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Coach Royce Teakell Honored
High School Gym renamed the Royce Teakell Gym
2005, January 14
On Friday, January 14th, 2005, Coach Royce Teakell, who
passed away at the age of 61 on September 28, 2003, was honored during the basketball
homecoming game by having the high school gym renamed the Royce Teakell Gym.
Eulene Teakell a retired teacher from Elmore City and the widow of Coach Teakell
accepted a basketball signed by former students who attended the dedication.
Erik Yeiser, 1987 ECHS graduate and member of the basketball team that won the
state championship the same year, gave the following speech.
"Hi my name is Erik Yeiser and I'd like to welcome
everyone to this very special occasion. I'm sure that most of you have noticed
some faces that haven't been in this gym in many years. It takes a very special
man to get this many young men to travel across this state, to honor him for
what he has done, and what he has meant to them in their lives. Royce Teakell
influenced thousands of young people in his life. I can tell you that I got
into coaching and coached for 10 years. And everything that I did, from the
style of play, to how I made my kids act, was a direct reflection of the influence
Coach Teakell had on me. Every Badger Basketball player that I know and grew
up with had and has great character. They are good people. We have Royce to
thank for that.
I have to also thank and recognize Mrs. Eulene Teakell
for all she has done as well. Eulene was like a second mother to me and many
other young men through-out the years. As far as I can tell Eulene is the mother
of over 1000 boys. They say that "beside every great man is a great woman"
and Eulene that definitely goes for you.
In the thirty-one years that Royce coached he had two losing
seasons. His first season and his last. To do that at a small school is a tremendous
feat. Royce took average athletes year after year and molded them into winners.
I hope someday with the help of some influential people that were friends with
Coach Teakell that we can get Royce into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame.
Again, I'd like to thank everyone for coming and have a wonderful evening."
Submitted by Kelly Fox.
Permission granted to post by Erik Yeiser & by Eulene Teakell
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