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PHS Legend Coan Picked for Texas HS Football Hall of Fame Induction

PHS Legend Coan Picked for Texas HS Football Hall of Fame Induction
Posted on 12/17/2014
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Bert Coan sheds tacklers during his playing days as a Pasadena Eagle.
side photoBert Coan, whose football and track heroics put Pasadena High School on the national sports map in the 1950s, has been selected for induction in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Coan is the first Pasadena ISD player or coach ever to be so honored.

Coan will be inducted at a gala banquet on May 9 at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus. The Hall of Fame museum is located in Waco in the same facility as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Coan, a 1958 Pasadena graduate, ranked as one of the state’s most feared running backs each of his three varsity seasons. Standing 6-foot-4 and blessed with blazing speed, Coan earned all-state honors his senior year before embarking on a college career split between TCU and Kansas.

After emerging as one of the top rushers in the old Big Eight, Coan moved on to the American Football League, where he played seven pro seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

He played for the Chiefs in Super Bowl I in January of 1967.

Coan earned just as much acclaim for his high-school track exploits. As a junior in 1957, he led the Eagles to the state track title in what was nearly a one-man show. He won both sprint events and the long jump. He also ran the fastest leg on Pasadena’s winning sprint-relay team. His 24-4 effort in the long jump broke the state record.

Coan, who now resides in Nacogdoches, was among the first group of former athletes and coaches inducted into the Pasadena ISD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame was founded in 1968.

The only previous inductee with Pasadena ISD ties was Doug Ethridge, honored for a coaching career that included a state championship at Port Neches-Groves. Ethridge served as director of athletics for the Pasadena ISD from 1985 until his retirement in 1995.

Coan will be inducted with five other players, including Mike Singletary, an All-American linebacker for Baylor who went on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears. Singletary played high school football at Houston Worthing.