Junior College Coach Wagstaff Dies
TYLER, Texas (AP) _ Floyd Wagstaff, a Texas Sports Hall of Fame basketball coach who is second on the junior college victory list, died Saturday. He was 89.
Wagstaff coached Tyler Junior College from 1946-75 and served as athletic director until retiring in 1984. He led the Apaches to national basketball championships in 1949 and 1951, and a record 11 NJCAA national tournament appearances.
``It’s hard to verbalize the impact of the loss of coach Wagstaff to Tyler Junior College and the city of Tyler,″ TJC president Dr. William R. Crowe told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
``It’s a tremendous loss. Coach Wag epitomized athletic achievement to this college, to this city. He was a great friend, a mentor, a terrific competitor and a wonderful human being.″
During his three-decade coaching career, Wagstaff had a 734-221 record, won 10 conference titles and tied for four others. The junior college’s gym bears his name.
Wagstaff also was the college’s first football coach and compiled a 130-36 record. His 1948 team won the Junior Rose Bowl.
Born Jan. 8, 1911, in Shelby County near the Louisiana border, Wagstaff graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1937. Wagstaff joined Tyler Junior College in 1946 as the first basketball and football coach.
Wagstaff is survived by brothers Travis Wagstaff of Madisonville and Bob Wagstaff of Pineland; sisters Neta Hanna of Jacksonville and Bonnie Myers of Hide-a-way Lake; daughters Becky Craig of Rowlett, Betsy Caddell of Richardson and Peggy Smith of Tyler; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service is set for Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Tyler.