We welcome the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our letterwinners and happily celebrate in their (your!) successes. If you have a personal recognition you would like to share with us, please send us an email and tell us about it. Join us as we congratulate these letterwinners on their noteworthy accomplishments.
Harold Hern has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of inductees to the Navarro College Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Baylor baseball team, Hern played baseball at Navarro, and later became the basketball coach there for three seasons before embarking on a 13-year career as their head football coach. His Navarro football coaching career resulted in three conference championships, seven runners-up and two bowl championships in three appearances. In 2009, Hern was selected to the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame after compiling an 89-39-2 record in 130 games between 1973 and 1985. Hern, a one-time draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, played on Navarro’s 1959 baseball team that finished third during its first-ever NJCAA Tournament at Miami, OK. Navarro College will host a formal induction ceremony this spring at the Cook Education Center with further details being announced soon. Click here for more information. Sic ’em Coach!
Photo credit: Corsicana Daily Sun
Ervin Randle- Football (’81-’84)
In celebration of February’s Black History Month, Ervin Randle was recognized by a local elementary school in his “now” home state of Oklahoma. Despite Randle’s humble beginnings in Mumford, Texas, he became the first member of his family to attend college. After a stellar college football career with the Bears, Randle went on to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Following his pro football career, Randle began a career in car sales, working all the way up from salesman to becoming the first African American owner of a Chevrolet dealership in Oklahoma. Now, owner of Classic Chevrolet in Lawton, Ervin was featured by Eisenhower Elementary, not because of his college and football accolades, but for his generous spirit and commitment to Lawton/Ft. Sill. Randle and his wife Bridget have become pillars of the Lawton community through their willingness to give back. Randle’s personal understanding of what it’s like to ‘have nothing’ drives him to give back to those who are less fortunate and make his community a better place to live. Sic ’em Erv!
Rev. James Weaver has been serving as a pastor for over 45 years. In October of 1990, he and his wife, Susan Hergert Weaver, (Journalism Communications BU graduate 1975) founded New Hope Assembly in Urbandale, Iowa. New Hope has seen substantial growth over the past 30 plus years and is now the largest Assembly of God Church in Iowa. In 2019, the New Hope congregants gave $1.2 million to World Missions which ranked 9th in the nation among Assemblies of God churches. Rev. Weaver was also recently appointed to serve on the Assembly of God world missions board in Springfield, Missouri.
Growing up in Waco and earning a full scholarship to play basketball for the Bears, it goes without saying that Weaver is an avid Baylor sports fan. “I was blessed to play for the late Bill Menefee,” Weaver says, “I read every article about every sports teams, watch all Baylor sports and make annual trips to Waco to see as many games as possible in person. I love Baylor and I am thankful for the education it afforded me.” Sic ’em Rev. Weaver!
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