Emory Bellard began his illustrious coaching career in the high school ranks where he compiled a 177-59-9 record over 21 seasons. He won back to back state championships at Breckenridge in 1958 and 1959 and a third at San Angelo in 1966. In 1968, as an assistant at the University of Texas, Bellard created the Wishbone offense. The Longhorns ran the offense to perfection, winning six straight SWC titles and two National Championships. In 1972 Bellard became the head coach at Texas A&M and led the Aggies to three bowl games before resigning in 1978. During his seven-year tenure at Mississippi State Bellard's teams made back to back bowl appearances for the first time in school history. In 1975 he was named College Coach of the Year by the AFCA. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.