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.
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.