Jim Forbes earns a spot in the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame

Jim Forbes, who was an El Paso sports icon for decades, has earned a spot in the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made Thursday. Forbes, who died in January at age 69, will be inducted along with seven others on May 20, 2023, as part of the Texas Association’s annual basketball coaching clinic.

Forbes graduated from Bel Air High School, played for the United States basketball team in the 1972 Olympics, played at UTEP, and was a successful high school basketball coach. He guided the Riverside and Andress Boys basketball teams to the state tournament.

As a member of the TABC Board of Directors, he was a great ambassador for coaches and players in the El Paso area and state. His #50 high school jersey is retired in Bel Air. The Andress and Riverside gymnasiums are named in his honor.

“Coach Forbes deserves this honor, he touched so many lives,” said current Andress coach Eugene Costello, who served as Forbes’ assistant coach for many years. “Coaches from all over Texas will share stories of how he reached out to them and supported them in some way.”

Other inductees

  • chuck darden coached for 44 years at Shallowwater High School, 41 of those as head coach. He won 1,052 games in his career, including 35 playoff appearances, 23 district championships, 18 regional tournaments, seven state tournaments.
  • Larry Davis was a three-year starter at Lufkin High School where he played for Hall of Fame coach Jessie Walker. As a sophomore, Davis helped the Panthers win the 4A state championship in 1979 averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game and was named to the All-State Team of the Tournament. A three-time all-state draft pick, Davis has averaged over 18 points and 11 rebounds per game during his career.
  • Keith Edmonson played at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio where he scored 2,389 points and had 1,197 rebounds from 1975-78.
  • larry goad coach for 43 years, with stints as head coach for four years at Henrietta High School and 30 years at Desoto High School. His teams have won 766 games, including 19 playoff appearances, 11 district championships, and advanced to eight regional finals.
  • Larry Spruell played at Pottsboro High School, Megarel High School, (now consolidated with Olney) and Petrolia High School. As a freshman, he averaged 14.5 points per game, 24.5 as a sophomore, and 27.3 as a senior.
  • Trenia Tillis-Hoard was a four-year starter at Grapeland High School for Hall of Fame coach Don Tullos. She led the Sandiettes to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 1987-88 and 1988-89, winning the championship in 1989. Tillis-Hoard averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds per game as a freshman, 29 points and 18 rebounds as a sophomore, 35 points and 15 rebounds as a junior, and 27 points and 12 rebounds as a senior.
  • Nancy Walling spent 30 years in coaching, including 25 years as a head coach at Belton High School and Pflugerville High School. She won 647 games during that span, including 18 playoff appearances, 13 district championships, four regional tournaments, and four state tournament appearances.

More: Photos by Jim Forbeshttps://www.elpasotimes.com/picture-gallery/news/2022/01/21/coach-jim-forbes-el-paso-times-andress/6607315001/

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at 915-546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.

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