KC inducts 11 individuals, teams into Hall of Fame

Kilgore College inducted 11 standout athletes, coaches and contributors into its Hall of Fame Oct. 6.

The induction luncheon is an annual tradition at KC dating back to 2002.

Hall of Fame members were also recognized during halftime of the KC versus Trinity Valley Community College football game Oct. 6 at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore.

View photos from the 2018 HOF Luncheon

View photos from the 2018 HOF game


The newest inductees for the Hall of Fame for 2018:

Football Teams:

  • 1954 Football Team: Coached by coaches Jasper Flanakin, Solon Holt and Joe Turner, this team was 9-1 and won the Longhorn Conference Championship.
  • 1980 Football Team: Coached by head coach Jim Miller and assistant coaches Marion Turner and Jim Prewit, this team was 10-1 and won the Texas Junior College Football Conference (TJCFC) Championship.

Basketball Players:

  • Frank O’Brien: O’Brien was a standout basketball player at KC from 1963-65 under head coach Joe Turner.  KC only lost seven games in these two seasons (57-7) and were conference champions in the Texas Eastern Conference both seasons.
  • George Roderick: Roderick was also a standout basketball player at KC from 1963-65.  He later coached basketball at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an assistant coach from 1977-85 and as head coach from 1985-96.

Football Players:

  • Bob Bustin: Bustin was a key member of the 1954 Ranger football team that won a conference championship.  He was an All-Conference player and transferred after KC to play at Baylor University.  He is a retired successful businessman in Kilgore.
  • Thomas Herrion: Herrion played on the 2000-01 championship football team at KC and was an All-American.  After KC he played at the University of Utah and then played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. He also played one season in the NFL Europe league. He died suddenly in August of 2005 from heart disease at the age of 23.  That same year, the 49ers established the Thomas Herrion Memorial Award, which is "given to the player each year who best exemplifies the spirit of Thomas Herrion."

Tennis Coach:

  • Richard Fothergill: Fothergill coached tennis and taught physical education at KC from 1976-1998 where he had great success in NJCAA competition despite not having full-scholarship student-athletes.

Tennis Player:

  • Beth LaGrone Fulton: She played tennis at KC from 2000-01 under head coach Chris Blair and won the NJCAA national singles title in 2001 in the Junior College Nationals and was a Rotary Scholar Athlete. She is currently the director of marketing and analytics for a large workers compensation insurance company in Austin.

Contributor:

  • Kenny Mobbs: Mobbs is president of K-K Mobbs Construction, Inc. and is an avid supporter and donor to KC Athletics.
  • Dana Ransom: Ransom worked 51 years in the educational field, 34 of which were in higher education.  He worked at KC for 12 years (1986-1998) in the roles of director of counseling, school relations and placement and testing.  He is an avid supporter of KC Athletics.

Spirit of Excellence Award*:

  • Terry George:  George was a student athlete at KC from 1964-66 and coached the Ranger basketball team from 1975-79. He is now a managing partner at Geonix Oilfield Products in Kilgore and is an avid supporter and donor to KC Athletics.

* The Spirit of Excellence Award is for former KC athletes or coaches who have carried on the Ranger tradition of excellence to achieve an impressive level of distinction in his or her career field.