Into the Hall

MCHS alumnus to be inducted into Mesa State Hall of Honor

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His current bio on Texas Christian University's football Web site lists Salt Lake City as his hometown, but if you ask Dick Winder where he considers home, he quickly corrects his personal information.

"Craig is my hometown," he said. "I was born in Salt Lake City but I never lived there, I grew up around Craig."

Winder graduated from Moffat County High School in 1959 where he earned All-State honors in football and basketball. He went on to play both at what was known then as Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. Winder will be officially inducted Saturday into what is now Mesa State College as a member of its athletic Hall of Honor.

"I guess they ran out of people to honor," he said. "You have to live to be as old as I do to start getting honors like this."

While he may consider himself old, Winder is still going strong in his lifelong profession as a football coach. This year, Winder started his second season as the quarterbacks coach for TCU. He's must be doing something right as the Horned Frogs are undefeated and ranked in the top-20 nationally.

The Mesa State honor isn't the first he has received in Colorado; Winder was voted into the inaugural class of the Moffat County High School Hall of Fame.

Winder will not be able to make the ceremony for his induction because he will be with his team but his brother, Brett Winder, from Grand Junction, will be there to accept the award.

"There are some great people in both Craig and Grand Junction," he said. "I wish I could make it but the fall is a busy time for me."

Winder also has relatives in Craig. He and Pete Pleasant, still of Craig, married twin sisters they met at Moffat County High School.

Winder went to Utah State after two years at Mesa JC as an All-American football player. After earning his bachelor degree in 1964 at Utah State, Winder went to Colorado State College where he earned his masters in 1965.

After 1965 is when coaching began for Winder. In the first part of his career, he coached prep football for 16 years and was named the New Mexico high school coach of the year in 1968.

Winder's first college coaching experience came in 1979, when he was named the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of New Mexico. He then returned to high school coaching for four seasons.

The former Bulldog returned to the college ranks in 1984 as an offensive coordinator and defensive end coach at Texas Tech. He was at Tech for nine seasons and his teams broke 59 school records and scored 300 points in a season seven times.

After Texas Tech, Winder coached for Oklahoma, Tarleton State and Texas Tech again.

Last year, the Horned Frogs finished 10-2, which included a win against Colorado State in the Liberty Bowl.

"I had some great coaches in Craig that influenced me," he said. "Bud French and Tom Peterson were my high school coaches who

helped me."

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