Ten Stephen F. Austin State University alumni will be honored at the 31st annual Coaches Awards luncheon sponsored by the SFA Alumni Association. The luncheon will be held at noon July 31 in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.
Recipients of the Ted Jefferies Football Award are Barry Bowman ’89 of Daingerfield and Greg Owens ’91 of Sulphur Springs. Bowman’s Daingerfield Tigers are the Class 2A Division II state champions. Owens led the Sulphur Spring Wildcats to the Class 4A Division II state championship.
The Alumni Association Volleyball Award will be awarded to Gary Lamar ‘84 of Pointe Hope, Alaska. The Tikigaq School in Pointe Hope achieved six state championships.
The John O. Stephens Basketball Award will be awarded to Nell Fortner ’87 of Auburn, Ala. and Larry Hargett ’69 of Hideaway. Fortner’s Auburn University Tigers captured the NCAA Southeastern Conference women’s championship. Hargett coached the T.K. Gorman girls basketball team to the TAPPS Class 4A state semi-finals.
Phil Olson ’86 of Nacogdoches and Brad Purvis ’91 of Corrigan will receive the Joe Richardson Track Award. Olson led the SFA women’s team to the NCAA Southland Conference indoor and outdoor championships. Purvis’ men’s team gained the Class 2A state championship.
The Alumni Association Softball Award will be presented to Patrick Danesi ’93 & ’95 of Galveston. The O’Connell Fighting Buccaneers secured the TAPPS Class 3A state championship.
Chris Yoder ’99 of Longview will receive the Alumni Association Soccer Award. He led the Lobos to the Class 4A Region II women’s finals.
The Joe Gallagher Baseball Award will be presented to Stephen Davis ’89 of Danbury. His team secured the Class 2A state championship.
For more information about the SFA coaching awards, contact Jeff Davis, executive director of the SFA Alumni Association, at (800) 765-1534 or (936) 468-3407.