Mr. Norman Lee Phillips a 1990 inductee into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame passed away today, May 25, 2022, at the age of 92. Mr. Phillips was active even after retirement in volunteering with his daughter Kim Phillips Gomez at Hanks High School where she is the Head Girls Track Coach.
Dr. Scott Stein, current Hall of Fame President and a 2014 Hall inductee said “The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame is so sad to hear about the passing of Coach Phillips. He was an incredible coach and mentor to so many athletes and touched so many lives.”
Mr. Phillips was a football and track and field standout at Borger High School before attending then named West Texas State. Upon graduating college, he coached in the southwest for 11 years, and among his athletes was legendary Olympic Shot -Put Champion Randy Matson the first 70 ft. shot putter in Texas.
Mr. Phillips taught hundreds of track and field athletes while amassing his legendary career in El Paso, Texas starting in 1965 at Irvin High School. One of those was Ed Stansbury a 2015 inductee into the Hall. Stansbury said, “I am upset and saddened to hear the passing of legendary Irvin Coach Norman Phillips. I will be forever grateful to him for nominating me for the distinguished honor of being in the Hall. Although he is no longer with us, there is no doubt his impact at Irvin and across El Paso will live on. My condolences to his family and all that he has influenced. Rest in Peace Coach and Thank You!”
Dr. Scott Stein, PresidentEl Paso Athletic Hall of Fame
The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame is sad to announce the passing of Richard Ochoa on March 24, 2022 at the age of 90.
Mr. Ochoa is a 1993 inductee into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame as he had a stellar football career at the University of Texas from 1950-1953.
Mr. Ochoa led the Southwest Conference in rushing in 1953 and the same year in the Cotton Bowl with the Longhorns, he was named the Most Valuable Player while also being selected All Southwest Conference.
Jim Forbes, one of the premier high school basketball players and high school coaches in the rich history of El Paso and the State of Texas passed away today at the age of 69.
A quiet, humble man, Forbes always deferred accolades of his accomplishments to either his teammates or his players.
Immediate past President of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame Ed Stansbury said of Forbes, “It’s been incredibly difficult the last month for the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame community. We are saddened by the passing of Coach Forbes and send our condolences to his family and the Andress, Riverside and Bel Air communities. Coach Forbes will forever be an icon here in El Paso and he will be deeply missed.”
Forbes played at Bel Air High School graduating in 1970 as a High School All-American and then moving on to play for the University of Texas at El Paso for three years from 1971-1974.
He also played on the 1972 United States Men’s Olympic Team and then went into the high school coaching world where he accomplished a feat no other local El Paso basketball Coach has ever done. Mr. Forbes took two different high school basketball teams, both Riverside and Andress to the State Final Four.
The current President of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame Dr. Scott Stein said, “I call him Coach as he was my coach at Don Haskins Basketball Camp. Coach Forbes was such an inspirational player, coach, and man. A great loss whose memory will live on forever in El Paso.”
Jim Forbes was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and in recent years had the high school gymnasium at Riverside High School renamed in his honor and his high school jersey number at Bel Air High School retired.
Ray Sanchez, a local sports authorian and former sportswriter at the El Paso Herald Post, El Paso Times and El Paso Inc. has passed away today at the age of 94.
Edmund Stansbury, immediate past president of El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame and a 2015 Hall inductee and football star at Irvin High School and UCLA said, “We are deeply saddened about the passing of Mr. Ray Sanchez and know his life and the impact he’s made on El Paso sports will be celebrated and live on forever.”
Sanchez a 1961 inductee into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame was a founding board member of the Hall which started in 1955.
Ruben Ramirez also a Hall of Fame past president and a 2005 inductee into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the greatest ever photographers in El Paso’s illustrious sports history also worked with Mr. Sanchez for years at the El Paso Herald Post newspaper. Sanchez was like a father figure to Ramirez as the pair traveled to numerous Super Bowls to cover the event for the paper. Ramirez said “Ray Sanchez was a sports icon and an institution of El Paso sports and a great man.”
Sanchez also wrote several books on El Paso’s rich sports history and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame would like to wish his family their condolences at his difficult time. Rest in Peace Mr. Ray Sanchez.
The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame lost today, January 10, 2022 an El Paso legend with the passing of Don Maynard, NFL Football Hall of Famer at the age of 86.
Mr. Maynard went to then Texas Western College now the University of Texas at El Paso from 1954-1956 before staring his NFL career which culminated with his playing for the 1969 New York Jets which won Superbowl III.
Maynard is in the NFL Football Hall of Fame, UTEP Hall of Fame and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rest In Peace Don Maynard and thank you for your contributions to the El Paso Sports scene and being the legendary football player and mentor to so many.
To the Maynard Family - on behalf of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame we offer our deepest condolences.
The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame lost a legendary coach in the world of swimming on November 29, 2021.
Mr White was a longtime swim coach at Cathedral High School winning over 17 State Swimming Championships in a row. He was equally successful as swim coach with the El Paso Aqua Posse one of the premier swim clubs in the country.
A 2011 inductee into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame Mr. White was a driving force behind many El Paso swimmers getting college scholarships.
Rest In Peace Jack White. To the White Family - on behalf of the El Paso Atheltic Hall of Fame we offer our deepest condolences.