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November 10th, 2009
Three selected for Bobcat Hall of Honor


Former Texas State athletes Paul Borreson, Bob Hackney and Tim Staskus have been selected by the Texas State “T” Association to be inducted into the Texas State Athletic Hall of Honor on Nov. 20.

The Hall of Honor is the highest athletics honor given to former Texas State letter winners. Each honoree is nominated by their fellow letter winners and selected for induction by the “T” Association Board of Directors.

The 2009 Induction ceremony will take place in the Sac N Pac Room located inside the End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium.

A basketball letterman from 1977-79, Borreson was a key player in helping Texas State win two Lone Star Conference championships. As the sixth man for the 1978-79 team, he helped the Bobcats reach the semifinals of the NAIA national tournament. Borreson graduated with a bachelor degree in criminal justice, then contributed to Texas State athletics for more than 30 years.

Borreson is the regional manager for Brown Distributing in Austin and head of marketing for Brown Distributing with Texas State. He spearheaded one of the longest and most productive partnerships in the school’s athletic history, with Brown Distributing annually contributing more than $50,000 to the athletic department.

Hackney set two school track records lasting more than a decade as he lettered in that sport in 1947 and 1948. , and set a pair of school records that lasted over a decade. At the 1947 Drake Relays, he was on the distance medley relay team that place first. He also won the Lone Star Conference high jumping championship in 1948.

After enrolling at Southwest Texas State in 1943 to be on the track and field team, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1947. He re-enrolled, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education while continuing to serve as a lieutenant, spending a total of 10 years in the Marine Corps. In 1950, Hackney was wounded in action at the Chosen Reservoir, 40 miles from the Yalu River in North Korea. After leaving the Marine Corps, Hackney was a teacher and coach for 34 years in the Brazosport ISD. He is the co-owner of Buccaneer Apartments.

He also continues to support the Bobcats with lifetime gifts totaling more than $165,000, ranging from sport specific gifts to the Hackney Family endowed scholarship.

Hackney lives in Clute, TX, with his wife of 62 years, Texas State alumnus Betty M. Hackney. The Hackney’s have two sons, Gary (56) and Greg (58). The Hackney’s have two grandsons, Carl Daniel (21) and Clint (19).

Staskus played for the Bobcat football team from 1980-83, lettering all four years. He was a member of the school’s two NCAA Division II national championship teams.

A graduate of Bellaire High School in Houston, Staskus was a two-time Kodak and Associated Press All-American, and chosen for All-Lone Star Conference First Team honors in both 1982 and 1983 as a linebacker. He was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team twice. He also earned Texas State’s J.C. Kellam award, which is given to the team’s outstanding senior player in 1983, and was named the school’s defensive Player of the Year in 1982. He earned the Erwin 50 Yards Award and the Lone Star Conference Award for top defensive player and outstanding lineman.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Staskus was a salesman with Brown Distributing in San Marcos, working with several prominent companies such as Labatt USA, InBev USA, and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Recently, Anheuser-Busch appointed him as a senior accounts manager.

He received the Texas State Department of Geography’s Distinguished Service award in 1996 and 2004, the Department of Geography’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2004 and the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni award in 2008. He also is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Development Advisory Board.

Staskus and his two siblings established an endowed scholarship in the Geology department in memory of their father, Phillip A. Staskus, with Tim donating more than $20,000 to the endowment. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for eight years and reside in Chandler, AZ.

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