The North Texan, Volume 36, Number 1, Spring 1986 Page: 14
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Theron J. Fouts
R.O. "Jack" Sisco
Five Who Brought Fame
to North Texas Honored
Five standouts from the past were inducted into NTSU's
Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the Eagles' 20-0
win over Lamar University's Cardinals Nov. 9 at Fouts ■
Those inducted were twin brothers Delmer and Elmer
Brown, Dan McAlister, the late R.O. "Jack" Sisco and
the late Theron J. Fouts, for whom Fouts Field is named.
Their induction marked the third time inductees had been
named to the NTSU Athletic Hall of Fame, and brought
the total number of those so honored to 17.
The inductees and their families were guests of honor
at a brunch hosted by the NTSU Trustees in the Univer-
sity Union before the football game. NTSU President
Dr. Alfred F. Hurley recognized the inductees and their
accomplishments during brief remarks following the
Delmer Brown and his brother helped North Texas
set a world record in the medley relay at the Millrose
Games at Madison Square Garden in 1938. He coached
in the high school ranks at Breckenridge, Port Arthur
and Baytown before serving as athletic trainer at Baylor
University from 1946-52.
Brown later served as head trainer and track coach at
East Texas State University and Texas Tech before
returning to East Texas State in 1958. He remained at
East Texas State until 1980, and during that time his
athletes held five national individual or relay titles.
He served on the medical staff at the Tokyo Olympics
in 1964 and was named the Lone Star Conference Track
and Field Coach of the Year. He is a member of the
ETSU Hall of Fame, Southwest Athletic Trainers and
Helms Foundation. "When we came down here we had
the greatest coach in the world in 'Choc' Sportsman.
We used to pack 'em in for dual meets with USC and
the University of Chicago," he said.
His brother Elmer was inducted into the National
Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame and served as athletic
trainer for the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia,
in 1956. After serving as trainer at Texas Christian Uni-
versity for 27 years, he retired in 1978, when he was
appointed director of sports medicine and instruction at
the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He retired
from that post in 1984.
He coached at Laredo, Gladewater and Wichita Falls
in the high school ranks and also served as trainer and
track coach at Midwestern State University before going
"When we came to North Texas they told us we would
run against the best people in the country, and we did.
They said we would have the best coach in the country,
and we did. This is a wonderful honor, something I will
never forget," he said
Both Browns set Lone Star Conference records in the
100-, 200- and 440-yard dashes while at NTSU.
McAlister earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball
and track under coaches Theron J. Fouts and J.W. St.
Clair. After graduation, he coached at Denton High School
from 1923 until 1941, and took teams to the state
basketball tournament six times. His 1931 team went to
the National High School tournament in Chicago. He
became principal at Denton Junior High School in 1941,
a position he held until his retirement.
"I had Mr. St. Clair and Mr. Fouts as my coaches. I
played under good coaches, but they were good men
besides being good coaches. That's what North Texas
looked for back then. They got it all out of us. We
played because we just enjoyed playing. We didn't care
about crowds. If they came, they could see us play, but
if they didn't, we had just as much fun," he said.
Sisco was known as the greatest football center in the
history of Texas high schools, and captained the Waco
High School team that went undefeated in 1921-22. Sisco
later lettered three years in football and baseball at Baylor,
earning all-Southwest Conference honors in both sports.
He coached at North Texas State Teachers College
from 1929-41, compiling an overall record of 74-37-10,
winning seven outright conference championships and
trying for three. Sisco was inducted into the Baylor Hall
of Fame in 1962, and was a 1983 inductee into the Texas
High School Hall of Fame. Sisco also served two four-
year terms on the NTSU Board of Regents.
Representing Sisco at the ceremonies were his widow,
Sue Sisco, and his son, Jack P. Sisco. Mrs. Sisco said,
"This is truly a great moment for both of us." Her son
added, "My dad would have been really proud. He lived
and breathed North Texas State University."
Fouts also attended Baylor and lettered four years.
He was the star of the first Southwest Conference
championship team in 1915, and captained the 1916 squad.
He came to Denton Normal College as coach of all sports
Fouts initiated track and field as a varsity sport, bringing
the school its first nationwide recognition in athletics.
Fouts played a major role in the acquisition of much of
the land that present campus facilities stand on.
Fouts compiled a 23-14-2 record as football coach at
NTSU, and his service to the university spanned 34 years.
He was the driving force behind the extensive expansion
efforts that led to the building of the 20,500 seat football
stadium that was later named for him, and the expansion
of the golf course from nine to 18 holes.
"I think this is recognition not just of his accomplish-
ments as athletic director, but as dean of men, director
of physical education and in his capacity working with
the president in guiding the development of the university,
especially the physical plant," said Tom Fouts of Denton,
son of Theron J. Fout^.
"He is sort of the dean of this crowd. All of them
(the Browns, McAlister and Sisco) were either students
of his or people that he hired to coach at North Texas. I
think it is significant that they were so honored together."
Later, North Texas teams under Fouts' guidance won
national honors in football, basketball, golf and track
Only 12 other inductees have been named to the NTSU
Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Ross Collins for golf,
1983; Joe Greene, football, 1981; Freddie Hopkins,
basketball, 1983; Don January, golf, 1981; Odus Mitchell,
football, 1981; Winton E. "Pop" Noah, track/football,
1983; Ray Renfro, football/track, 1981; Wayne Rideout,
track, 1981; Henry G. "Pete" Shands, basketball/tennis,
1983; Charles "Choc" Sportsman, track/football, 1981;
Johnny Stovall, football, 1981; and Ted Wright, football/
Selection committee for the 1985 inductees included
Charlie Turner of Fort Worth and Doyle Chrisman, John
Guyer, Charlie Johnson, Zeke Martin and Crillon Payne,
all of Denton.
NTSU guard Regina Woods had JO points, five rebounds, three
assists and four steals during the Eagles' 7V-73 win over Baylor
in the Super Pit. At press time, the Eagles had a record of
18-6, the best in the team's history'. With a 7-1 mark in Southland
Conference play, Coach Judy Nelson's squad was guaranteed
of at least a lie for jus: place, with an NCAA playoff berth
awaiting the conference winner.
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