Hoover J. Wright
|Died||March 7, 2003 (aged 74)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1961–1965||Prairie View A&M (assistant)|
|1966–1968||Prairie View A&M|
|1973–1979||Prairie View A&M|
Football coaching career
Early coaching posts
Wright’s coaching career began at Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. At Shorter, he was head football coach, men's and women's basketball coach, and track coach. His next post was at Paul Quinn College where he was the athletic director and head football coach.
Prairie View A&M
Wright was the ninth head football coach at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas and he held that position for ten seasons, from 1966 to 1968, and 1973 to 1979. His career coaching record at Prairie View was 31–67–2. He led the team to their last winning record in 2003 until the 2007 season under Henry Frazier, III.
Track and field
Wright also found success as a track and field coach at Prairie View. He was the head coach of the programs for over 40 years and his teams secured two NAIA Indoor titles and one NAIA outdoor title. In 2005, he was inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame. The school has since honored him by naming their annual track meet after his legacy.
At age 71, Wright was seriously injured during a bus crash on the way to a track meet where four of his athletes were killed and five were seriously injured. Later that season, Wright was able lead his team to put the tragedy behind them by defending their Southwestern Athletic Conference indoor track championship.
Wright earned a bachelor's degree from Maryland State (now called University of Maryland Eastern Shore) and a master's degree from Penn State. He also completed post-graduate work at the University of Iowa and the University of North Texas.
- Lubbock Online Tragic crash still weighs on Prairie View A&M
- USA Track and Field News
- Prairie View A&M University coaching records Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University Directory". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter
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- Henry Fraizer III Coaching Records
- CSTV.com Hoover Wright profile
- Prairie View A&M News Hoover Wright to be honored at 2005 ... Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
- Texas A&M Athletics news Track Coaches Hall of Fame
- Black Sports The Magazine May 2006 issue
- New York Times N.C.A.A. Track
- Drake Realays Coaches Hall of Fame
- ESPN.com "Four killed, five seriously hurt in van crash"
- Washington Post Conditions Improve, February 14, 2000
- Amarillo.com Triumphantly overcoming tragedy
- Prairie View A&M News Hoover Wright Career Perspective (Broken link)