Four Texas Greats Join Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame
STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame expanded to four members on Saturday night with the induction ceremony that welcomed Derrick Ross (football), Jerry Doyle (women’s golf coach), Carla Cooper (golf women’s) and Collat ââJohnson (men’s basketball and track and field) at the historic club.
The group, which were originally slated for an induction in 2020, finally had the opportunity to shine forever in the halls of the Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame with their long-awaited induction.
As the 170th member of the Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame, Derrick Ross comes in as one of the school’s greatest running backs and Texan soccer players of all time. Ross becomes Tarleton Football’s 72nd Hall of Fame player.
Ross was unable to attend the event due to an Arena Football League game.
Ross arrived at Tarleton in 2004 and quickly rose to the top of Tarleton’s record books guiding the Texans to 14 wins in two seasons. In his first game with the Texans, he set the one-game rushing record with 260 yards against the New Mexico Highlands. Ross broke his own one-game record in 2005 with 269 rushing yards against western New Mexico and the record stands to this day. Ross has played four 200-yard rushing games in his career, the most in school history. Ross also holds the single-season school record with 22 rushing touchdowns in his freshman year. His 39 career touchdowns are second in school history.
The Huntsville native has the two highest single-season rush totals in school history with 1,560 yards in his freshman year on campus, earning him the LSC Offensive Back. of the Year and continued with 1,512 yards in his senior year. Ross’s 156 rushing yards per game as a junior is still Tarleton’s record. Ross is the only player in school history to average over 100 rushing yards in a career and is averaging 153.6 yards per game. In just two years, the All-American doubles ran for 3,072 yards, which ranks third on the school’s all-time running list. Ross is one of three Texans to run over 3,000 yards and the only running back to do so in two years.
Ross went on to make a brief stint in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by a Hall of Fame-caliber career in the Arena Football League, where he is the all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.
The 171st member of the Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame left his mark as the greatest golf coach in the history of the Tarleton and Lone Star conference. Jerry Doyle becomes the fifth member of the Women’s Golf Hall of Fame and the ninth coach in Tarleton history to receive the highest sporting honor.
Doyle arrived at Tarleton in 2000 and made the TexAnns an instant national competitor and enduring power. In his 18 years as a head coach, Doyle won 14 Coach of the Year awards, including 10 LSC Coach of the Year – an LSC record – and three Coach of the Year awards. from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) of the West. But Doyle’s most prestigious individual award came in 2008, when he was named the WGCA National Coach of the Year.
His tenure was considered the Doyle Dynasty, as from 2008 to 2018 Doyle led the TexAnns to 10 Lone Star Conference Championships in 11 years, including seven consecutive titles from 2008 to 2014. Doyle’s 11 LSC Championships represent more than double any LSC team and no current LSC team has more than one. The TexAnns have won nine NCAA West Regional Championships in 10 seasons under Doyle and have qualified 10 times at the NCAA Championships with seven top-5 seasons. During Doyle’s career, the TexAnns have won 73 tournaments, an average of four per year.
As good a coach as Doyle was, he could have been a better recruiter. During Doyle’s day, the TexAnns won 11 LSC Player of the Year, including 10 consecutive caps. The TexAnns had seven LSC Freshman of the Year winners and one LSC Newcomer of the Year. Doyle has coached 51 All-LSC players, including 32 first-team caps. Doyle coached 21 WGCA All-Americans during his 18 years. He has also prospered by recruiting players who excel academically. The TexAnns had eight LSC Academic Player of the Year and 15 players on the all-academic squad. In 2016, Doyle coached the WGCA Division II National Player of the Year in Isabel Jimenez – the first to win the award in LSC history.
The 172nd member of the Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame is a former Doyle player and one of the greatest golfers in Tarleton and Lone Star Conference history. Carla Cooper becomes the sixth member of the women’s golf team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Cooper arrived at Tarleton in 2007 and immediately became one of the top golfers in the conference and the country. Cooper won the LSC Freshman of the Year in 2008 and followed her freshman campaign with three consecutive LSC Player of the Year awards, becoming the first golfer in LSC history to win the award three times. Cooper also won the LSC Academic Player of the Year award in 2010 and 2011. Cooper’s awards translated nationally as the Arlington native was named a four-time WGCA All-American. As a freshman in 2008, Cooper was an Honorable Mention All-American selection. She further improved her game over the next three years with three straight All-American First Team honors to close her career, becoming the first four-time All-American in Tarleton and Lone Star Conference history. Cooper was also the No. 2 NCAA Division II player as a senior after winning six individual championships and leading the TexAnns to eight tag team titles.
Cooper’s individual talents have translated into team success, as she has played a pivotal role in dominant Tarleton women’s golf for the past two decades. During Cooper’s four-year career, Tarleton swept the Lone Star Conference Championships, winning four consecutive conference titles from 2008-2011. Cooper and the TexAnns also won four consecutive NCAA Division II regional championships. to advance to the NCAA tournament, becoming the first Tarleton golfer to achieve this recognition. With Cooper in the lead, the TexAnns had the two best results in school history at the national championships, placing fourth in 2010 and 2011.
When the playoffs started, Cooper was at his best. Cooper won two NCAA West Regional individual titles in 2009 and 2011 – becoming one of only two players in school history to do so – and also won the 2011 LSC individual title shooting 3 under par. in three laps, which is still an LSC record to this day. Cooper’s career ended when she became Tarleton’s first female athlete to win the Lone Star Conference Female Athlete of the Year award.
The 173rd member of the Tarleton Track and Field Hall of Fame is one of the greatest two-sport athletes in Tarleton history. Collat ââJohnson becomes the 42nd male basketball player in Tarleton history and the 29th track athlete to receive Hall of Fame honors.
Johnson played for Tarleton from 1997 to 2001 and remains one of the best defensive players in Tarleton basketball history today. Johnson’s name is rumored throughout Tarleton’s men’s basketball record book as he is second all-time in interceptions (167), sixth all-time in rebounds (755), eighth all-time in blocks (87) and ninth all-time in double-doubles (17). Johnson ranks fifth in a single season in interceptions with 59 in 2001 and 13th in defensive rebounds in a single season with 200 in 1999. There have been seven 20-rebound games in Tarleton history and Johnson has three – all of them. to come in 2000.
In sophomore in 1999, the Johnson Texans qualified for the first LSC tournament championship game in school history. That season, Johnson was named LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year and LSC South Division Honorable Mention. Johnson posted three seasons as the team’s top rebounder, was a two-time team manager in blocked shots and a two-time team manager in steals.
In addition to his dominance on the basketball court, Johnson was the country’s top high jumper in track and field during his time at Tarleton. Johnson won the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship in the high jump, registering a jump of 2.24m (7-4 1/4). Johnson’s athletic excellence spanned three seasons as the doubles athlete was a four-time American star in the high jump.
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