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Lunch with the Stang-Gang

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Trey Reed, assistant athletic director, introduces the next coach at Lunch with Mustangs held in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Photo by Rachel Johnson

The bi-weekly luncheon with athletic donors, supporters and coaches, including a discussion of season standings and general sports talk, had a turnout of 15 people on Jan. 30.

Kyle Williams, assistant athletic director, and Leroy McIlhaney, Mr. Mustang, attend the Lunch with Mustangs held in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Kyle Williams, director of athletics, said Lunch with the Mustangs has been a continuous event for 16 years and is for corporate sponsors, mustang club members and whoever else would like to attend.

“When I worked in television I would attend these luncheons,” Williams, who became the athletic director last fall, said.

Noel Johnson, head women’s basketball coach, said the coaches come to give updates to donors during their season.

“Hanging out with these guys [is my favorite part],” Johnson said. “It is good to hear about other sports because we are so supportive of each other.”

Dan Shine, graduating class of 1958, is a donor to the athletic department and has been for years. He said he has donated through his family electrical company and by personal means as well. He said he follows basketball more intently than other sports and regularly attends home basketball games and tries to make it to away games if possible.

“I’ve lived here all my life in Wichita Falls,” Shine said. “I came [to MSU] when it was Midwestern University, it wasn’t a state college. I had four kids and three grandkids graduate from here.”

Williams said if the day ever came when he was no longer the director of athletics, he would still attend the luncheons.

“I came to luncheons [before working at MSU],” Williams said. “I would still attend these luncheons [today].”

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