Bulletin Staff Report
Royce West is among this year’s inductees into the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions.
The dinner and induction ceremony honoring this year’s class will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, and tickets will cost $25 per person.
The second annual Gordon Wood Golf Classic, a three-person scramble, will be held at Feather Bay Golf Course at Lake Brownwood on Saturday with flights beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fee is $80 per player, not including cart, and former lettermen receive a $30 discount. Proceeds will help complete the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions museum and center on the second floor of the Harvey House.
Information about the ceremony and tournament is available by calling (325) 646-2265 or 998-6689, and the golf course at 784-4643.
West is a 1957 graduate of Stamford High School, playing on both Coach Wood’s 1955 and 1956 state championship teams with a 35-game winning streak. He received All-State and honorable mention All-American honors in 1956. West was also was named outstanding lineman in the Greenbelt Bowl in Childress in 1956. He was named to Coach Wood’s “All-Time Football Squad — The Best Players of Five Decades.”
He was also a district champion in the shot put and placed third in regionals.
West was a three-year letterman at Baylor University from 1958 to 1960. He was named player of the week twice by the Dallas Times-Herald in 1959 and 1960. He was second team All-Southwest Conference and honorable mention All-American in 1960.
West played in the Gator Bowl in 1960 and Baylor shared the Southwest Conference Championship in 1960. Drafted in 1961 by the Denver Broncos, he played part of that season. West graduated from Baylor in 1961 and received his Master’s and post-Master’s degrees from Texas A&M-Commerce.
West spent his 35-year professional career teaching and coaching. He was head coach and athletic director at Kerens High School, where he started a track program for the first time. He was head coach and athletic director at Waskom High School and coached defensive linemen at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).
His former players include Super Bowl champions Dwight White, who went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Harvey Martin of the Dallas Cowboys.
West was also head track coach at Fort Worth Polytechnic High and Fort Worth Trimble Tech. He was able to coach both of his sons in football at Winona High School all the way to the state semifinals as teammates.
He also coached at Terrell, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, Liberty City and Lindale high schools.
The highlight of West’s coaching career was in 1978 when Coach Grant Teaff named him Baylor University Alumni Coach of the Year. That honor came the year after he took Waskom High further in the playoffs than the program had ever gone.
West and his wife, Dr. Syntha Traughber West, have been married for almost 47 years. They have two sons, Rock and Royal, and three grandchildren.