Herb Stephens, who had a 36-year tenure in Fort Worth ISD, died on Thursday. He was 72.
Stephens became an assistant athletic director for the school district in 2000, and was promoted to athletic director in 2005. He served in that capacity until retiring in 2010.
The Fort Worth athletic complex, home of Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, Clark Stadium and Goldstein Field, was re-named the “Herb Stephens Jr. Athletic Complex” following his retirement.
Stephens started off his Fort Worth ISD career as a physical education teacher and coach at Rosemont Middle School, and also worked at Paschal High School as a biology teacher and coaching basketball and golf.
Stephens earned his undergraduate degree from TCU in 1974, and was a member of the men’s basketball team under coach Johnny Swaim.
Stephens went on to earn his master’s of education from TCU in 1979. He served as an analyst on TCU men’s basketball radio broadcasts from 1999-2005.
“Husband, father, granddad, coach, teacher, confidant, counselor & friend,” TCU radio voice Brian Estridge wrote on Twitter. “Lost a great man today. No one more passionate, intentional or sincere. His impact on lives will be his legacy. Proud to have been his partner. Godspeed Herb Stephens! te iubesc, omule @TCUBasketball”
Herbert D. Stephens Jr. grew up in Ceredo, West Virginia, and attended Marshall University for one year. He then joined the Air Force, serving as a linguist for four years while stationed overseas before settling in Texas.
In retirement, Stephens remained active in the sports world. He worked a stint as athletic coordinator at Hill School of Fort Worth, and gave golf and basketball lessons. He survived a stroke in 2015, and started a stroke survivor group afterward.
Stephens is survived by his wife, Kathy, daughter, Stephanie Stephens Wellman, and grandson, Payne, sister, Patty Stephens Bevins, brother, John (and wife Cindy) Stephens, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at University Christian Church at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a reception to follow in Walker Hall. The family asks memorials be made to TCU Letterman’s Association or BITS (Brain Injury Transition Services) through Texas Health Harris Foundation.