2020 Hall of Honor Inductees
Written By: April Stone Graves
Coach Jay Stone is a life-long resident of Port Neches, Texas. Jay and his wife Anna have been married for 36 years and have three children: April, Amanda, and Austin. Coach Stone also has 5 grandchildren Easton, Lennon, Stone, Remi, and Hudsyn.
Coach Stone graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 1977 where he played baseball. He went on to attend Lamar University where he played baseball for three years and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, a Minor in Mathematics, a Masters in Kinesiology, and a second Masters in Educational Administration.
Jay started his career in 1981 at Beaumont Charlotte Pollard as a P.E. teacher, Assistant Football Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach. His career later led him to coach football and baseball at Orangefield High School, Nederland High School, and Port Neches-Groves High School.
From 1982 to1990, Coach Stone taught Math, P.E., and was an Assistant Football and Baseball Coach at Port Neches-Groves High School. He then made a career move in 1990 to Orangefield High School where he became the Head Baseball Coach and in 1992 became the Offensive Coordinator. He took the Varsity Baseball team to the playoffs in 1992, 1993, and 1994 and was named Coach of the Year in 1994.
Coach Stone then moved to Nederland High School as a math teacher, Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach. During the three years he was at Nederland High School, he took the Varsity Baseball team to the playoffs in 1995, 1996 and 1997. He took them to the state tournament in 1995 and 1997. In 1995, he was named the Texas High School All Star Coach for the South Team.
Jay then went on to coach at Port Neches-Groves High School for 13 years and was an assistant principal for his last 5 years at PN-G. Throughout his career at PN-G he was a peer tutor coordinator, math teacher, Freshman Football Coach, Head Baseball Coach, and Assistant Principal at Port Neches Middle School. Coach Stone took the PN-G Varsity baseball team to the playoffs in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He took them to the state tournament in 2000 and 2004. Coach Stone was asked to be an SETBCA All Star Coach in 2000, was named All Star Coach by the Umpire Association in 2009 and 2010, and was named Baseball Coach of the year in 2004 and 2008.
Coach Stone left coaching in 2010 and became an Assistant Principal at Port Neches Middle School in order to have the time to watch his son, Austin Stone pitch for Baylor University. Coach Stone retired in 2015 as the “winningest” baseball coach in PNG school history. He walked away with 436 career victories from Orangefield, Nederland and PN-G. He made a total of four state appearances and in his 20 years as a Head Baseball Coach and he only missed the play-offs once in his career.
After Coach Stone “retired”, he worked at Athletes Sports Training Facility as the manager and gave hitting and pitching lessons. After just one year of retirement he went back into coaching at Little Cypress Mauriceville where he was the Head Freshman Football Coach and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach. He then went back to Nederland High School where he is currently coaching on the Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball Staff.
Coach Stone has a true passion for coaching. He always has high expectations for his students and athletes and produces successful young men. He is dedicated and disciplined like no other. Not only does his career record speak volumes but so do the opinions of his past and present players. He has definitely left a lasting impact in the world of baseball.
“Coach Stone has always been a driving force in the direction of my life. In addition to being one of the top baseball coaches in the state, he also instilled traits in us that helped us become better men down the road as a second father figure for all of us. He is the reason I got into coaching and why I have had so much success. I am truly thankful for the knowledge and sometimes “tough love” that we needed/deserved. It has truly been an honor to have played for him and now to call him a legitimate friend. Thank you Coach for all the hard work you have done for countless people, and I will speak on behalf of us all when I say that you have made an impact not only in Southeast Texas but the state of Texas as a whole. In two very sincere words...THANK YOU!!”-Jason Bourgeois (Orangefield ℅ 1995)
“Coach Stone is one of my favorite coaches of all time. He was a player’s coach but you knew when it was time to work. I learned so much from Coach Stone and I have incredible respect for him. I have stayed close to him over the 30 years since I played for him. There is no coach more deserving of this honor than Coach Jay Stone.”
- Bryan Bost (PNG, ℅ 1990)
“I was blessed to have a long baseball career filled with many great coaches but few left an impact like the one Coach Stone did. Coach Stone loved his players and loved the game. He taught his players to practice and play the game the right way, with effort and discipline. I have always considered Coach Stone to be like my second dad and I’m truly thankful and blessed to have played for him.” - Brian Sanches (Nederland, ℅ 1996)
“Not a more deserving man. Coach epitomizes what a selfless leader is, and still now holds firm in his beliefs. As a former player, I can only say thank you. You took a chance on a young 15 year old sophomore which sparked a desire and commitment within myself to be the best I could be. I’ll never forget my first start on the mound for you. 1995, Nederland at Silsbee. Only problem was I forgot my cleats. I somehow talked a senior into letting me wear his, but nothing got past Coach. He noticed i didn’t have my spikes, and he immediately took me out of the lineup. See, Coach didn’t care who you were or what your last name was. Every player was held to the same standard. I will never forget that game, nor will the 20 members of my family that were there to watch me. Congrats again to Coach Stone. As a former player and member of the Coaching community, I am extremely happy for you. You deserve it.”
- Chad Landry (Nederland, ℅ )
“During high school, Coach Stone was a big part in helping me become a better person. One of the people I've come across in life, that out of nowhere, generally wanted good for me and many other kids that he crossed paths with. He was always a very competitive and motivated person, but knew how to treat his athletes with respect and in a positive manner to get the best out of them. Me, personally, he helped me find some much needed confidence and I will always be grateful for that. He had a presence about him that exuded leadership and confidence. You didn't want to let him down out of respect, not fear. I could go on and on, but Coach Stone is a great man and a great example for the youth of our community. I couldn't be more excited that my son gets to experience what he offers and be around him the next three years.” - Dustin Driskell (Nederland, ℅ 1999)
“As my favorite coach I ever had, he always held me to the absolute highest standard on and off the field. The accountability he held me to in both areas has greatly shaped me into the man and father I am today.The life lessons he taught me are being instilled into my own kids, and players, each and every day. Coach has a keen way of recognizing the potential of his players and always pushes us past what we think is achievable. I truly would not have been the athlete and man I am today without the wisdom and discipline coach gave me in the game of baseball and in the game of life.” - Allen Harrington (PNG, ℅ 2004)
“One time I struck out four times in one game in the playoffs and the only thing he could say to me was “could be worse, you could be blind!”. But he was great. Tough love would be the best way to describe it. Hr really helped me grow up and no matter how good or bad things were, he was always there for me and made me realize the bigger picture; not only in baseball... but life. - Cody Mire (PNG, ℅ 2006).
“Coach Stone is dedicated to his athletes, and not only cares about them in the sports aspect, but on a personal level, too. He has inspired many, including myself, to find something I love to do and pursue it as a career. He is more than deserving of this recognition because of the time and effort he has put in over the years to better the lives of athletes overall. Being able to play under such an honorable coach was a highlight of my athletic career.” - Armani Douglas (Nederland, ℅ 2019)
“By far one of the best coaches I’ve ever been coached by. He taught me way more than baseball. He taught me discipline and how to play the game the right way — and all while making the game fun. Coach Stone definitely made my senior year one of the best years of my life. Forever grateful to have been coached by him.” - Omar Mascorro (Nederland, ℅ 2019)
“He has set the standard for which I compare all men to….and he has set it VERY high!” - April Graves (daughter)
“Growing up, I’ve heard countless stories about my dad. He is more than a leader; he is a father figure to everyone he teaches. I can say with confidence, the world is a greater place with him around. I can’t wait for my kids to grow and learn of what a great influence their pawpaw is.” - Amanda Guidry (daughter)
“He always gave 100% to his family, community, and players. There is something he has instilled in each player that has helped them be a better ball player and person. He truly is a one-of-a-kind coach and will always be an influence in my life” -Austin Stone (son)
Andy Evans, Lamar University graduate, began his coaching career in his hometown of Anahuac where he was an assistant coach for 3 years. His next stint was at East Chambers where he became the Athletic Director and Head Coach after serving four years as an assistant. He inherited a program that had only won 9 games in the previous 5 years and in his first season, led East Chambers to their first co-district championship in 22 years and first playoff berth in 10 years. During his 9 year tenure the Buccaneers compiled a 71-29 record with 7 district championships and 9 straight playoff appearances. In 1996, he was named Port Arthur News Super Team Coach of the Year. He also served as vice president and president of the Southeast Texas Coaches Association.
In 2004, he became the Athletic Director and Head Coach at Tatum High School. His current record at Tatum is 115-41 with two state quarterfinal appearances, one semi-finalist appearance, and back-to-back 3A State Championship in 2005 and 2A State Championship in 2006 and State Finalists in 2007. His career coaching record is 186-69. Between Tatum and East Chambers his teams qualified for the playoffs 20 straight years. Andy has been named District Coach of the year 12 times.
In 2005, he was named TSWA 3A Coach of the Year, Harris Ratings System Texas High School Football Coach of the Year, Longview News Journal East Texas Coach of the Year, and Smoaky.com Coach of the Year. In 2006 he was Texas Sportswriters Coach of the Year and KYKX Coach of the Year. He was also awarded the Gerald Ford All American High School Football Coach Award by the All American Football Foundation. In 2010 he was the head coach for the THSCA South All-Star Team at coaching school in San Antonio. His team defeated the North All Star team that year.
Andy served on the THSCA Board of Directors for 2009-2012. Andy and his wife, Tammie, have been married for 30 years and have 2 children, Scott (in Heaven) and Jaxon (18).
Rosetta Wilson Aarons
Graduated from Kountze High School in 1973.
*3 year All-District in Volleyball and Basketball
*2 year All-State Volleyball and Basketball
*Played on 2 State Semi-Finalist Volleyball Teams
and 1 State Championship Volleyball Team
*Played on 1 State Semi-Finalist Basketball Team
Graduated from Lamar University with BS in Health & Kinesiology in 1976 with highest honors.
Graduated from Lamar University with MS Education in 1980.
Coached Texas All Star Volleyball Team for the Texas Girls Coaches Association All Star Game in Abilene, Texas.
Executive Board Member- TGCA
Basketball Junior Director- TGCA
Basketball Senior Director- TGCA
Head Volleyball Coaching Record (16 years):
461 wins- 119 losses
2 State Championship Teams
2 State Semi-Finalist Teams
4 Regional Championship Teams
12 Regional Semi-Finalist Teams
16 Bi-District Championship Teams
16 District Championship Teams
Coached 28 All-State Players
Coached 19 Texas Girls Coaches All-Star Players
Coached 41 Student/Athletes who received collegiate athletic scholarships
As head volleyball coach, qualified for the play-offs every season
Kountze Head Volleyball Coach (1976-1980)
4 District Championships
4 Bi-District Championships
1 Regional Semi-Finalist Team
3 Regional Championship Teams
1 State Semi-Finalist Team
2 State Championship Teams
Kountze Varsity Track Coach (1976-1980)
Brought athletes to regionals:
Mile runner, 800 yard runner and mile relay teams to state track meet
Assisted Coach Joyce Wilson in basketball (1976-1980)
Teams made the play-offs in each of those years.
Nederland Head Basketball Coach (1980-1981)
Thomas Jefferson High School (1981-1991)
1981-1984 Varsity Assistant Coach in volleyball and basketball
1985-1991 Head Volleyball Coach
* 6 District Championships
* 6 Bi-District Championships
* 6 Regional Semi-Finalist
1981-1991 assisted Dr. Mark Honea in basketball. T.J. made the play-offs several times.
Nederland High School (1991-1995) taught health and did not coach varsity sports.
Bridge City High School Head Volleyball Coach (1995-2001)
6 District Championship Teams
6 Bi-District Championship Teams
5 Regional Finalist Teams
1 Regional Championship Teams
1 State Semi-Finalist Team
Also assisted Coach Woolley in basketball. Bridge City made the play-offs in basketball during these years.
2001-2006- taught health at Westbrook High School and did not coach varsity sports.
Retired from Texas in January 2006.
2010-2017- Taught 1st and 3rd grade in Louisiana.
Retired from Louisiana in 2017
Wade Phillips is a native Texan who grew up in Port Neches, Tx . After playing high school football there he came to the University of Houston and played under Coach Bill Yeoman and his dad, Bum Phillips. Following college he began his coaching career which included serving as head coach of the NFL Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys He was also an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. His winning percentage as a head coach was 54.6% . He is considered one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history. Wade was Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Feb., 2017.