Borger ISD will officially name four recipients to its Honor Wall in a special ceremony this week.
Ellen Coffman, Cleo Morrison, Gerald Myers, and Jeep Webb will be honored during a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Borger High School. The four will also be recognized during half time of the BHS Homecoming football game on Friday evening.
Coffman and Webb are retired Borger ISD employees, and Morrison and Myers are Borger ISD alumni.
*Ellen Coffman – Coffman is a graduate of Lockney High School and attended McMurry College. She was one of the first women to major in math. She graduated from West Texas State University in 1975 and taught at Tulia and Phillips before teaching at BHS for 21 years.
She and husband Larry Coffman have two children, Jodie Roden and Ron Coffman.
Coffman served on a committee which was to become the Hutchinson County Crisis Center to establish the first safe house in Borger. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church and has served on many committees.
She served as a judge for Odyssey of the Mind on all levels and continues to mentor teachers and students in the community when the need arises.
Coffman has received numerous honors which include the 2002 National Honor Society Golden Bone Award for Excellence in Classroom and the 1994 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
She was instrumental in designing, installing, and managing the first K-12 computer lab in the Panhandle. She was a member of the TEA committee which published the first computer literacy standards.
At Borger High School, she worked to launch the AP math program, and succeeded in building a new math tier that consisted of Pre-AP, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus.
*Cleo Morrison – Morrison was born in Arkansas and raised in Rusk County. She came to Borger in 1944, enrolling in the eighth grade at West Ward Elementary School. She graduated from BHS with the class of 1949, the first class to graduate in the present high school building.
She enrolled in Frank Phillips College after graduation and married R.D. Morrison. They have two children, Donna Parker and Gary Morrison, both Borger residents.
Morrison volunteered in PTA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, United Methodist Church, Extension Homemakers, and other civic works. She currently is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Hutchinson County Genealogical Society, and the Hutchinson County Historical Commission.
She was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Women’s Forum in Amarillo and has helped the Hutchinson County Museum receive seven Distinguished Service Awards. She was twice named Volunteer by the Hutchinson County Museum, first in 1991 and again in 2009.
In 1991, Morrison was named Woman of the Year by Hutchinson County Extension Homemakers. In 1994, Adobe Walls Masonic Lodge honored her with the Community Builder Award. In 1995, she was named the Texas State Historical Commission Volunteer of the Tear.
She has worked to add fourteen historical markers to points of historical significance in Hutchinson County. After learning not all veteran’s graves were marked as such, with assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. and the American Legion, she has placed 26 veteran grave markers to date.
Morrison was instrumental in publishing five books of preservation of Hutchinson County records. These books cover death records, marriage records, and census records. The preservation books are in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. All books have been placed in the DAR, LDS, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas library. They also can be accessed online.
*Gerald Myers – Myers graduated from Borger High in 1955. As a senior, he was student council president. While at BHS, he was an outstanding basketball player and three-year letterman. He was named to the 1955 All-District and All-State Teams and also lettered in baseball.
Basketball led him to Texas Tech, where he was a member of the Red Raider Basketbal Team. In 1958-59, he had a 86.9 free throw percentage, which is still second best of the all-time Tech career charts. He graduated from Texas Tech in 1959 and went on to receive his Masters degree in 1965.
He coached basketball for Lubbock Monterey High School and Houston Baptist University. He returned to Texas Tech in 1970 as an assistant coach. He became head coach of the team during the 1970-71 basketball season and held the position for twenty years.
Myers led the Red Raiders to two conference championships and earned four trips to the NCAA tournament. He posted a 326-261 record. He had more wins than any other basketball coach in Tech history.
He was named athletic director at Texas Tech University on March 1, 1997, and retired this year. While under Myers, Tech was one of only four schools in 2004 to earn a berth in the NCAA post season in four major sports.
Revenue at Tech also increased during Myers’ time at the school, and graduation rates for athletes increased from 44 percent to 56 percent. The football team’s graduation rates for the 1998-99 freshman class (89 percent) ranked Tech among the top six in the nation.
Myers served on the NCAA golf committee, was a past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was elected to the men’s basketball selection committee for the Big 12 Conference in 2010.
He was recognized by the All-American Football Foundation with the presentation of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award.
The NABC honored him at the Final Four in San Antonio with the Metropolitan Award for his contribution to college basketball. He is a member of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor, the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
He and wife Carol have a daughter Laurie and two grandsons.
*Jeep Webb – Webb graduated from Tulia High School in 1949, where he participated in football, basketball, track, boxing, and baseball. He graduated from West Texas State Teacher’s College in 1955. he went on to receive his Masters Degree in 1963 from West Texas State College.
He first coached in Midland in 1955, where he was head basketball coach and an assistant football coach. In 1958, he came to Borger as an assistant football coach. From 1960-65, he coached in Canyon, where he started the first girls’ track and basketball program, and Pampa.
In 1966, he came back to Borger as an assistant football coach and head track coach. For 31 years, he coached football, cross country, track, and girls’ basketball, as well as serving as assistant principal for several years.
Coach Webb was successful in many athletic programs, which included football, girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ and girls’ cross country, and teaching history. He retired in 1997 from coaching and teaching and currently drives Bulldogs of all ages in the transportation department.
He started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chapters in several Texas Panhandle schools, including Borger. He served on the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association for three years. He was inducted into the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
He received the “Man of the Year” Award from the Borger community. He received the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, and the Mirabeau Lamar Award for Public Education from the Masons.
He married Norma Thompson of Tulia in 1950 and has two children, Tana Stephens of Lubbock and Typ Webb of Amarillo. He has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.