The Carroll Dragon Athletic Hall of Honor has a new class of inductees to recognize for their outstanding achievements. This year’s class includes seven new members – two dedicated supporters, two assistant football coaches, two athletes and a former coach/administrator.
“We are pleased to announce this year’s class of the CISD Athletic Hall of Honor,” Carroll ISD Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “The individuals selected have had a tremendous impact laying the foundation for the program and for the current success of CISD Athletics. In creating the Hall of Honor, it is our goal to honor the past, protect the tradition, and build for the future.”
The inductees will be honored on the field at halftime of Friday’s Homecoming Game against Abilene.
Will Mantooth, Athlete
Mantooth led the Dragons to the Class 3A state title in 1992 and as the quarterback of one of the state’s greatest scoring offenses. The Dragons scored 803 points and went a perfect 16-0. Mantooth was selected Dave Campbell’s Texas High School Player of the year in 1992 and chosen to play in the state All-Star Game. Mantooth’s relentless style defied his 5-foot-8 frame running the Dragons’ vaunted Wishbone offense which scored more than 40 points in 14 games. In addition to the state title, Mantooth led the Dragons the state semifinals in 1991 and never lost a game as starting quarterback going 30-0-1. He currently works and lives in Decatur with his wife Nicole, two daughters Cheyenne and Savannah and son Lariat.
Al Rushing, Coach
Rushing was a long-time valuable football assistant under Bob Ledbetter and part of a staff that won multiple state championships. Rushing coached the Dragon offensive line, which helped lead to the way to a devastating offense during Carroll’s 3A reign. Rushing was also a beloved math teacher who was well known for his dedication to tutoring. He coached several Division I prospects and also coached at Boyd, Boswell and Aledo before he passed away in 2008. Along with football, Rushing was a valuable track coach leading the program for more than 10 years. Rushing will be represented by former Dragon all-state tackle Marty Dunbar at the game.
Charlie Stalcup, Coach
Stalcup left a legacy at Carroll. He passed away in 2004 after battling cancer, but his name lives on. The Dragon mascot is named “Charlie” and the athletic indoor facility carries his namesake. His impact started when he arrived at Carroll with Todd Dodge in 2000. As defensive coordinator he remolded the Dragon defense in his own hard-nosed, determined style helping the program’s resurgence. While Stalcup’s 4-3 defense often didn’t get the headlines of the offense, his units were consistent and contributed to the Dragons’ 5A championship run that started with a title in 2002. Stalcup is survived by his wife Cindy and children Cara, Jamie and Price.
Don Durham, Girls Basketball/Track Coach/Principal
Lady Dragon basketball tradition started with Durham. He built the Lady Dragon program into a powerhouse and won the Class A state championship in 1975 and had a state semifinal finish in 1972. Durham impacted students and athletes as he also served as a teacher and Carroll Elementary and High School principal. He earned more than 500 career wins and worked in Carroll ISD from 1964-1979 and also coached girls’ track. Carroll ISD honored him as one of the district cornerstones by dedicating his namesake to the Durham Elementary & Intermediate joint campus in 1995. He passed away in 1979 and is survived by his wife Martha, a former long-time nurse in Carroll ISD, son Robert Durham, and daughter Debbie Durham Davis.
Bob & Crystal Steele, Dragon Supporters
The Steeles moved to Southake in 1955 and have been wearing green ever since. Crystal was the head of cafeterias in the district for more than 20 years and also ran the Village grocery and post office in town. Bob became Southlake fire chief in 1957 and retried in 1990. The Steeles have been devout Dragon fans since the program started out as Class B in the 1960s. They also have three sons – Don, Dan and Randy – who played football for the Dragons. The Steeles live in Southlake and remain big supporters of the Dragons.
Jessica Hudak (Johnson), Athlete
The 1999 graduate is the most decorated female track athlete in Carroll’s history. She qualified in three events in the UIL State Track & Field meet and was a three-time Class 4A state champion in the high jump from 1996-1998. She also finished fourth in the long jump in 1997 and seventh in the triple jump in 1996. Her college career was just as impressive as she held four high jump records for 10 years at the University of Arkansas. She is a veterinarian in Keller and lives in Grapevine with her husband Chris, son Alex and twin daughters Elizabeth and Charlotte.
Special message from Jessica Hudak (Johnson)…
When I was nine years old, my parents signed me up for a summer track team and I fell in love with the sport. I was a competitive track athlete from ages 9-24. My accomplishments were a direct result of my parents commitment to give me every opportunity to succeed. They drove me to daily practices in Arlington and spent long Saturdays roasting in the Texas heat for my meets. They took me around the country for competitions. Barry and Barbara Johnson, thank you for all the encouragement and opportunities you gave me. Every medal won and every record set was enjoyed so much more, because you were with me every step of the way.