Judson ISD

Past Hall of Honor Inductees

2018 Inductees

Mr. Frank Arnold has been a leader in the coaching arena for a long time…his experience as a football coach spans 20 years…the last 4 of those years at Judson High School. He came from humble beginnings growing up on the south side of San Antonio and graduated from Burbank High School. In 20 years of coaching football he touched programs at San Antonio Sam Houston, Jefferson, Holmes and MacArthur High Schools. He eventually took over the Judson Rocket Football program from Jerry Sanders when District Athletic Director at the time, Roy Wallace hired him in 1980. That’s when the program went to another level.

Building on the success of Coach Sanders, this individual over the following four years went 42-and-9 culminating in a State Championship in 1983 when Judson beat Midland Lee 25-to-21. Shortly after that, when Roy Wallace retired, this coach stepped up as J.I.S.D. Athletic Director and served in that position with distinction for some 21 years. He has been inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor as a coach and as an athletic director as well as the San Antonio Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

More recently he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. He led the push that first took the Judson athletic program into that football promised land of a State Championship. Frank Arnold Athletic Center is named in his honor.

Mr. Pete Gibbens has spent more than two decades at Judson High School. He played his college football at Southwest Texas State University. As a coach, he started his time with Judson ISD at Kirby Middle School, later moving to Judson High School where he spent the next 23 years as assistant coach-defensive coordinator. He was a critical part of moving the Judson Football program forward with Head Coaches Arnold, Rutledge and Rackley orchestrating a potent defensive system that won championships. In fact, of all coaches that have worked on the Rocket Football staff, Mr. Gibbens is the only coach in Judson history to be a part of all six State Championship Teams. He was hired to be the Head Football Coach for Wagner High School when it opened up in 2005 putting the first varsity team on the field in 2006 for the Thunderbirds. He was the Head Football Coach at Wagner for the first 8 years of the school’s existence and during that time took the T-Birds to the playoffs 6 of those 8 years…even reaching the State Quarterfinals at one point. Retired from coaching in 2013. He has been a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association for 35 years and served on the organization’s Board of Directors and has even coached its All-Star game.

Since 2002 Mr. Sonny-Peter Merrell has been giving time to this district in the form of filling needs at schools in the district, serving on a myriad of committees…many times as a Chairperson or Co-Chair position. He has spent time on various Site-Based Committees and Campus Improvement Planning Committees and he has been very active with bond oversight of how taxpayer money is being spent on voter approved projects. Mr. Merrell is one that is committed to his community…he’s always at either City of Live Oak Council meetings, Judson ISD School Board meetings or at any number of district events where he likes to show his support . At his church, he is known as the “Food Man” because he runs a food pantry that serves more than 400 families a month. He is retired U.S. Army so he knows logistics and getting things done. He is also a past VITAS Hospice Volunteer of the Year multiple times at the San Antonio and National level.

Chief Teresa Ramon is someone who is widely known and respected across the state and has even received recognition on the national level. Chief Ramon is a member of the Texas School Districts Police Chiefs Association she was elected in 2017 as the organization’s first ever female president. In 2016, she was selected for the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award…an honor recognizing those who have established and sustained efforts to keep schools safe. That same year she traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a White House panel focusing on women and the criminal justice system. She has been honored on a state level as an “Outstanding Hispanic Women Role Models” and was selected by then Governor Rick Perry for the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award for her impact on her community. Chief Ramon was the Judson ISD Distinguished Employee of the Year in 2007 and you may also know her by her annual collection of canned yams to benefit the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.

2017 Inductees

Mr. Eric Brown is a home grown JISD product going to Kirby Middle School and was later a Judson graduate with the class of 1992. Mr. Bown was a major impact player on the 1992 Championship season, he was voted the team’s Defensive Captain by his coaches and teammates. He also gave Track and Field a try that last year at Judson and became very successful at the Texas Relays and an appearance at the Texas State Track Meet. After graduation he started out at Blinn Junior College on a track scholarship, but later made the school’s football team as a walk-on. That first year he became an All-American in football and accepted a full athletic scholarship to Mississippi State University. After college, he was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos as a strong safety. In 1999 with the Denver Broncos, he played to a Super Bowl Championship beating the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl 33 by a score of 33-17. He is a Heads Up Football Ambassador for the State of Texas supporting Youth Football.

Mr. Ron Faught spent 27 years as the track coach for Judson High School. Coming to Judson in 1986 he guided the school to 26 District Track Championships and 20 Regional Championships. But he wasn’t just a track coach…he was also a mentor to his student-athletes who learned how to push themselves to get the most out of their potential, personally, academically and on the track. Mr. Faught won two State High School Track Championships, his first championship as a track coach was in his very first year at Columbus, Texas in 1976. In 2013, they brought home the State Championship trophy to Judson. The first State Track and Field Championship for a San Antonio area high school since 1969. He retired after that essentially bookending his career with championships in 1976 and 2013

Mr. Clint Rutledge is a 1994 graduate of Judson High School and was an All-City athlete in both football and baseball. He was one of the anchors in back to back State High School Football Championships in 1992 and 1993 at the quarterback position. He went on to Baylor University where he graduated with a double major in History and English. He eventually made his way back to JISD to become the quarterback coach at Judson High School. In 2002, he won his third State High School Football Championship as a coach as the Judson Rockets. In 2005, he left coaching to pursue a career in the business world and is currently one of the top realtors with the Keller Williams firm in the San Antonio area. He still is very active in the coaching business including “Stepping Up” and “All-Pro Dads.” He is also a published author with a new book “The Classroom: The Secret Behind a Texas High School Football Dynasty.”

Mr. Wayne Harper has been involved with Judson ISD since at least the 1990s at the grass roots level. He’s been an elementary and middle school PTO president and a member of the JISD Building Committee and was also Chairman of the Public Action Committee that helped pass the 2006 Bond Package of $236 Million. He served as Vice President of the JISD Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011. ROTC instructor at Wagner High School since 2012. Retired U.S. Army veteran of 22 years and is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Master Trustee Award. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Judson Education Foundation.

Mr. Johnnie Harris is a former JISD School Board member. He was initially appointed to the board in 1998 through 1999 and was later elected as the first African American Board Member of Judson ISD in 2000. He served on the board until 2011. During those years he was involved in the vision to reality process of such ambitious district projects such as the construction of Wagner High School, the concept of an early college academy now known as Judson Early College Academy or JECA. During his time on the board he also started the process of such initiatives as school bus advertising, school board meeting videos being posted on the website for the public to view at any time, as well as playing a big part in the creation of the Dual Language program for Kinder through 5th grade students. He also helped develop the JISD Youth Football Camp that has become a perennial Judson Education Foundation community and fundraising event. Mr. Harris also initiated the creation of the JISD Hall of Honor program that was approved by the school board.

Mrs. Janice LaFoille started volunteering at Park Village Elementary School in 1999 after starting out as a mentor there to some of the students. She eventually became more involved in the school library where she made some of her biggest contributions bringing more organization and technology that benefitted everyone that used it. She even served as the school’s librarian at one point when the school was still in the process of hiring a librarian…she kept it running and organized. She is a 2010 recipient of the Heroes For Children Award from the Texas State Board of Education and in 2016 the Park Village Library was named after her.

2016 Inductees

Kayone is a 1991 graduate of Judson High School. She made the All-State Girls Basketball Team in 1991 and was named Most Valuable Player in San Antonio that year as well. She placed second in the 100 meter hurdles for AAU national track and field and later earned a scholarship to the University of New Orleans on a basketball scholarship where she set an NCAA record with 30 rebounds in a single game. She averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals a game her senior year at UNO. She went on to play professional basketball in Finland and Switzerland. After hanging up her sneakers professionally, she pursued a love of coaching, and teaching in JISD.

Derwin is a member of the 1988 graduating class of Judson High School. He was a member of the Rocket Football team that won the State Championship in 1988. He was also 1st Team All-State in Texas in 1988. He is a member of the All Time Brigham Young University Dream Team. After graduating from BYU, he was the 92nd pick overall in the 1993 NFL Draft. He played for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). After pro football he and his wife Vicki began a speaking ministry in 1999 and he went on to become the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in South Carolina. He is a pastor, speaker and author of several books.

Corey graduated from Judson High School in 1991. He was a three-year starter on the Judson Rocket Football teams in the late 80s and early 90s. After graduating from Judson, he started his college playing days at Navarro Junior College before ending up at Mississippi State University where he was an All-American Defensive Tackle from 1993-1995 and was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens first, playing six NFL seasons for the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans. After retiring from Pro Football he and his family moved to the Austin area.

Our first new member of the JISD Civic Hall of Honor is a 1992 graduate of Judson High School. As one of the Air Force's top pilots, he has flown 140 A-10 Warthog combat missions supporting US and Allied forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In addition, He's worked 5 combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq and has trained NATO members in Combat Search and Rescue techniques and has attained the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Dr. Nelson is a 1990 graduate of Judson High School. In 2006 he was honored with the "Change the World" award from Abilene Christian University 2009 ACU's Grover C Morlan Education Honor Society award for contributions to the improvement in education. In 2014 he was TASB's Superintendent of the Year. During his JISD tenure, he was part of the leadership team that helped quadruple the number of Recognized and Exemplary schools.

Ivan is a 1996 graduate of Judson High School. He became a part of the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron. Trained as a para-rescue man he is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism and the Air Force Cross both for extraordinary execution of his duties during his service in Afghanistan. Part of that honor of service was due to his extraordinary marksmanship in battle that provided protection and critical time to save fellow soldiers.

2015 Inductees

Mike is a 1990 graduate of Judson High School, playing quarterback for three years including the 1988 State Championship year he was a junior when Judson was declared the eventual winner over Dallas Carter in a historic UIL decision. He later was the starting at quarterback for two years at Angelo State University. After earning a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Mathematics, he worked stints at several high schools across the state including 1998 at Judson High School under D.W. Rutledge as quarterbacks coach a year when the Rockets went to the State Championship game. He has gone on to be a successful head coach at the high school level and currently in the college ranks.

Jim is the coach who engineered the 2002 State Football Championship. At the time of his retirement as Head Football Coach at Judson in 2012, he finished up with a record of 136-72-1. He coach 42 seasons 18 as a head coach with stops at Antonian and SA Southwest before coming to Judson. He served on the coaching staff from 1980 to 1987 and from 1993-2001 as Assistant Head Coach under D.W. Rutledge winning four state football titles. As Judson Head Football Coach in 2002 he engineered the improbable comeback with seven seconds to go to beat Midland High 33-32 for the State Championship. He also took Judson to the state title game in 2005 and 2007.

Douglas was a member of the Judson High School class of 1994. At Judson, he was a 3-year letterman on the District, Regional and State Runner-up Championship Track Team. Douglas graduated number 9 in his class. After graduating from St. Mary's University, he entered Yale University Medical School. He graduated in 2013, finishing his fellowship in Neuroradiology in 2014 and is now in private practice.

2014 Inductees

Adam is a 1997 graduate of Judson High School. He played on the 1995-96 State Football Championship team. Out of the possible 45 football games one could play in a 3-year period, including playoff games, he started and played in 44 of them. He was also an ace pitcher for the Rockets being selected "newcomer of the year" for the district his first year of varsity play and was selected to the All-State baseball team both his sophomore and senior years. He graduated in the top 20% of his graduating class, was an active member of student council and the National Honor Society and was selected by his peers as "Mr. Judson" his senior year. Building on that success through the years, he went on to work at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Travis graduated in 2006 from Judson High School. He played on the Judson 2005 State Finalist Football Team as a defensive end. In 2006 he was named as one of San Antonio's top 10 High School Football Recruits graduating from Judson with honors and eventually signed to play for Texas State University. His senior year he was also named to the South High School All-Star Football Team. In college at Texas State he was part of the 2008 Southland Conference Championship Team and in 2009 was a semi-finalist for the College Football Hall of Fame's William V. Campbell Trophy. He graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with degrees in Computer Information Systems and Finance, with honors. He went on to work in the Finance industry.

Dr. McLeod is an 1989 graduate of Judson High School. She was an officer on the Starlites Drill Team, ran track, was student council Chaplin and delivered the invocation at her graduation. After earning multiple degrees including her doctorate from Texas Southern University, she has served more than 2 decades in public education and higher education. She has been an advocate for the importance of Cultural Responsiveness, connecting with students in urban school settings.

Dr. Carletti is a 1997 graduate of Judson High School. He played in two class 5A football championship games (winning one) and was a 1997 first team All-City Baseball selection. Graduating from TCU, he later earned his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2006. He has and still is serving our country in the U.S. Air Force currently as flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the legendary precision flight squadron.

2013 Inductees

Christopher was the driving force behind Judson High School's breakthrough 1983 Football State Championship. He was the recipient of a number of awards and recognition as a top flight athlete. One of the main reasons, he set a 5-A high school record for rushing with 28-hundred yards in 1983. He was an All-City Running Back, All State 1st Team, All American and Dr. Pepper Player of the Year. He also made the 1983 Sports Illustrated top 20 in the country. His jersey #35 is retired. He went on to become a local business owner in the Judson ISD area.

Jerry came to JISD in 1976. He coached on the first football state championship team and was the head track coach, which won district every year during his reign. He had many athletes come back and tell him what a difference he made in their lives. Our honoree went on to become an amazing administrator at Judson High School. He worked with students who struggled with truancy and worked to see each one went to school and graduated. To this day, students still thank him for caring about them and helping them get through high school.

Cherice is a 1999 graduate of Judson High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, secured a total of 20 scholarships along with a $160,000 scholarship to Tulane University. She received the United Way Mayor's Youth Award and even authored a book, Me and My Mentor. In her sophomore year at Tulane University, she passed away of meningitis. Her family started the Cherice Cochrane Mentoring For Success Foundation.

Dr. Fields is a 1981 graduate of Judson High School. He was active in band, ROTC and track and field. He served as a teacher and administrator previous to coming to JISD and was honored as a campus Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year. He came back to Judson ISD and served as principal at Wagner High School successfully before becoming the JISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations.

Nancy is a 1978 graduate of Judson High School. After earning a bachelor's in Elementary Education from Texas Lutheran University and masters from Trinity University, she spent all but one year of her professional career in Judson ISD. She began as a teacher at Coronado Village Elementary School, moving up the ranks in the district to Assistant Principal, Principal as well as various district office positions. She was the JISD Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction before retiring in 2014.

2012 Inductees

Kathy graduated from Judson High School as the Valedictorian for the Class of 2003. While at JHS, Kathy was heavily involved with Judson's basketball program becoming team captain and starting guard, resulting in her selection as a member of the All-District team in 2003. In addition to basketball and academics, Kathy played golf on the varsity team. After high school, she received a coveted Presidential Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, she served as an intelligence analyst for F-16 fighter pilots. Kathy became an accomplished professional triathlete with a goal to represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympics. Kathy received the 2010 Air Force Female Athlete of the Year award for her accomplishments.

Curt graduated from JISD in 1992 with honors. He competed in football and track & field and was named to the all-district and all city teams during his Judson days. At Texas A&M, he received the GTE Academic Achievement Award from '94-97. He competed as a 400 meter hurdler in the 1999 IAAF World Championship games in Seville for his native Panama. As a two-time Olympian, Curt Young competed as a 400 meter hurdler in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain for the Republic of Panama. As a resident of San Antonio, Curt trained for the Olympics here.

Teresa graduated from Judson High School in 1985. She represented the Judson High School track team at the state meet in 1984 & 1985 in the 100h, 4x100, 4x400, 100h, and 4x400. She was named an All American at UTSA and was named to the 1989 World University team. She was a part of the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival Team, 1990 Athlete of the year at UTSA, she placed 3rd in NCAA Indoor championships and ranked 10th in the U.S in 100m. In 1991, she placed 3rd at the USA Indoor Championship, she was on the USA vs Scotland team and placed 1st in 60m, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Festival Team in 1991. In 1992, she was 3rd in 60m USA Indoor Championship, she ran on the fastest 4x100 team, and in 1993 she was 2nd in USA Indoor Championship and on the Olympic Festival Team in 1995.

Thomas K. Brown graduated from Judson High School in 1979. He is an honors graduate of Howard Payne University and is a distinguished alumnus of that school. He later graduated from the Baylor University School of Law in 1986 and eventually founded the Brown Law Firm in Houston Texas. He was recently named one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Attorneys in American by a prestigious legal journal and was selected by his professional peers to the honorable American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

2011 Inductees

Jerod is a 1994 graduate of Judson High School who led the Rockets to the Class 5A Division I state championship in 1992 and 1993. He graduated as the top rusher in class 5A history with 6,188 yards and 85 touchdowns, including 2,967 yards in 1992, which was a 5A state record at the time. He was also a track standout and set a city record in the 200 meter dash of 20.58 in 1993. At Baylor University, Mr. Douglas had an excellent career from 1994 through 1997, rushing for 2,811 yards - second on the school's all- time list. He was an All-Southwest Conference running back in 1995 and set the school's single game rushing record in 1994 with 210 yards against Texas. He was inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a member of the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame (2011).

D. W. was the Head Football Coach at Judson High School for 17 seasons with a record of 198-31-5. Rutledge is one of the most successful coaches in Texas high school football history, winning four state championships in the state's highest classification. Coach Rutledge attended Texas Lutheran University, where he captained the school's 1974 NAIA Division II National Championship team, and was a Kodak All-American linebacker. Upon his graduation, he became an assistant at Judson High, serving as defensive coordinator for the 1983 5A state championship squad. Rutledge was named head coach in 1984, guiding Judson to a through a remarkable string of winning seasons. Rutledge is Executive Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association and co-authored a book titled Coaching to Change Lives. The Judson ISD football stadium in Converse is named in his honor.

LTC Wagner was a 1979 Judson High graduate who died during the 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S. Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served 17 years in the military and worked in the Pentagon at the time of her death. Wagner was a medical personnel officer in the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army Office, and deputy chief of staff for personnel. During her years at Judson High School, Karen was active in the ROTC program, basketball and track teams. Wagner High School which opened in 2005 is named after her.

Rex is a 1990 Judson High School graduate who played football under the leadership of D.W Rutledge. After high school, Mr. Brien served his country in the United States Marines. After leaving the Marines, he became a child advocate working for Child Protective Services and later for the Children's Shelter. Mr. Brien is one of the founding members of Judson Youth Sports Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides children with a positive sports experience and each year partners with the Judson Education Foundation and JISD for the annual JISD Youth Football Camp.

2010 Inductees

Charles is a 1985 graduate of Judson High School. During his high school playing days as a Rocket he was a wide receiver and defensive back playing for D.W. Rutledge and Frank Arnold and was a member of the first State Football Championship that Judson High School won in 1983. He also was a part of the Judson High School football coaching staff that won the State Football Championship under Jim Rackley in 2002. He moved over to Wagner High School when it opened in 2005 and was an assistant football coach there under Pete Gibbens while he was also the Head Track Coach. After a brief one year stint on the Steele football coaching staff, in 2013 he went on to become the Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator at Wagner.

Aaron graduated from Judson High School in 1993. During his years at Judson, he was a three year letterman in baseball and two year letterman in football and was a part of the 1992 5-A State Football Championship that saw the Rockets beat Euless Trinity 52-0. He was a member of the Rocket baseball team that year going deep into the playoffs too. He went on to St. Mary's University where he participated in two NAIA College World Series tournaments and was a two-time All American pitcher. He was inducted into the St. Mary's University Hall of Fame in 2010 and went on to be selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 27th round of the amateur baseball draft. He came back to JISD in 2015 as a coach and teacher at Veterans Memorial High School.

Michael is a 1983 graduate of Judson High School. After getting his Bachelor of Science degree from SWTSU in San Marcos in 1987, he earned his Law Degree from St. Mary's University. He soon joined the Harris County DA's Office and later the Texas Attorney General’s Office before starting his own law practice. He later became Judge Fields in 1999 in Harris County Criminal Court 14. He has served on numerous boards and foundations in the Houston area and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Ricardo was a 1992 graduate of Judson High School. At age nine he played in the Little League World Series and at 16 he was a black belt in Karate. He was a graduate of UTSA and had always wanted to be in law enforcement. At age 24, he was engaged to be married and was finishing up his probationary period as an agent for the U.S. Border Patrol when he and another Border Patrol agent were killed on July 7, 1998 in San Benito, Texas while searching for a murder suspect. Salinas Elementary School is named in his honor.