Five Duncanville Standouts Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor

The Duncanville ISD Athletics Department hosted their annual Hall of Honor event and inducted five new members to the prestigious group. The five honorees spanned the 1950s to current times. The 2021 class of the Hall of Honor include:

 

Ariel Atkins, women’s basketball

LaJeanna Howard, women’s basketball

Kevin Ozee, athletic director

Glenda Goldman Douglass, women’s basketball

Stephanie Glover Wilson, women’s soccer

 

Ariel Atkins

As a Duncanville Pantherette, Ariel Atkin’s team won two state championships in 2012 and 20213 and

won 105 straight games from December of 2011 through February of 2014. In the 2018 WNBA Draft, Ms. Atkins was selected number seven by the Washington Mystics. That year, she was named to both the WNBA All-Rookie Team and the All-Defensive Second Team. Just one year later the Mystics won the WNBA Championship. Ms. Atkins was named a WNBA All-Star in 2021.  She has also had an impressive career playing basketball overseas in Poland, Australia, and Turkey.

In June of 2021, Ms. Atkins was selected to represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics as a member of the USA National Womenʼs Basketball Team. Team USA captured its seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal. Ms. Atkins said it was an honor to represent the U.S. in the Olympics, and she is grateful for the women who went before her to forge a path in womenʼs basketball.   She is thankful for the relationships she built during her time at Duncanville High School and will always be grateful for the love and support they bestowed upon her.

 

LaJeanna Howard

LaJeanna Howard is the first African American head girls basketball coach at Duncanville High School. She is a former Pantherette who played on teams that took four district titles and played on a State Championship team in 2003. Coach Howard was also an assistant coach at Duncanville High School in 2016 when the Pantherettes won a state title.  Coach Howard returned home to Duncanville in 2019 as the Head Coach of the Duncanville Pantherettes. She was focused on giving back to her hometown and the legendary program that impacted her life. In her first year as the head coach of the Duncanville Pantherettes, they were crowned the 2020 UIL Texas Girls Basketball State Champions. She takes great pride in that accomplishment.

As a collegiate player at The University of Louisiana at Monroe, she amassed 1,000 points and played in two conference championships. She firmly believes that her high school and collegiate experiences have developed her to be the teacher and the coach that she needs to be for the Duncanville Pantherettes.

 

Kevin Ozee

Kevin Ozee joined Duncanville ISD in 1997 as a biology teacher and assistant football coach, a position he held until leaving the district in 2000. He returned in 2001 as Athletic Services Coordinator, and later became the Assistant Athletic Director under Bob Alpert. In 2004, Mr. Ozee was named the Duncanville ISD Athletic Director to succeeded his mentor, the late Bob Alpert.

During his tenure with Duncanville, Mr. Ozee continued to develop long-standing traditions while implementing new initiatives that enhanced those traditions. He is credited for implementing fan-based programs, student-athlete character building initiatives and mentorship programs, and a community-based summer camp program. Mr. Ozee also attracted a number of outside athletic events that made use of the district facilities during non-peak times. This served as an economic generator for the community. In 2008, he brought the USA Track and Field Southwest Regional Meet to Duncanville. Since then, the City of Champions has hosted many high profile contests. He has had many accomplishments in his career including 16 years of interscholastic athletic administration in 5A/6A Texas school districts, 13 years as an Athletic Director and three years as an Assistant Athletic Director/Coordinator.  He was also named the National Athletic Director of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education.

 

Glenda Goldman Douglass

Glenda Goldman Douglass was a Duncanville Pantherette from 1952 to 1956. She lettered all 4 years of her high school career. Her sophomore year she was awarded 1st team All-District and averaged 27.8 points in each of her 25 games. As a junior, she made the All-Tournament team in the SWAAU (now known as the Sandra Meadows Classic), averaged 29 points per game that year, and earned All District Honors. That same year, the Pantherettes were Co-Champions with Plano High School.  Her senior year she was named co-captain with teammate Sarah Walker.  She made the All-Tournament team at the SWAAU once more and scored 61 points in one game against Morton High School. During this same three-game tournament, Ms. Douglass scored a total of 150 points. She was awarded All-District Honors after averaging 34.2 points in district play, while making 85% of her free throws.

Ms. Douglass went on to play the next two years at Paris Jr. College and scored 83% of her field goal attempts.  She returned home to Duncanville with her Paris teammates and participated in the March of Dimes fundraiser.

 

Stephanie Glover Wilson

Stephanie Glove Wilson is a 1992 graduate of Duncanville High School.  She had an impressive run on the Duncanville High School soccer team as a 3-year letterman, who received All-District and All-Regional honors, and was a member of the 1990 State All-Star Team. She earned the MVP Defensive Player Award of the Year Award her junior year. In 1990, Stephanie was a valuable member of the State Championship Soccer Team at Duncanville High School. She was awarded the prestigious Popeyeʼs Chicken Soccer Scholarship upon her high school graduation. 

Ms. Wilson went on to play soccer at the University of North Texas in Denton. Once more, she played an important role in the UNT Womenʼs Soccer program as they became the National Champions in 1992.  Her honors continued to grow as she was awarded All Conference Awards and the MVP Defensive Player of the Year Award.  While her role on athletic teams was impressive, she also excelled in the classroom. Stephanie was granted two scholastic scholarships and was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society at UNT. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.  Following in the footsteps of both her parents, she pursued a career in education in Duncanville ISD. Ms. Wilson became a Physical Education/Health teacher at Duncanville High school. She served for more than 23 years, and spent five years coaching. Ms. Wilson is currently a part-time P.E./Health teacher at a private Christian school in Western North Carolina.