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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:

O.A. "Bum" Phillips '50*, Goliad, TX: Former Houston Oilers Head Coach
Spike Dykes ’59, Lubbock, TX: Former Head Coach, Texas Tech Univ. Football
Brad Roll '80 & '81, Orchard Park, NY: NFL Strength & conditioning coach, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills; 3 NCAA National Championship rings
Larry Centers, Tatum, TX: NFL veteran; Top 20 Receivers Pro Football Hall of Fame; New England Patriots; Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins
Terrance Shaw ’94, Marshall, TX: 2003 Super Bowl runner-up Oakland Raiders; 2002 Super Bowl champions New England Patriots
Mike Quinn ’96, Houston, TX: played with Houston Texans; Pittsburg Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins
Chad Stanley ’98, Ore City, TX: played with Houston Texans; San Francisco 49ers
Jeremiah Trotter, Hooks, TX: Currently with Philadelphia Eagles, played with Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, multi Pro Bowl choice
Mark Moseley ’69, Livingston, TX: Retired from NFL Washington Redskins
James Silas ’72, Houston, TX: Retired from the San Antonio Spurs
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
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
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.
Dianne Baker ’79,
Denton, TX: Former Head Coach softball, Texas Woman’s University; Led SFA softball team to 1985 NCAA National Championship Title

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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