Dallas ISD legends to be inducted to Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 / Purchase Tickets
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2019
Dallas ISD legends to be inducted to
Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Presented by Credit Union of Texas
DALLAS The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 has been revealed the list is comprised of five legendary former student-athletes, a prominent pair of girls basketball coaches, a former Major League Baseball hitting instructor and a longtime announcer.
The nine inductees tapped for this years Hall of Fame include: Gary Blair, Doug English, Michael Ensley, Rudy Jaramillo, Harvey Martin, Roy Robot Martin, J.D. Mayo, Barbara Brown-McCoy and John Pritchett.
For the second year, Dallas ISD is celebrating stellar individuals who have accomplished significant milestones in sports and in life. Often nominated by their peers and athletes they have mentored, these greats have been selected following a rigorous vetting process that considered their accomplishments, impact on Dallas school athletics, and career contributions. Hall of Fame honorees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.
The 2019 class will be introduced at the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Friday, April 26 presented by Credit Union of Texas. As per the induction requirements, each living inductee, whether retired or active, is expected to attend the ceremony.
The goal of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame is to acknowledge athletes, coaches and supporters who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation for high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence, both on and off the field of competition. While virtually all have created a lasting legacy in the district sports community, the inductees successes have often garnered recognition at state, national and international levels.
Gary Blair began his journey as a standout all-city baseball player at Bryan Adams High School. Blair currently serves as head coach for the womens basketball team at Texas A&M University, where he led A&M to the 2011 NCAA Championship. Since his appointment in 2003, he has transformed the program into a national powerhouse, which now holds the school record for most wins in Aggie history.
Doug English was a two-sport letterman at Bryan Adams High School in football and track & field. In 1975 English was drafted by the Detroit Lions and embarked on a 10-year professional career, which was highlighted by 59 quarterback sacks.
Michael Ensleys arrival at Lincoln High School in 1998 quickly set high standards for future teams as he led the Lady Tigers to three state titles in 1999, 2004 and 2008, establishing the Lady Tigers as among the all-time best in Texas girls basketball history.
Rudolpho Rudy Jaramillo, a graduate of Sunset High School, has played a major role behind the scenes in the development and success for some of Major League Baseballs biggest stars throughout his career as a hitting coach for teams such as the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Harvey Martins path to NFL stardom began at South Oak Cliff High School where his talents scored him a place with the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. Martin went to four Pro Bowls and was named co-MVP of the Cowboys Super Bowl XII victory. He passed away in 2001 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, but his legacy lives on.
Roy Robot Martin is regarded as one of the greatest high school sprinters of all-time, an accomplishment that earned him the nickname, Robot. His record-breaking speeds at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School propelled him to a spot on the U.S. track team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
J.D. Mayos impact on the game of basketball has spanned nearly five decades in North Texas. During his 33-year career at Skyline High School, Mayo made a massive difference in the lives of student-athletes as the head coach. He still holds the record for most wins in district history.
Barbara Brown-McCoy is considered a trailblazer in Dallas ISD athletics for her accomplishments as a student-athlete, head coach and administrator at South Oak Cliff High School. Following her stellar career, Brown-McCoy continued to blaze new paths in her appointment as Dallas ISDs first-ever female campus athletic director in 2001.
John Pritchett is a graduate of W.H. Adamson High School whose tenure in athletics spans 50-plus years as announcer for Dallas ISD athletic events and 30-plus years as an announcer for UIL State Track & Field Meets.