Participants in HPU baseball trip involved in highway accident

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2019 – Early Wednesday morning, seven Howard Payne University baseball players and two staff members were involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning to Brownwood from an out-of-town weekend series. Though none sustained life-threatening injuries, two players were transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center and several others received follow-up care. Dr. […]

Improvements made at HPU’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center

BROWNWOOD – November 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center underwent improvements to its facilities during the summer. The developments were made possible due to donations from Bruner Toyota, through the Toyota Dealer Match Program, and HPU alumnus Jarod Root ’03. In addition to their financial support of HPU, Root serves […]

Garland’s Marvin “Doc” Utecht named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame

BROWNWOOD – October 29, 2018 – Marvin “Doc” Utecht of Garland has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. Utecht and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & […]

Kerrville’s James Williamson named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame

BROWNWOOD – October 26, 2018 – James Williamson of Kerrville has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. Williamson and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports […]

HPU alumnus Eddie Nelson inducted into basketball coaches hall of fame

BROWNWOOD – November 8, 2017 – Eddie Wayne Nelson, a 1972 Howard Payne University graduate, was recently inducted into the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Nelson, who also received an associate degree from Lon Morris Junior College and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, began his career as an […]

HPU students and employees share in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

BROWNWOOD – November 3, 2017 – Many Howard Payne University departments, teams, students and personnel were recently involved in various projects to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas coastal areas. Three projects in particular – the supply collection and fundraiser by the HPU baseball team, the Department of Music hurricane relief […]

Stacey Blalock of Magnolia among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

BROWNWOOD – October 19, 2017 – Stacey Blalock of Magnolia has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. She is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. Blalock and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports […]

Marshall Davis of Austin among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

BROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Marshall Davis of Austin has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. Davis and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports […]

Community supports hurricane victims through HPU donation drive

BROWNWOOD – September 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Yellow Jacket baseball team hosted a donation drive for hurricane victims on Saturday, collecting approximately 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food to deliver to the Gulf Coast and southeast Texas. “We’re thankful to […]

HPU baseball partners with Weakley-Watson for hurricane relief

BROWNWOOD – August 30, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s baseball team is partnering with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood to provide relief amidst the ongoing devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey along Texas’ Gulf Coast. The team’s efforts are bolstered by a variety of other campus groups and individuals. HPU will host a donation drive this […]

First group of HPU students arrive on campus for fall semester

BROWNWOOD – August 8, 2017 – Approximately 130 new and returning Howard Payne University football players moved into residence halls Monday morning in advance of the fall 2017 athletic season. More students will arrive on campus next week, with classes beginning August 21. The athletes will attend a variety of meetings and events as they […]

HPU alumnus named men’s athletic chaplain at Texas Tech University

BROWNWOOD – March 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University alumnus Corbin Young was recently appointed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes the new men’s athletic chaplain at Texas Tech University. In this position, Young serves the seven men’s sports teams at Texas Tech by encouraging and equipping the coaches and athletes through Christ. “I’m excited […]

HPU alumnus named 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year

BROWNWOOD – May 24, 2016 – Howard Payne University alumnus Mark Nickols was recently named the 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He serves as assistant basketball coach at San Angelo’s Central High School. According to the San Angelo ISD website, Nickols helped his team reach […]

HPU alumna named All-Big Country Coach of the Year

BROWNWOOD – May 4, 2016 – Heather Hohertz, 2007 Howard Payne University graduate, said she credits her HPU professors and coaches in guiding her to be her best. Hohertz, who serves as head basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Brownwood High School, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes […]

TSHOF inductee Ken Gray reflects on life at HPU, in the NFL and beyond

By Abram Choate, assistant athletic director for sports information and game administration A version of this article originally appeared in HPU’s Link magazine. BROWNWOOD – March 31, 2016 – Recent Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ken Gray had great success on the football field for Howard Payne University and the National Football League, but […]

HPU names Coach Hunter Sims university’s athletic director

BROWNWOOD – March 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University announced today that Hunter Sims, head football coach, has been named athletic director for the university. Sims will serve a dual role as coach and athletic director beginning in fall 2016 and will report to Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of […]

Sims to be head coach at end of semester

By HPU Sports Information BROWNWOOD, Texas – The Howard Payne University athletic department today announced that current assistant head coach Hunter Sims will take over as head football coach at the end of the semester. Following the recent announcement that Howard Payne head football coach Roger Geise would be retiring at the end on the […]

HPU head football coach Roger Geise to retire at semester’s end

BROWNWOOD – October 8, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Roger Geise announced recently that he will be retiring at the end of the fall semester after four seasons as Yellow Jacket head football coach and 11 seasons total with the university. Mike Jones, athletic director, said it has been a pleasure to work with Geise. […]

Serving God By Serving Others: HPU’s Xavier McFalls leads ministry to athletes

A version of this article originally appeared in the spring 2015 issue of HPU’s Link magazine. BROWNWOOD – May 15, 2015 – During his freshman year at Howard Payne University, Xavier McFalls stood before his football teammates and told them something that perhaps few young men have the courage to say to one another. “I […]

Saturday deadline to register for HPU’s George “Pat” Bell Memorial Golf Tournament

BROWNWOOD – April 23, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s athletic department will host the George “Pat” Bell Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. Interested players must register their teams by Saturday, April 25. The event, a four-man scramble, will be held at the Brownwood Country Club with a […]

HPU’s Daniels, champion team to be honored during Saturday’s basketball games

BROWNWOOD – February 19, 2015 – Several Howard Payne University basketball standouts have been inducted into the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor and will be honored in between the women’s and men’s basketball games this Saturday, February 21, at the Brownwood Coliseum. Meia Daniels, 2008 HPU graduate and current head women’s basketball coach for […]

Daniels, champion team inducted into ASC Hall of Honor

RICHARDSON, Texas – Meia Daniels and the 2007-2008 HPU women’s basketball team will be honored in the Class of 2014-15 members of the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor. The Class of 2014-15 represents the fifth group inducted to the ASC Hall of Honor and includes the first team to be honored. The American Southwest […]

HPU’s Chuck Boland named FAR Fellow by NCAA Division III

BROWNWOOD – October 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Chuck Boland, faculty athletic representative, professor of accounting and chair of the accounting department, has been selected as a 2014 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow. According to the organization, the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) Fellows Institute was launched in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness […]

Football season evokes happy memories for HPU alumni couple

BROWNWOOD –September 24, 2014– Of all of the things associated with autumn, football is certainly a Texas favorite. Though they’re not often able to make it to games, one Howard Payne University alumni couple says HPU football is still a beloved institution in their lives. Mike and Sari (Ryan) Martin of San Angelo, both 1971 […]