KTEP - El Paso, Texas


In a rebroadcast from April 28, 2012, host Florence Schwein talks with Mary Haskins, widow of El Paso basketball coaching legend, Don Haskins.  Mary Haskins talks about meeting Don Haskins while they were both students at Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  After they were married 1951, they moved to Artesia NM, and later traveled to Texas where Don not only taught basketball, but drove a school bus and served as school principle in Benjamin TX and Hedley TX.  After an additional basketball coaching stint in Dumas TX, the Haskins ended up in El Paso in 1961, where Don Haskins led Texas Western to a historic win over the University of Kentucky at the 1966 NCAA Championships.  Mary Haskins also shares more stories about the 2006 film about that groundbreaking basketball game, having dinner at the White House with President George W. Bush and the First Lady Laura Bush, and about her 50+ years living in El Paso.

Aired Dec. 1, 2012.