Larry Dippell

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2008 Sherwood Award Winner

th_sh_DippellFormer Amarillo coaching great Larry Dippel, was 174-64-2 during a 23-year coaching career at Hereford and Amarillo. Before retiring after the 2005 season, Dippel had won 16 district championships and made the playoffs 26 times, 23 of those with the Sandies.

(via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – Article)

Even with all the championships, gold balls and accolades, the most satisfying aspect of Dippel’s job was his relationship with his players.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in physical education/health from Hardin-Simmons University (1963); master’s degree in administrative education from Hardin-Simmons (1970).

Dippel’s tenure at AHS from 1975-2005 is the longest for any head coach in Amarillo, regardless of sport. In addition to his four years at Hereford before arriving at AHS, Dippel racked up a 253-143-6 record. He began his coaching career in 1963 as an assistant at Corpus Christi Carroll. Among his numerous awards are the Tom Landry Award (presented by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame) and being named national high school coach of the year in 2003 by the American Football Coaches Association.

Through the years, Dippel coached fathers and sons, which makes sense considering the influence he had on both. Dee White, a 1991 AHS grad and former Sandie football player, had no plans to play college football.

To Dippel, coaching the game of football “is a great vehicle to give you an opportunity to have some impact.”

Fortunately for Amarillo, Dippel does not regret not taking other jobs or moving up the coaching ladder, and there were opportunities to do so. “No. No regrets at all,” Dippel said. “All the other things fell through, and that allowed me to stay in Amarillo. In fact, I’m thankful that they didn’t work out.”

(via Amarillo Globe New – Article)