W. J. Wisdom
Legendary basketball coach W.J. Wisdom coached at John Tarleton Junior College from 1922-1942. Under his guidance the Plowboys set a national record by winning 86 consecutive games. From 1930-1940 his teams lost only 10 games and during a span of 4 years they won 111 of 112. Wisdom's base offense was a single post with two forwards and weaving guards. His teams won or tied for 16 Central Texas Conference titles. Wisdom's teams were so successful at defeating larger four-year colleges that Southwest Conference schools declined to schedule the Plowboys. In 1972 Tarleton State University honored Wisdom by naming its new gymnasium in his honor. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1971.