NBA Draft. He currently plays overseas.
Guy GreeningGuy Greening ended his 30-year career with a record of 485-138-48 – second all-time in Texas, 39th on a national level. Guy led the Duncanville School Soccer program from 1978 to 1999 and won a state championship with his 1986 team. He later moved on to coach in Flower Mound where he went 97-59-17 through the 2007 season with four playoff appearances. Overall, Greening’s teams made playoffs in 22 of 29 years. He had three state qualifying seasons, coached 41 All State players, two All-Americans, had four players named to the U.S. National Youth Team and six drafted to play professionally. He has led coaching clinics statewide and worked with the Olympic Development Program. He’s also a founding member of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches and in 1994 was the only public high school coach in the USA to host a team for the 1994 World Cup (Republic of Korea). In 1992, he was named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Coach Greening was president of TASCO two times and was recently named to the TASCO Hall of Honor.
Chris HillChris Hill is a home-grown Duncanville boy who became one of the best left-handed pitchers to go through the DHS Baseball Program. Chris’s senior year was 1987 and 24 years later he still holds the All Time Record of 12.01 strike outs per game. He is 2nd only on the All Time List to Keith Creel with 166 strikeouts in a season. Chris was 17-6 as a pitcher and hit .317 in his 2 years on the Varsity. Chris was drafted by the Mets and played professional baseball for 10 years with the Mets, Astros, Red Sox, and Orioles, never losing sight of his ultimate goal of continuing his education to become a coach and teacher. After his playing days were over Chris coached 4 years at Northwood under former DHS Coach Pat Malcheski and continues to coach baseball at the high school level to this day. Chris has been married to Joni for 20 years and they have two sons.
Dana McCarrollDana graduated from Decatur in 1962 and from North Texas with a BS in Education. She earned her Master’s Degree from Tarleton State in 1976. Dana coached basketball, volleyball, and tennis in Olney from 1966 to 1971 and basketball and volleyball in Boswell from 1971 to 1977. The Boswell High School Annual was dedicated to her in 1977. Coach Sandra Meadows hired Dana in 1977 as basketball coach. Coach McCarroll remained in that position for 22 years until she retired in 1999. She was a phenomenal freshman coach compiling a record of 456—27 in basketball and a 472—77 record in volleyball. Dana was a member of the P.T.A. and TEA for 33 years. She was a member of the Texas Girl’s Coaching Association for 33 years and a director for two years. Dana had a positive influence on her students, her athletes, her school, and the community. She was an extremely loyal employee and unbelievably hard worker. Dana never received a lot of credit; however, the athletes that Dana coached received a great foundation athletically and also great character building skills. Dana’s student athletes listened to her, they loved her, and they laughed with her as we all did for 22 years.
Bryan WinnettCoach Winnett changed a culture in Duncanville from being a school and town with a golf team to a school and city that took great pride in the golf program. When Coach Winnett came to Duncanville in 1987, he asked the golf team if they had ever won a golf trophy. No one on that team had ever achieved such an accomplishment. In his first four years as coach, the DHS golf program won 47 trophies. The DHS golf program got to the “corner and turned it” with these accomplishments. The golf program was earning the respect that other DHS programs had achieved in “The City of Champions”. And to prove his hard work was equal off the course, he helped his players earn college scholarships; half of all seniors on his golf teams through his career as DHS golf coach earned college scholarships. Also, one of Coach Winnett’s former players at Duncanville High School, Martin Piller, earned his PGA tour card and is currently competing on the PGA tour. Upon Coach Winnett’s retirement, he left a history of success that included many district titles, regional tournament appearances and several state tournament appearances with the Duncanville golf program.
Van Q. Smith
Mr. Smith served as both boys and girls basketball coach during the World War II years from 1942 to 1946. This was an unpaid volunteer position as most young men of coaching age were away serving in the military. His teams were very competitive winning many district and tournament games during his coaching years. Mr. Smith’s actual vocation was that of a farmer here in the community, He employed many of the community’s young men during the summer months giving them jobs with his “Thresher Crew”. Mr. Smith has probably served more terms as a member of the Duncanville School Board than any other person in history. I would estimate that he served at least 20 or more years on the school board and was always a champion for athletics and the students participating in athletics. Three of Mr. Smith’s children played sports while attending Duncanville High School. They were Sharon Smith (basketball), Van Rowe Smith (football), and Denyce Smith Inmon (basketball). Van attended their games and supported them to the fullest during those years. Even after all of his children had graduated, Van continued to support the athletic program by driving the school bus for the girls basketball team and became known as “Uncle Van” to hundreds of girls playing basketball through the years. Mr. Smith died several years ago in a tragic farm accident and the community lost what most people considered to be “Mr. Duncanville”.
Frank W. “Flip” GammonCoach Gammon was the swimming coach of Duncanville H.S. for 28 years. During his tenure, DHS won 31 District Championships and two Regional Titles. He was selected by his peers as the District Coach of the Year more than 20 times and the Regional coach of the year three times. Under his direction, he has sent qualifiers to the UIL State Meet in 22 of the 26 years and has had five State Champions, two State Record holders as well as the Outstanding Competitor in the State meet twice. DHS Swimmers have attained All-American status 17 times, including the fastest high school swimmer in the nation in 1986.
Horace “Sonny” KembleSonny has been instrumental in the DISD Athletic Department prior to retirement and even after retirement, working here since 1992. He works hard in supplying personnel to work all the numerous sporting events and he fills in whenever he cannot secure a worker. Sonny is meticulous in balancing tickets sold to money received and has a great mind to stay on top of all activities. Sonny was a tail gunner in World War II and has many great stories about that period of time. He was also a Coach in the Dallas ISD for many years.
Alison MuldrewAlison was a four year varsity basketball player under Coach Meadows, and played on the State Championship Teams in 1988, 1989, & 1990. During her senior year she was MVP of the Sandra Meadows Classic Basketball Tournament, Dallas Morning New & Fort Worth Star Telegram Area Player of the Year, 1st Team All-State, as well as Academic All-State. She was the USA Today Texas Player of the Year and Dallas All Sports Association-High School Female Athlete of the Year. Alison attended the University of Arkansas on a full basketball scholarship. She came back to Duncanville to teach and coach in the Reed Middle School Gym named after her father. She now is a teacher in Van Alstyne ISD and is the mother of two daughters.
Saber PierceSaber won the State Championship in Singles Tennis for Duncanville ISD in 2000. She won 2nd place in doubles competition (with partner Lauren Walker) as a sophomore in 1998, 2nd place in singles (losing to Lauren Walker who had moved to New Braunfels) as a junior in 1999. She continued her nationally ranked status while attending TCU earning her 12 straight-set win by defeating Marie Stepanova.
Faye and Raye WilsonThese athletic twins helped to bring attention to Duncanville in the early 1950’s with their outstanding abilities on the basketball court. The attention that they brought to Duncanville ISD Athletics helped to bring the SWAAU Girls Basketball Tournament to Duncanville in 1951 and it continues today as the Sandra Meadows Basketball Classic. Their Pantherette team went to the State Tournament in 1952 and Faye was honored with the All-State Team designation. After graduation, they attended Wayland Baptist College on basketball scholarships. During their years at Wayland, they played for the Hutcherson Flying Queens who were never defeated, won 131 consecutive games and won four National AAU championships. Both sisters were named to the National AAU All American Team in 1954, 1955, and 1956. They were chosen to play in the 1955 Pan American Olympic games in Mexico City where they won a gold medal for the USA.
Jan BriggsCoach Briggs coached in Duncanville from 1975 until her retirement in 1998 and had many successful seasons including a 1995 State Championship. Coach Briggs was named the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996, an award that highlighted a forty-year career coaching volleyball. During Coach Briggs’ coaching career, she was named District Coach of the Year multiple times, was named the Kellogg’s Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1978 and coached the National AAU Junior Olympic Volleyball Team in 1976. In addition to the 1995 state championship, Coach Briggs won a state championship in 1969 at Midland Lee High School and was a state runner-up once at Lee and twice at Richardson Berkner High School.
Jan’s on the court accomplishments put her in the upper echelon of volleyball coaches in the state of Texas but her enduring legacy will be found in her players who went on to become teachers and coaches. Many of Jan’s former players continue to coach today and instill the life lessons that she taught to hundreds.
Anita CampbellThe class act behind the scenes of Duncanville ISD Athletics for twenty-five years, Anita Campbell served as an assistant to three athletic directors and witnessed some of the greatest moments and athletes in Duncanville Athletics’ history. As the administrative assistant to the athletic director, Anita maintained and helped to grow all business operations during one of the most successful time periods of any school district athletic department in the nation. Many of Anita’s ideas and business practices are still in place today in the athletic office. Anita retired from Duncanville ISD in 2001.
Rose FarmerCoach Farmer is most remembered for serving as the Pantherettes coach for nine years, however she also coached volleyball, tennis, and track at DHS. Coach Farmer has been called a great coach and an even greater individual. She is credited with laying the foundation for girls athletics in Duncanville that would pave the way for many successful championship seasons.
Sara HackerottA ten-year coach in Duncanville ISD, Sara Hackerott served as head coach of the Pantherettes for five years and accumulated an astounding 173 win and 11 loss records. During Coach Hackerott’s five year run, the Pantherettes won the State Championship in 1997 with a 40-0 record, were the State Runner-Ups in 1995 with a 38-1 record, and were Regional Semi-Finalist in 1994 and 1998, and Regional Quarterfinalist in 1996. Coach Hackerott’s 1997 team also finished #2 in USA Today’s National Ranking. Coach Hackerott’s teams won district all five years she was head coach. Furthermore, the former assistant to Sandra Meadows won the SWAUU Sandra Meadows Tournament all five years as head coach. Nike named Sara as their High School All-American Coach in 1997.
Todd RitchieA 1990 graduate of Duncanville High School, Todd hit the game winning home run to win the 1990 State 5-A Baseball Championship. After graduation, Todd was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins. Todd played eight years in the major league with the Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Todd’s high school accomplishments include being named All-State and an All-American in 1990. Todd also still holds many DHS baseball records.
The ultimate booster of Duncanville ISD Athletics, Pem Smith was a fixture at virtually every DHS sporting event. Pem donated countless hours and money to support Duncanville ISD Athletics. Mr. Smith was instrumental in upgrading athletic facilities and programs and is credited with donating the outfield fence at DHS’s Panther Baseball Field. Mr. Smith was honored at the 1998 State Championship Football Banquet as “Duncanville Athletics’ Best Supporter.”
Ted AllenWithout a doubt, Ted Allen has witnessed more Duncanville ISD athletic events than anyone. With over forty years of covering school athletics as a sportswriter, Ted covers all sports for the Duncanville Today Newspaper. Ted has witnessed every DHS state championship and has written about every star athlete in Duncanville since the 1960s. A former sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, Ted has written for Duncanville since 1967.
Ray CrockettA 1985 graduate of Duncanville High School, Ray was a three year letter winner for the Panthers in football and track. During those three years, Ray was an All-District selection and Dallas All-Metro selection. The Dallas Morning News named Ray to its All-Academic team in 1984. After high school, Ray was a three year letterman at Baylor University and was a 1987 First Team All-Southwest Conference selection. Ray played in the 1988 Hula Bowl for college All-Stars. Drafted in 1989 in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions, Ray played for fourteen seasons in the National Football League. As a starting cornerback with the Denver Broncos, Ray won two Super Bowl rings.
G.W. KennemerCoach Kennemer started in Duncanville in 1952 as a basketball coach, baseball coach, and science teacher. Coach Kennemer had great success as a coach and won many district championships in both sports during his coaching tenure. After raising two sons who graduated from DHS, Coach Kennemer left coaching to teach full time at DHS where he became the head of the science department. Coach Kennemer retired after forty-four years of service to Duncanville ISD and has a middle school named in his honor.
Jay MillerCoach Miller was the head baseball coach of the first state champion team in Duncanville’s history. In 1975, the Panthers won the AAAA State Championship and repeated in 1976. Coach Miller’s baseball teams also appeared in the 1977 and 1978 State Baseball Tournament and his teams won 122 games in four years. Coach Miller and the baseball team’s success set a standard for Duncanville ISD Athletics and contributed to the city’s nickname of City of Champions.
David NiedA 1987 graduate of DHS, David Nied excelled in three sports. David was named the 1985 Sophomore of the Year in baseball and was named First Team All-District in 1986 and 1987 in football and baseball. Also in 1986 and 1987, David was named Second Team All-District in basketball. In 1987, David was selected as the District Baseball Player of the Year, the All-Metro Baseball Team, the All-State Baseball Team, and played in the Texas High School Baseball All-Star Game. He was also selected to the Academic All-State team in football in 1987. After high school, David was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourteenth round. David played for nine years in professional baseball with the Braves and the Colorado Rockies.
Tamika CatchingsTamika Catchings played volleyball and basketball at Duncanville High School leading the volleyball team to a state championship in 1995 and the basketball team to a state championship in the 1996-97 season. From Duncanville, Tamika went to the University of Tennessee where she was selected Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, The Sporting News, and the Southeastern Conference coaches. A Four-time Kodak All-American at Tennessee, Tamika helped the Lady Vols compile a 134-10 record, four Southeastern Conference titles, and the NCAA Championship in 1998. She is one of only two Lady Vols to score 2,000 plus points and pull down 1,000 rebounds. In addition, Catchings received an ESPY award as the 2000 College Player of the Year as well as the Naismith National Player of the Year Award. After Tennessee, Tamika was drafted by the Indiana Fever in the First Round of the 2001 WNBA Draft (third overall). In 2002, Tamika won the WNBA Rookie of the Year award, was the runner-up in voting for the league's MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year. She became the first Fever player ever to be named to the All-WNBA First Team. She is an Olympic gold medalist and was a starter in every game of the 2004 Olympics representing the United States. Tamika has made WNBA history. She has reached all four significant career milestones (2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, 300 steals) in the shortest amount of time. In 2005 the WNBA named her Defensive Player of the Year, and she was third in balloting for MVP. Catchings was the top overall vote-getter for 2006 WNBA All-Star Game, and earned the 2006 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year honors. She is as active in the community as she is on the basketball court. It is that combination that makes her such a special person and model athlete.
Away from the basketball court, she was honored as a Reynolds Society Achievement Award recipient. This annual award is given to an individual who has overcome hearing, vision or voice loss, and who has distinguished themselves and provided inspiration to others. She received this award based on her strength of character and outstanding achievements as a scholar and an athlete. During the off-season, it is not uncommon to see Catchings in local gyms, making good on promises made to her young fans that “she'll show up to cheer them on.” She gives countless hours of her time teaching at basketball camps and clinics, and motivating youth to be all that they can be. In 2006, Tamika’s community contributions earned her the honor of being a finalist for the Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup award; awarded by Athletes for a Better World.
Barry FosterA 1987 graduate of Duncanville High School, Barry Foster led the Panthers to district championships in 1986 and 1987. Barry was voted First Team All-State and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1987. After DHS, Barry played at the University of Arkansas where he helped the Razorbacks win two Southwest Conference titles. In 1990, he was drafted as the 19th pick of the 5th round (128th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1992, Foster became the starting running back for the Steelers, rushed for a Steelers single season record of 1690 yards and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also voted to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1992. Barry was off to another 1000 plus yards season in 1993, but injuries limited him to 711 yards in 9 games with 8 touchdowns. He still made the Pro Bowl that year despite the injuries. Foster played 11 games in 1994 and gained 851 yards. Foster became a coach in the NFL Europe in 2003. He became the running backs coach for the Rhein Fire.
Phil McNeelyThe most successful and longest tenured boys’ basketball coach in Duncanville history, Phil McNeely began his coaching career in 1977 in Irving, Texas. He moved to Duncanville in 1982 as the Jr. Varsity Coach and he became the Head Coach of the Panthers in 1984. Under his guidance, the Panthers have advanced to the playoffs 18 times in 22 years. During his tenure, the Panthers have won 11 District Championships, 4 Regional Championships, and 3 State Championships (1991, 1999 and 2007). Coach McNeely’s teams have made five consecutive appearances in the Regional Tournament. On February 24 2006, McNeely won his 600th game. He played high school basketball in Denton, Texas. McNeely earned his degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas while still playing basketball. He received his M. Ed. from Texas A&M at Commerce in 1995. During the summer of 2000, McNeely was chosen by U.S.A. Basketball to coach the South team in the Jr. Olympics. Coach McNeely and his wife, Renee, have been actively involved in the Duncanville community and the Duncanville Independent School District for the over 20 years. Many of Coach McNeely’s players have gone on to the college and professional ranks.
Gregory OstertagA 1991 graduate of Duncanville High School, Greg led the Panthers to its first boys basketball state championship. Greg was named to the McDonalds All-American team his senior year of high school and went on to a stellar career at the University of Kansas. From 1991After the 2005-2006 seasons, Ostertag announced his retirement from the Utah Jazz. through 1995, Ostertag played in two NCAA Final Fours, and had 258 career shot blocks, a record for both Kansas and the Big Eight Conference. Greg was named to the AP Honorable Mention All-American after his senior year at Kansas. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the first round in 1995. He spent the next 9 seasons playing for the Jazz before signing as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings in 2004. On August 2, 2005, Ostertag was involved in a 5-team, 13-player trade (the largest in NBA history) that sent him back to the Jazz.
In 2002, he donated a kidney to save the life of his sister Amy Hall, who was dying of kidney disease. Upon Greg’s return to basketball, he became the first player in NBA history to play after donating an organ. He has since been an advocate of organ donation and the Kidney Foundation. The athletic weight room in the basketball arena was donated to DHS by Greg.
Sharon SmithThe ultimate ambassador of Duncanville girls’ basketball, Coach Smith’s love for the Pantherettes and the city is unparalleled. A former Pantherette who started as a freshman on the DHS, Sharon went on to play college ball at Ouachita Baptist University and became an All-American. Coach Smith began coaching and teaching and eventually returned to Duncanville to teach and coach at Reed Middle School. With over 36 years of coaching and 31 years in the Duncanville system, Coach Smith has influenced the lives of thousands of students and has instilled a love for life and basketball. Many of Coach Smith’s former athletes have gone on to coach. Sharon was selected as the first Spirit of a Champion Award from Duncanville ISD. She was also the first recipient of the FCA Sponsors Award, which has been named in her honor as well as the Reed Middle School yearbook. Sharon is also a recipient of the Terrific Teachers Award from the state PTA and Community Builder Award from the Masonic Lodge of Duncanville.
Sandra MeadowsSandra Meadows is legendary not only in Duncanville, Texas but throughout the great State of Texas because of her influence on girls basketball. Throughout twenty-six years of dedicated service to the Duncanville ISD and Duncanville High School, Coach Meadows led the Pantherettes to a level of outstanding athletic achievement to which fans have become accustomed. She served as the DHS girls head basketball coach from 1968 to 1993. During her tenure with Duncanville, Coach Meadows’ record was 743-120 and included four state basketball titles. A remarkable 134-game winning streak between December 30, 1987 and March 1, 1991 set a new state record and tied for a second-best national high school record. Her record speaks to a tradition of excellence without rival that Coach Meadows established for the Duncanville Pantherettes. Her greatest influence was not in basketball, however - it was in the lives of the many young ladies she coached. Coach Meadows received a number of honors and recognitions for her numerous contributions to girl’s athletics. She is a 2002 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, a 2000 National High School Sports Hall of Fame inductee, a 1999 Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, a 1991 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame inductee, the 1976 National Association of High School Athletic Coaches – District Coach of the Year, the 1985 National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Distinguished Service Award recipient, the 1989 & 1990 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year, the 1990 Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year, the 1991 Converse National High School Coach of the Year, the 1989 Duncanville Woman of the Year, and a recipient of several district and area Coach of the Year awards. Coach Meadows’ record includes 25 District championships, seven Regional semi-finalists, four State semi-finalists, two State finalists, and four State championships. Her career totals were 906-207. In 1994 Coach Meadows lost her battle with cancer at the age of 59. Today Duncanville honors the memory of this inspirational woman, teacher, and coach with this complex, the Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena. Other actions serving as tributes to Coach Meadows include the 1994 renaming of the Duncanville High School west gymnasium, where Coach Meadows led the Pantherettes to so many victories, to the Sandra Meadows Gym; the annual Sandra Meadows Tournament; and the ESA 5K Walk/Run.
Bob RombachBob Rombach has over 800 career wins and 500 Panther wins as the head baseball coach at DHS. Coach Rombach has 38 years in teaching and coaching. He has served at the helm of the Duncanville high school baseball program and developed it into one of the most highly recognized baseball programs in the state of Texas, sending dozens of baseball players to college teams all over the United States and many to professional baseball. Under his leadership, Panther teams have appeared in the UIL playoffs for 19 consecutive years, gone to the state tournament six times, and won the title in 1990. From 1998 to 2002, the Panther baseball team appeared in the state tournament four times. Over the last 30 years the team has averaged over 26 victories a year. Rombach’s success has earned him honors as Texas Coach of the Year twice. He has received numerous district honors and has coached the North-South All-Star game. But perhaps his highest honor came in November 1990, when he was elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame after guiding the Panthers to the Class 5A State Championship. In 2000 he was selected by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association as an inductee to the Hall of Fame.
Bill Savage served as the first Duncanville ISD athletic director, a position he held for 30 years. He joined Duncanville ISD in 1964 as a football coach and served as the DHS head football coach for seven years. Bill is described as an individual who dedicated three decades to showing young people that if they would think and live like champions, they would be rewarded. Coach Savage passed away in 1994, but his legacy remains within the great traditions established in our community so many years under his leadership. Those traditions continue today. The state of the art DHS football stadium and natatorium were built during his term as athletic director. The Bill Savage Athletic Complex honors the memory of a legendary man, teacher, and coach who influenced the lives of so many. The complex is located on the high school campus and includes a 10,000-seat artificial turf football stadium and adjoining grass practice fields, a natatorium, baseball and softball fields, and a twelve-court tennis facility.
Bob AlpertKnown for his leadership and motivation, Athletic Director and head football coach Bob Alpert led Duncanville’s athletic program to elite status among Texas high schools. In his six years with Duncanville, Coach Alpert held one of the best 5A football records in the metroplex, with an impressive 59 wins and 15 losses. In his first year as head football coach, Bob led the team to its first undefeated regular season in school history. In 1997, his team advanced to the state semifinals after winning back-to-back district titles. In his third season with Duncanville, his team won it all by capturing the 5A Division I State Football Championship. Bob led his 2000 team to the state quarterfinals, and his 2001 team to the state playoffs. With the belief that athletics teaches valuable lessons about life, Coach Alpert always expected his student athletes to set high goals, be good citizens, and make positive contributions to society. During his tenure at Duncanville, 63 players continued to the next level to excel in college football. His 21-year combined record as head coach at various districts is 184 wins, 57 losses, and four ties. Coach Alpert passed away in January 2004 after a 34-year coaching career. He was the Texas High School Association’s winning North All-Star Football Coach in 2000. He served as Football Chairman for the Texas High School Coaches’ Association as well as Chairman and 5A representative for the Texas High School Coaches Association South All-Star Team Selection Committee. Bob was also President and Director of the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association and served on the Houston Touchdown Club Selection Committee for Outstanding Football Players. He was chosen by the National Football League to travel to Germany to coach as part of their NFL Partnership Program and he was named 1998 Coach of the Year by the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. Bob was also named 1998 Coach of the Year by the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Sports Writers Association. He was selected by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post as the Greater Houston Coach of the Year in 1993, and received numerous other district Coach of the Year honors.
Keith CreelKeith Creel played baseball at DHS from 1974 to 1977 and holds a number of school records including the school career wins record of 55-6, season wins of 17, games pitched 24, innings played 138, and an ERA of 0.51. Keith led his team to two straight State Championships in 1975 and 1976. The high school baseball program retired his jersey, #9, in honor of his leadership and outstanding accomplishments while at DHS. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics. Creel was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 25, 1982, with the Kansas City Royals, in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1980 amateur entry draft. (June-Sec phase). He was then selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 1980 amateur entry draft. (Jan-Sec phase). In 1987 he was picked up by the Texas Rangers. in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1977 amateur entry draft.