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Richard Avila

Inducted: 2002

Best Known For: Football; Coaching

Hometown: Donna, TX

HS: Donna High School

College: Pan American College

High School Coach: Edinburg High School, Donna High School and Corpus Christi,

High School Coach: Basketball

Another of the Avila men to make his mark in Valley sports, Richard Avila was a member of the Donna state title football team of 1961 and also played for the school’s regional champion basketball unit the same year. In 1962 he helped the ‘Skins make it to the state hoops tourney and went from there to Pan American University, where he competed in judo for four years and became an instructor in that martial art.

As a coach, Avila worked as defensive coordinator for Richard Flores at Edinburg High on seven playoff teams, before returning to his alma mater to lead Donna to two playoff trips.

Avila became Donna athletic director for four productive seasons and then made the leap to the same job up in Corpus Christi for six more.

He’s been active at all levels in sports, including over 30 years as a leading South Texas basketball official.