The 2016 Induction Ceremony was held at the Event Center of the First Baptist Church.
Honoring Athletic Achievement, Scholarship, Community Service and Character
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Jason Brown, Class of 1988, played high school baseball, basketball and was the Pirates’ quarterback under Coach Jerry Shaffer. He was awarded All-District honors three years in baseball and two years for football and basketball. He attended Dallas Baptist University where he earned All-Region status in baseball and was instrumental in the school’s participation in the College World Series.
Paul Drummond was an all star basketball player who moved to Wylie In 1966. He was selected to the All-State Basketball Team during his junior and senior year, receiving the “all-vote” nod from the committee. He also participated in football and track where he today still holds the unofficial record for the discus throw. Upon graduating in 1970, Paul continued his basketball career with Floyd College where he moved to the guard position.
From the class of 1950, Bobby Skipwith was inducted for his all round athleticism. Also a three-sport athletic, Bobby captured honors in football, basketball and track. He walked on in football and track at East Texas Teachers College (now Texas A&M-Commerce), later transferring to Ranger Junior College and McMurray State. Bobby co-founded the Wylie Pee Wee Football League in the mid-60s and remains today a big supporter of Wylie athletes and their families.
Jeff Nutt, 2011 Inductee
Doug Gollahon, 2011 Inductee
Kent Thomason, 2011 Inductee
Keith Thomason, 2011 Inductee
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor recently selected four former Wylie ISD athletes as its 2011 Inductees; Jeff Nutt- WHS Class of 2003, Doug Gollahon-WHS Class of 1978 and Kent and Keith Thomason from WHS Class of 1972. Surrounded by family and friends, Mr. Nutt and both Thomasons were on hand to accept their inductions at a luncheon held at Wylie High School on October 14. Mr. Gollahon was unable to attend. Inductees were also introduced during the football game held Friday, October 14 between Wylie High and Wylie East High Schools.
Jeff Nutt was an All-District Catcher for the Pirates, who were baseball playoff contenders in 2002 and 2003. He played two years for Navarro College earning a selection to the Region XIV All-Conference Baseball Team as catcher. He finished college play at the University of Arkansas where he was catcher and DH for the first and then fourth ranked Razorbacks. Jeff earned All-League Catcher status while playing summer league for the Maryland Orioles and the Coppell Copperheads. He was also named fifth top Pro prospect. Jeff graduated from Arkansas and was selected in the 25th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. He played professionally for the Staten Island Yankees (Penn State League) and the Charleston River Dogs (Sally League.) He currently teaches and coaches in Community ISD. He and his wife, Randi, reside in Sachse with their son, Elijah.
Introduced by their uncle, Gary Travis, Kent and Keith Thomason were members of the 1971 Regional Finalist Football Team. Keith played Offensive and Defensive Tackle. He was a four-year letterman earning All-District Honorable Mention as a junior. Dubbed the “quicker” of the two, Keith was named All-District Lineman Tackle, All Collin County Honorable Mention Tackle and All North East Texas Lineman Tackle as a senior. Keith and Kent Thomason, identical twins, played side by side on the 1971 District Championship Team coached by Coach Charles Birdsong. They were both named to the Texas All-State team and both attended Howard Payne University on football scholarships.
The “stronger” of the two brothers, Kent, who played Offensive Guard and Defensive Tackle, was also a four-year letterman in football. During his high school career he earned All-District, Most Valuable Lineman, All Northeast Texas, All Collin County and All-State Team recognitions. Both were instrumental in the infamous win in penetratons (5-2; the score was 0-0) over Farmersville and clinching a birth to the playoffs. The Pirates’ defense allowed only 15 points total prior to regional play.
Keith resides in Katemcy, Texas with his wife, Sherry. They have three children and four grandchildren. Kent and his wife, Evelyn, live in Wylie. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Although he was unable to attend, Doug Gollahon was honored by Dr. Jerry Shaffer, Doug's high school coach. Doug played Tight End for the 1977 State Championship Pirates, catching 18 touchdown passes in a season and earning All District, All Metro, All-State and All-American status. He also participated in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. In addition to football, Doug lettered in basketball and baseball where he was named to the All-District Team. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. He played football one year at Texas Lutheran and one year at Austin College, earning All-Conference Status. He finished his college education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently, Doug lives in Waco with his wife, Traci. They have one son.e
Since its inception in 1998, the Hall of Honor has inducted 57 Wylie ISD athletes, including one full team.
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor has selected Chris Durbin as it's lone 2012 inductee. Chris Durbin is a 1999 graduate of Wylie High School. At Wylie High School Chris was selected All-District four times, All-Area four times and All-State 2 times. He attended Baylor University on a baseball scholarship. At Baylor, Chris led the Bears in several hitting categories and ranks among the all-time career leaders at Baylor (not counting his senior year which is not available to our website at this time) in batting average (5th, .344), doubles (4th, 23), home runs (9th, 23), extra base hits (6th, 85), total bases (8th,346), and slugging percentage (9th, .569). Many considered his arm to be the best among outfielders in the Big 12. Chris was selected All-Big 12 three years and was an All-American selection both his junior and senior years. Chris was drafted in the 5th round by the Boston Red Sox and played several years in that organization. Chris is now in police work in the Mid-Cities and is married with three children.not counting his senior year which is not available to our website at this time) , total bases (8th,346), and slugging percentage (9th, .569). Many considered his arm to ed several years in that organization. Chris is now in police work in the Mid-Cities and is married with three children.
Athletic Director, Kyle Craighead, presenting Chris Durbin with Hall of Honor plaque at 2012 Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor was established in 1998 to not only recognize athletic excellence, but to create relationships among former athletes from all decades. More than 50 Wylie ISD graduates have been acknowledged. A monument with all the recipients names is currently displayed in the home side of Wylie Stadium. Information about the nomination process, eligibility and inductees can be found on this website on the "Nominations" page on the Menu above.
The 2013 inductees were
Preston Nix, Brenna O'Dell Patton and Aron Saffell
The 2014 Inductees
Chris Minissale Jackie Stanley
Ricky Johnson Coach Mark Ball
The 2015 Inductees
Craig Paschal - Heather Fuller Neighbors - Drew Johnson - Zach Scruggs - Chris Givens
2015 Induction Ceremony held in First Baptist Church Events Center on Friday, October 23