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James Blackwood

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Assistant Track Coach and Head Cr...

Local Address: San Antonio, Texas, United States
University of Texas

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Joining McCoy as the newest Hall ..., 21 Jan 2015 [cached]
Joining McCoy as the newest Hall of Fame inductees are Abilene High graduate and long-time high school and college track coach James Blackwood; former Abilene Cooper tennis coach Leanne Scott, who guided the Cougars to three consecutive state team tennis championships; former Cooper basketball standout Tom Stanton, who later played basketball at Baylor and served as athletic director at Baylor; and Phil Swenson, a Lueders native who won two state track championships and 447 basketball games in 36 years as a high school girls basketball and track coach.
James Blackwood was a member of Abilene High's 1959 state championship track team. He won the district and regional championships in the 880 and placed second in the state meet and ran on the mile relay. He received a track scholarship from Abilene Christian and ran on the Wildcats' distance medley relay team that was ranked second in the world in 1961. He began a 44-year coaching career in 1964 at Mann Junior High in Abilene in 1964. He coached in high school at Corpus Christi Ray, Corpus Christi King and Richardson, winning a state cross country championship once, twice placing second and once third at the state meet. In 1972, Blackwood was hired as the assistant track coach and head cross country coach at the University of Texas. He was also associate director of the Texas Relays. In 1985, he became the recruiting coordinator for the Texas Longhorns football team. He later worked for the Houston Astros in their front office and served as head cross country coach at Southern Mississippi before returning to Texas as the head cross country coach and women's track coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He remained there until his retirement. He helped the Longhorns win 13 Southwest Conference titles and 10 top-10 finishes at the NCAA meet. At UTSA, he produced 30 Southland Conference winners and 70 all-conference selections. In all, he coached 17 Olympians.
Board of Directors, 20 Oct 2012 [cached]
Jimmy Blackwood
Jimmy Blackwood TREASURER
UTSA Athletics Staff Directory, 5 Oct 2006 [cached]
James Blackwood Women's Head Coach
Other honorees are James ..., 3 July 2012 [cached]
Other honorees are James Blackwood, Leanne Scott, Tom Stanton, Phil Swenson and the late Jim Taylor.
Blackwood was a member of Abilene High's 1959 state championship track team, finishing second in the 880 at the state meet in addition to running a leg on the Eagles' mile relay. He attended Abilene Christian on a track scholarship, running on the Wildcats' distance medley relay that ranked second in the world in 1961. He began a 44-year coaching career at Mann Junior High in 1964, then went on to high school jobs in Corpus Christi and Richardson. As a cross country coach, he won one state title, had two state runner-up finishes and a third-place state finish.
In 1972, Blackwood became an assistant track and head cross country coach at Texas, where he served as an associate director for the Texas Relays. He also served as the Longhorns' football recruiting coordinator and worked in the Houston Astros front office before returning to coaching at Southern Mississippi and Texas-San Antonio.
His sons - Frank Jr., Jimmy, Jerry and Ronny - were all three-year lettermen for the Bucks. Frank Jr. followed in his father's footsteps at SMU, playing on two SWC title teams that went to the Cotton Bowl in 1948 and '49. Jimmy played in junior college at Tarleton and Cisco, while Jerry and Ronny both played at Oklahoma. Jerry helped the Sooners to three Big 8 titles and two Orange Bowl berths, while Ronny, a three-year starter, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1962. He went on to spend nine years in the CFL as a player
"In the years I've been involved ..., 2 Nov 2007 [cached]
"In the years I've been involved in UIL Cross Country, I don't recall a coach having accomplished anything like what [Hippensteel] has been able to," said UIL Region 4 Chair and UTSA Women's Track/Cross Country Head Coach James Blackwood.
Blackwood, formerly a coach at the University of Texas, was involved in the first cross country state meet in 1972, and has been actively involved in the sport since. It was at the University of Texas that Blackwood first came to know Hippensteel.
"I remember him well, and he was one of my favorites that I coached," Blackwood said.
"I used to make the team run the Town Lake trails," Blackwood said.
Blackwood laughed and asked not to explain, but suggested that a milkshake and a fast-food restaurant had something to do with the missed marker. Hippensteel, of course, was quick with an explanation, Blackwood said.
Love of fun to one side, Blackwood also fondly remembers Hippensteel's love of the sport. "He loves the sport, and that comes through when he's working with the kids," he said.
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