Denton ISD Our Impact In Your Community Magazine Winter 2017-18 - Page 18

Story and photos by Julie Zwahr WHAT’S IN A NAME… Bill Carrico and Abner Haynes of the North Texas Mean Green 100 year All Century Team at Apogee Stadium in Denton. Photo by Rick Yeatts Braswell Bengals retire number 68 at inaugural ‘tailgate’ for athletic complex namesake During the dedication, Coach Cody Moore presented the Carrico Family with a jersey signifying that his number is officially retired from the Braswell Bengals. Family members include: Marla Carrico, Jay Carrico, Happy Carrico, Dee Carrico, Jayme Carrico and Joy Carrico. On a sunny fall afternoon, Denton Independent School District hosted members of the community who shared barbeque and tales of a ‘gentle giant’ for whom the district’s new athletic complex is named, Bill Carrico. An appropriate tribute given the impact Coach Carrico had on so many student-athletes during his time as an educator, coach and athletic director. In 1979, Coach hired Dr. Ray Braswell as a teacher and athletic trainer, a fortuitous hire since the new 5A high school campus on which the Carrico Athletic Complex supports the building which bears Dr. Braswell’s name.   Prior to his passing in 2016 and upon learning the complex would bear his name, Coach Carrico said, “It’s really nice to have so many people say so many positive things about you to get an honor like this. And it’s fitting to receive this honor with Ray (Braswell). I’m a little older, but we did a lot of things together, always talked about how to do things right and live our lives right… It’s a tremendous honor that we’ll always share.” Coach Carrico served as a teacher and coach for Denton High School from 1962 to 1974, assistant principal at Strickland Junior High (now Strickland 18