Midwestern State University lost one of its greatest legends earlier this week. Dr. Gerald Stockton passed away on August 12th at the age of 81. The university held a memorial for the former coach and athletic director today.
Dr. Stockton impacted all the sporting programs at MSU not just the basketball program. He not only taught his players the game of basketball, but also taught them about the game of life. His players always showed strong character on and off the court. People close to him say, one of the things he was most proud of was his players' success after they graduated from college.
Associate Athletic Director Kyle Williams said "I respected Coach Stockton and what he stood for as a person first of all and as a friend. I could always go to him if I had a question or a problem and that sort of thing. Coach was a great mentor, a great teacher, and great coach."
Coach Stockton is a hall of famer with 493 wins. He led MSU to the NAIA National Tournament 8 times. His teams won 20 or more games 15 times. He was also the NAIA Division 1 coach of the year in 1994.