Football Fun Fridays! the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

Paul Pierce 1952Paul Pierce 1952 Photo

This booklet featured above is called, “From Coach to You,” and was done by new Director of Athletics and football Head Coach Paul “Red” Pierce in 1952 to introduce himself and the athletics program to the freshman students. Coach Pierce came to Sam Houston State in 1952 from his alma mater Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas.

While at Sam Houston State, Red’s BearKats won or tied for four conference championship in 1955, 1956, 1961 and 1964 and played four bowl games. In 1964, the BearKats shared the NAIA National Championship title with Concordia College with a final score of 7-7. The bowl games the Kats won during his tenure as head coach were the Shrimp Bowl, and two Refrigerator Bowls in 1953 & 1956. They also played in the 1958 Christmas Bowl but were upset by Northwestern State.

Coach Pierce left Sam Houston State in 1967 to return to Sul Ross State.

In 1978 Coach Pierce was inducted into the BearKat Athletics Hall of Honor.

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Football Fun Friday! The lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

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football 1989 Media Guide 

This week in the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football we have a BearKat who really enjoyed the game. The cover of the SHSU Media Guide of 1989 shows All-American Bearkat, “Sackmaster,” Andre Finley, looking ready for another great season of BearKat football.

The defensive end from Houston, played 1986-1989, was a senior majoring in criminal justice and the 1989 BearKat team captain. He was also a member of the 1986 Gulf Star Conference championship team.

In the 1988 season he earned first team All-American and All-Southland Conference. He had 59 total tackles, dropped enemy quarterbacks 15 times which was a new SHSU season record and the list goes on……

In 2003 he was inducted into the Sam Houston State University Athletic Hall of Honor.

To learn more or see other BearKat football media guides or game programs come visit the University Archives in Room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Smile for the Camera! BearKat Football Press Guide 1978

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l-r- Robby Robinson, Coach Melvin Brown, Stan Blinka

Today is Media Day for football here at Sam Houston State. So for Way Back Wednesday the University Archives presents the BearKat Football 1978 Press Guide (in 1979 they started calling the publication Media Guide). The cover of the 1978 Press Guide features newly hired Head Football Coach Melvin Brown and co-captains Robby Robinson (l) and Stanley Blinka (r).

Stanly Blinka would go on to be drafted in the 5th round, no. 125th, of the 1979 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for the Jets until 1983. He was inducted into the BearKat Hall of Honor in 1985.

Coach Melvin Brown left Sam Houston State after the 1981 season.

Quick quiz for the day: Can you spot the cover error on this 1978 Press Guide?