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.
won the district and regional championships in the 880 and placed second in the state meet and ran on the mile relay.
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.
began a 44-year coaching career in 1964 at Mann Junior High in Abilene in 1964.
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.
remained there until his
helped the Longhorns win 13 Southwest Conference titles and 10 top-10 finishes at the NCAA meet.
produced 30 Southland Conference winners and 70 all-conference selections.
In all, he
coached 17 Olympians.