TEXAS CITY – Matt Deggs credits his upbringing for the blue-collar grit and mentality he both coaches with and his teams demonstrate on the field. That success has not gone unnoticed in his hometown.
The fourth-year Sam Houston State head coach is set to be inducted into the Texas City Hall of Honor on Thursday at the 12th Annual Community Recognition Celebration from the Charles T. Doyle Convention Center in Texas City.
“Texas City is not only where I’m from, it’s who I am,” Deggs said. “It’s a blue-collar town that you work for everything you’ve got. You grow up watching your family wake up early and go to work. Most of them work at a refinery and you’re going to watch them work 12-hour days. It’s a town where people do things the right way. That’s where I’m from and where I’ll always be from.”
The event is designed to recognize Texas City High School graduates who have excelled in their field of expertise and made significant contributions to their respective communities. The Hall of Honor, implemented in 2006, serves as recognition and honors these individuals.
Deggs graduated from Texas City in 1990 and will be inducted alongside Dr. Raul Cruz, Christopher Doyle and Maj. Steven Mount. The celebration combines to feature recognition of the TCISD Community Partners & Honorees, the Texas City Hall of Honor and the La Marque Legacy Hall.
“It blew me away because there are guys from that area who are ultra-successful,” Deggs said. “There is a guy I grew up with, one of my great friends, Chris Ballard who is the GM of the Indianapolis Colts. Jeff Banister, the manager of the Rangers is from the area. There are a lot of successful people. To be going in with Dr. Cruz, Christopher Doyle and Maj. Mount is a big-time honor.”
Along with the four being inducted into the Hall of Honor, the Texas City Foundation for the Future will also induct four into the Legacy Hall including Banister who will be joined by Dr. Robin Armstrong, Michael Matranga and Dr. Martha W. Rac.
Since taking over in 2014, Deggs has helped lead the Bearkats to several notables including the program’s first NCAA Super Regionals appearance, coming a season ago. Sam Houston accrued consecutive 40-win seasons for the first time (2016, 2017) while winning three Southland Conference titles in that span.
Prior to Sam Houston, Deggs served two seasons as assistant coach with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. The squad reached the athletic department’s first No. 1 national ranking while coming one win from the NCAA College World Series and posting a Sun Belt-record 58 wins.
The Northwood alumnus is one of only a handful of coaches to win conference championships in both the SEC and Big 12. Deggs spent three seasons with Arkansas (2003-05), helping the Razorbacks to a 187-00 record and another five years during a dominant stretch at Texas A&M (2006-11).
“Texas City is a family,” Deggs said. “It’s a very simple place with a blue-collar work ethic. My dad and mom raised me to do everything the right way. You’re going to get out what you put in. You have to put that work in. It creates a chip on your shoulder. Texas City is more of a mentality than anything else.”
For more information on the event, as well as to purchase tickets, contact Texas City ISD Foundation Executive Director Deborah Laine at 409-916-0108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.