Iconic East Texas football coach among 2018 ETCA honorees

TEXARKANA, Texas (KETK) - An iconic East Texas high school football coach is among five honorees who will be inducted into the East Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor in late February.

Dickey Meeks will be honored at the February 24th event at Northridge Country Club in Texarkana.

Meeks retired on December 16, 2016, after 42 years in the coaching business.

Meeks spent time in Louisiana, before moving to Texas where he coached for eight seasons at Chapel Hill, four at Pine Tree, six at Mount Vernon and seven in Henderson before his first retirement in 2014 following a stint at Pittsburg. Meeks, however, came back one more time in 2015 to close out his impeccable career at Mount Vernon following heart valve replacement surgery.

He won state championships at Chapel Hill (1989) over A&M Consolidated and Henderson (2010) over Chapel Hill.

Legendary Longview Lobo Bobby Taylor will also be inducted into the exclusive club.

Taylor played football, basketball and ran track for Longview High School, signing to play football at Notre Dame, where he earned consensus All-American honors in 1994.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, and played from 1995-2003 with the Eagles before ending his career playing nine games with the Seattle Seahawks in 2004.

Taylor finished his career with 324 tackles, 19 interceptions, two touchdowns, four sacks, 11 fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles. He was a Pro Bowl selection and a first team All-Pro selection in 2002 with the Eagles.

Others who will be honored during the ceremony include:

Scott Surratt - Carthage Head Coach

Josh Gipson - Pleasant Grove Head Coach

Andy Evans - Retired Head Coach

Kyle Rutherford - Retired Football Official

Harlan Lobley - Co-host of KYKX Scoreboard Show

The event is open to the public and tickets are available for $25 per person.


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