The Orange Leader
A Southeast Texas coaching legend passed away Monday, one who definitely left an impact on the community of Bridge City.
H.W. “Chief” Wilson, who led the Bridge City Cardinals to back-to-back Class 3A state championships games, including the state title in 1966, died Monday morning at age 86 in College Station.
The Cardinals defeated McKinney 30-6 to roll to the 1966 state title, behind the bruising running game of Steve Worster along with a fierence defense. They also defeated Conroe 41-17, Clear Creek 36-7 and San Marcos 28-7 to advance to state.
Bridge City reached the state title game in 1965, falling to Brownwood 14-0. They defeated Conroe 52-8, Bay City 21-3 and San Marcos 12-7 to get to the title game that season.
Wilson was at Bridge City from 1962-73, compiling an 80-43-6 record, but he’s linked to the four years when the rampaging Worster thundered through opposing defenses. Worster, who started as a freshman and later became a star at the University of Texas, was a three-time all-stater who rushed for 5,422 yards for the Cardinals.
Wilson came to Bridge City after a two-year stint as head coach at Weatherford where his teams went 5-4-1 and 2-8-0. His coaching career started under legendary Bum Phillips at Nederland in 1952. He stayed with the Bulldogs for six years and was on Emmitt McKenzie’s staff when Nederland won the 1957 4A championship game.
From Nederland, he rejoined Phillips at Jacksonville at 1958, then followed him to Amarillo for the 1959 season.
Wilson is survived by Ramona, his wife of 61 years, son Rusty, daughters Monica Jaynes and Renae Vargo, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Chapel at 2901 Texas Ave. in College Station.