Kilgore College names Hall of Fame inductees
By Kilgore College Sports Information
May 4, 2017 at 9:55 p.m.
Kilgore College will honor former standout athletes, coaches and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 6-7.
The newest inductees for the Hall of Fame for the 2016 season are:
Tony Atchley played football for KC from 1965-66 and was a part of the 1966 National Championship team under head coach Boyd Converse.
Jason Doyle (posthumously) played offensive/defensive tackle for the KC football team from 1979-80 under head coach Jim Miller. Doyle, from Tustin, California, was named an All-American football player by the NJCAA in 1980 on the Rangers team that went 10-1 and were TJCFC Champions for the seventh time in school history. Doyle, a 6-1, 250 pound graduate of Foothill High School, was an all-league offensive tackle at Foothill and aided in Kilgore being ranked No. 1 at one point during the 1980 season.
Jorge Diaz played offensive tackle for the KC football team from 1992-93 under head coach Marion Turner. Born in New York, he grew up in Katy, playing football for Katy High School. Following two years at KC, he played his remaining college football at Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was named an All-American. In 1996, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent where he played until 1999. He started six games as a rookie at left guard. The next year he became a regular starter at right guard. He was a part of a rushing attack that included running backs Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn. Diaz also played one year for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2000 season.
George Jackson will be inducted posthumously. Jackson, a 6-7 center from played basketball at KC from 1967-69 and transferred to play at Dayton University where he still holds the school record for 25 rebounds in a game. As a freshman at Dayton, he averaged 12.1 points per game and 14.5 rebounds. That season, the Flyers beat No. 13 Notre Dame, Louisville, DePaul twice and Xavier twice before losing to Houston in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing 19-8. His sophomore year, Dayton finished the season 18-9 and qualified for the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). As a sophomore, he averaged 14.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. He was picked ninth in the 14th round of the 1971 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jackie Hodnett, from Madison, Georgia, played basketball for the Lady Rangers from 1995-96 under head coach Evelyn Blalock. She was an All-American during the 1995-96 season and led the Lady Rangers to a 21-9 record. She transferred to play at the University of Auburn at Montgomery where she averaged 24.7 points per game (second-best in school history) and scored 717 points her junior year (fourth-best in school history).
Raymond Muchowich will be inducted posthumously. He played football at KC from 1936-38 and was a major contributor in the founding of the KC Athletics Hall of Fame and was the largest donor for the first KC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002 which began to fund the field house project at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore.
SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE
Don Carroll was a member of the 1978 KC football team that finished the season as Texas Junior College Football Conference (TJCFC) Champions and was ranked No. 1 in the No. 1 in the nation by the J.C. Gridwire poll. Carroll is a principal/partner in Landbridge Commercial Properties and draws upon more than 28 years of commercial real estate knowledge and experience in Industrial, office, retail, land and development sales. He is a graduate of Kilgore College and the University of Tennessee.
A benefit golf tournament is set for Friday, Oct. 6, and Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.
Entry fee for the golf tournament is $75 per player. Tickets to the luncheon are $15 each.
Hall of Fame members will also be recognized during halftime of the KC versus New Mexico Military Institute football game 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in Kilgore.
The golf tournament will be a two-man scramble at Meadowbrook Country Club in Kilgore, sponsored by KC, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis, UT Tyler and Aramark.
For more information, contact Jimmy Rieves at 903-988-7536 or visit www.kilgore.edu/halloffame.