Two former sports standouts at The University of Texas-Pan American will be inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2009 during a ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 19 at the Victoria Palms in Donna.
In his 30-year career as a player and then coach, Reggie Tredaway has become one of the most recognized and revered figures in Valley baseball. A transfer from Sul Ross State University, the All-American infielder played for then Pan American University (PAU) from 1969-1971, leading the Broncs to the 1971 College World Series. He became an assistant coach to his college coach and mentor Al Ogletree in 1974 and then filled the role of head coach of the Broncs baseball team from 1974-2002. Tredaway later coached the professional team, the Edinburg Roadrunners, with his son Chad serving as manager.
Hector Salinas, who was born in Elsa, is not only known as an exemplary player and coach but also a builder of successful baseball programs over his lifetime. A high school standout who led his high school – Corpus Christi Carroll – to its first district title in 1961, Salinas was an All-American in 1967 at PAU, where he played from 1965-1968. He later coached the Texas Southmost Scorpions from 1979-1985, taking four teams to the playoffs while compiling a 145-98-2 record. From 1993-1998, Salinas built and coached the baseball program at Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he guided the team to two Lone Star Conference championships and compiled a 191-126-1 record. Salinas then went on to start Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s baseball program, which he coached from 1999-2005 compiling a 172-191-1 record.
Also recognized at the event with the Distinguished Service Award will be Dr. Ben Garza, a practicing physician for 39 years in Edinburg, who has served as the Broncs team doctor since 1985 and for Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District teams since 1980. A graduate of both The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and The University of Texas Medical School Branch in Galveston, Garza has volunteered countless hours to support youth participation in sports.
|- Dr. Ben Garza, UTPA Broncs team doctor|
Garza joins the roll of 15 past Distinguished Service Award recipients. Tredaway and Salinas will join five other 2009 inductees into the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, which over the past 21 years has inducted 175 men and women who have brought recognition to the Rio Grande Valley through their contribution to sports. Inductees not only include distinguished athletes and coaches but also officials, administrators and sports media personalities. The Hall’s future includes plans for a new look to its Web site – www.rgvsportshalloffame.org
. The redesigned site, which is scheduled to be active November 2009, will include bios, photos and interesting sports-related links.
Tickets for the induction ceremony, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are $20 for individuals and $250 for a reserved table sponsor that includes eight tickets. To purchase tickets, contact Charlie Vaughan, current president of the RGV Sports Hall of Fame Board, at 956/778-2688 or via e-mail at CVCattle@aol.com.