Nolan Richardson to have Bowie (Texas) gym named in his honor

Nolan Richardson to have Bowie (Texas) gym named in his honor

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Nolan Richardson to have Bowie (Texas) gym named in his honor

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Feb 15, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks former head coach Nolan Richardson and former president Bill Clinton during the game against the Louisiana State Tigers at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated LSU 81-70. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-152098 ORIG FILE ID: 20140215_mje_sz6_079.jpg

Nolan Richardson during a 2014 Arkansas basketball game (Photo Nelson Chenault, USA TODAY Sports)

Before he led Arkansas to the NCAA basketball championship and made the Basketball Hall of Fame, Nolan Richardson excelled as an athlete and a coach in El Paso, Texas.

Now the gym at Bowie High, where Richardson played and where his coaching career began in 1968, will be named in his honor. The school announced the ceremony will be held Sept. 24.

“Bowie High is where I got my start,” Richardson told ElPasoInc.com.

Richardson was an all-district athlete in baseball, football and basketball at Bowie. After a playing career at UTEP (then Texas Western), he returned to Bowie and posted a record of 180-90.

He then entered the college ranks winning a national junior college championship at Texas Junior College in 1980, won the NIT at Tulsa in 1981 and the NCAA title at Arkansas in 1994. He took the Razorbacks to three Final Fours and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2014.

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