ABILENE, TX - Sixty-seven years goes by awfully quick if you love what you do. That applies directly to Abilene's one-in-a-million coach, teacher, friend, and mentor Bev Ball.
For those who know her, Bev Ball is --
A good assessment after 67 years of coaching. Last week, one of the longest-tenured coaches in Texas in any sport, announced she’s hanging up her whistle. But at 87 years young – she’s not quite riding off in the sunset. Casey Pacheco, a former student of her's, has now taken the reigns of War Hawk swimming.
"I just told him that he was the boss man now, and that I would just be here to help him in any way he needs," said Ball.
Hard to leave something you’ve been a part of for so long. Bev Ball began the War Hawk swim program in 2000, but that’s after 47 years in the Abilene Independent School district as a tennis and swim coach.
"You cannot create hardware to describe her impact," said Athletics Director Sam Ferguson. "Again, it's all about the relationships she's built."
She taught a young Colt McCoy, a retired Admiral, and countless of you who then took your kids to her pool. And she knows it’s not coaching that got her here today.
It’s even said she could run for Mayor and win without spending a campaign dollar.
"I tell you what, I wouldn't know the first thing about being a mayor," Ball said with a laugh.
But one thing is for certain, Bev Ball has impacted everyone she’s come in contact with. And like myself, we’ll always cherish that.
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