Eight new individuals have etched their name into El Paso sports history. The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2019, received their plaques at the annual ceremony on Wednesday night at El Paso Community College and will forever be immortalized at the Don Haskins Center.
In the living athlete category, boxer Jorge Munoz, soccer player Holly Cohen Mata, and golfer Jennifer Delgadillo were honored for their outstanding play on the field.
“You dream of playing professionally and then when you have your family and kids you think it would be so cool to be inducted into the hall of fame,” said Cohen Mata. “Whether it be your college or your city, but even more so your city. I’m so grateful and honored.”
In the coach/administrator category, former Eastwood boys basketball coach Gary Pippen was honored, as was El Paso swim coach Quincy “Dow” Farley.
“Basketball in El Paso has always been really good,” said Pippen. “El Paso has had a lot of really good coaches and good teams. It’s an honor to be mentioned up there with them.”
Other inductions included broadcaster Duke Keith, former college football official Bill Scott, and the late Eugene Augustus Desboin.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Keith. “We get to kind of work at the candy store of life and it’s a wonderful honor.”
“When I started officiating, my goal was to get to week-to-week-to-week and we went from 7th to 8th grade and I never thought about anything like the Hall of Fame,” said Scott.
The El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame will celebrate 65 years next April.