Duncanville ISD is proud to announce its 13th annual Athletic Hall of Honor honorees.
Inductees for 2018 are Chad Allen, Becky Davis Cady, Chad Fitzgerald, Cobi Kennedy, and Sylvia Miller. These five outstanding individuals were nominated by community members and chosen through a selection committee.
The 2018 Hall of Honor ceremony will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Duncanville High School Tom and Verda Shine Performance Hall at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
The Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor was established to celebrate 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.
More about the 2018 inductees:
Chad Allen, a 1993 graduate, lettered all four years in Panthers baseball. He was an All-District player and member of the 1990 State Championship team. After high school, Chad continued his baseball career at Texas A&M University from 1994 to 1996. Chad played on the 1996 USA Olympic baseball team where he won a bronze medal.
That same year, Chad was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round. In 1999, Chad made his major league debut. Chad played for the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers. Chad is currently the hitting coach for Minnesota Twins minor league system.
Becky Davis Cady attended Duncanville ISD schools from first grade her graduation from Duncanville High School in 1979.
Becky and her family have supported Duncanville athletics for more than 50 years. Becky’s primary contribution to the athletics department has been keeping the basketball teams’ scorebooks for almost 40 years for the basketball teams. Former Pantherettes head coach Sandra Meadows first asked Becky to keep the book for the team’s home games, beginning in 1979. Today, Becky is still there, keeping the scorebook for head coach David Peavy and the boys varsity basketball team.
Chad Fitzgerald came to Duncanville in 2000 from Midland ISD where he taught mathematics and was team lead at the middle school level. He started at Reed Middle School and moved to Duncanville High School in 2004. He soon became a fan of the all things Panther and Pantherette.
That same year, Fitz, as he is known, asked Pantherettes head coach Cathy Self-Morgan if he could decorate the girls’ locker room and buses before big games. Fifteen years later, lockers and buses often have that motivational feel that Fitz leaves behind. Throughout the years, girls basketball, boys basketball, soccer, football, cheer and softball teams have all received the support of this superfan.
Fitz is in his 18th year of teaching at Duncanville ISD, and last year he was named Duncanville ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Cobi Kennedy grew up in Duncanville attending Smith Elementary, Byrd Middle School and was a 1991 graduate of Duncanville High School.
In the ninth grade. Cobi played on the Pantherettes’ junior varsity team. They finished 27-0, and won district that year. She moved up to varsity her sophomore year, and that Pantherettes team went on to win the State Championship in 1988. The Pantherettes, with Cobi’s help, also won the State Championship the following two years, 1989 and 1990.
Cobi received a full scholarship to play basketball for Jody Conradt at The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in Sports Management in 1995. She is currently living in Grand Prairie and is the Finance Manager for a medical company.
Sylvia Miller learned and developed a passion for soccer when her family was transferred to Germany for six years.
After graduating from Desoto High School, she attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) as a physical education major. Sylvia began her teaching career in 1979, moving to Duncanville High School in 1981 to teach and coach.
During her career, Coach Miller became the most successful girls soccer coach in Duncanville High School history. She took her team to the playoffs 11 out of 12 years which included two State Championship titles in 1987 and 1990. Coach Miller was named District Coach of the Year three times and was The Dallas Morning News All-Metro Coach of the Year in 1990.
Sylvia retired from teaching in 2009 but still remains active as a volleyball official, ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas, teaching aqua fitness and as a wife, mom and grandmother.