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Coach Sam Terry was inducted into the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor in 2005. He joined the Pirates coaching staff in fall 1978, hired by then athletic director Dr. Jerry Shaffer to coach baseball.
Terry came into coaching with an exceptional baseball pedigree. A multi-sport standout at Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he gathered all-state honors in baseball, Terry was awarded a full scholarship to Baylor University. He played four years for the Bears while earning a Bachelor’s degree in English (1962). He continued his education at Florida State University where he added an M.A. (1964) and a Ph.D. (1970).
After teaching at North Texas State University (1966-1971) and Appalachian State University (1971-1976), Terry decided he wanted to get back into baseball and took a coaching position at Pilot Point.
In spring 1978, Terry heard Shaffer speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast. The Pirates were fresh off the 1977 state football championship and Terry said, “I liked what (Shaffer) had to say.”
Terry joined the Pirates staff as head baseball coach a short time later, a position he held from 1978-1997. Over that stretch, the Pirates won 332 games, advanced to the playoffs 13 times, and made the trip to Austin for the four-team state tournament in 1982 and again in 1988.
Terry said the two teams he took to the state tournament were filled with good people who also happened to be good athletes.
The 1982 team included current Athletic Director Kyle Craighead, who pitched and played center field.
Terry said in those days, Wylie had a “Pirate” bus that was used to transport the football and baseball teams to away games. It was a 1952 model painted up with the school colors, and only Terry was able to drive it.
“It sounded like a freight train,” he said.
One of his fondest memories was rolling up in front of their hotel in Austin in that bus, and the valet coming out with an intention of parking it.
Terry said the 1988 squad was made up of good athletes, but it was that team’s exceptional “want to” that made them successful.
Terry taught English classes while coaching baseball in those first 10 years. But in fall 1988, he took over as head football coach and athletic director. After four years, he passed the football baton to incoming head coach Jimmy Brooks, but Terry retained his position as athletic director until spring 1997. At that time, he made a career shift to assistant principal at Wylie High School. He retired from full-time work in 2003 and continues his affiliation with the WISD athletic department where he helps manage the stadium.
“I wouldn’t trade my years in coaching for anything,” he said.
Terry and wife Anne have three children, Kelly (WHS ’90), Jocelyn (WHS ’94) and Justin (WHS ’97)
When Nikita Whitlock was a dominant nose tackle for Wylie, helping the Pirates advance to the Class 5A Division II title game in 2008, he was considered too small to play on the line for a major college football program. He got a late scholarship offer from Wake Forest, but at 5-10 and 250 pounds, could he really be an interior lineman?
Well, as a senior, he was a first-team selection in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
What a great end to a story of perseverance. But it wasn't the end.
Nikita Whitlock is now an NFL player. And not as a practice-squad player, as he was last year with the Cowboys. Whitlock, who was one of the fiercest defensive players I've ever seen in high school, is now a member of the New York Giants.
Yes, the team the Cowboys open against Sunday night. Whitlock is now a fullback -- he converted to that position out of college, hoping to make an NFL roster -- and he beat out Giants veteran Henry Hynoski for the position. Whitlock is the only fullback on the Giants roster, and he might have sealed his spot on the team with his ability to play on special teams. He has also filled in at times on the Giants' defensive line. He can do a little bit of everything, and always with a fiery intensity.
I wouldn't doubt it a bit if he blocked a punt this year. He scared the daylights out of many a punter while at Wylie.
Whitlock was a lot of fun to talk with back when he was at Wylie, and when he was SportsDay's Defensive Player of the Year after the 2008 season, he came into our offices to do a video. He pretended to intimidate us into putting more big hits -- including hits by him -- into our highlights.
Whitlock has the look of an intimidator, no doubt about it. But he was also a pretty soft-spoken, easygoing guy. I'm really happy that all of his hard work has paid off.
Here's a funny story about how Whitlock learned that he had made the Giants' roster. Whitlock lost his cell phone over the weekend, and he was looking for it at the Giants' facility. From this story in NJ.com:
"I'm looking everywhere for my phone," Whitlock recalled. "And the guy who, you know, The Reaper. The guy who was telling everyone to come in (to be cut). He walked up to me, and I was like, 'Dang, here it is.'"
But, much to Whitlock's relief, it wasn't.
"And he was like, 'Man, don't worry about it. You're not on my list.'"
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Brick Builder Meeting Monday, September 7th @ 6:30 in the IMPAC Classroom.
Wylie Pirate Athletic Booster Club meets @ 7:30.
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Woodbridge Golf BIG PLAY of the WEEK - Game 2
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Offense: Jordan Whaley and Justin Pegues
Defense: Conner Callahan and Taylor Green
Spec Teams: Evan Bailey and Logan Murphy
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If you can't make it to the game, Listen Live
Hard to believe, but it’s been 37 years since the Pirates carried home that State Championship trophy. The 35-man squad - composed of 16 seniors, 14 juniors and five sophomores and under the direction of head coach Jerry Shaffer - beat a talented Bellville squad 22-14 to take the state crown. The following season that group of juniors carried the team back to the state finals where they were eclipsed by an Eric Dickerson-led Sealy squad.
Past Hall of Honor chairman Richard Parker said he attended every game that year with the same group of four men. Once the Pirates got rolling, supporters became superstitious about their game-day preparation. Parker said his foursome rode to every game in the same vehicle with the same seating arrangement so as not to jinx the outcome.
It was quite a run for the 1977 team that wasn’t expected to progress beyond district games. In those days, there were usually six to eight teams in a given district but only the district champion advanced into the playoffs. Bellville and Sealy were in the same district back then, as they are now; and when those two teams played each other under that format, it truly was for all the marbles.
The 1977 Pirates had won their season opener, but then dropped the next two non-district contests. After that, they pulled things together and ran the table.
The 2008 Pirates were athletically gifted and advanced into the state final. The 2010 Pirates were clipped in the state semifinal, just one play short of a state final appearance. While every team is different from those that came before and those that follow, the common thread for all is strong leadership and commitment to team. Those attributes make every team better than the sum of its parts.
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Our own Gasevan McGrue's highlight made it into the TOP 10 Plays of the Week. Proud of you, Gasevan... AHMO !
9TH Maroon @ Home vs West Mesquite Thursday @ 5:30
Black -Thursday v West Mesquite @ 5:30 @ AC New Middle School
Gray @ 7:00 v Rowlett @ Rowlett High School
VARSITY vs West Mesquite Friday @ 7:30 @ Wylie Stadium
Are you ready for some football? Are you ready for some football? Are you ready for some football?
Come out & see the Coach's Show being broadcast @ 6:15 and show support for the WYLIE PIRATES ! A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Wylie Pirate Football Program.
Offense: Eli Smith and Justin Pegues
Defense: Lorenzo Keck and Gasevan McGrue
Special Teams: Evan Bailey and Brandon Cunningham
The Freshmen White will play Wed, 9/2/15 @ 5:30 @ Wylie Stadium v Midlothian
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Woodbridge Golf BIG PLAY of the WEEK
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