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Former Lady Lobo named to state High School Basketball Hall of Fame class

By Jack Stallard
July 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Updated July 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Angela Lawson (Submitted photo)

Angela Lawson, who led the Longview Lady Lobos to a perfect season and a state championship in 1984 and later won nearly 200 games as head basketball coach at Incarnate Word, was named today as one of eight former players and coaches making up the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Lawson, along with coaches Robert Capello, Tony Harper, Carl Irlbeck and Phil McNeely and players Sue Janes-Cappell, Noel Johnson and Gary Sibley, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a banquet at the El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio on May 19 as part of the annual Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Clinic.

“I was really surprised,” said Lawson. “I quit coaching after the 2013 season and have been in administration four years. I haven’t really thought much about the past, but I am honored.”

From 1981-84, Lawson scored 3,011 points, dished out 1,040 assists and collected more than 900 rebounds for the Longview Lady Lobos. She led Longview to a pair of state tournament appearances, which included a 39-0 record and a state championship in 1984 when she was named Miss Basketball in Texas.

Lawson said her success, on and off the court, has been a “team effort.”

“It comes down from my parents, to my sister, to (Judson) middle school coach Jan Johnson (McKinney) and of course (former Lady Lobo coach) Tommy Aldridge,” Lawson said. “Jan Johnson and Tommy Aldridge both planted the seeds that let me know I could get a college scholarship, about setting goals and showing me the possibilities of what was out there for me.”

Lawson was a three-year starter at Louisiana Tech, helping lead the Lady Techsters to an NCAA National Championship in 1988.

She spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, and later spent three years as an assistant at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) and six years as an assistant at Baylor before becoming head basketball coach at Incarnate Word.

She spent 13 seasons as head coach at Incarnate Word, and holds the program’s record for most wins with a 190-174 record.

She moved into athletic administration in the spring of 2013, and is currently the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Academic Affairs at Incarnate Word.

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