Athletic Director, Kirby Hocutt, talked about hiring the right kind of people to help lead Texas Tech athletics into the future.
Athletic Director, Kirby Hocutt, talked about hiring the right kind of people to help lead Texas Tech athletics into the future. (Photo by Travis Lisle)
The Texas Tech alumni group that spans Breckenridge, Olney, Newcastle and Graham, known as the Lake Chapter, warmly welcomed Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance, athletic director Kirby Hocutt and new head football coach Kliff Kingsbury to a gathering that featured an auction of Red Raider memorabilia and Sonny's barbecue Wednesday night at the Graham Senior Citizen Center. 

Hance touched on the things that make Texas Tech a great university and shared his personal motto for the school, "Dream no little dreams."

Kirby Hocutt, the thirteenth athletic director in school history, followed Hance with a brief speech on his two new coaches, Kingsbury, and new basketball coach Tubby Smith.
Kliff Kingsbury talked about his program with many Texas Tech fans and alumni Wednesday night at the Graham Senior Citizen Center.
Kliff Kingsbury talked about his program with many Texas Tech fans and alumni Wednesday night at the Graham Senior Citizen Center. (Photo by Travis Lisle)

He also brought up some leadership programs that will be a part of the curriculum for many student/athletes.

Hocutt closed his speech by introducing Kingsbury, the record-holding Tech quarterback turned head coach, who mainly touched on the different players who should bring excitement to Tech football in the upcoming season.

Perhaps the most endearing story of the night was that of Eric Ward. 

Both, Hance and Kingsbury touched on Ward's value to the team and university.

Ward was the first member of his family to graduate from high school.

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The senior wide receiver from Wichita Falls will graduate with his masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies this December.

The auction, run by Jack Little, followed the three men's speeches.

Little's sense of humor had every person in the room chuckling.

Soon after, Hance, Hocutt and Kingsbury were back on the jet provided by Southern Bleachers on their return to Lubbock.
Chancellor Kent Hance spoke about the importance of Texas Tech University and the caliber of person that graduates from the school.
Chancellor Kent Hance spoke about the importance of Texas Tech University and the caliber of person that graduates from the school. (Photo by Travis Lisle)

Four scholarships were also handed out during the festivities.

The recipients were Jake and Janson Graham of Graham, Evan Lang of Jacksboro and Aaron Farner of Breckenridge. 

The group also donated a scholarship to the Red Raider Club, which helps provide money for the scholarships of student/athletes.





Jake and Janson Graham received a scholarship and will both be attending Texas Tech University. Both brothers are will go into engineering.
Jake and Janson Graham received a scholarship and will both be attending Texas Tech University. Both brothers are will go into engineering. (Photo by Travis Lisle)

Aaron Farner received a scholarship to Texas Tech and will study engineering there.
Aaron Farner received a scholarship to Texas Tech and will study engineering there. (By Travis Lisle)

Evan Lang received a scholarship to attend Tech. Lang will head to Lubbock to study engineering.
Evan Lang received a scholarship to attend Tech. Lang will head to Lubbock to study engineering. (Photo by Travis Lisle)