By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
KERENS — Kerens welcomed home favorite son Hal Wasson, local and state football coaching legend, at Thursday night’s 65th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Wasson delivered a 20-minute impassioned keynote speech about the importance of team, pride and vision, the same one he gives his Southlake Carroll football teams before each season.
Carroll, probably the state’s most recognized high school football program, won a Class 5A state championship in 2011 under Wasson, the Dallas/Fort Worth area school’s fifth state championship in 11 years.
Program host Kim Spencer noted that Wasson has been seen many times as the Dragons head coach wearing the same colors as his alma mater, Kerens.
“It’s always good and fitting that he’s wearing green and white on the sideline,” Spencer said.
Wasson, who graduated from Kerens in 1975, went on the be a standout punter at Navarro, Texas A&M and Abilene Christian. He’s been a head coach at eight Texas high schools, including Kerens, which he led to the third round of the playoffs in 1993.
Wasson’s speech Thursday night focused on having a vision, whether it’s as a football team or a business. “Vision with work is a goal,” Wasson told the crowd of close to 150 people, saying that vision with no work is only a dream.
He presented the Dragon code that stresses purpose and goals. One that focuses on family, spirituality and caring and giving.
Pam Carroll was recognized as Kerens’ “Citizen of the Year.”
Kerens High School senior Brittany McClure was presented by principal Monte Thacker as the “Student of the Year.” Kevin Townsel and Michael Kline were also recognized.
Fittingly, Wasson, a former student council president, was the “Student of the Year” at the Kerens Chamber Banquet in 1975.
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