San Antonio ISD announces its 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame honorees

District established hall of fame in 2014


SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Independent School District announced on Tuesday the seven 2016 honorees to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

The hall recognizes SAISD alumni who have made a positive impact in sports, either through excellent athletic achievements or excellent athletic program contributions, the district said.

The honorees are Christi Cano, Wayne Dickey, William Carson "Nemo" Herrera, Kathleen Lovejoy, Warren McVea, Gabriel "Señor Sack" Rivera and Dorothy "Dottye" Williams. The following information was provided by SAISD.

Christi Cano - 1999 graduate of Edison High School and a two-time University of Interscholastic state champion in golf. Cano was a four-year letter winner on the Edison golf team. She was named all-district and all-region four times and all-state three times. She was named the 1999 Player of the Year by the UIL. In her collegiate career at Oklahoma State, Cano competed in 37 tournaments and had 20 top-20 finishes, including five finishes in the top five. Cano went on to compete for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

Wayne Dickey - 1970 Highlands High School graduate and the head basketball coach at Sam Houston HS for 30 years (1976-2007). Coach Dickey compiled a 751-249 record at Sam Houston, which included 25 playoff teams, eight regional tournaments, seven regional finals, four state tournaments and one state championship. Overall, Dickey is only one of two coaches in San Antonio history to win more than 800 basketball games as a high school coach.

William Carson "Nemo" Herrera - 1918 graduate of Brackenridge High School and a coach of Texas high school sports for 43 years, including 18 years as the head basketball coach at Lanier High School (1928-1946). At Lanier, Coach Herrera won two basketball state championships in 1943 and 1945. Under Herrera, Lanier advanced to the state playoffs nine times and to the state tournament seven times. Herrera is credited as being the first basketball coach to use the innovative full court press. Herrera is only one of a few coaches to win state titles in two different sports - basketball at Lanier HS and baseball at Austin Bowie HS (1949). Herrera won more than 1,000 games in his career coaching basketball and baseball. He had an overall record of 545-193 in basketball and 469-298 in baseball.

Kathleen Lovejoy - secretary to the director of athletics at San Antonio ISD for 53 years (1962-present). Lovejoy has served under seven different athletic directors and three interim athletic directors. Lovejoy has spent more than a half century working in the District athletic office and is regarded as the historian for the department.

Warren McVea - 1964 graduate of Brackenridge High School and known as "Wondrous Warren" during his high school football career. He played running back, flanker and punt/kick return specialist. McVea helped lead his Brackenridge team to a state championship in 1962. According to Sports Illustrated in a November 9, 1964 article, "During his career at San Antonio's Brackenridge High School he was the most exciting, the most talked-about and the most ardently sought-after Texas player in 20 years. In three years against the state's best high school competition, McVea scored just under 600 points. As a senior he averaged better than a first down per carry and rushed for 1,332 yards." McVea signed with the University of Houston and became the first African American to play football for the Cougars. McVea was named a two-time All-American running back during his college career. In 1968, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League and American Football League. He played a season before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where McVea helped his team win Super Bowl IV in 1970.

Gabriel "Señor Sack" Rivera - 1979 Jefferson High School graduate and a Parade High School Football All American defensive linebacker and offensive tight end for the Mustangs. Rivera led his Jefferson team to a co-district championship in 1977. Rivera, who earned the nickname "Señor Sack," played defensive tackle at Texas Tech University (1979-1982). Rivera amassed 105 tackles for the Red Raiders in the 1982 season, a school record for most tackles in one season by a defensive tackle that still stands today. Rivera started all four years while at Texas Tech and played in 40 straight games. At 6 foot, 3 inches and 300 pounds, Rivera could
run the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.8 seconds. In his senior year, in 1982, Rivera earned consensus All-American. Rivera was the first defensive tackle taken in the 1983 NFL first round draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rivera played for the infamous Steel Curtain Defense.

Dorothy "Dottye" Williams - assistant athletic director at San Antonio ISD between 1975 and 1982. Williams was the first woman assistant athletic director for SAISD. Williams played an instrumental role in implementing Title IX in SAISD schools. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Williams is regarded as a pioneer in being a voice for girl sports athletic programs. Williams also worked as a principal, assistant principal and principal appraiser for SAISD. She worked for the District 16 years (1975-1991).

The honorees will be inducted at a ceremony Feb. 13 at the Sunset Station Depot 1.

The hall of fame was established in 2014 in conjunction with the completion of $35 million in renovations and rededication of Alamo Stadium.