George Roach

George Roach has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as the track coach and the football line coach for Garland High School in the six-year period from 1949 to 1955.Roach lettered three years, starting the last two years as the offensive center and defensive linebacker at East Texas State University. In 1949, he joined the athletic staff at Garland High School as line coach of the football team. The Owls won the district title and advanced through the playoffs until losing to eventual state champion Littlefield in the state semi-finals. Five years later, the Owls with an unblemished record, again won the district championship, before losing in bi-district to eventual state champion Breckenridge. Beginning in the spring of 1950, Roach coached the owl track and field team. In 1952 his team won the district championship. His 1953 team won the District 16-A title and then won the Region III championship in Garlands last year in Class A track and field competition. Jerry Hutson set a new regional record and won the state mile run with a time of four, thirty-five, point one. Roachs 1954 team won the District 7-AA championship in Garlands first year of competition in the highest classification. The Owls then won the Region III title against the defending state champion, Dallas Sunset High School. Jim Kennedy won two regional events in record times, the 220-yard dash and the 440-yard dash. At the state meet, he won the 440-yard dash in a record time of 49.0.Following the 1955 track season, Roach moved to Odessa and coached at Odessa High School and subsequently at the new Permian High School. After 10 years, he became the track coach at Odessa Junior College, where his teams won two Western Junior College Conference championships. George Roach and his wife, Peggy, have th