Former Frog Named to Texas Track & Field Hall of Fame
Aug. 5, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – Former TCU track & field and football standout Bubba Thornton was named to the 6th Annual Texas Track & Field Hall of Fame Class, it was announced Tuesday. The award is sponsored by the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association.
The class will be inducted Jan. 9, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza-Addison as part of the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas festivities.
Thornton competed as a sprint and relay performer for the TCU track & field program from 1967-69. He was also a wide receiver and defensive back for the Frogs and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1969 as a wide receiver and kick returner.
Thornton returned to TCU to coach the track & field team for 14 years (1982-95). During his time at TCU, he coached nine NCAA champions. After TCU, he coached at the University of Texas from 1996-2013.
He is a member of the TCU Letterman’s Association Hall of Fame, as well as an Alumni Frog O’ Fame Award recipient. In 2008, Thornton coached Team U.S.A.’s 2008 Olympic Men’s squad to the most gold medals (four) and the most overall (14).
Thornton is one of six members named to this year’s Hall of Fame class. The other members include: Amy Acuff, Dave Clark, Sue Humphrey, Dean Smith and Early Young.