Mike Sorrells ’65 played football at Austin College while earning a degree in business. When he graduated in 1965, the head coach at Highland Park High School, where Mike attended, offered him a football coaching job. A year later, HPHS added $500 to his stipend to also coach swimming. Eventually he devoted his time only to swimming, guiding his teams for 33 years. When he retired in 2002, he had coached more than 40 individual and relay state champions and five Olympic swimmers. He left retirement from 2009 to 2011 to serve as Rockwall ISD aquatic director at the district’s new aquatic center.
Mike was voted Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2001 and inducted to the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame in 2012.
2017 Kedric Couch Alumni Coach of the Year Awards
To be announced
2017 Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees
- Retired dentist
- Woodway, Texas
- Former geophysicist, Shell Oil Co.
- Operations director, Action Pawn; co-owner, Jonathon Todd Staging & Design
- Round Rock, Texas
- Former swim coach
- Portfolio lead, Prime Therapeutics
- Burnsville, Minnesota
- Committee Chair for Twin Cities Walk-to-End Alzheimer’s
- Cost engineer, project manager, Brown & Root Inc. and KBR Inc.
- Katy, Texas
- Traveled to 49 states, 24 countries, 5 continents
- Teacher, head baseball coach, Amarillo ISD
- Amarillo, Texas
- Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year
- Assistant director, Austin College Academic Skills Center
- Sherman, Texas
- Program director, Special Olympics Texas, 2012-2015
Honorary Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees
- “Number One Fan” of ’Roos, 1967-2016
- Austin College biology faculty
- Longtime ’Roo team physician
- Orthopedic surgeon, McKinney, Texas
- Swim team referee for 22 years
- Austin College professor emeritus of mathematics, former Dean of Sciences