KOGT reported back in September when former West Orange-Stark Coach Dan Hooks found out that he had been selected to join the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Now the coach has learned he’s going into the Hall with a pretty impressive group. The Class of 2020 includes:
1950’s & Before – Charley Taylor – Grand Prairie Dalworth High School 1960’s – Chuck Dicus – Garland High School. Went to Arkansas and is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
1970’s – Eric Dickerson – Sealy High School. Pro Football Hall of Famer.
1980’s – Tyrone Thurman – Midland Lee High School. RB lead Lee to Title game and was All-American at Texas Tech in 1988.
1990’s – David Warren – John Tyler High School and attended Florida State.
2000’s – Danny Amendola – The Woodlands High School. Attended Texas Tech and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots.
Eddie Joseph Coach Category – Chad Morris – Bay City – Lake Travis High School
Eddie Joseph Coach Category – Dan R. Hooks – West Orange-Stark High School
Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game – Joe Martin – Texas High School Coaches Association.
“It’s a great group and I’m proud to be in it,” Hook said. “I wasn’t sure I would ever get the call but I’m just glad I’m alive to see it happen. A lot of good things have happened to me because of the game of football.”
The banquet will be held in Waco on May 2. He will also be recognized during one of the State Championship games on December 21.
So what is the 81 year old doing now that he’s not coaching?
“I’m going wherever the grand kids are going,” he joked. “I’ve got a granddaughter that’s involved in rodeo so we do a lot of traveling with her. I still like watching football and I listen to you guys on KOGT Friday nights.”
Hooks coached at WOS from 1981-2010 and compiled a record of 277-71-2. Included were 12 District Championships, 19 playoff appearances and three Area Championships. He also had three straight finals from 1986-1988, winning back-to-back 4A State Championships in 1986 and 1987, and then advancing to the State finals in 2000 and the State 3A Semi-Finals in 2005.