SCATA Hall of Fame



Ross “Moe” Moore

Ross Moore, better known as “Moe” to his friends, co-workers, and athletes, was recruited to play football in El Paso in 1936 from Sarepeta, Louisiana. As an undergraduate student at the College of Mines, Moore majored in history while playing football and basketball.  He then spent the rest of his life at the same institution throughout three names changes (College of Mines, Texas Western College, and The University of Texas at El Paso). In addition to serving as the first athletic trainer for the Miners, Moore also coached football, basketball, and track & field.  He was in attendance along with 200 other athletic training pioneers at the first ever NATA National Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1950. Moore became well known for his ability to make protective pads and other equipment for athletes. For years he designed and constructed custom-made moldable plastic mouthpieces and injury pads formed from fiberglass.  Moore helped establish the first Miner athletic training room in Holiday Hall. In 1974, the Miner Athletic Training was moved from that one small room to a new 2000 square-foot building named in his honor. Moore worked in the Miner athletic training room until his passing in 1977, having devoted over four decades of service to the institution.

His many honors and awards include induction into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame (1968), the Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame (NATA Hall of Fame) (1974).  UTEP Outstanding Ex-Student (1975), and SWATA Hall of Fame (Charter Member 1985). Additionally, the SWATA Past President Award for Student Athletic Trainers was named in his honor in 1978.  His wife Kathleen, daughter Marilyn Cromeans, Grandson David Cromeans and Granddaughter Dana CasaLopez and Great granddaughters Brandi Cromeans and AShley CasaLopez, survives by Ross “Moe” Moore.



John “Doc” Balginy, ATC, LAT

As a young man from Brooklyn, New York, John like many others served his country in WWII with the U.S. Navy witnessing the D-day landing at Normandy.  Upon returning home from the service John used his G.I. bill to attend college at Oklahoma A&M. His first jobs were coaching football and basketball at various high schools in Oklahoma and Kansas.  While in Kansas he received his Masters in Education at Fort Hayes State. Leaning Leavenworth, Kansas in 1962 he arrived in El Paso, Texas where he began his career at El Paso High School coaching and became the athletic trainer.  In the summers of 1968-1970 John was the athletic trainer for the Albuquerque Dodgers baseball team where he was named all-star trainer all three years. In 1970 John took nearly a year off the public schools and was the athletic trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters.  In 1976-77 JOh was the athletic trainer for El Paso/ Juarez Sol Volleyball team. IN 1980 John and his wife Evelyn, moved to Wharton, Texas then next to Refugio, Texas where he was the athletic trainer at Refugio High School until his death in 1990. JOn “Doc” Balginy is survived by his wife Evelyn, son John, daughter Niki and Granddaughter Karlee.



Manny Pacillas, ATC, LAT

Manny Pacillas, after graduating from El Paso High School in 1952, continued his education by attending Texas Western College present day UTEP.  Ross “Moe” Moore at TWC fueled Manny’s love for athletic training. Manny graduated from TWC in 1956 and started his career at Jefferson High School coaching football, wrestling, and performing athletic training duties.  In 1963 his dream job became available and quitting football and taking a pay cut, he became the athletic trainer and continuing as the wrestling coach for several more years at Jefferson High School. After 17 years at Jefferson, Manny decided to move to Burges High School where he could watch his son participate in sports as well as be an athletic trainer for the Mustangs.  Manny worked at Burges until he retired in 1992. After Retirement, Manny worked for Columbia Sports Medicine from 1992 thru 1995. In the early years, Manny fought for better budgets and facilities for athletic trainers and helped raise the standards of care for student-athletes and working conditions for athletic trainers. Manny was a founding member of SCATA and like most of the early members held all of the offices of the organization.  Manny is an active member of his church, was named Burges Teacher of the Year in 1974, Inducted to the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1975, El Paso High School Hall of Fame in 1992, and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Manny and his wife Elvia have 5 children and 17 grandchildren.


Morrison F. Clay, ATC, LAT

Morrison came to El Paso after retiring as a Major in the United States Army in the late 1950’s.  After spending several years as a car salesman and a want-to-be golfer, Morrison decided to go to Texas Western College and pursue a degree in education.  While at Texas Western, he took a Sports Injury class under Ross Moore. Upon graduation from college, he assumed the duties of teacher and athletic trainer at Ysleta High School.  His entire athletic training career was at Ysleta High School. Morrison became National Certified and State Licensed under the grandfather clause. He has been a member of SWATA and NATA for 35 years and was a Charter member of the Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Morrison Volunteered his services as an athletic trainer for the International  Games in 1980 & 1981, and was also the athletic trainer for the East West Senior Bowl in 1992 &1993.  Morrision retired again in 1992 from Ysleta Independent School District. He was supported by his loving wife, Madge, until her death.  Morrison and Madge had two children, son Dr. Wade Clay and daughter Robin Thigpen. He has three grandsons and one granddaughter. He is a member of the El Madia Shine and the Masons.


Antoinette “Toni” VanDePutte, ATC, LAT

Toni started her athletic training career at Northern Michigan University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education and attended Indiana State University where she received her Masters of Science Degree in physical education specialized in athletic training.  Toni has a Graduate Certificate in athletic training and Licensed in the State of Texas. After graduating from Indiana State University in 1976 she was enticed to come to El Paso by Gene Jordan. Toni was the first female athletic trainer hired by the Ysleta Independent School District, and she was also the first female Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer in El Paso.

Toni is a charter member of the Sun City Athletic Trainers Association and has held every office in the Association. Toni has volunteered untold hours in the area of Professional Develop and Continuing Education for the athletic trainers in the Sun City.  Morrison Clay and Toni started Student Athletic Trainer workshops in the Ysleta Independent School District in 1980. She served as the National Athletic Training Council President 1980-1984. Toni was recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year 1994 and 2001.

Toni was the 2002 Teacher of the Year for Ysleta High School and received the Everett Blackburn Memorial Award from the Davis Mountains Sports Medicine Clinic in Fort Davis, Texas.  Not only does Toni help athletic trainers she has also been a Mentors Teachers for UTEP in the area of Kinesiology.Toni was always supported in each of her endeavors by her late parents, Archie and Victoria VanDePutte, as well as her late sister Marie Reid.  This honor i being celebrated with her brother Adiel DeBover and sister Eloide VandeMark, three nieces, one nephew, three great-nephews and one great-niece.


Rich Hanson ATC LAT (Ysleta ISD /Fabens ISD/Socorro ISD)

Rick Culler  ATC LAT (Ysleta ISD)

Cyndi Rains (Ysleta ISD)

Kirk Jackson LAT (Ysleta ISD)

Sergio Renteria (El Paso ISD)

Marcie Strutz (El Paso ISD/Socorro ISD)

Dawn Hearn (UTEP)

Maria Tuck (El Paso ISD)

Dave Cohen (Ysleta ISD)

Liz Wagner (El Paso ISD)

Chris Driskill (Canutillo ISD)

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