From Staff Reports
Press Release: Meet Bulldog Hall of Fame Inductees Harold Hern, Kelvin Russell, Ray Jacobs, and Nick Bobeck.
Harold Hern played college baseball at Navarro, and later became a junior college basketball coach here for four seasons before embarking on a 13-year career as head football coach that resulted in three conference championships, seven runners-up and two bowl championships in three appearances. In 2009, Hern was selected to the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame after compiling an 91-40-1 record in 132 games between 1973 and 1985. Hern, a one-time draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, played on Navarro’s 1959 baseball team that finished third during its first-ever NJCAA Tournament at Miami, OK.
Kelvin Russell earned NJCAA Football Hall of Fame membership in 2018. During Russell’s two-year tenure with the Bulldogs (1976 and 1977), Navarro amassed 16 wins, and claimed a Texas Junior College Football Conference championship, a co-conference title, and a 35-28 win over NEO in the Garland Texas JUCO Bowl in 1977. Upon his departure, Russell ranked first in Navarro history in career carries, career yardage, single-season yards, and single season yards per game. Russell’s 342 career carries and rushing yardage of 1,935 still ranks second in program history. Following his NC career, Russell moved on to play football at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Ray Jacobs Ray Jacobs remains the highest selected professional football draft pick of Navarro’s nine first-rounders during the program’s 75-year history. The three-time All-Lone Star Conference defensive lineman and two-time NAIA All-American at Howard Payne University was taken with the first round’s seventh pick by the American Football League’s Houston Oilers. Jacobs, who played at Corsicana High School and Navarro College, started 25 of the 79 professional games in which he played for the Denver Broncos (1963-66), Miami Dolphins (1967-68) and Boston Patriots (1969). Despite limitations by multiple injuries, he led Miami tacklers in 1968 (107). Jacobs retired and became a Texas high school football coach at Mabank, and later, a defensive coach at Corsicana. Before embarking on a 19-year career in the Navarro County Adult Probation Department.
Nick Bobeck coached Navarro football to an unmatched 42-5 record in four seasons (2008-2011) highlighted by an NJCAA Championship in 2010, four Top 5 finishes, three bowl victories, two outright SWJCFC championships and two unbeaten regular seasons. At age 28 after his first head-coaching season, Bobeck was honored as the 2008 NJCAA Coach of The Year. Bobeck is beginning his 10th season as head coach at his alma mater, The University of Central Oklahoma. His Bronchos posted winning campaigns plus post-season appearances in four of five years (2014-2018). One of those wins was over Tarleton State in the inaugural Corsicana Bowl in 2017.
Inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony on Saturday, September 18 at 12:00 pm at the Cook Education Center. Tickets for the event are $15 per seat and may be purchased at athletics.navarrocollege.edu under the Inside Athletics tab, or you may contact Michael Landers at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space.
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