Jerry Sellers

The late Jerry Sellers had an outstanding seven-year career as the football coach at Garland High School, leading the Owls to 61 wins while losing only 11 and tying four contests from 1943-1949. Years earlier, Jerry had been a highly regarded back for Garland and in intercollegiate competition. As a Garland High player in 1926, Jerry was a star back on a strong Owl team, and in 1925 as a junior, a starting tackle for another successful team. After completing high school, he became a star back for Wesley Junior College, which won the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference championship in 1928. Jerry subsequently played football for Centenary College at Shreveport, in a program that at the time was one of the strongest in this region of the country. Centenary played in the Dixie Classic in Dallas on January, 1934, against Arkansas, which had finished first in the Southwest Conference. Jerry saw action against the Razorbacks, alternating at left halfback, as Centenary battle Arkansas to a 7-to-7 tie to remain undefeated for the second consecutive season. Jerry's undefeated Owl football teams in 1943 and 1944 won Garland's first two regional championships. His third regional championship team in 1949 advanced to the state semi-finals, before losing a close contest in West Texas to eventual state champion, Littlefield. His football teams won or shared four district championships, and his winning percentage of 82.8% is the highest of any Garland coach for five or more seasons. Jerry Sellers also coached baseball at Garland High for five years, 1945-1949, winning 29 district games and losing only six for a winning percentage of 82.9%. His 1945 and 1946 district championship teams both were invited to play in the Texas State High School Baseball Championship TournamentsS