Larry Dippel and Bill Anderson, two well know names in the Stamford sports arena will be inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame at the Abilene, TX Civic Center on Monday evening, May 5th. The banquet will honor them and seven other inductees. 

   Bill Anderson, who will be inducted posthumously, was born in Erath County, had a coaching career that spanned more than 50 years, including stops at Stamford, Rising Star, South Taylor, Graham, Palestine, Riviera, Hereford, Abilene Christian, West Texas State, Cisco Junior College, Howard Payne and Tarleton State. The football stadium in Stamford was recently dedicated and renamed Bill Anderson Stadium. He is also a member of the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor.

   Larry Dippel played on the ‘58 state championship team at Stamford, then played for Hall of Famer, legendary Sam Baugh, at Hardin-Simmons. He was the head coach at Hereford from 1971-74 before becoming the head football coach at Amarillo High. Dippel led the Sandies to 222 wins and 23 playoff appearances until his retirement in 2005. He won the 1993 Tom Landry Award and High School Extra “Coach Who Made a Difference” award. He was the inaugural winner of the national “Power of Influence” award in 2003 given by the American Football Coaches Association.  He is a member of the Hardin-Simmons, Texas High School Coaches and Texas Panhandle halls of fame and compiled an overall coaching record of 253-134-6.

      Tables of ten for the induction banquet are $750 which includes the pre-banquet VIP reception. Individual tickets are $40. They are on sale by going to the Hall of Fame website: bigcountryhalloffame.org or calling 325-668-3685.  Table deadline is April 11th and individual ticket deadline is April 25th


     Others being inducted that evening are Kendra Anderson Hassell, Jim Millerman, JimAnne Baker-Hejny, Terry Orr, Brad Pursley, Ann Schroeder, the Young Brother, Bob, Doug and Perry Young .  You can learn more about these and past inductees on the Big Country Hall of Fame website.

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