2019 Hall of Honor Inductees

​George Eskue:

George Eskue spent 38 years in the coaching profession.  He played football at Lamar University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. George coached at Beaumont Charlton-Pollard High School, Wharton High School, Forest Park High School, West Brook High School, Kelly High School, and Vidor.

 George won six private school state championships and was runner-up twice, as Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Kelly High School.  He also won two state championships in track at Kelly. While coaching at Kelly he was named Co-Coach of the Year by the Pt. Arthur News. George was also on the staff of West Brook High School when they won a state championship in football under Coach Alex Durley.

George names Coach Eddie Joseph, head football coach at Wharton High School, as his mentor.  He attributes his coaching success to Coach Joseph.  Coach Joseph’s philosophy to teach players that trust and respect must be shared between players and coaches,  is considered George’s most valued coaching advice.

Currently, George is enjoying retirement and lives in Pearland, Texas with his wife of 44 years, Cindy. They have one son, Dr. Kyle Eskue of Houston and two grandsons, Patrick and Benjamin.  George spends lots of quality time fishing with his son and grandsons. His other enjoyment is going on Caribbean cruises with Cindy.

​​Shawn Klinger:

Shawn was born in Montana.  He went to High School in a small town in Montana graduating in 1987.  After High School he moved on to college in Iowa.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 with a degree in Physical Education with an Athletic Training emphasis and a minor in Health.  After college Shawn moved to Texas to take a job in Port Arthur at Lincoln High School.  He spent 5 years at Lincoln being a part of 2 State Championships one in basketball and one in Track.  After Lincoln Shawn moved on to Ozen High School in Beaumont.  While at Ozen, Shawn was a part of 1 State Championship in basketball.  After Ozen, Shawn finished his career as a school Athletic Trainer at Hardin Jefferson High School, where again he was a part of another State Championship in basketball.

Del Basinger:

Graduated from Smackover, Arkansas in 1967. Attended University of Arkansas on a track scholarship and graduated in 1972.  Del began his coaching career in DeQueen, Arkansas as an assistant in 1972.  From 1972-1976 DeQueen made the playoffs 3 times.  Del became the Head Coach in DeQueen in 1977 and his 4 year record was 29-14 reaching the State finals in 1980 with a 10-4 record.  He then moved to Anahuac, Texas as the Offensive Coordinator for 5 seasons, making the playoffs in 3 of the 5 seasons, playing in the Quarter-finals in 1982.  He then moved to Kountze where he was Offensive Coordinator for 3 seasons while becoming the Head Coach in 1989 for one season.  In 1990 Del moved to Beaumont West Brook where he coached for 7 seasons winning the District championship 5 times reaching Quarter-finals in 1994.  During his time at West Brook, he coached the track team 4 X 400 relay team to a National Record.  In 1997 Del moved across town to Beaumont Ozen as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.  Del stayed 8 seasons at Ozen making the playoffs 6 times.  In 2006 Del moved to West Orange-Stark High School retired from WO-S a year ago.  During his time at West Orange-Stark the Mustangs made the playoffs every season, including playing for the State Championship in consecutive years from 2014-2017, winning Back to Back Championships in 2015-2016.  Del was selected “Coach of the Year” District 7 AAA at DeQueen, Arkansas in 1980; “Coach of the Year” Southwest Region, Arkansas in 1980; and Hardin County “Coach of the Year” in 1989 at Kountze.  Del has spent his entire career turning boys into men and loving them at the same time.