Neal Quillin To Be Honored

Legendary coach Neal Quillin will be inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor July 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. Coach Quillin was the Head Coach at Fort Bend Willowridge, Langham Creek, Nimitz and Humble during his career.

Quillin retired from coaching in 2004, but decided to accept the position as defensive line coach at Atascocita High School. This allows him to work alongside his son John Quillin, who is the Eagles offensive coordinator.

As Humbles head football coach for 15 years (1990-2004, 110-56-3 record) , Quillin led the Wildcats to the Class 5A Division II semifinals in 1995 and the Touchdown Club of Houston rewarded him with the John Kelley High School Coach-of-the-Year Award.

In 1982, Quillin guided Willowridge (1980-1983, 44-8 record) to a perfect record and 4A state championship. The previous season, he was named the Houston Chronicle Coach-of-the Year for leading the Eagles to the state finals.

Throughout his career, Quillin has coached numerous NFL football players, including former Buffalo Bills All-Pro and Hall-of-Fame running back Thurman Thomas. When giving his 2007 Hall-of-Fame induction speech, Thomas mentioned the positive impact Quillin had on his football career at Willowridge High School.

Congratulations Coach Quillin. A big Lone Star salute goes out to you.

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron