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Second annual SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction
What: Second annual SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction
When: Feb. 13 (Saturday), 4–6:30 p.m.
Where: Sunset Station (Depot 1), 1174 E. Commerce St.
Seven prominent sports figures from San Antonio ISD’s rich and illustrious past will be inducted into the second annual SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, during a special ceremony to be held in their honor. Master of ceremonies will be Gary DeLaune, sports broadcasting legend for 50-plus years.
Tickets are still available for the special event on February 13. For ticket information, call 210-554-2235 or visit the SAISD Foundation website at www.saisdfoundation.com.
Following their induction, bronze plaques commemorating the honorees will be on permanent display at the east visitor’s entrance of Alamo Stadium.
The honorees are:
Christi Cano – a 1999 graduate of Edison HS and a two-time University Interscholastic League (UIL) state champion in golf. She was named the UIL’s 1999 Player of the Year. In her collegiate career at Oklahoma State University, Cano competed in 37 tournaments and had 20 top-20 finishes, including five finishes in the top five. She went on to compete for the Ladies Professional Golf Association and qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2005, 2010 and 2013.
Wayne Dickey – a 1970 Highlands HS graduate who returned to SAISD as Sam Houston's head basketball coach, where he would go on to become one of the city's most successful. During his 30-year tenure there (1976-2007), Dickey compiled a 751-249 record which included 25 playoff teams, eight regional tournaments, seven regional finals, four state tournaments and a 2005 state championship. He is only one of three San Antonio coaches to win more than 800 games.
William Carson “Nemo” Herrera – a 1918 Brackenridge HS alum and a coach of Texas high school sports for 43 years, including 18 years as the head basketball coach at Lanier HS (1928-1946). At Lanier, he won two basketball state championships in 1943 and 1945. Under Herrera, Lanier advanced to the state playoffs nine times and to the state tournament seven times. He won more than 1,000 games in his career coaching basketball and baseball. (To be honored posthumously.)
Kathleen Lovejoy – regarded as the longest-serving employee in the San Antonio ISD athletic office, she has been the secretary to the director of athletics for 54 years (1962-present). She has worked under seven different athletic directors and three interim athletic directors. During her more than a half-century as part of the athletic office team, Lovejoy witnessed thousands of sporting events. Her favorite was the Chili Bowl, one of San Antonio’s best high school football rivalries of all time.
Dr. Dorothy “Dottye” Williams – was the first female assistant athletic director at San Antonio ISD, serving between 1975 and 1982, and regarded as a pioneer in being a voice for girl’s athletic programs. She played an instrumental role in SAISD’s implementation of Title IX, a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Williams completed her career with the District as a principal, assistant principal and principal appraiser serving SAISD for 16 years (1975-1991).
Gabriel Rivera – a class of 1979 graduate from Jefferson HS and a Parade Magazine High School Football All-American defensive linebacker and offensive tight end. Rivera, who was known as “Señor Sack,” played defensive tackle at Texas Tech University (1979-1982), amassing a record-setting 105 tackles for the Red Raiders in the 1982 season. He played in 40 straight games and earned consensus All-American his senior year. He was an NFL first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983.
Warren McVea – a class of 1964 alum from Brackenridge HS and a football running back, flanker and punt/kick return specialist, who led his Eagles team to a state championship in 1962. In his high school career, McVea scored just under 600 points and averaged better than a first down per carry. He was the first African American to play football for the University of Houston, where he was named a two-time All-American. He was drafted into the NFL and helped the Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl IV in 1970.
About the SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame
Each year, the SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame honors alumni who have made a positive impact in sports, either through excellent athletic achievements or excellent athletic program contributions. In addition to outstanding athleticism, inductees were chosen for their distinction and excellence to the District by their conduct both on and off the field, or court, of competition.
Nominations for the class of 2016 were received last summer and selection was made by a committee. The SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame is sponsored by the SAISD Foundation.
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