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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.

BOM Bank of Lufkin Joins AC Athletics as Sponsor

The Bank of Montgomery first opened in Montgomery, Louisiana way back in 1903. Not until recently did BOM Bank make its appearance in Lufkin – just the second BOM Bank branch in Texas – and the group wasted no time immersing itself in its new community.

            On Monday, representatives from BOM Bank and Angelina College met inside Shands Gymnasium, where bank Senior Vice President Caleb Shaver presented a check to AC officials representing membership as a Gold Sponsor for AC Athletics programs.

            Shaver said the membership simply is the bank’s effort to support its new neighbors.

            “It (the sponsorship) means a lot,” Shaver said. “We’re a community-friendly bank, and this is our first step in kind of getting initiated here in Lufkin and Angelina College. We’re a new branch here, just the second branch of our bank in Lufkin, and we’re very excited. It’s our first partnership in Lufkin, and we’re happy to help any way we can.”

            As for his group’s involvement in Roadrunner events, Shaver said there’s no doubt there’s be some BOM Bank employees donning blue and orange in the near future.

            “We’ll be here,” Shaver said. “A lot of our employees are sports fans, so we’ll definitely be involved.”

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