Letterwinner Shoutouts – August 2020

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Brenda Sweeten (Volleyball 1990-93) was featured in a recent article in The North Texan, the University of North Texas Alumni magazine, highlighting a unique program that she founded in 2012. Sweeten currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Social Work Field Education, and UNT Foster Care Liaison Officer. In 2012, Sweeten started UNT’s Persevere Until Success Happens (PUSH) program. PUSH’s objectives include recruiting and graduating students who have experienced foster care or homelessness, and connecting them with campus and community resources. What started out with a handful of members has grown to 50, with a network of nearly 200 students and alumni.

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Ben Hagins (Golf 1967-69) was featured in an article by the Waco Tribune titled “Veterans’ Voices” that tells the story of his time in the military. After graduating from Baylor in 1970, Hagins enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for 10 years. He is now retired after a 30 year career in financial advising and resides in Woodway, TX.

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Rodney Smith (Football 1996-99) was named Waco Independent School District’s assistant athletic director. Smith has taught and coached for Waco ISD for 19 years. He has been the athletic coordinator and head football coach of University High School in Waco since 2017 and will continue in that role until after the upcoming football season. 

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Bryce Hager (Football 2011-14) signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as a free agent. He was selected in the seventh round (224th overall) of the NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams in 2015 where he spent the last five years. While at Baylor, Hager was an All-American linebacker and three-time All-Big 12 honoree.

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Gatesville ISD will name the Gatesville High School football field at McKamie Stadium after the late Tommy Davidson (Football 1975-77). On Friday, September 4, Gatesville ISD will dedicate the field before their home game against Glen Rose. Davidson was a graduate of Gatesville High School, served on the Gatesville City Council, Gatesville ISD School Board, and as an athletic trainer for Gatesville High School for many years. 

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