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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:28 am

He was a humble man, a kind human being, and an extraordinary coach and teacher who quickly took the blame for his team’s losses and always gave the credit to his team when they won.

Alfred Hill Ogletree, adoring husband, tender and gentle father, and beloved coach passed away on June 24, 2019 at his home in McAllen, Texas at the age of 89.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the oldest of three children. He was preceded in death by his wife Joann. He is survived by his five children, Margaret (Joe) Williamson, Alfred “Bud”(Melinda) Ogletree, Laura (Jorge) Garcia, Tom (Letty) Ogletree, Dan (Laura) Ogletree, his sister Sue (Delvin) Lefner, his brother James Ogletree, 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and countless “sons” who played  the game of baseball for Coach Al.

Coach Al loved his family, his country, and baseball. After graduating from Austin High School, he was given a full scholarship to play baseball at Texas A&M University. He became an All Southwest Conference catcher and a member of the first Aggie team to go to the College World Series in 1951.

He met the love of his life, Alice Joann Craig, while attending Texas A&M, and they were married shortly after graduation. Al was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, and was commissioned into the Army upon graduation. He served as a quartermaster officer at Fort Hood, Texas. In 1955, Ogletree returned to A&M, and earned his Masters of Education degree. In 1956 he began his 40-year career as a college baseball head coach. He coached at University of Dallas (1957-1965), Sul Ross State University (1966-1968), Pan American College/University (1969-1989), and UT Pan American (1990-1997). While at Sul Ros, his team earned a trip to the NAIA College World Series in 1968. He went to Pan American College in the fall of 1968, where he remained until he retired. The Broncs earned a spot at the NCAA College World Series in 1971.

Al Ogletree received many tangible honors in his coaching career, being inducted into nine Halls of Fame, including American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Texas A&M University Hall of Fame, University of Dallas Hall of Fame, Sul Ross State University Hall of Honor, University of Texas-Pan American Hall of Honor, Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Austin High School Hall of Honor, and Central Texas Semi-Pro Hall of Fame.

In 1968, Coach Al was recognized by NAIA District IV as Coach of the Year. In 1971, he was recognized again as Coach of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association, Sporting News, NCAA District IV, and South Plains Professional Scouts Association.

“In everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The family would like to thank Janet Gregory, Rick Hernandez and his staff, and especially our brother-in-law Jorge Garcia for the excellent care given our father for the last five years. Our prayers were answered by the love and attention you gave Coach Al. Our thanks also to Legacy Hospice for your assistance.

Our heartfelt thanks to our extended family, friends, and neighbors for your love, thoughtfulness, and support during this time of loss. You have blessed our family in so many ways. The best way to honor Coach Al is to remember all the things he taught us with his life - to be humble, to live your life as an example to everyone around you, and to love without measure. His legacy will live on in the lives of his family, the many young men he coached and loved, and all who were fortunate enough to have known him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Al and Joann Ogletree Scholarship Endowment by contacting Jeannette Benavides at 956-665-5301, or email advancement@utrgv.edu.

Visitation was held June 30, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and a rosary was prayed. Funeral Mass was held on July 1, 2019 at Holy Spirit, with burial following at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.

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