Gerald Joseph Oglesby
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Gerald Joseph Oglesby
  • January 3, 1936 - November 19, 2017
  • Lubbock, Texas

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Gerald Joseph Oglesby, Jr., known to friends as "Corky," passed away on November 19, 2017 at the age of 81 years. Corky was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 3, 1936, to parents Gerald Joseph Oglesby Sr. and Mary Kathryn Hope Oglesby. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and earned a Master's degree from Texas A & M University. Corky served with honor in the U.S. Navy.

Many of the friendships Corky developed were fostered soon after his move to Lubbock, Texas on April 1, 1969. He was hired by Texas Tech University Athletics that day to be the new assistant basketball coach under Bob Bass, a position he would master as he recruited several of the Red Raiders' top players for both Coach Bass and later for Coach Gerald Myers.

During Corky's time on the basketball staff, the Red Raiders boasted six consecutive winning seasons and a 98-57 overall record, which included a 58-26 mark in Southwest Conference play. His tenure was highlighted by a Southwest Conference regular season championship during the 1972-73 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Corky served twenty years (1975-95) as head coach of the Red Raiders track team, the longest tenure for a track coach in school history. His list of successful athletes included 32 All-Americans, eleven Southwest Conference outdoor champions and seven Southwest Conference indoor individual champions. Corky coached twelve individuals who still own Texas Tech all-time records, including nine outdoor track and field school records.

Corky remained active in the sport for the next twenty years as well, serving as a meet official for many of the top events throughout the country each year. He was passionate about the sport, regularly attending the NCAA Championships as well as several Olympics.

In all, Corky devoted nearly fifty years serving in some capacity within Texas Tech Athletics. For his years of service and dedication, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2014, which is reserved for those who make outstanding contributions to Texas Tech Athletics.

Corky is survived by his older brother, Burch Oglesby (wife Phyllis Oglesby) who reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a younger brother, Rick Oglesby (wife Kathy Oglesby) who reside in Seattle, Washington; his children, Christopher Joseph Oglesby (wife Pearly Oglesby) of Austin, Texas, and Mary Elizabeth Oglesby Mitchell of Lubbock, Texas. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Jordan Tyler Oglesby, Perryton, Texas and Audrianna Brooke Mitchell Moore (husband Stormy Moore), Lubbock, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Kent R. Hance Chapel on the Texas Tech University campus.

A track and field scholarship at Texas Tech University has been established in Corky's name. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc., designated for The Corky Oglesby Track and Field Endowment, and mailed to P. O. Box 45025, Lubbock, Texas 79409.