Memories Are Made Of This

Nov. 10, 2009

San Marcos, Texas- – The Texas State “T” Association recently announced that Bob Hackney has been selected to be inducted into the Texas State Athletic Hall of Honor on Nov. 20, 2009.

The Hall of Honor is the highest athletics honor given to former Texas State letter winners. Each person selected is nominated by their fellow letter winners and selected for induction by the “T” Association Board of Directors. The 2009 Induction ceremony will take place in the Sac N Pac Room that is located inside the End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium.

Bob Hackney was a two-year letter winner for the Bobcat Track and Field program in 1947 and 1948, and set a pair of school records that lasted over a decade. His first record came at the 1947 Drake Relays when he was a member of the distance medley relay team that place first. The second came at the 1948 Lone Star Conference championships when he was the high jump champion.

He originally enrolled at Southwest Texas State in 1943 as a member of the track and field team, but was called to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-47. After re-enrolling, he went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education while continuing to serve as a lieutenant, spending a total of 10 years in the USMC. In 1950, Hackney was wounded in action at the Chosen Reservoir, 40 miles from the Yalu River in North Korea. After leaving the Marine Corps, Hackney was a teacher and coach for 34 years in the Brazosport ISD and a past president for the Brazosport Teachers Credit Union. Currently, he is the co-owner of Buccaneer Apartments.

Hackney is a 60 year member of the American Legion VFW Purple Heart Disabled Vets organization. He has served as commander of the Caldwell, TX VFW Post 4458 for four years, chaplain of the American Legion Lake Jackson Post and Board Member at First National Bank of Lake Jackson.

He also continues to support the Bobcats with lifetime gifts totaling over $165,000, ranging from sport specific gifts to the Hackney Family endowed scholarship.

Hackney currently resides in Clute, TX, with his wife of 62 years, Bobcat alumnus Betty M. Hackney. There are three generations of Bobcats in the Hackney family, including Betty’s mother Nora Jordan who attended Southwest Texas Normal College in the early 1900’s. Bob and Betty have two sons, Gary (56), who is married to Bobcat alumnus Ruth Ann, and Greg (58). The Hackney’s have two grandsons, Carl Daniel (21) and Clint (19).

“Mr. Hackney” was a P.E. teacher at Brazosport High School where I graduated in 1961. He was teaching P.E. at Brazoswood while I coached there from 1969-1979.

He became a good friend and I had the honor of coaching his son, Gary, in one of the memorable games of my career. In a 7 inning Junior Varsity game at El Campo, Gary gave up seven hits, walked seven and the team committed seven errors. With some heroic defensive plays at the plate, the Bucs WON, 3-2. Unforgettable.

My three children all learned to swim at “Mr. Hackney’s Pool.”


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