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David McWilliams, Champion Player and Coach at UT, to Emcee Hall of Fame Banquet

David McWilliams, Champion Player and Coach at UT, to Emcee Hall of Fame Banquet
Posted on 02/06/2015
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David McWilliams with his players during his days as head coach of the Texas Longhorns.
sideDavid McWilliams, who played on the Texas Longhorns’ first national championship football team and later held the coaching reins at Texas Tech and UT, will serve as guest emcee for the Fourth Annual Pasadena ISD Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on April 11.

McWilliams will take part in ceremonies honoring six new inductees, including two former Pasadena ISD football standouts who played for UT during McWilliams’ 16-year stint as a Longhorns’ assistant coach.

Steve Oxley, a 1969 Rayburn graduate, played in the offensive line for the Longhorns from 1970 to 1972 under Darrell Royal. Randy McEachern, a 1974 Dobie graduate, played quarterback for UT in 1977 and 1978 under Fred Akers. McWilliams was a UT defensive assistant during the college careers of both players.

Other former Pasadena ISD athletes set for induction are David Webb, Pasadena High Class of 1959, a four-sport standout who later played football at Lamar; Jeff Wylie, Pasadena High Class of 1987, who went on to star in the high jump at Baylor; and Kyla Hall Holas, South Houston High Class of 1990, who enjoyed an All-American softball career as a pitcher for Southwestern Louisiana.

Also selected for induction is the late Scott Talton, who coached Dobie’s boys basketball team to 500 victories, four district titles and 15 playoff appearances over a 27-year career.

McWilliams adds to the banquet’s growing tradition of celebrated guest emcees. Serving in that role the past three years were former ABC Sports commentator Dan Lovett, former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini and former Houston Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker.

Williams, who now heads the Longhorn’s T-Association letterman’s group, left the assistant coaching ranks in 1986 to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech. He stayed one season before the Longhorns hired him away to replace Akers.

At Tech, McWilliams led the Red Raiders to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Bluebonnet Bowl. In his five seasons at the UT helm, McWilliams guided the Longhorns to two bowl berths: the Bluebonnet in 1987, in which the Longhorns defeated Pittsburgh, and the Cotton Bowl in 1990, when UT flirted with another national title.

The Longhorns that year won the Southwest Conference title with an 8-0 record and took a 10-1 mark – along with a No. 3 national ranking -- into a Cotton Bowl showdown with No. 4 Miami. Needing a victory to make a pitch for the national title, UT fell to the Hurricanes 46-3.

McWilliams stepped down after the 1991 season and was replaced by John Mackovic. McWilliams has remained with the UT athletic department ever since, most of that period in the role of associate athletics director.

A native of Abilene, McWilliams started for the Longhorns from 1961 to 1963, a three-year stretch in which UT won the SWC title each season while compiling a 30-2-1 record.

Although weighing just over 190 pounds, he played center and defensive end -- and served as a tri-captain -- in 1963 when the Longhorns rolled to an unbeaten season and the national title. UT topped off the 1963 campaign with a 28-6 Cotton Bowl victory over a Navy team led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach.

McWilliams played in the game despite the death of his mother just two days earlier.

General tickets for the banquet will go on sale in February at $50 each. Each of the first three banquets has sold out.

The 2015 event is set for Saturday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at Phillips Field House. A photo and autograph session with McWilliams and the five living inductees will follow in the Athletics Hall of Fame Museum.

Those individuals or groups interested in sponsoring a banquet table are asked to contact Cindy Parmer, Director of Community Relations for the Pasadena ISD, at 713-740-0288, or by email at cparmer@pasadenaisd.org.

LINK TO TABLE SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

LINK TO 2015 INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT