Sylvia Longoria-Rodriguez

Inducted: 2007

Best Known For: Track (runner & coach)

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

HS: Brownsville High

College: Texas Women's University

A champion athlete who became a top-notch coach, she was a hit at every step along the way and trailblazer in women’s sports.

Sylvia Longoria-Rodriguez ran for Brownsville High in the late 1960s, advancing to the regional meet in the triple jump before graduating in 1968. At Texas Women’s University in Denton she helped the school’s unit capture the AIAW national championship in 1969 and 1971, as a four-time national winner in the 400-yard dash and member of the relay team. She co-captained the team in 1971 and 1972.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from TWU Longoria-Rodriguez returned to Brownsville in 1974 to start a coaching career that spanned 33 years, at Hanna (one season), Pace (nine seasons), Porter (11 seasons), and Lopez (12 seasons).

One of the leading racers in area history, she gave back to the sport as a teacher and coach in her hometown.