Hall of Honor 1998 Inductee Staci Watkins Sherman comes from a long line of “Pirates”. Her grandmother, Irene Watkins, taught in the Wylie Independent School District for many years. Both of her parents are Wylie graduates and her father, Wally Watkins, who was very instrumental in the school district, has an Elementary school named after him. With this strong "Pirate blood", it is no surprise that Staci went on to represent the Pirate family as she did.
Staci graduated in the WHS class of 1979. During her four years at Wylie High, she was a four year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball. She played tennis three years and ran track for two years. She received All-District honors in volleyball, basketball and tennis. One of her fondest memories as a Pirate, was riding the old Pirate bus, especially after a big win on the road!
Upon graduation, Staci received a four year full scholarship to East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) for Volleyball. She, of course, left her mark there as she was named Most Valuable freshmen (1979) and Honorable-mention All-American (1980). Sherman was an integral part of the 1980 Lady Lions Volleyball Team, which acrued eight-straight wins in the post season to reach the NAIA Championship finals against Azuza Pacific. The Lady Lions lost to Azuza Pacific in the First annual NAIA Volleyball National Championship tourney ever held. Her successes continued as she was named Team MVP and selected Lone Star Conference 1st team in 1983. In 2005, Staci was inducted into the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame. Her 1980 Volleyball team was inducted in 2010. She has served on the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Board of Directors since 1998.
Finishing her degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health, Staci taught and coached in various Texas schools for twenty-nine years. Leading up to her retirement, she taught 5th/6th Grade Physical Education at Draper Intermediate.
Staci and her husband, Larry (Allen Eagles '77), have been married 32 years and have two daughters, who have each given them a grandchild. They have two beautiful granddaughters, Paisley (3) and Mia (4 months). Both daughters also became teachers and presently teach in Texas. Her daughter, Aly, played basketball for West Texas A&M and was named Lonestar Conference Defensive Player of the year in 2011.
Her encouragement to fellow Pirates, “Work hard and push yourself everyday! Enjoy every minute of your athletic career because it goes by really fast! Most important – HAVE FUN!”