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Notable Alumni

With more than 100,000 SFA graduates around the nation, your alma mater has plenty to brag about. We know this list is not complete, but here is a sample of SFA's notable successes:

Dianne Baker ’79, Denton, TX: Former Head Coach softball, Texas Woman’s University; Led SFA softball team to 1985 NCAA National Championship Title

Spike Dykes ’59, Lubbock, TX: Former Head Coach, Texas Tech Univ. Football

Larry Centers, Tatum, TX: NFL veteran; Top 20 Receivers Pro Football Hall of Fame; New England Patriots; Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins

Kristy Sims Curry ’94, Lubbock, TX: Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Texas Tech University, Former Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Purdue Univ. 136-31 record at Purdue; 3 Big 10 titles; 2000-01 Final Four title game runner-up to Duke University.

 Nell Fortner '87, Auburn, AL: Head coach, women’s basketball at Auburn University; Former Head Coach of USA Basketball; Led Team USA to a Gold Medal in Summer 2000 Olympic Games

Don Gaston ’54, Greenwich, CT: Former General Manager, Boston Celtics
Rosie Walker Montgomery '82, Center, TX: Former Ladyjack basketball player; Member of the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mark Moseley ’69, Livingston, TX: Retired from NFL Washington Redskins

O.A. "Bum" Phillips '50*, Goliad, TX: Former Houston Oilers Head Coach 

Mike Quinn ’96, Houston, TX: played with Houston Texans; Pittsburg Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins

Brad Roll '80 & '81, Orchard Park, NY: NFL Strength & conditioning coach, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills; 3 NCAA National Championship rings 

Terrance Shaw ’94, Marshall, TX: 2003 Super Bowl runner-up Oakland Raiders; 2002 Super Bowl champions New England Patriots 

Chad Stanley ’98, Ore City, TX: played with Houston Texans; San Francisco 49ers

Jeremiah Trotter, Hooks, TX: Retired from Philadelphia Eagles, played with Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, multi Pro Bowl choice.

George Rogers Shirkey '59, Fort Stockton, TX: is a former American football defensive tackle who played three seasons in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixteenth round of the 1958 NFL Draft.

James Silas ’72, Houston, TX: Retired from the San Antonio Spurs 

Entertainment & Media
Bob Murphey ’42*
: Noted Texas humorist; Mark Twain Award recipient from International Platform Assoc.; Texas Monthly’s "Texas Best Good Old Boy”

Yvonne Gonzalez '91, New York, NY: Opera Singer

Will Jennings '65 & '67, Los Angeles, CA: Oscar and Grammy Award winning songwriter, "Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman; "My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic; "Tears in Heaven” with Eric Clapton; Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee

Jill Grove ’90, Boston, MA: Opera Singer

John Dickson ’86, Sherman Oaks, CA: Musician, Composer for Film/TV

Brad Maule '74,Nacogdoches, TX: 14+ years as Dr. Tony Jones on ABC's General Hospital; Scholarship with SFA Alumni Association; Adjunct Faculty, SFA College of Fine Arts

Brady Smith '94, Los Angeles, CA: TV Actor -- McDonald's, Sears, Hertz, Bud Light, Aflac and Acura commercials; "Jag," "CSI-Miami" and "ER"

Dustin Ellermann ’05, Zavalla, TX: Reality TV - winner of the third season of History Channel's marksmen competition Top Shot

Kelvin Davis '88, Acworth, GA: CNN news executive

Don Henley**: Gilmer, TX: Grammy Award-winning musician, the Eagles

Rodney Crowell: Crosby, TX: Grammy Award-winning musician

Joseph W. Kennedy ’35
* Co-Discoverer of plutonium

James S. Cole ’67,
Dallas, TX: Dean, Baylor College of Dentistry

Paul Beran ’79 & ’80, Fort Smith, AR: Chancellor, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Janelle Ashley ’62 & ’64, Worcester, MA: Former President, Worcester State College

Charles Runnels ’48, Malibu. CA: Chancellor Emeritus, Pepperdine University

Jack Morton ’77, Austin, TX: Vice Chancellor, University of North Texas System

Michael Easley ’80, Brentwood, TN: President Emeritus, Moody Bible Institute

Joe May ’76 & ’77, Dallas, TX: Chancellor, Dallas County Community College

Greg Powell ’80, Carthage, TX: President, Panola College

Miles McCall ’82 & ’87, Jacksonville, TX: Former President, Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX

Deana Bolton Covin ’43, Kilgore, TX: Former director, Kilgore College Rangerettes

Vance Gipson ’69 & ’71, Odessa, TX: President, Odessa College

Mike Moses '74 & '75, Dallas, TX: Former Superintendent of Dallas ISD, Former Texas Commissioner of Education

Monte Moses ’76, Englewood, CO: 2005 National Superintendent of the Year Cherry Creek School District

Frank Melton '74*,
Chairman, CEO of TV-3 Inc. Foundation; Former Mayor of Jackson, MS.

Steve Stagner ’91, Bellaire, TX: President, CEO of Mattress Firm

Casey Coffman '89, New York, NY: Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations for Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports. MSG Sports owns and operates sports franchises, including the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers

Susan Gwin '77, Dallas, TX: Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of Texas; Former Senior Vice President with Roger Staubach Company

Nancy Dickey '72, College Station, TX: President, Texas A&M Univ. Health Science Center; Past President of the American Medical Association (First woman to be elected AMA president.)

Ellen Melton '74, Jackson, MS, & Tyler, TX: Pediatrician

Lt. Gen. O.R. "Cotton" Whiddon (ret.) '55,
Lufkin, TX: Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (three-star)

Maj. Gen. George Cates (ret.) '59, Burke, VA: Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (two-star)

Maj. Gen. Dee Ann McWilliams (ret.) '68 & '69, Alexandria, VA: Major General, U.S. Army (two-star)

Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson (ret.) ’80, Harker Heights, TX: Major General, U.S. Army (two-star)

Maj. Gen. Michael Taylor (ret.) ’74, Lufkin, TX: Major General, U.S. Army (two-star)

Brig. Gen. Oscar Anderson ’75, Salado, TX: Brigadier General, U.S. Army (one-star)

Michael Schneider ’65,
Houston, TX: U.S. District Judge for Eastern District of Texas

Bill Owens '73, Denver, CO: Former Governor of Colorado

Kevin Mullally ’71, Washington, DC: Mission director for Rwanda, US Agency for International Development, US State Dept.

Ron Lewis '73, Mauriceville, TX: Former Texas State Rep. (Library at Lamar State Orange named in his honor.)

Kim Brimer ’67, Arlington, TX: Former Texas State Senator

Roy Blake Jr. ’79, Nacogdoches, TX: Former Texas State Representative

Wayne Christian ’73, Center, TX: Texas State Representative

Donnie Marshall ’69, Oak Hill, VA: Former DEA Administrator

**non-degree holder

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