Five Inducted Into Hall of Honor

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On Thursday evening, the Duncanville Athletic Department inducted the five newest members to the Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor.

2011 Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees (l to r) Bryan Winnett, Dana McCarroll, Guy Greening, Chris Hill, and Denyce Inmon accepting for Van Q. Smith. 

Coach Sharon Smith introduced Coach Dana McCarroll.

Sharon recalled how McCarroll was always rather stoic and never really showed emotion inside the gym.

“I had just lost a game and was walking through the gym when Coach McCarroll burst into the gym all excited, it was because she had just one $1,000 playing bingo at Safeway,” said Smith.  “That was the most emotion I ever saw from her inside a gym.”

McCaroll recounted how she had coached against Duncanville and had lost in the state playoffs.  Shortly after that, Coach Sandra Meadows called and asked her if she wanted to come to Duncanville. “I jumped at the opportunity,” said McCarroll.

Dana graduated from Decatur in 1962 and from North Texas with a BS in Education. She earned her Master’s Degree from Tarleton State in 1976.  Dana coached basketball, volleyball, and tennis in Olney from 1966—1971 and basketball and volleyball in Boswell from 1971 to 1977. The Boswell High School Annual was dedicated to her in 1977.  Coach Sandra Meadows hired Dana in 1977 as basketball coach. Coach McCarroll remained in that position for 22 years until she retired in 1999. She was a phenomenal freshman coach compiling a record of 456—27 in basketball and a 472—77 record in volleyball.  Dana was a member of the P.T.A. and TEA for 33 years. She was a member of the Texas Girl’s Coaching Association for 33 years and a director for two years. Dana had a positive influence on her students, her athletes, her school, and the community. She was an extremely loyal employee and unbelievably hard worker. Dana never received a lot of credit; however, the athletes that Dana coached received a great foundation athletically and also great character building skills.  Dana’s student athletes listened to her, they loved her, and they laughed with her as we all did for 22 years.

“I will always cherish the kids and the fans, and I greatly appreciate this honor,” said McCarroll.

The next honoree was Guy Greening, who was introduced by Kevin Fralicks.

“I was on Guy’s very first team,” said Fralicks. “Guy made a mark on almost 300 young men during his career. Guy has had as much influence on my life as my parents. His body of work at this school is historical.”

Duncanville was the first place that Greening applied. “Duncanville was the only place I applied and Bill Savage was the only interview I had,” said Greening. “I graduated in August and started the following Monday.”

“Duncanville was a great place to be a coach, a great place to learn.  I got to grow up and learn from some of the best coaches and I was lucky to be a part of it.”

One of Greening’s favorite quotes is from Ralph Waldo Emerson.  “Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Each year coach Greening would schedule soccer games at the field where regional’s playoffs would be played. “We intended to be back, and most of the time we did.”

Guy Greening ended his 30-year career with a record of 485-138-48 – second all-time in Texas, 39th on a national level. Guy led the Duncanville School Soccer program from 1978 to 1999 and won a state championship with his 1986 team.  He later moved on to coach in Flower Mound where he went 97-59-17 through the 2007 season with four playoff appearances. Overall, Greening’s teams made playoffs in 22 of 29 years. He had three state qualifying seasons, coached 41 All State players, two All-Americans, had four players named to the U.S. National Youth Team and six drafted to play professionally.  He’s led coaching clinics statewide and worked with the Olympic Development Program. He’s also a founding member of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches and in 1994 was the only public high school coach in the USA to host a team for the 1994 World Cup (Republic of Korea). In 1992, he was named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Coach Greening was president of TASCO two times and was recently named to the TASCO Hall of Honor.

The next inductee was Chris Hill who was introduced by long-time baseball coach and Hall of Honor member Bob Rombach.

“I was happy when I saw the list of inductees for this year’s class,” said Rombach. “I know I wasn’t the only one that fooled them.”

“Through the 90’s we were the best program in the State of Texas. Chris Hill was one of the guys that laid the groundwork for our future successes,” said Rombach. “Every once in a while you got a kid with great talent and great passion. Chris Hill had great talent and a great passion for the game of baseball.”

“First I want to thank Guy Greening for not getting me on the soccer team,” said Hill.  “I think it was the mile run that got me. Funny thing, I was running cross-country at the time.”

According to Hill, playing for the Duncanville High School baseball program made it easy to be passionate. “It’s easy to perform when you are passionate about it,” says Hill.

Hill was part of the athletics department during the time when every program was seeing success. “We were truly the ‘City of Champions’,” said Hill.

Chris Hill is a home-grown Duncanville boy who became one of the best left-handed pitchers to go through the DHS Baseball Program.  Chris’s senior year was 1987 and 24 years later, he still holds the All Time Record of 12.01 strikeouts per game. He is 2nd only on the All Time List to Keith Creel with 166 strikeouts in a season. Chris was 17-6 as a pitcher and hit .317 in his 2 years on the Varsity.  Chris was drafted by the Mets and played professional baseball for 10 years with the Mets, Astros, Red Sox, and Orioles, never losing sight of his ultimate goal of continuing his education to become a coach and teacher.  After his playing days were over Chris coached 4 years at Northwood under former DHS Coach Pat Malcheski and continues to coach baseball at the high school level to this day.  Chris has been married to Joni for 20 years and they have two sons.

Van Q. Smith was the next inductee.  Smith was the boys and girls basketball coach from 1942 to 1946.  Smith’s daughter Denyce Inmon accepted the award for the Smith family.

“My dad loved all sports.  We made most of the games as a family, both in town and out of town,” said Inmon.

No matter what sports his children were involved in, Van Smith and his wife never missed a game. “He even came to the track meets when I was just the track manger,” says Inmon.

“My dad would have been proud of receiving this award. We all hope you have a school and a team that mean as much to you as Duncanville did to him.”

Mr. Smith was an unpaid volunteer position as most young men of coaching age were away serving in the military. His teams were very competitive winning many district and tournament games during his coaching years. Mr. Smith’s actual vocation was that of a farmer here in the community, He employed many of the community’s young men during the summer months giving them jobs with his “Thresher Crew”. Mr. Smith has probably served more terms as a member of the Duncanville School Board than any other person in history. I would estimate that he served at least 20 or more years on the school board and was always a champion for athletics and the students participating in athletics. Three of Mr. Smith’s children played sports while attending Duncanville High School. They were Sharon Smith (basketball), Van Rowe Smith (football), and Denyce Smith Inmon (basketball). Van attended their games and supported them to the fullest during those years. Even after all of his children had graduated, Van continued to support the athletic program by driving the school bus for the girls basketball team and became known as “Uncle Van” to hundreds of girls playing basketball through the years. Mr. Smith died several years ago in a tragic farm accident and the community lost what most people considered to be “Mr. Duncanville”.

The final recipient of the night was introduced by J.D. Wyner. “I’m here to introduce the most obscure coach that Duncanville ever had.”

While other athletic events are held in the evenings, golf tournament are usually held during the day and during the week.

“Bryan Winnett came to Duncanville in 1987 and took and turned a golf program around and put it on a level with every other program at Duncanville High School.”

“From the time I was seven to eight years old I knew I wanted to be a coach,” said Winnett.

“I went to college on a golf scholarship and I wanted to coach golf and give back to the game that gave so much to me.”

Coach Winnett went on to say that, he wasn’t one to get awards and recognition for what I thought was my job. When he received coach of the year honors for DHS, he hardly told his wife, and when he received recognition from the state he never told anyone he worked with.

“I feel very humbled and thankful for selection into this hall,” said Winnett.

Coach Winnett changed a culture in Duncanville from being a school and town with a golf team to a school and city that took great pride in the golf program. When Coach Winnett came to Duncanville in 1987, he asked the golf team if they had ever won a golf trophy. No one on that team had ever achieved such an accomplishment. In his first four years as coach, the DHS golf program won 47 trophies. The DHS golf program got to the “corner and turned it” with these accomplishments. This program was earning the respect that other DHS programs had achieved another great Duncanville sports program for “The City of Champions”.  And to prove his hard work was equal off the course, he helped his players earn scholarships. 50% of all seniors on the five member golf teams through his career as DHS golf coach earned college scholarships.  It is extremely tough to gain attention coaching a sport that is not considered “spectator friendly” in high school. Tournaments are usually on Friday and Saturdays. The state tournament itself is played on a Thursday and Friday while everyone else is working or going to school. Except for family members, few attend these events. For Coach Winnett to achieve Hall of Honor recognition word of mouth and faith that it happened is about all there is as testimony to his 20 years of excellence to the DHS community.