The Orange Leader
If long-time Orange County sports fans want to be at the “hopping spot” next Saturday, then the Holiday Inn & Suites at the Beaumont Plaza will certainly be the place to be.
Four outstanding and legendary Orange County coaches will be honored for their work on and off the playing surfaces when the Golden Triangle Coaches Clinic concludes with the Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute Hall of Honor Banquet at noon Saturday when long-time West Orange-Stark baseball coach Ronnie Anderson, long-time Bridge City baseball coach Chuck Young, long-time Orangefield girls basketball coach Bill Tennison, and long-time WO-S coach Mark Foreman get inducted into the Southeast Texas Coaches Hall of Honor.
Ticket prices for the event is $15.
Anderson graduated from Orangefield High School in 1953 after a sterling athletic career. He graduated from Sul Ross State University in 1957 and received his Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1961.
He coached football and baseball his entire career. He began coaching baseball in 1962 at West Orange High School and coached for 23 years. Ronnie garnered “Coach of the Year” awards 11 times in his career.
He coached 12 District champions while taking two teams to the State tournament, once with West Orange High School and once with West Orange-Stark High School. His total record coaching baseball was 444-201-4. He had 10 years of 20-plus wins while his 1991 WO-S team went 31-4. His 1989 team stopped Jon Peters, of Brenham, win streak of 53 wins, which is a National record.
In 1991 he was chosen to coach the South All-Star team in the Astrodome for the THSBA. In 2003 Coach Anderson was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame.
Over his career Ronnie had three players play in Major League Baseball while four others became Minor League players. He coached 126 young men that won college scholarships and he also assisted 16 players from other high schools to get scholarships to play college ball. Ronnie was the running back coach at West Orange-Stark when the Mustangs won two State Championships and played for another. He is now retired and enjoys going to Ronnie Anderson Park to watch the youngsters play the game he loved to coach.
Young coached Texas high school baseball for 47 years. In those years he took two teams to the State Tournament, the Bridge City Cardinals in 1992 and the Texas City Stings in 2007.
His teams won six regional semifinals, 10 regional quarter-finals, 14 bi-district championships, 19 district championships and qualified for the playoffs 20 times.
His teams placed first, second, or third in district 31 of 41 years ( some of those back in the days when only the first-place team advanced). He has coached 1,161 games and had more than 55 players go on to play junior College or college baseball.
There are 17 of Coach Young’s former players currently coaching baseball in Texas. Coach Young was inducted into the Southeast Texas High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and Texas State High School Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Tennison attended Howard Payne University where he secured both a college degree and the love of his life, Darlene, whom he married in 1954. Bill later received his Master’s Degree from The University of Arkansas in 1969.
Coaching only in the state of Texas throughout his career, Bill began his career in 1960 making stops at Idalou, Sudan, Happy, Morse, Stinnett, Anson and Orangefield. While he enjoyed each town he coached in, he felt most at home at Orangefield. He coached there for 25 years.
He coached football and track at most schools but coached girls basketball at all of them. He poured his energy and heart into each sport but girls basketball was his greatest passion. He mixed a rare blend of cut-throat strategy on the court with a gentleman’s demeanor and approach to each game. He never relied on letting a victory come to his team but rather pressed his teams to seize each win. No matter what the talent he was given each year, he made certain they had excellent condition.
Tennison piled up 692 career wins. He took his 1965 Happy team to the state tournament and finished third. He also took a 1989 Orangefield team to the Regional’s as well. Bill was married to his wife, Darlene, for 55 years and raised five children, three sons and two daughters. He was a proud grandfather to 12 grand children whom he loved spending time with dearly. He was a deacon in his church and a Gideon who was often seen carrying extra Bibles to hand to students, nurses and someone in need of encouragement.
Foreman graduated from Orangefield High School in 1970. He then graduated from Lamar University in 1975. Mark began his coaching in 1974 as a student assistant with the Lamar football team. In 1975 and 1976 he worked as a Graduate Assistant.
In 1977 he went to West Orange-Stark High School as head Freshman coach. In 1980 he was given the opportunity to become the secondary coach at the varsity level. He coached a total of 23 years at WO-S.
Over that 23 years he was a part of two State Championship football teams in 1986 and 1987, the Mustangs played for the Championship in 1988. He was also a part of two State Championships in track in 2010 and 2011 as well as being a part of the State runner-up track team in 1982.
He coached golf teams to the State Tournament in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990, placing runner-up in 1988 and third place in 1989. Mark coached WO-S soccer in 1992-96 and is the only coach to take a soccer team to the playoffs, winning one playoff game in 1996.
He has coached two young men that have played professional football, All-Pro Kevin Smith for the Dallas Cowboys, 1992-1999 and All-Pro Earl Thomas for the Seattle Seahawks, 2010-current.
Foreman has been the President of the Southeast Texas Coaches Association for the past two years and he established the annual All-Star game for Southeast Texas high school student athletes.
Joining the Orange County quartet in the Hall of Honor will be Joe Evans.
Evans has been coaching for 58 years and in six different decades. He has made an impact on the lives of athletes and coaches all over the state of Texas.
Joe made coaching stops in Rusk, Hull-Daisetta, Orangefield, Troup, Anahuac, Barbers Hill, and East Chambers. Evans finally settled in Anahuac, Texas in 1971 where he remained until 2004 when his son, Andy, became head coach at Tatum High School.
Over Joe's career he has been a part of many successful teams including 28 district track championships, three regional track championships, and one state championship in track; 21 district championships in football, two State finalists in football and three State championships in football.
Evans currently coaches football and track at Tatum ISD where he has coached seven state champion hurdlers over the last five years with one state record holder proving that you can always learn and improve.
The clinic opens up Thursday with a coaches four-man scramble golf tournament at Belle Oaks Golf Course.
A series of 10 lectures will be held over two days with presentations by Mississippi State University secondary coach Melvin Smith; Dick Olin, long time successful High School coach; Mike Lawrence, LaMarque High School; Matthew McDaniel, Katy High School; Joe Wickline, Oklahoma State University; Darren Preston, Carthage High School; Dwayne Dubois, Vidor High School; and Hiawatha Hickman, Silsbee High School.
The Southeast Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor was founded by the late Richard Marler who sought to recognize outstanding coaches from the Southeast Texas region for both exemplary coaching accomplishments and impeccable character.
There will also be individual awards handed out at the banquet for Coach of the Year in every sport in Southeast Texas.
This year’s honorees are:
Girls Basketball: Kit Martin, Barbers Hill
Boys Basketball: Joe Sigler, Silsbee
Softball: Casey Everitt, Splendora
Baseball: Chad Landry, Bridge City
Boys Soccer: Matt Wedel, Vidor
Girls Soccer: Jason Hopson, Lumberton
Girls Golf: Linda Riddick, Orangefield
Boys Golf: Ricky Keyes, Port Neches-Groves
Boys Track: Dwight Bickham, Little Cypress-Mauriceville
Girls Track: Sandra Jones, Beaumont Ozen
Boys Power Lifting: George Taylor, Anahuac
Girls Power Lifting: Terry Pool, Nederland
Tennis: Steve Fletcher, Silsbee
Boys Cross Country: Kris Gilmore, Huffman
Girls Cross Country: Deann Fudge, Barbers Hill
Volleyball: Denise Johnson, Tarkington
Football: W.T. Johnson, Newton
Football: Larry Neumann, Nederland
Trainer: Terry King, Nederland
Official: Ronnie Ford, Football, Beaumont Chapter
Media Person of the Year: Gary Stelly, KOGT radio
SETCA Hall of Honor Inductees
1997: Sparky Adams, Tom Dennis, James Gamble, Ray McGallion, Ed Peveto, Willie Ray Smith.
1998: Raymond Alford, Doug Ethridge, George Hawkins, Mary Ann Jobe, Clifton Ozen, Cotton Robinson
1999: Pappy Drennan, Alex Durley, Moe Litton, Bum Phillips, Darrel Shaver, Joe Washington
2000: Jerry Hentschel, Smitty Hill, Gene McCollum, Emmitt McKenzie, Fred Williams, Chief Wilson
2001: Charlie Breithaupt, Richard Marler, Neal Morgan, John Payton, Ted Tate, Buckshot Underwood, Paul Zeek
2002: Andy Griffin, Steve Shaver, Ken Watson, Bob Woodard
2003: Vernon Glass, Les Koenning, Ronnie Thompson, Billy Tubbs
2004: R.C. Slocum, Ora Smith, James White, Charlie Woodard
2005: Phillip Brown, Bobby Gunn, Mark Honea, Lance Van Zandt
2006: Jimmy Anders, Leon Fuller, Dan Hooks, Leroy Leopold, Leo Nolan
2011: Curtis Barbay, Andre Boutte, Larry Southard, Lloyd Weatherspoon, Jr.
2012: Jimmy Johnson, Lidney Thompson, Greg Davis, Barbara Comeaux, George Thompson
2013: Bill Tennison, Chuck Young, Ronnie Anderson, Mark Foreman, Joe Evans
Note: Inductions were not held during 2007-2010.