Long-time coach Jack Grammer dies
Grammer was the father of John Grammer, the head coach of the Victoria East boys basketball team.
Jack Grammer coached for 29 years at Rice Consolidated and Austwell-Tivoli and had a 615-271 record that included a Class 3A state championship.
Grammer was inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.
He began his coaching career after playing minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Grammer coached the Austwell-Tivoli girls team from 1956 to 1963 and had a 140-69 record that included one district and bi-district title.
Grammer coached the boys team at Austwell-Tivoli from 1961 to 1971 and had a 200-98 record that included seven district championships and three regional tournament appearances.
Grammer became the boys coach at Rice Consolidated in 1972 and won or tied for district or zone championship in all but one of his 13 seasons.
While Grammer was at Rice Consolidated, he had the opportunity to coach his three sons at the state tournament.
Steve played on the 1975 team that lost in the semifinals, John played on the 1979 team that lost in the Class 2A final, and David played on the 1981 team that won the Class 3A state championship.
Grammer's daughter, Sandy, was an all-state player at Rice Consolidated in 1974.
Grammer retired after the 1983-84 season. He continued to reside in Eagle Lake and often attended John's games.
John Grammer said funeral services for his father are pending.