Dragons Hall of Fame
Published or Revised January 27, 2012
H.L. “Hub” Hollis was the Paris Junior College’s first athletic director and football coach in 1926. Today his name adorns the H.L. “Hub” Hollis Baseball Field, and he tops the list of coaches named to the Dragons Athletic Hall of Fame.
Throughout its history, Paris Junior College has turned out great athletes in all sports. Many went on to university and professional greatness. Others chose to become outstanding coaches, doctors, lawyers and business men and women. The Dragons Athletic Hall of Fame includes many of those who contributed to the success of the PJC athletics.
The Hall of Fame, established during Homecoming activities in the fall of 1990, is located in the Harold E. Hunt Physical Education Center and features photographs, certificates and memorabilia of players, teams, coaches and other contributors throughout the history of Paris Junior College. Dragons Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held each year during Homecoming activities.
Many of the inductees return to PJC to attend ceremonies.
Hall of Fame Coaches
- H.L. “Hub” Hollis, Football, Athletic Director, 1926
- J.R. McLemore, Basketball, 1926
- Bob Berry, Football, Athletic Director, 1928
- Clemo Clements, Football, Basketball, 1930-40
- Dixon Hatcher, Football, 1942
- Claude Gilstrap, Football, 1948
- Boyd Converse, Basketball, 1958-59
- James Self, Baseball, 1959
- Ernest Hawkins, Football, Basketball,
- Mickey Flippen, Golf, Athletic Director,
- Jim Campbell, Basketball, Athletic Director,
- Mike Reinhardt, Basketball, Baseball, Athletic Director
Hall of Fame Teams
- 1942 Football: A 7-2 record; the first conference title for PJC.
- 1948 Football: An 8-3 record; the first bowl game, the Oleander Bowl vs. Wharton.
- 1958-59 Basketball: Regional Tournament champion and 4th in the National Tournament.
- 1959 Baseball: Won the National Junior College Tournament played in Colorado.
- 1954 Basketball: Co-champion of Big Six Conference and 3rd in the National Tournament.
- 1983 Golf: First in the NJCAA Regional Tournament and 3rd in the Natinal Tournament.
- 1966 Baseball: Region XIV champions and 5th in the NJCAA National Tournament.
- 1984 Basketball: An 18-8 record and runner-up in the post-season tournament.
- 1939 Basketball: Holds the PJC defensive record, allowing opponents an average of just 35 points per game.
Hall of Fame Individuals
- Leland Hamman, Golf
- F.H. “Bub” McDowell, Football
- Paul Briggs, Basketball
- Bennie Gastmeyer, Track
- Cecil “Papa” Johnson, Football
- Billy Redell, Football
- Bobby Jack Floyd, Football
- John Tate Davis, Football
- Carrol Dawson, Basketball
- Daon Wall, Football
- Wayne Annett, Basketball
- Glendal Baker, Baseball
- Floyd Weaver, Baseball
- Mike Long, Basketball
- Ross Brown, Tennis
- Darry Henning, Golf
- Fran McKnight King, Basketball
- Dr. Henry M. Truby, Tennis, Track
- Ron Gardenhire, Baseball
- Marty Scott, Baseball
- Freeman West, Basketball
- Paula Johnson, Basketball
- Luke Walker, Basketball
- Celester Collier, Basketball
- Ron Poe, Football
- Don Poe, Football
- Winfred Jones, Basketball
- Ernie McAnally, Baseball
- Carla Fountain, Basketball
- Doug Galloway, Baseball
- Clyde Stone, Football, Basketball
- Kevin Harrison, Golf
- Gary Jones, Baseball
- Rodney M. Nobles, Basketball
- Stan Hilton, Baseball
- Cary Linck, Golf
- Jack Wilson, Football, Basketball, Track
- Frank Wear, Golf, Basketball
- George Stephens, Football
- Herman Bailey, Footballl, Basketball, Track
- Jason Marshall, Baseball
- Richard “Stubby” Clapp, Baseball
- Jon Barry, Basketball
- Oscar Cripps, Football
- Bruce Gietzen, Baseball
- Larry D. McWilliams, Baseball
- Cliff “Slick” Reeves, Football
Hall of Fame Contributors
- William deG Hayden, Team Physician, established McLemore Cup
- Bill Woodside, Sports Editor, The Paris News
- Bill Thompson, Sports Editor, The Paris News
- Ray Sissel, Sports Editor, The Paris News
- W.N. “Dub” Furey, Sports Editor, The Paris News
- Fred Nuesch, Sports Editor, The Paris News
- Louis B. Williams, PJC President (Retired)