The best keep getting better – and now there’s been some recognition.
Jack Stallard, the sports editor of the Longview News-Journal and a Kilgore resident, was honored Monday night at the Hilton Arlington, where Stallard was named the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s sports writer of the year. Stallard was presented the award by TGCA Executive Director Sam Tipton at Monday’s banquet, a part of the association’s summer convention.
Stallard was named the award-winner for division II, while Steve Gamel of the Denton Record Chronicle was named the winner for division I.
Also as a part of the banquet, the TGCA inducted Nancy Walling of Pflugerville High, Laneigh Clark of Pearland High and Lee Grisham of Wimberly High, inducting all three into the association’s hall of fame. The Texas Press Association was named winner of the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service award.
Stallard has covered sports in East Texas for 36 years, including serving as the sports editor of the News Herald, the Lufkin Daily News and the News-Journal. Stallard was born in Fort Worth, but grew up in East Tennessee, eventually finding his way back to Texas, where he attended Kilgore College and eventually became a sports correspondent for the News Herald in the 1986 football season. He became the sports editor at the News Herald the next year, in 1987.
After three years, he relocated to Lufkin, where he spent seven years as the sports editor at the Daily News. He came back to Longview in 1997 as assistant sports editor, and then succeeded Bob Ward as sports editor at the News-Journal in 2007.
He is the current president of the Texas Sports Writers Association, whose all-state teams are considered by most to be the true, significant all-state teams of record. He’s a contributing writer for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, and is an East Texas advisory board member for the Texas Built Ford Tough High School Football Player of the Week, and Player of the Year, where he’s served all 15 seasons that the award has existed.
In addition, he has been the all-state chairman for the TSWA’s all-state softball and volleyball teams, and also won the TGCA’s sportswriter of the year award in 2004.
Jack resides here in Kilgore with his wife, Rachel, of Kilgore College, and son Kyle, a student there, as well as their dogs, Sarge and Bentley.