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RECORD BREAKING ARENA FOOTBALL PLAYER JOINS TEXAS COLLEGE AS ACTING HEAD COACH
07/30/2014

 Rodney Blackshear

A native of Houston, TX, Blackshear spent his high school years at Houston’s Reagan High School. Following high school, Blackshear played collegiately at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX from 1987-1991 where he led the team in receiving during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Blackshear holds the Southwest Conference (SWC) and Texas Tech single-game record with 251 on only 5 catches against Houston. He was awarded the "Team MVP" honor in 1990 and "Team Leadership" honor in 1991. Blackshear was honored as a two-time All-SWC member from 90-91 as well as 3rd-Team Pre-Season All American in 91, and received invitations to the Blue-Gray Football Classic and the Japan Bowl in 1991. Blackshear was the first player to return a kickoff for a touchdown against the 12th Man kickoff unit of Texas A&M. The following season, the Aggies discontinued the longstanding tradition.

Professionally, Blackshear played seven seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL) where he recorded 204 receptions for 2,482 yards and 45 receiving touchdowns in 52 games for the Houston Thunderbears. He ended his career as the All-Time tackles leader in Houston Thunderbears/Texas Terror team history with 129 total tackles. The 1998 All-Arena First Team Wide Receiver/Defensive Back (WR/DB) honoree ended his AFL career with the 2001 Arena Bowl Champion Grand Rapids Rampage.  He was a nominee for the AFL 15 year anniversary team as a WR/DB. He has made an appearance with the NFL’s Miami Dolphin team during their 1992 season.

Collectively, Blackshear has coached eight years of arena football and three years collegiately. Blackshear began his coaching career as a student asst. coach at Texas Tech in 2002 before being offered the offensive coordinator at Harvest Christian High School in Fort Worth during the 2003 season. He was then the offensive coordinator for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados before spending a season as a WR Coach for the Houston Cougars. He became the head coach of the Centex Barracudas of the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 2006 before leading the Lubbock Renegades in 2007-2008. He coached the South Georgia Wildcats to an 11-5 record in 2009. Blackshear coached the IFL’s Abilene Ruff Riders following Head Coach Gerald Dockery’s departure in April 2010. The team won their first game of the season with Blackshear at the helm. Blackshear was named Head Coach of the Amarillo Venom of the IFL in November 2010. He was named head coach of the Mesquite Bandits of the Lone Star Football League in January 2012 but the team folded at the end of the month before playing a single game.

Blackshear has a daughter, Destinee, who is currently a senior at Arlington’s Grace Prep Academy.  

 

About Texas College (TC)

Texas College is a historical black college founded in 1894, by a group of CME ministers. Our mission, which continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is to ensure that the student body experiences balanced, intellectual, psychological, social and spiritual development, aimed at enabling them to become active productive members of society where they live and work. The College achieves this mission through the core values of Academic Excellence; Integrity; Perseverance; Social Responsibility; Tolerance; and Community Service. TC is led by its 23rd President Dr. Dwight Fennell. To learn more about Texas College, visit us on the web at www.texascollege.edu.

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TEXAS COLLEGE EYEING EXPANSION, UPGRADES FOR SPORTS FACILITIES
07/02/2014

TEXAS COLLEGE EYEING EXPANSION, UPGRADES FOR SPORTS FACILITIES

Published on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 by Tyler Morning Telegraph

Written by Kelly Gooch

 

Steps are being taken to pave the way for future improvements to the athletic facilities at Texas College.

On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the Tyler City Council approve the closure of two abandoned alley rights of way so that future improvements can be made to the school’s athletic facility. The approval was contingent on the abandoned rights of way being replatted within six months of the closure, or by Jan. 23, 2015.  

According to the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda, a 20-foot-wide alley begins south of the southeast corner of North Gaston Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and continues east to North Englewood Avenue, while a 12-foot-wide alley begins at the midpoint of the 20-foot-wide alley and extends to West Nutbush Street.

City Planner Kyle Kingma said the plan is to close the alleys and incorporate multiple lots into one single lot to allow a building permit to be issued for upgrades to the athletic facilities.

Texas College spokeswoman Christie Howard said the one consolidated lot would provide more space to build on in the future.  Athletes make up over one-third of the college’s population, she said, so the school must have the room to accommodate them. “It has become imperative as the college celebrates its 120th anniversary that we expand beyond our 28 acres,” she told the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday. “We are landlocked. We’re having to retrofit some current buildings and resurrect some new buildings to service our population, so ... thank you so much from our Texas College family to the city of Tyler family.”

On Tuesday, Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Commission also denied a zone change request to allow a new 264-unit apartment complex to be built near the intersection of Roy Road and Rhones Quarter Road, city of Tyler Planning Director Heather Nick said via email.

She said Planning and Zoning Commission members cited concerns about increased residential density and the associated traffic added to Roy Road.

Items approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday will be heard by the City Council on July 2

On Wednesday, the City Council also voted to appoint Heather Bolestridgeas the city’s new transit manager.

“I’m so excited. I feel like it’s an awesome opportunity to serve the community and really make a difference,... and I think it will help me grow as a manager and leader,” she said. “It’s just a very exciting time for my family and (me).”

On Wednesday, the City Council also considered and then approved the agenda item: “ratify staff action to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank for the West Cumberland Road Extension Project in the amount of $105,000.” 

 




2014 SUMMER CAMPS
06/24/2014

Do you have a talent, experience or interest in BAND, CHOIR, CHEERLEADING, FOOTBALL, SOCCER or VOLLEYBALL? If so, we invite you to attend the 2014 Texas College Summer Camps that are designed to jump start your collegiate career through practice, conditioning, and leadership training.  Summer camp attendance is MANDATORY for all students who wish to participate in any of the disciplines.  To RSVP and/or get additional information, call 903.593.8311:

           

                     - BAND ext. 2310                                        - CHOIR ext. 2235

                           - CHEERLEADING ext. 2312                           - FOOTBALL ext. 2355

                             - SOCCER ext. 2326                                     - VOLLEYBALL ext. 2304

 

All students must complete the enrollment process before participating in any summer camp program.  To complete the process all students must:

  • Submit an official transcript for high school (GED) and/or all colleges and universities attended;
  • Complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid);
  • Remit $150 non-refundable registration fee;
  • Remit $150 non-refundable housing fee, if residing on campus;
  • Submit meningitis immunization record with results; and,
  • Completed medical physical forms.



NEW PLANS FOR TEXAS COLLEGE
06/11/2014

NEW PLANS FOR TEXAS COLLEGE PROPOSE ENHANCEMENTS TO CAMPUS ENTRANCES

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Tyler Morning Telegraph

Written by Kelly Gooch

 

A new entrance, a reconfiguration of the main entrance and additional parking are among the plans for Texas College. 

The proposed enhancements involve a reconfiguration of the main entrance to align better with 26th Street, adding a Texas College entrance adjacent to the intersection of 24th Street and Grand Avenue and adding a parking lot on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and 24th Street, City Engineer Carter Delleney said.

It is all part of the city’s Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project.

In 2011, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract with Ballard and Braughton Engineering for design and construction phase services related to improvements to Palace Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street, Delleney said.

Then in 2013, improvements to Grand Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street and 26th Street from Grand to Broadway Avenue were added to the design contract.

And on Wednesday, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract amendment in the amount of $19,300 so that Ballard and Braughton Engineering can do additional design and construction services for the proposed new entrance, main entrance reconfiguration and additional parking lot at Texas College.

Current plans for 26th, Grand and Palace are to put in sidewalks where possible and to have enhanced street lighting as well as banners that will help identify the area, Delleney said.

He said the city was looking at closing the Grand Avenue intersection at the railroad but decided to leave it open to traffic. He said they also will look at putting a drainage structure over the drainage channel at 26th and Tenneha Avenue.

A construction schedule has not yet been determined. 

Delleney said a public meeting is still needed to discuss the various work, and he suspects that the project would go out for bid sometime this summer.  He said the Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project will come back to the City Council once bid, and there will be a solid schedule at that time.

On Wednesday, the City Council also voted to appoint Heather Bolestridgeas the city’s new transit manager.

“I’m so excited. I feel like it’s an awesome opportunity to serve the community and really make a difference,... and I think it will help me grow as a manager and leader,” she said. “It’s just a very exciting time for my family and (me).”

On Wednesday, the City Council also considered and then approved the agenda item: “ratify staff action to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank for the West Cumberland Road Extension Project in the amount of $105,000.” 


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