The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions will induct its 2014 class at a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.
The event — open to the public — will feature remarks from Glen West, head football coach and athletic director at Brenham High School. Most recently, West was honored as “A Coach of Distinction” at the Texas Coaches Leadership Summit in Katy last February. A former Brownwood Lion, he is the son of former Brownwood assistant football coach and high school principal Kenneth West and the late Shirley West.
Chosen for induction this year are former Brownwood athletes Kirk Chastain, Tony Jones and Jared Morris, along with the 1957 Brownwood mile relay team. The late Rodger Sweeney, who was the public address announcer for Lions football for four decades, will also be inducted.
This is the 15th year for the Hall of Champions to recognize high school athletes at Brownwood High School along with others who played for Coach Wood before he came to Brownwood in 1960. The museum maintained by the Hall of Championships, and featuring the inductees, is located on the second floor of the Harvey House in the Depot complex. While still a work in progress, rooms that have been completed are open by appointment.
Tickets at $30 each are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office, KOXE-KBWD office, and from members of the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions board.
Tony Jones was an interior anchor of a Brownwood Lions defense that shut out seven of 13 opponents and limited two others to a touchdown each en route to an 11-1-1 season record in 1974.
The Lions saw Gainesville score on the last play from scrimmage in the state semifinals to forge a 20-20 tie and advance to the state finals on first downs after penetrations were equal.
Jones was named all-district and all-area in his junior and senior years, and was listed on the Class 3A all-state second team.
In addition to playing in the Lions’ defensive line, Jones also played on the offensive line.
The Lions tied for the 1973 district title, but Wichita Falls Hirschi advanced into the playoffs.
After graduating from BHS in 1975, Jones distinguished himself by playing on both sides of the ball in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game that summer.
Jones played defensive tackle at West Texas State before returning to Brownwood, enrolling at Howard Payne and leaving football.
He enlisted in the National Guard in 1977, and started working at Superior Cable (Superior Essex).
He has a son, Jason Jones, who also played at Brownwood, and a daughter, Courtney Jones.
Editor’s Note: The Bulletin will profile each of the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Class of 2014 inductees this week leading up to Saturday’s ceremony.