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Former Sherman Football Coach Receives VIP tour at New SHS

When the new Sherman High School opened in January, the community could not wait to visit the campus. For one man, his wish to tour the new school and athletic facility came true.

“It’s amazing,” Coach Stan Wessinger expressed as his bus arrived in front of the Sherman High School Multipurpose Activity Center. 

The 87-year-old former Sherman High School coach and current resident of Brookdale Willows Senior Living Facility was an assistant offensive coach of the SHS football team from 1971-1977, under the legendary Head Coach Tommy Hudspeth. Wessinger entered hospice care last fall. His recent recovery has been attributed to excellent care and his personal thought of one day having the opportunity to tour the new athletic facilities at the new high school.

“I heard it was nice and wanted to see it for myself. It reminds me of something from Star Wars. It's very different from what we had. Very different and I love it.” Wessinger said during his personal tour.

Wessinger’s son, Randy Wessinger, understands the importance of Bearcat football and accompanied his father on the tour. Randy was the quarterback of the great 1976 and 1977 Bearcat teams and played under his father.

“It was great bringing my dad back to see the new athletic facilities. It brought back a lot of great memories and we had a lot of my former teammates that played for him here to welcome him,” Randy explained. “You could tell that as soon as we rolled him inside of the facility, his spirits just jumped right up.”

To make the tour happen, the Brookdale Willows Senior Living Facility contacted Sherman ISD to arrange a personal tour for Wessinger. He was transported by bus to the school with his attendant for a VIP tour of the indoor facility, weight room, and football field.  To add to the excitement, a small number of Randy Wessinger’s teammates attended the tour along with current SHS football players and cheerleaders. Brookdale Director of Sales and Marketing, Christina Oickle believes the visit made Wessinger feel valued and appreciated.

“COVID-19 has really done a number on the senior population, but we’re happy to see that Coach is full of life, talking and cracking jokes,” Oickle said. “Our senior population just needs love, support, and reminders that life is still great. At Brookdale, we believe in helping seniors live better lives. This experience has been great for Coach and we are happy we were able to make it happen for him.”

Coach Wessinger and his son Randy are planning another visit to see Sherman football in action and the next Battle of the Ax football game in the fall.