Dessie Richardson Heald

Inducted: 1989

Best Known For: Basketball & Volleyball Girls' Coach

High School Coach: Weslaco High & Santa Rosa High


She pioneered the advent of power volleyball in the Valley, and will be recalled as one of the area’s great girls’ coaches.

Dessie Richardson Heald coached basketball and volleyball at Weslaco for 14 years and started the volley program at Santa Rosa, where she held forth for 12 more seasons. Her Pantherette hoops squads were a playoff constant in those years, making it to the regionals twice; the legendary 1965 Weslaco unit advanced all the way to the state finals before losing.

Dessie Heald attended every Texas High School Girls Coaches Association meeting before her retirement. In 1972 she was named the state’s honor coach in basketball.