NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The final touches to the Stephen F. Austin State University women's basketball mural are complete. The mural, displaying academic and athletic achievements of former and present lady jacks, photos took semesters to finish.
"One of the walls has the academic side with graduating champions and the other side has to do with the basketball accolades the players have achieved," Jodi Greves, assistant basketball coach, said.
The achievements will be printed forever on the wall in the William R. Johnson coliseum.
"We decided that anything from all conference or above meaning all conference, all region, all American, or if you've been inducted into our hall of fame, or our hall of honor you will go on this wall," Greve said.
The student athletes are also honored for their academic success upon graduation.
"I've been very fortunate that every player that I've ever coached in 15 years…has gotten their degree, and that's something that we're obviously proud of," Brandon Schneider, head basketball coach, said.
Coach Schneider was looking for a way to keep his current players aware of the lady jack history. So, he reached out to SFA alumni Roger Robinson, who has spent hours each semester putting the wall together.
"He knows what they did and what they did for the university, so it was amazing when he told us what he was going to be able to do for us," Greves said.
Former player Tammara Marion, who is photographed on both the athletic and academic mural, hopes that the wall will encourage future athletes.
"I think it could kind of help them out. It can motivate them, let them know that if you do good also then you can get placed on the wall," Tammara Marion said.
Every two to three years each digitally printed wall will be updated with lady jack accomplishments.