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Wagstaff Museum makes TJC proud

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -   Floyd Wagstaff's name can be found all over Tyler Junior College.  His impact goes well beyond the gym named after him. 

"Say TJC, and they're going to say Tyler, Texas. Earl Campbell and Floyd Wagstaff," said T.J.C. Athletic Director Tim Drain.  "Those are the names they'll rattle off."

"He's in a lot of Hall of Fames," said Herb Richardson.  "He's known all over the state of Texas, all over the state of Kentucky and Oklahoma."

Richardson was the first women's coach in T.J.C. history.  He also played on Wagstaff's first national championship team in 1949.

Walking around the newly renovated Wagstaff Museum nearly brings tears to his eyes.

"It's hard to put into words what his life has meant to my life," said Richardson.  "This is one of the greatest additions I think they've added to TJC."

The museum is located in Wagstaff's old office.  You'll find trophies, pictures and letters from president's past.

"We purposely put this in front of the building," said Drain.  "It's the front porch. It's the history lesson before you walk to the gym."

Richardson is glad future students will be able to learn about Wagstaff's contributions to the school.  Wagstaff died in 2000, but has not been forgotten.

"His legacy will be on this campus for eternity."

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