Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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March 20, 2007

Aggie generosity

Wilsons help Humane Society through charity

It isn’t often an honor for a career move made nearly 30 years ago comes along, and with it an opportunity to help your hometown community.

Tom Wilson, a Corsicana native who returned to coach the Tigers in 1993, is also one of the seven surviving former Texas A&M; football coaches. From 1978 to 1982, Wilson served as head coach at Texas A&M; University, leading the Aggies to an Independence Bowl victory in 1981.

Aggie Coaches for Charity, a Coach Fran Charity sponsored by current Aggies coach Dennis Franchione, will honor these coaches May 19 in Houston with a banquet at the Westin Galleria. Each coach was also allowed to select a favorite charity, to which $25,000 will be given in his honor.

“This is something the Aggies have done, and I’m proud they included me,” Wilson said. “It’s Franchione’s charity, but this is the fist time it’s happened (like this), as far as I know.

“Daun and I looked around, and we’ve always liked animals, had animals, and knew the animal shelter here needed help. We wanted to help any way we could, and it’s for a great cause, no two ways about it. It’s a pleasure to be able to give to such a worthy cause.”

The Humane Society of Navarro County is the recipient of Wilson’s gift, and board members were stunned and delighted, Humane Society member Julie Maupin said.

“The exciting thing is that Tom chose us,” she said. “We are serving pets, and also serving people through their pets. We are very excited — it’s just a neat deal.”

Tom and Daun Wilson both grew up in Corsicana, graduated from Corsicana High School in 1962, and went to Texas Tech University, with Tom on a football scholarship. Once he graduated from there, he went to work as an assistant football coach at Tech from 1966 to 1974. His career with Texas A&M; University began in 1975, with Wilson serving as assistant coach. He was named head coach of the Aggies in 1978. The Wilsons returned to Tech for 1984 and 1985, and then relocated to Palestine High School, where he served as head coach from 1986 to 1992.

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