Remembering A Texas Tech Great: Jess Stiles|
June 19, 2013
Jess Stiles, a former assistant football coach, administrator and Hall of Honor member, passed away on Wednesday afternoon. He was 83.
Today all of Red Raider Nation mourns the loss of a man who devoted 42 years of his professional career to Texas Tech Athletics. Long after his coaching days were over, he remained the program's biggest fan and never missed a game - both home and on the road.
His love affair with Texas Tech began in 1969 when JT King hired him as the varsity offensive line coach and as the head coach for the freshman team. During his time as the freshman team head coach (1969-74), he compiled a 25-5 overall record that included three undefeated seasons. In those years, the NCAA prohibited freshmen from competing in varsity sports.
In 1974, when the NCAA began allowing freshmen to play on varsity, Stiles served as a varsity assistant under then head coach Steve Sloan. He worked alongside Bill Parcells, assisting him with defensive ends.
In all, Stiles worked under four different head coaches during his Texas Tech coaching career including King, Jim Carlen, Sloan and Rex Dockery. During that time he helped lead the Red Raiders to six bowl appearances and a SWC Co-Championship in 1976.
Following a brief coaching stint at Texas A&M, he returned to Texas Tech to work in administration as an Assistant Athletics Director. His first duties in administration were starting the courtesy car program for coaches and administrators along with financing the Athletics Training Center.
Stiles spent the remainder of his career at Texas Tech in the Red Raider Club where he helped raise money for student-athlete scholarships and maintained the car coach program. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1997.
Following his retirement in 2011, Stiles was a daily presence in the Football Training Facility sharing many life lessons and advice with coaches and student-athletes.
He was born March 12, 1930, in Clarksville, Texas, and graduated from Clarksville High School in 1948. He was a standout football student-athlete at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls where he was MVP and team captain in 1951 and named to the all-conference and All-Texas teams in 1952 and 1953.
Stiles began his coaching career at Midwestern State in 1954 and moved on to the high school ranks where he compiled a record of 82-35-7.
He and his wife Treva were married on June 7, 1952 and just recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. The couple has three children (Susan, Stephen, Sarah) and four grandchildren.
Jess was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Lubbock where he served as a deacon and Sunday school director.