People, Places and Things – April 2022

Dwight Coleman, men’s basketball coach at Dallas Christian College, passed away suddenly on April 5. He was a speaker at the 2021 TABC clinic in San Antonio and had been at DCC for 2 years where he coached with DCC women’s coach Larry Tidwell. He played college basketball at Dallas Baptist University after a stellar high school career. Dwight is survived by his loving wife Tiffany and six children. Coach Coleman was 37 years old.

On April 4 Zach Johnson passed away peacefully at his home in Utah. Z Man is the younger brother of 20-year TABC employee Jennifer Thomas and Stacy Kratz, who has worked the TABC clinic for the past 7 years. His niece, DeDee Thomas, has been the TABC clinic photographer for the past 11 years. Zach was best friends with TABC executive director Rick Sherley and when Rick was still coaching at Alief Hastings, he was the #1 Fighting Bear fan. Michael Jordan was one of his heroes and he had videos of all the Bulls games during MJ’s years at Chicago. Zach loved sports and played all that the Special Olympics organized. He suffered from severe seizures most of his life but brought joy to his many friends and family. He had just turned 41 years of age.

On Thursday April 7, a court naming ceremony was held at Bill Krueger Field House on the campus of Clear Lake High School for long time Falcon coach Lynn McDonald. He was a Clear Lake assistant for Hall of Fame coach Bill Krueger for 16 years before being named head coach for 13 seasons. His varsity teams won 310 games including 5 district championships and the 2007 team that was a 33-7 regional finalist. Lynn is currently going through treatment at MD Anderson for a brain tumor. Please keep him in your prayers.

The Indiana Fever of the WNBA used the #2 pick in the draft on NaLyssa Smith who averaged 22 points per game for the Baylor Lady Bears. She starred on the Baylor 2019 national champion team and she leaves Waco as the 2-time winner of the Katrina McClain award as the top power forward in the nation. The All American was a two time Big 12 Player of the Year and played high school basketball at San Antonio East Central high school.
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