Kilgore College honored former standout athletes, coaches and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 6-7.
Hall of Fame inductees were introduced during a luncheon Oct. 7 in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.
A golf tournament was held at Meadowbrook Country Club in Kilgore sponsored by KC, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis Hospital, UT Tyler and Aramark.
Hall of Fame members were also recognized during halftime of the KC versus New Mexico Military football game.
All proceeds benefitted KC Athletics.
The newest inductees of the 2017 KC Athletics Hall of Fame:
- Tony Atchley played football for KC from 1965-66 and was a part of the 1966 National Championship team under head coach Boyd Converse. Atchley was born in SEVERE Ville, Tenn., and graduated from SEVERE County High School in 1965. After high school, Athchley played football at Kilgore College for the 1965-66 season and played at the University of Alabama in 1967. While playing football at KC, he played in the 1965 Shrine Bowl. In 2005 he was inducted into the SEVERE County Tennessee Hall of Fame, followed in 2008 with an induction into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as a member of the 1966 KC National Championship Team.
- 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. At KC, he was a two-time All-American selection and named All-Conference. After KC, he played at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was credited with 77 knockdown blocks and helped the A&M-Kingsville offense to averages of 286-rushing yards-per-game and 5.7 yards-per-carry. He also earned All-Lone Star Conference honors as a senior. In 1996, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he played until 1999. In 1999, Diaz played a key role in the most successful season in Buccaneers' history. His play on the offensive line helped the Buccaneers win the NFC Central Division and advance to the NFC Championship Game. Diaz also played one year for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2000-01 season where he helped open holes for Emmitt Smith to get closer to the all-time leading rusher record.
- Jason Doyle was inducted posthumously. He played offensive/defensive tackle for the KC football team from 1979-80 under head coach Jim Miller. Doyle, from Tustin, Calif., 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 (Tustin, Calif.), was an all-league offensive tackle at Foothill and aided in Kilgore being ranked No. 1 at one point during the 1980 season.
- George Jackson was inducted posthumously. Jackson, a 6’7” center from Dayton Roth High School, 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. 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.
Women’s Basketball Player:
- Jacqueline (Hodnett) Massey was born in Madison, Ga., and 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. After KC 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 was inducted posthumously. He played football at KC from 1936-38 under coaches Clyde Lee and Red Jackson. He was part of the Ranger teams in 1936, 1937 and 1938 that all won state championships, with a 27-4-2 record during his three year stint at KC. In 1955, Raymond took over his father’s oil business, Muchowich Offshore Oil Services, which is run today by his granddaughter, Stacy Jo Stanley. His daughter, Marilyn Stanley, is retired from the company but serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board. Raymond Muchowich is probably best known recently in Kilgore as the major contributor in the founding of the KC Athletics Hall of Fame. Muchowich’s donations before his death in 2000 were the largest donations made to KC to help launch the first KC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. His donations were also instrumental in beginning to fund the field house project to build the beautiful new Kilgore College Field House at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Spirit of Excellence Award*:
- Don “Tooter” Carroll was awarded the “Spirit of Excellence Award” which is awarded to 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. Carroll was a member of the 1978 KC football team under head coach Jim Miller that finished the season as Texas Junior College Football Conference (TJCFC) Champions and was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the J.C. Gridwire poll. Following the 1978 season, Carroll accepted a scholarship offer to play football at The University of Tennessee and enjoyed a successful playing career in Tennessee from 1979-81. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. 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.
* 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.