Duncanville ISD Athletics Announces 2015 Hall of Honor Inductees

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Duncanville ISD is proud to announce the tenth class of inductees into the Athletic Hall of Honor. Inductees for 2015 are Brian Boddicker, Bill Fahey, Chris Hayden, Jalie Mitchell, and Martin Piller. These five outstanding individuals were nominated by community members and chosen through a selection committee.

The 2015 Hall of Honor ceremony will be on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Duncanville High School Performance Hall at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 PM. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor was established to celebrate excellence and salute the contributions of individuals whose advancement of athletics in Duncanville ISD and beyond has made a profound difference in the lives of our young people. Nominees can be coaches, teachers, administrators, athletes, fans, or booster club members who have contributed significantly to Duncanville ISD athletics programs. Each year five inductees will be selected. Once nominated, individuals remain indefinitely on the nomination list for future consideration.

Meet the 2015 Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees…

Brian Boddicker

boddikerBrian Boddicker graduated from Duncanville High School after leading the Panther basketball team to a State Championship in 1999 and a State Semifinals appearance in 2000. At Duncanville High School, Brian was named to the McDonald’s All-America team, was selected as a third-team Parade High School All-American, ranked as the 25th-best high school product in the country by Fox Sports Net and was named co-Player of the Year in the state of Texas by Texas Hoops following his senior season. He was a two-time Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Player of the Year and was a two-time consensus first-team Class 5A all-state pick. Brian averaged 24 points and eight rebounds per game in his senior campaign and was named District 7-5A MVP while leading Duncanville to a 32-6 overall record and the Class 5A State Semifinals. During his junior season at Duncanville, Brian averaged 19.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior, leading his team to a 35-3 overall record and the Class 5A state title while being named Class 5A state tournament MVP during that season.

Brian went on to play basketball at the University of Texas where he was four-year letter winner who was a key member of UT’s frontcourt rotation throughout his career. Brian was a solid inside-outside player and was one of the top sixth-man threats in the Big 12 Conference in each of his last three years. Brian was a key contributor as a junior during UT’s run to the 2003 Final Four, averaging 10.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game in 21.4 minutes per game while hitting 11-of-21 three-pointers during the five games at the NCAA Tournament. He shares school records for career games played and consecutive games played (134) and ranks second on the UT career three-point percentage list (.404) and seventh on the school’s career three-pointers made chart (156). Brian also holds the top two single-season three-point percentage marks in UT history (.448 in 2003-04; .439 in 2002-03).

After college, Brian played 10 years of professional basketball in Europe. He played for teams in Germany, Spain, France and Turkey where he was selected twice as an all-star.

Bill Fahey

faheyReaching the pinnacle of baseball with a 15 year Major League Baseball career and 22 years total in professional baseball was a dream come true. But, the greatest joy for Bill Fahey was watching his two sons and the youth of Duncanville succeed. The former first pick in the 1970 draft, coach in the 1989 World Series, and coach in the 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game always made time to serve his community. Bill has served the Duncanville and North Texas communities since he moved to this area as a member of the original 1972 Texas Rangers. He is most notable in the community for his service with the Duncanville High School Baseball Program, where his sons Scott and Brandon played. Bill was a tireless member of the DHS Baseball Booster Club, performing numerous duties including the office of president for 8 years; and he continued to serve after his sons graduated from DHS. During his time as a member and president, whatever needed to be done was considered done. Bill also volunteered to coach local summer baseball teams. By coaching little league teams and high school players, Bill was able to share his knowledge of the game of baseball and the game of life.

Bill’s service to his community reaches beyond the baseball diamond. He has served on numerous community, campus, and DISD committees in an effort to improve facilities, academics, athletics and opportunities for young people. Bill has always been a man of character – demonstrating a strong work ethic, dedication, integrity and leadership. He has always been willing to donate his time and knowledge to anyone who will ask. His contributions to this community have made Duncanville stronger. Bill Fahey has always been, and always will be, a Champion for Children.

Bill, is married to Carla Fahey, they have two sons Scott and Brandon who grew up and played baseball at Duncanville High School. Carla is active in the Duncanville Independent School District as a volunteer, a school board member, and as a member of the Council of PTAs.

Chris Hayden

haydenChris Hayden graduated from Duncanville High School in 1986, helping the Panthers varsity boys’ soccer team to the UIL State Championship in his senior season. Chris, captain of the 1986 team, was voted First Team All-State, All State Tournament Team, and District Offensive Co-MVP in that year. He was also named to the Dallas Morning News all Metro team, scoring 23 goals as a midfielder in his senior season. As a varsity player during his final two high school seasons, the Panthers, coached by Guy Greening, finished as UIL State Finalists and as UIL State Champions with an impressive 49 wins, 4 losses, and 2 ties. After graduation, Hayden attended the University of North Texas, lettering 4 years in soccer, twice as captain, and was named All Central Conference his junior and Senior seasons in Division I Soccer. After graduating from UNT in 1991 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, Hayden was selected in the supplemental draft of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in the fall of 1994 by the Dallas Sidekicks where he played indoor professionally for three seasons, helping the team to one league final and three straight playoff appearances.

In addition to playing soccer, Chris has had a lengthy coaching career beginning while in college and continuing to today. Since 1988, Chris has coached many youth teams, helping hundreds of players get into college. He has guided youth teams to the US Youth Soccer National Championships twice, in 1989 and 1995. Chris received the US Soccer A Coaching license in 1993. From the fall of 2012-2014, Chris was one of 16 coaches in the country to attend a US Soccer two-year course and was in the first class to receive the US Soccer Technical Director’s license, the highest youth license available to coaches in the United States. Since, 2005, Hayden has been the Vice President of Youth Soccer for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS). In his role, he has helped FC Dallas Youth grow to more than 5000 players around the country and has helped direct the FC Dallas Academy since its inception in 2008. Chris coached the FC Dallas Academy to the National Finals four straight years from 2009-2012, winning the Under 18 US Soccer Development Academy National Championship in 2012. To date, the FC Dallas Academy has signed 13 players to MLS professional contracts and Chris continues to work with young players who aspire to play soccer in the US at the professional level.

Chris has many family ties to DHS. His father, Charles, taught and coached the girls’ soccer team to a 1990 UIL State Championship. His mother Darlynne taught English at the school. His sister Ashley taught at the school after winning the State Championship in soccer in 1990 and attending SMU on a soccer scholarship.

Chris lives in Mansfield with his wife Chris, DHS Band Sweetheart in 1986, and their two children, Connor, 20, and Cara, 16.

Jalie Mitchell

jalieJalie Mitchell graduated from Duncanville High School in 1998 after leading the Pantherettes basketball team to the 5A State Championship in 1997 with a perfect record of 41-0. She was named District 6-5A MVP in 1998 and was awarded District 6-5A Defensive MVP for the years 1996, 1997, and 1998. Jalie was named a Street & Smith’s All-America Honorable Mention, TABC 1st Team All-State & TGCA 3rd Team All-State 1998, and TABC 2nd Team All-State 1997.

After high school, Jalie went on to play basketball at the University of North Texas where she was the greatest women’s basketball player in Mean Green history. Mitchell was named all-conference all four years at North Texas, concluding her career as the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She finished as the Mean Green’s all-time leading scorer with 1,764 points, and she ranks number one in free throws and attempts. She also ranks in the top 10 in school history in 10 other categories. During her senior season, Jalie was part of a team that set a school record with 21 wins in a single season and went to back-to-back postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). During that year, Mitchell averaged 19.4 points a game and scored 20 points or more 14 times. She turned in one of the most dominating performances during the season with a career-high 37 points, which still ranks as the fifth-most in a single game at North Texas. In her four-year career, Mitchell averaged double figures in each season, and she is the only women’s basketball player in school history to win a Player of the Year award and the only four-time all-conference player at North Texas. To honor her outstanding achievements, Mitchell had her number retired during the 2001-02 season.

Jalie Mitchell assisted head coach Karen Aston at the University of Texas for three seasons before accepting her first head-coaching job at the University of North Texas on April 9, 2015. North Texas is her alma mater, where she served as an assistant coach for the Mean Green for three seasons before going to UT.

Mitchell was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and is one of just two Mean Green women’s basketball student-athletes to have her number retired.

Martin Piller

pillerMartin Piller is the most accomplished golfer to compete at Duncanville High School in the school’s history. Martin played golf at Duncanville from 2001-2004 where he won 10 high school golf tournaments, advanced to the state golf tournament as a member of a DHS golf team in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and finished sixth at the 2002 Class 5A state tournament. He was a two-time district champion while also winning the regional title in 2002 and was named to The Dallas Morning News All-Area Team. Martin qualified for the 2003 U.S. Junior Championship and won the 2002 International Junior Golf Tour National Tournament. He placed in the top five of five AJGA tournaments and finished in the top 20 of two AJGA major championships.

After high school, Martin went on the to have a successful career at Texas A&M. He helped lead the Aggie golf team to three NCAA Championship berths and laid the foundation for the program’s national championship one year later. In 2007, Martin earned All Big 12 Conference honors. Before his graduation in 2008, he garnered a special honor as Athlete of the Year for the Texas A&M chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

When Martin turned professional, he won his first pro tournament, the 2008 Texas State Open. He has played on the PGA Web.com Tour since 2009. He is a five time winner on tour. His five PGA sanctioned championships are 2010 Stadion Athens Classic at the University of Georgia, 2010 Omaha Cox Classic, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel Open, 2015 Albertsons Boise Open, and the 2015 Kansas City Digital Ally Open. He earned a PGA Tour card in 2011 and again in 2015. He finished the 2015 season ranked 157th in the official World Golf Rankings.

In January 2011, Martin married Gerina Mendoza, who plays on the LPGA Tour. The couple is active in Tour Life and College Golf Fellowship, both ministries of PGA and LPGA tour players