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Jack Reavill

Jack with 2d Place Trophy – 6th Grade – he had that knee replaced in 2009

Jack elected Captain of the 1957 RHS Team

Jackson Custer Reavill – Class of 1962

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Home Town: Flat Rock, Illinois

Flat Rock, a town of approximately 450 people, had a grade school but no high school. Jack lettered in both basketball and track during grades 6-8. As a 6th grader, he was a starter on the Flat Rock basketball team that won second place in the Illinois Grade School State-Wide Tournament

High School: Robinson High School (RHS), Robinson, Illinois
Flat Rock students were bussed 15 miles to Robinson High School. Since no transportation was provided by the school system for extra curricular activities, Jack and others hitch hiked their way to Flat Rock after practices.

At RHS, Jack lettered 3 years in both football and basketball and 2 years in track. He was both captain and most valuable player of the football and basketball teams in his senior year. He was All-County, All Conference, and honorable mention All State in both football and basketball his junior and senior years. At the time, Illinois had not divided the schools into classes by size.

Though baseball was not a high school sponsored sport, Jack played Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball and was selected for the league All Star Teams each year.

Jack had previously committed to play football and basketball at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He also had been designated a 3rd alternate to West Point. During a high school civics trip to Washington, DC in early June of 1958, Jack learned that he had been advanced from 3rd alternate to principle. He entered USMA three weeks later.

Date of Entry to Academy: 2 July 1958

Date of Graduation: 6 June 1962

Age at Graduation: 22

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Cadet Rank Rank: SGTHeight at Entry: 6′ 1″ and 6′ 2″ at Graduation

Weight at Entry: 205

Playing Weight: Basketball 195; Football 205; Lacrosse 195

Graduation Weight: 205

Teams: Jack was not brought in to USMA to play any sport. After tryouts during Beast Barracks, he was invited to play football, basketball, baseball and track. He later became a “walk on” in football, basketball, and lacrosse.

Basketball (Plebe Year)
Though not a starter on the plebe team, Jack was a role player because of his long range jump shooting accuracy. As a result, he was selected by the varsity coaching staff to act as Navy’s leading scorer during preparations for the Navy basketball game.

B Squad Football (Yearling & Cow Years) and Varsity Football Firstie Year.

Jack Reavill #81 is front row, 4th player from left

Lacrosse Photo Here

1962 Lacrosse Team (Jack Reavill is #34, right most player in 1st row)

North-South Team Picture Here

Reavill is 5th player from left in 2nd row.

Coaches/Assistant Coaches

Basketball – Major Bell

B Squad Football – Tony Bulotta

VarsityFootball – Dale Hall and “Chuck Gottfried”

Lacrosse – Jim Ace Adams

Coach Ace Adams being chunked into the Severn River after the 1961 Army-Navy Lacrosse game, won by Army 10-8.

Team Captains
Football – Mike Casp

Lacrosse – Charles Butch Darrell

Positions Played

Basketball – Guard/Forward

Football – Tight End/Defensive End/Special Teams

Lacrosse – Defense

Athletic Awards

Plebe Year Basketball – Class Numerals

Yearling Year – Football and Lacrosse Monograms

Cow Year – Football and Lacrosse Monograms

Firstie Year – Football Monogram and Lacrosse Army “A”

Team Recognition

National – 1961 Lacrosse Team below and Navy shared National Championship

Lacrosse Team Photo Here

Individual Recognition

1962 Honorable Mention All America Lacrosse Defense Player Firstie Year and defensive starter for the North in the 1962 North-South Lacrosse Game.

West Point Lacrosse Loose Balls Award below was normally won by midfielders or attackers, not members of the defense.
Post Season Play

Started for the North Team in the 1962 North-South Lacrosse Game held at Rutgers University – North Team Lost

While a graduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, Jack Reavill assisted Dr. Rix Yard, Tulane’s Athletic Director, in establishing the Tulane Lacrosse Club. During 1971-1973 Jack coached-and played on the Tulane club against other university club teams in the Southeast. The Tulane club dominated the Southeast clubs during Jack’s tenure. After Jack’s departure, Tulane joined the Texas Lacrosse League in 1974 and also dominated that league during the years of Tulane’s membership. Jack received commendations from Dr. Yard and the CG, 5th Army for creating an environment that enabled free and open discussions of the Vietnam War and other topics resulting in a better understanding of and appreciation for the respective views of the team members.

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Robert Foley

1914 Basketball Season

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Larry Crane

Ross Gagliano

Scholar, Rebounder, Scorer

He paid his dues, waiting patiently for his chance. When he got it, he made the best of it, becoming part of one of Army’s finest teams and half of a record-setting rebounding duo.

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1960 Basketball Team

Tom Culver

Renaissance Man

Tom Culver led the team in receptions in 1961 year with 20 catches for 305 yards, 15.3 yards per catch. (And we thought Tom spent his time in the dog house, at least some of us less-informed types did.) These ratings seem to be based on yards per catch. His 55-yard reception from Dick Eckert against Navy helped.

Tom briefly (a couple of years) held the single-game reception record, catching 11 passes in the Michigan game in 1960. A vast coaching/media conspiracy robbed him of this legacy as his number of catches were continually reduced (why, we do not know) until he dropped out of the top few, making way for more well-known and loved receivers.

He played on the basketball team but was dropped for a poor performance in a game in which he did not play.

Tom also earned a letter in lacrosse, scoring several goals against Mt. Washington and Navy.

Many know him for his musical group, the Hot Nuts, that played classical pieces in the Weapons Room while officers were present then went into rock and roll when they departed.

Bird watcher, author, golfer, raconteur: truly a renaissance man.

Al DeJardin

The Straw That Stirs the Drink

The 1961-62 basketball team was 10-11 but we will long remember how we beat Navy in the Field House. Stew Sherard had fouled out and the straw that stirred the drink for the Army offense, Al DeJardin, had also been disqualified. No matter. One of the five players we had on the floor was Bob Loupe — can anyone name the others? — and his famous scoop shot in the last few seconds was all we needed. Absolutely unforgettable. Navy did have one more chance, but I think they threw the ball away.

The list of basketball lettermen includes Larry Crane (1960 and 1962 — we would like Larry to tell us about 1961), Al DeJardin (1960 and 1962 — same question), Bob Loupe (1962), and Stew (1960, 1961, and 1962).

Another 2 Sport Man

In scrutinizing the on-line baseball archives, I found no mention of any member of the USMA Class of 1962 or any of the three teams to which that Class contributed other than the list of lettermen: Crane, LT; DeJardin, AR; Eccleston, TF; Fox, RM; Lilley, RJ; McRae, WD; Schmidt, JL

(Photo from Col Red Reeder’s Book – Pointers on Athletes)

Al, if memory serves, played a steady shortstop for Army and earned at least one major A for his service.

Plebe year: received class numerals for corps squad plebe teams in baseball and basketball

Received 6 “Major A” letters during the 3 years of eligibility as shown below:

Yearling year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball

Cow year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball

Firstie year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball (received a gold star on the “A” for beating Navy in basketball)

In April 1963 played in the Pan American Games as a member of the USA Baseball Team. The games were played in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The other teams were Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil. Was the starting shortstop and played every inning of all games. We played Cuba in the gold medal game and lost 3-1. We received the “silver medal). The Cuban team had a number of players that had played in our “Major Leagues” but were kept in Cuba once Castro became the leader of Cuba.

Baseball highlights: Playing in Ebbetts Field (Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1956 and 1957 for the Catholic High School Championship. Won in 1957. Winning the Eastern league title Yearling year, Being selected Captain of the baseball team after the 1961 season, Being selected All Eastern League 2nd team SS Firstie year. Playing in the 1963 Pan American Games for the USA baseball team and receiving the silver medal for a second place finish..

Basketball highlights: Playing against Ohio State @ Ohio State when they were rated #1 in the country, Playing UCLA, West Virginia and U of Washington in a Christmas tournament in Los Angeles, Beating Boston College @ West Point, playing in Madison Square Garden in the NIT and last but certainly not least, the exciting victory over Navy Firstie year with Bob Loupe scoring the winning basket as time was running out.

Larry Crane

Two Sport Man

The list of basketball lettermen includes Larry Crane (1960 and 1962 — we would like Larry to tell us about 1961), Al DeJardin (1960 and 1962 — same question), Bob Loupe (1962), and Stu Sherard (1960, 1961, and 1962).

The media guide includes a rather odd one of Larry Crane found in”’62 Can Do” in the basketball section on the 1962 Class page.

In scrutinizing the on-line baseball archives, I found no mention of any member of the USMA Class of 1962 or any of the three teams to which that Class contributed other than the list of lettermen:

Crane, LT

DeJardin, AR

Eccleston, TF

Fox, RM

Lilley, RJ

McRae, WD

Schmidt, JL

Larry Crane lives in Newagen, ME, with his wife, Jan. Both are playwrights and have published several works, some of which have won awards. by Dave Phillips – ’62

Bob Knight

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Mike Krzyzewski

Army Basketbll Coach

Dale Hall

Football Coach 1959 – 1961

Dale S. Hall 1945 – by E. Douglas Kenna
http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/14644/

Dale Stanley Hall (June 21, 1924 – August 23, 1996) was an American football and basketball player and coach. He played football and basketball at the United States Military Academy, where he was a two-time All-American in basketball and was named the Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year in 1945. Hall served as the head football coach at West Point from 1959 to 1961, compiling a record of 16-11-2. He was also the head basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire during the 1951-52 season, tallying a mark of 11-9. source: wiki

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame: Hall, Dale, Inducted 2004
http://www.kshof.org/inductees/2-kansas-sports-hall-of-fame/inductees/142-hall-dale.html
Overview
There have been many great all-around athletes in Kansas high school history, and Dale Hall was certainly one of them. He was first-team all-state in both football and basketball at Parsons High School – as a junior and a senior – and is the only person in Kansas to receive that honor.
Career Highlights
Hall led the Southeast Kansas League in scoring in both football and basketball for three seasons and held the Parsons High School records for career points in basketball (1,158) and career touchdowns in football (35) more than 60 years after leaving the school.
Hall at West Point
At the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Hall was a Helms Foundation All-American basketball first-team selection in 1944 and 1945 and led Army to a 29-1 record, averaging 23 points a game. He scored 23 touchdowns for the 1944 national champion football team and shared the backfield with a pair of Heisman Trophy winners, Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, who won the trophy the following two seasons. Hall graduated first in a West Point class of over 800 in athletic skills and had a vertical leap of 39 inches. He earned seven letters in three sports at Army and was a 4.0 student. Hall succeeded the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik as Army’s football coach in 1959 and led his team to a 17-11-2 record in three seasons.
Honors
He is the only Parsons H.S. football player to have his number retired.

Dale Hall: Forgotten Athlete: Parsons Product Sparkled At Army
Lawrence Journal World, Oct 13 1996
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XKlAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bOcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2976%2C7481352

Good summary of Dale Hall and his Army teams
http://www.helmethut.com/College/Army/NYUSMA5971.html


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Sport articles provided by Russ “Skip” Grimm – Class of ’76

Dale S. Hall 1945 – by E. Douglas Kenna

DALE HALL arrived at West Point in July 1942 with a big smile; a high school sweetheart in Parsons, KS; and a pocket of scoring records in football and basketball that still stand today. Entering the Academy straight from Parsons High School, he graduated three years later with the same big smile, ranked in the top 25% of his class, captained the basketball team, won the Army Athletic Association saber as the best athlete in his class, and married his sweetheart on 17 Jun 1945.

Dale’s varied and eminently successful career after graduation was shaped by his integrity, intelligence, good humor, loyalty, and extreme competitiveness. Those qualities carried him swiftiy to leadership positions in the Army, athletics, business, and religious life.

Dale was born in Pittsburg, KS. He later moved to Parsons where he attended high school. Considered the greatest all-around athlete ever in the state, he was elected to the Kansas State High School Hall of Fame in 1993. He received an appointment to West Point, entering in July 1942.

At West Point, Dale Hall excelled in three sports: football, basketball, and tennis. He was a first team halfback on the 1944 National Championship football team, was captain and a first team All-American basketball player in 1945, and played singles and doubles on the undefeated 1945 Army tennis team. He later was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He also devoted sufficient time convincing his coaches and fellow cadets that it was possible to enjoy life at West Point.

After graduation and marriage to Laura Faye Stevenson in June 1945, he went to the Armor School at Ft. Knox, KY. V-J Day occurred while Dale was at Ft. Knox, and he was assigned to the 42d Cavalry Squadron, 4th Armored Division in Germany in September 1945. Combining military and athletic activity, he later coached the Second Constabulary Regiment to the European Football Championship in 1947. Dale and Faye spent four years in the beautiful Alpine region of Southern Bavaria. Fast friends made during those years earned friends of the Halls all of their lives.

Dale resigned his commission in 1949 and began his football coaching career at Purdue University. While an assistant there, he received a master’s degree in physical education in 1951.

He spent five years at New Hampshire and Florida as an assistant football coach and also was the head basketball coach at New Hampshire. He returned to West Point in 1956 as backfield coach for his mentor, Earl Blaik, whom he idolized.

Upon Blaik’s retirement following the 1958 season, Dale was selected as head coach. Earl Blaik remarked at the time that “Dale Hall and Vince Lombardi had the two best football minds” that he had encountered during his illustrious career.

While coaching at West Point, Dale developed a warm friendship with GEN Douglas MacArthur and spent many happy hours with him. Leaving an outstanding coaching record of 16-11-2 at West Point, Dale entered the business world with the Corning Glass Company. Within a year, he was promoted to general manager of one of Comingâ•˙s largest plants located in Rhode Island.

He later served as administrative director of The Butler Service Group; president of the Thunderbird Boat Company in Miami; president of Pool Boys, Inc., Sun Products Company; president of his own educational training company; president of James Ffyfe Export/Import Company; and as an associate of the Van Houten Real Estate Company. In business, he was an inspirational leader and specialized in reviving troubled companies.

Strong family ties were the hallmark of Dale’s life. After retirement to Sea Colony in Palm Coast, FL, the Halls devoted most of their time to their three daughters and eight grandchildren, visiting frequently and being totally involved in their lives.

One of Dale’s greatest joys was that his grandson, Daniel Grieve, was admitted to West Point in 1996.

After 49 years of marriage, Faye Hall died on 24 Aug 1994. They had been very active in the Trinity Presbyterian Church for several years, with Dale serving as an elder and Bethel Bible teacher. The church became an increasingly important part of their lives in retirement.

At church and at Sea Colony, they both had been close friends of Marcia Kelly, who later became Dale’s second wife. She is a gracious, warm, and loving person and they were beginning to enjoy a life of leisure, travel, and church work when Dale was stricken on 23 Aug 1996. She continues to live in their home in Sea Colony.

Dale is survived by his wife Marcia; sisters Helen and Lucille; daughters Laura Jean Grieve, Susan Wells, and Janet Uhal; and eight grandchildren.

Dale was blessed by many things in his life. We were all blessed to have been his friend, companion, admirer, and classmate.

E. Douglas Kenna

http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/14644/

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  • Charles R Monk Meyer

    Heisman Trophy runner-up 1935, College Football Hall Of Fame 1987

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    “Pound for pound, there were few backs more threatening in a broken field than Army’s Monk Meyer.”

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    Football/Basketball/Lacrosse

    Charles “Monk” Meyer earned a pair of varsity letters in football, three in basketball and one in lacrosse during a stellar athletic career at West Point. He finished second in the initial Heisman Trophy voting to Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago and retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Brigadier General.

    Meyer received the Silver Anniversary Award from Sports Illustrated in 1961 and collected the Gold Medal Award from the National Football Foundation 1987.

    As a standout quarterback, Meyer helped Army to a 28-6 victory over Navy in 1935 at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field and played in the 1937 College All-Star Game. Among Meyer’s single-game highlights was a 172-yard passing performance during a 27-16 victory opposite Columbia and future National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman in 1936.

    Meyer helped Army to six wins in each of his two seasons.

    On the hardwood, Meyer earned three varsity letters. He served as team captain in 1937 and contributed to squads that posted a combined 24-18 record, including a pair of wins opposite service academy rival Navy.

    Meyer was also a member of Army’s lacrosse team and earned a varsity letter in 1937. The Black Knights finished 9-1 that season and ended the year with a 6-5 victory at Navy. Wins against Hobart, Yale, Syracuse, Penn State and Johns Hopkins also highlighted the campaign.

    ‘Monk’ Meyer: From Allentown and West Point gridiron to heroism on the battlefield
    Allentown High alumnus led Army against Notre Dame 75 years ago this week.
    November 16, 2010|By Evan Burian
    Allentown Morning Call – Nov 16, 2010

    When Army and Notre Dame meet for the 50th time on Saturday in the new Yankee Stadium in New York, all the history and lore that surround this colorful collegiate rivalry will spring to life.

    “Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame” with the legendary George Gipp in 1919 and 1920. Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen of 1924 and Grantland Rice’s classic lead to his story on the game, “Outlined against a blue, gray, October sky the Four Horsemen rode again.” And Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne’s inspirational halftime “Win one for the Gipper” pep talk in 1928 that resulted in an upset Irish victory.

    “On, Brave Old Army Team” with coach Earl “Red” Blaik’s powerful and undefeated war-time machine led by Doc Blanchard “Mr. Inside” and Glenn Davis “Mr. Outside” of 1944-46. It was when three All-Americans — halfbacks Pete Dawkins, Bob Anderson and Northampton’s Bob Novogratz at guard — led a Black Knight conquest in 1958.

    And 75 years ago this year in the 1935 contest, it was Allentown’s Charles “Monk” Meyer of Army whose name was added to this golden honor roll.

    Although small in stature at 5-9 and 150 pounds, and looking more like the team’s student manager, “Monk” Meyer was indeed a West Point football star. And like many other Army graduates, he went on to display heroism on the battlefield for his country.

    Charles Robert “Monk” Meyer played football, basketball and baseball at Allentown High School for the nationally recognized coach, J. Birney Crum. As a single-wing halfback in 1930, Meyer was the club’s top scorer with 12 touchdowns as he helped the Canaries to a perfect 11-0 season.

    The Canary and Blue juggernaut rolled up 338 points that season while giving up only 18. The Morning Call headlined Meyer’s exploits after the Thanksgiving Day triumph over Bethlehem as “Little, But Oh My!”

    As the son of Lt. Col. Hermie Meyer and born at West Point, N.Y., on May 1, 1911, “Monk” was tagged by birth and tradition to serve his country with a career in the military.

    Monk grew up at various Army bases throughout the nation and even in the Philippines as his father received assignments during his military career. The Meyer family relocated to the Lehigh Valley area in time for Monk to play football, basketball and baseball at Allentown High.

    After leaving Allentown High, Meyer prepped at Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Academy and entered West Point in 1933 as a player who could run, pass, kick and play defense. For two seasons, 1935 and 1936, the “150-pound Mighty Mite” was the big gun of the Army attack for coach Gar Davidson.

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    In 1935 against Notre Dame before a capacity crowd of 78,114 in Yankee Stadium, it was Meyer’s 41-yard first-quarter TD pass and stellar performance in a 6-6 tie that brought him into the limelight. The press recognition eventually led to his All-American mention and then to his being named runner-up to the University of Chicago’s Jay Berwanger in the first-ever Heisman Trophy vote that year.

    However, Meyer’s fondest memory of the season was the stalemate with the Fighting Irish and what happened after the game. Meyer said he was resting by the locker-room door when someone started knocking on it. Opening the door, Meyer was startled to see Notre Dame head coach Elmer Layden, one of the immortal Four Horsemen, along with Irish players.

    Layden said, “Hey kid, go get Monk Meyer, we want to congratulate him on the great game he played against us.”

    When the stunned Meyer replied that he was Monk Meyer, Layden continued, “Look kid, we’re not fooling around, we want to talk to Monk Meyer.’ “

    Meyer then called over some of his teammates to verify to Layden that he indeed was Monk Meyer.

    All the astonished Layden could mutter while looking at the smallish Meyer was, “Gee whiz.”

    In 1936, Monk had another big day in Yankee Stadium. This time the Army ace outdueled famed Columbia passer and future Chicago Bear Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman as the Black Knights prevailed, 27-16, over the Lions.

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    In the book, “Coach Birney Crum and Allentown High,” attorney Ray Brennen, Meyer’s Allentown High classmate and lifelong friend, said of him: “He almost didn’t have a football career at Army let alone the resulting fame and honors because he was just one of over a hundred players trying out for the team when he got to West Point and a little guy to boot.

    “It was Birney who got Monk a pair of football shoes that fit him properly so he could show his running skills, and it was Birney, while watching practice, who told the Army coaches to take Monk off the fifth team and put him in with the first unit to show them that he could get the job done.”

    Meyer graduated from West Point in 1937 and led troops in the Pacific Theater under the overall command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II and again in Korea, and was wounded twice.

    Among the numerous decorations he received were two Silver Stars and, for “extraordinary heroism,” the Distinguished Service Cross. It is the second-highest decoration in the United States, just below the Medal of Honor.

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    Julie Schellhase

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    The 2d floor of Arvin Gym is hot as hell in July and August. It mattered little that the morning had been spent running four miles in formation or rolling around on the grass with the sweat pouring off. Each time, walking out on that old hard wood floor provided an instant rejuvenation; an escape from Beast; a brief return to normalcy. She left everything on the court during the ninety minutes they allowed her to play the game she loved. It is with that passion that she gave over the next four years. As a starter Yearling, Cow and Firstie Year, she made her jump shot known.

    In The Air – Julie gets above her Competition for another Record breaking Jump Shot

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    Maggie Dixon

    Maggie Dixon contributed much to West Point athletics
    By RUSTY WILKERSON — Class of 62 Can Do

    Back on March 14, I wrote about my quandary when the Army women were about to meet the Lady Vols in the NCAA tournament and what I predicted would happen. As one of my readers wrote, my forecast was right on target. Army got clobbered, both teams played with heart, and Candice Parker got not one dunk but two – and I watched the whole game from start to finish.

    What I didn’t foresee – and no one else did – was the sudden and unexpected death of Maggie Dixon, the Army coach, of a heart problem at 28.

    I didn’t know Dixon, but like a lot of other West Point grads I followed the whole, sad saga of her death as best as I could on the West Point Web site, ESPN, etc.

    In these days death is a fact of life for the cadets and faculty at West Point. That same week a young captain (and pilot of an Apache gunship) was killed in Iraq.

    Somehow though, Maggie Dixon’s death was even more tragic, if that can be. After all, the military academy is in the business of training young men and women to lead our soldiers into harm’s way. But a basketball coach – and one who wasn’t much older than her players and in her first year as a head coach? It shows us how life can be totally unpredictable (and unfair).

    The superintendent said she stood out as a leader in “a house of leaders” and that she left behind 20 more “Maggies.” One of her favorite comments to her players was “Adversity, ladies, learn to deal with it.” From their comments at her funeral and memorial services, she has made a lasting impression on all of them that they will carry for the rest of their lives – not a bad thing for someone starting a military career.

    I would bet they’ll be the team to beat in the Patriot League next year. Instead of winning one “for the Gipper,” it’ll be “win this one for Maggie.”

    But why, other than the obvious sadness of a life cut so short, the major impact on the West Point community and, more to the point, someone like me, who is so far removed? I’m a little slow, but I finally figured it out.

    Army, in the last 30 or 40 years has not been much of a “player” in the collegiate sports world as compared to the “days of old” as my kids call it. The days of the lonesome end, and Heisman award winners Dawkins, Davis and Blanchard are long gone. Most of the major stars in the world of college athletics probably couldn’t make the grades to get in one of the service academies. Even if they could, they can’t compete for the “big bucks” as a professional for five years after they graduate.

    Then, not from the football field where one would expect – and seemingly out of the blue – comes a young, first-year head coach who brings, of all things, through the Army’s women’s basketball program at a predominantly male institution, excitement back into Army athletics, something no coach has been able to do in decades. (I read in one of the columns eulogizing her that she was “a Pat Summit in training.” Her brother, Jamie Dixon, coach at Pitt, said after she was buried, “They’ll never look at women the same way here.” He may be right.

    Maggie Dixon was buried in the West Point Cemetery with some familiar (and not too familiar) names: Gens. Winfield Scott, George Goethals (Panama Canal), Lucius Clay, George Custer, William Westmoreland, “Molly” Corbin (“Molly Pitcher” of Revolutionary War fame), Col. Ed White (astronaut), and a lot of others that most of us have never heard about (including one of my roommates).

    Maggie Dixon’s grave is next to Glenn Davis (of Davis and Blanchard fame) and Earl “Red” Blaik. Not bad company for a coach to spend eternity with!

    Rusty Wilkerson is a Kingsport resident. E-mail him at wilkersonbr@earthlink.net. Article reprinted with permission from the Kingsport Times News, Kingsport, TN.