For 23 years, Bob Ortegel was the voice of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, broadcasting games featuring some of the greatest players in the league’s history.
On Friday, August 24, Ortegel will share some of his experiences with the crowd on-hand for Angelina College’s annual “Meet the Roadrunners” banquet to kick off the athletic programs’ upcoming 2018-2019 seasons.
The Roadrunner Foundation again will host this annual event with the help of local sponsors. Each year the Foundation invites young students from Lufkin and surrounding communities to welcome the Roadrunner athletes and show their support. The students are given tickets, distributed by the Roadrunner Foundation, that include Meet the Roadrunners and coaches, dinner with the Roadrunners and the chance to hear the guest speaker.
Ortegel served as the television analyst for Mavericks’ broadcast for 23 years before spending another four years with Fox Sports Southwest, retiring in 2015. He also has worked games for ESPN and ABC, among other networks.
Before becoming a full-time analyst, Ortegel served as head coach at Drake University from 1974-1981, leading the team to its most recent NIT appearance in 1981. A graduate of Bradley University, Ortegel played basketball for the Braves. He later would serve as an assistant coach at Drake, Illinois State and Western Michigan universities.
In 2005, Ortegel appeared as an analyst in the Disney film “Glory Road”, the story of the 1966 NCAA national championship team from Texas Western University.
The Roadrunner Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for this event; Ferrara’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Etech, Strata Roofing, McDonald’s, Langston Construction, Inc., Moore Building Associates, Angelina Eye Center and Shrimp Boat Manny’s Cajun Cuisine.
The banquet takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday at Shands Gymnasium on the Angelina College campus.
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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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