There’s an old saying, ‘a man is known by the company he keeps.’
Football Coach Larry Pullin has found himself in good company throughout his career, in his time in Northside and now as a 2013 inductee into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. He was honored at the THSCHA Coaching School in July.
“It was a humbling experience just to know the caliber of coaches in the Hall of Honor,” Pullin says. “To be one of them is the highest honor you can receive.”
After head coaching stints in Floresville, Cuero, Cuero and Abilene, Pullin came to Northside in 1991 and served as the Jay High School Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator until his retirement in 2005.
For the last few years he has been working part-time as an Assistant Athletics Director with the Athletics Department. His boss, Athletics Director Stan Laing, is a familiar face. Pullin hired Laing twice, and is responsible for bringing Laing to Northside from Abilene.
In a letter nominating Pullin for the Hall of Honor, Laing wrote, “When looking back on the things that have had the most impact in my life in directing me to where I am today, without question, it is the nine years I spent under the mentoring of Larry Pullin.”
In addition to Laing, three current head football coaches in Northside, can trace their roots to Pullin- Stephen Basore at Brennan High School, John Campbell at Brandeis High School, and David Malesky at O’Connor High School. All worked together at Jay High School.
“It makes me proud to think that they learned some things from me, even if it was sometimes what not to do,” Pullin says. “They all went on to be great coaches.”
To be considered for the Hall of Honor, nominees must be an active member of THSCA, have contributed to the Association, and contributed to the coaching profession. For a list of Hall of Honor recipients, visit the THSCA Hall of Honor website.
Coach Pullin and his wife Cindy, a teacher at Driggers ES, with his Hall of Honor award.
Coach Pullin (center) and the Athletics Department staff.