Donald W. Floyd
Athlete - Football
Class of 1955
7/1/1938 - 3/9/1980
Donald Wayne Floyd was a professional American football defensive end that played in the American Football League (AFL). Born in Abilene, Texas, he played high school football for the Midlothian Panthers. The field where Floyd played high school football is named after him and now known as Don Floyd Stadium. Upon graduating from Midlothian Donald Wayne took his talents to TCU. Floyd’s exceptional defensive end techniques and skills earned him All American honors at TCU. In 1960, he was a draft choice of the AFL’s Houston Oilers. He was selected as a defensive end on the American Football League All-League team in 1961 and 1962, and an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1963. He played in four American Football League Championships, helping the Oilers win the league’s first two titles in 1960 and 1961.
Earl W. Dieterich
Coach & Educator (31 Years)
Earl Dieterich grew up and graduated from high school in Riesel, a small town near Waco. He received a B.S. and an M.E. in Agricultural Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He was a student teacher during his last year in college at Midlothian High School, and after graduation he decided to take a job offer in Midlothian where he taught for 31 years. During his time at Midlothian, Dietrich served as football coach, basketball coach and/or athletic director. His longest stint as a coach was 14 years with the basketball team. The Panthers won over 300 games in a 14 year span, and won or tied for the district in 9 of those years.
Wilburn G. Roesler
7/17/1935 - 7/4/2013
Coach & Educator
Wilburn G. Roesler was born in Brenham, Texas. After graduating from Brenham High School, Roesler attended Blinn Junior College on a football Scholarship before graduating from Sam Houston State Teachers College. After graduating from college, Roesler embarked on a career in education that spanned some 48 years including roles as a teacher, coach, counselor, principal and superintendent. Roesler began his education career in Midlothian in 1959, spending his first year as a science teacher. As Roesler excelled in his career, he was quickly given the additional responsibilities of Athletic Director and head football and track coach. Under his initial tenure at Midlothian, between the years of 1961 and 1964, he coached his football teams to three district championships and his track teams to four straight district titles. His track team won the regional championship and placed third in state in 1963 and fifth in state in 1964. In 1972, Roesler returned to Midlothian after working at Northwest ISD for 6 years. He returned to Midlothian as a high school counselor and was quickly promoted to high school principal the following year, where he remained for 18 years of his career. During the latter stage of his career in 1991, Roesler was named superintendent of Maypearl ISD. In recognition of his devotion and commitment to athletics as well as his dedication to impacting the lives of many Midlothian students, MISD dedicated the MHS field house, track and baseball facilities to be known as the W. G. Roesler Athletic Complex.
4/19/1932 - 3/29/2014
Athletic Programs Supporter
Jackie Cavender was born and raised in Midlothian, Texas. Jackie was unable to play sports due to physical limitations from a birth defect in his heart. However, this did not prevent him from having a love of sports and children. For many years Jackie was a mainstay supporter at Midlothian High School events. He loved watching young people compete in sports. Perhaps track was his favorite sport, but he supported all sports programs. On March 29, 2014 Jackie passed away, but his example of what it means to be a supporter of Midlothian ISD athletics will forever be etched in the lives he touched simply by his presence.
Athlete - Football
Class of 1956
Jon Few established his presence at Midlothian High School Athletics as a freshman in 1953 where he played and lettered all four years in football. He was All-District fullback in 1954, 1955 and 1956 and served as football team captain in 1955 and 1956. He was recognized as having set the Class 13A single season scoring record at 176 points. In addition, Few was selected to represent the North Team as fullback in the 1957 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. Few was a gifted athlete as evidenced by also being chosen as All-District in Basketball as well as Track in the years, 1954,1955 and 1956. After high school, Few was recruited by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. Few attended Texas A & M University on a football scholarship. He went on to be a varsity letterman for Texas A & M for 1958, 1959 and 1960. Few played for Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys in 1961 before an injury ended his football-playing career. To this day, Few still credits his high school coach, Ernest Stinson, as being very influential in his life. Following his football career, Few returned to Midlothian where he was the stadium announcer for MHS Football for 17 years.
Athlete - Track
Class of 1964
Paul Cox was a gifted runner who represented MHS with much success in 1963 and 1964. In 1963, under the direction of Wilbur Roesler, MHS won the district championship and also advanced as regional champs. Paul ran the 100-yard dash as well as the 220-yard dash. In addition, Paul was a member of the 440-yard relay team that finished fifth at the state meet. In 1964, Coach Roesler once again had the track team in rare form. Winning the district championship and advancing beyond regionals once again, MHS track was enjoying much success. This time the 440-yard relay team consisting of James Howard, Jerry Massey, Larry Brim and anchored by Paul Cox, finished second in the state. Additionally, at the state meet Paul competed in the 100-yard dash, where he finished fifth and the 220-yard dash where he finished third.
Athlete - Basketball
Class of 1967
Donna Kemp was a standout athlete where she excelled as a member of the MHS Girls Basketball Team. Donna was selected as All-District and served as a team Captain. Donna attended Ranger Junior College on an athletics scholarship to play basketball. She was a member of the 1969 team that played in the National Women’s Invitational Tournament. Later Donna played four years of semi-pro basketball. There are times when an athlete’s reputation comes not from specific accomplishments on the court but from the influence on the sport and the players that look up to the individual as a mentor and role model of what it means to be a Panther. Donna is that person! Not only was she a model athlete during her playing career she continued beyond that time and was viewed by many athletes as the role model in their sport.
Athlete - Track & Cross Country
Class of 1987
Joey Chapman was a runner that was committed to his passion. As he began his four year career at MHS, Joey could be seen running at all hours and many times a long way from town. Gifted as a long distance runner, Joey was most at home with just him and the road. Under the guidance of Coach James Smith, Joey found his place in MHS history in both Cross Country and Track. Chapman was undefeated in Cross Country both his Junior and Senior year. In track he lost only one 3200 meter race in his four years of high school while winning more than forty races. After graduating in 1987, Chapman is the only athlete in the history of Midlothian High School to claim five individual state titles, as well as two team state championships.
Athlete - Basketball
Class of 1969
A newspaper article in 1969 described Sid as a basketball coach’s dream; just a fraction under six feet three inches, weighing 175 pounds, possessing good speed, quickness, good hands and lots of basketball savvy. Sid was a very dedicated athlete who spent many hours in the gym developing his talents. All of the hours of hard work proved to be very rewarding for Sid as he compiled the following basketball achievements: All-District three years, All-Tournament five times, Most Valuable Player in two tournaments, named to the Dallas News “Blue Chip” team, team captain, All-Star selection and holder of five MHS records during his playing career. His records included: (1) most points scored in one season – 724, (2) most points averaged per game in one season- 24.1, (3) most free throws made in one game- 17 of 20, (4) most field goals made in one game – 16 of 21 and (5) most assists in one season, a school record which truly indicates his unselfish attitude. During his three years he was in the starting lineup, he scored 1662 points to help the Panthers win seventy-six games and lose only seventeen. Within his senior season, he shot 53.74 percent from the field, 75.92 percent from the foul line and averaged 12 rebounds per game. Kuykendall transferred from Baylor University to Sam Houston State University where he was a member of the 1973 Bearkat team that was 27-0 in regular season play. The Bearkats were ranked #1 in the AP Poll and fell in the second round of the NAIA National Basketball Championship in Kansas City.
Athlete - Football
Class of 1985
Dennis Washington is the athlete that everyone loves and respects. Proving that dynamite comes in small packages, Dennis played at 5' 10" and weighing 170 pounds. Not many people managed to contain the elusive yet powerful running back from MHS. Not only did Dennis lead all Midlothian running backs, he was the leading rusher in the metroplex for a number of weeks during the 1985 season. He was featured in two articles in the Dallas Morning News, which praised him for being such an outstanding running back with the handicaps of being small and playing at a small school. Fans hearts raced, as they saw him play because they knew he was going to break loose for a touchdown or big yardage every time he touched the football. He averaged 168 yards a game and rushed for 2192 yards for the 1985 season. Not only recruiters from many major colleges kept a close eye on him throughout the season, but coaches, players and fans from towns near and far came to see him play. Dennis was selected as a 1st team All- State running back. Upon completion of his MHS career Dennis chose UTA as his college of choice.
Midlothian Baseball 1961 - 1964
Midlothian Baseball has the motto “A Tradition”. What most people do not know is when that tag was first earned. Coach Ray Hydes started using the moniker after he came to MHS in 1999. However, the true effort started much, much earlier and with little present day fanfare. Coach Bill Borgers came to Midlothian and quickly found himself in a hotbed of baseball talent. After finishing the 1960 season as Bi-District Champs, the next four years Midlothian Baseball was the best in the area in Class A. At the time, playoffs did not advance beyond the Regional level. The Midlothian Panthers had the distinguished honor of winning Regional’s four years in a row. It began in 1961 and continued on in 1962 as well as 1963. In 1964 Coach Darnell led the Panthers to quickly rebound from a bad start before ultimately finishing 1964 as Regional Champions. The Panther Baseball program has enjoyed much success, but never before nor since have they had such a run as the 1961-1964 Panther Baseball teams.