1997: Dr. Tex Kassen

Dr. Tex Kassen has received many honors and awards through his associations with Southwestern University, The Southwest Football Officials Association, the American Red Cross, the University Interscholastic League, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Texas Special Olympics, the City of Austin, and the State of Texas. All the honors touch of his commitment to youth athletics – high school and collegiate football, swimming, tennis, and track. In football, he was a player, head coach for 25 years, athletic director for 20 years, officiated 2,000 games in 55 years, and eventually timekeeper. He received the C.J. “Shorty” Alderson Award in 1987 from SFOA, and on the occasion of being named an honorary life member of that organization in 1994, Austin Mayor Bruce Todd proclaimed a “Dr. Tex Kassen Day” and he was honored with a state Senate proclamation.