Coach Bruce Land always said, “If your mind can conceive it, and you truly believe it, you will achieve it.” These words were anything but empty in the mind of Coach Land. Throughout his illustriously impressive collegiate career, Bruce won many races competing in the 100 and 200-yard dash along with long jump. He helped Cisco Junior College reach a second place finish in Nationals in 1958 before attending McMurry College where he posted a world record time in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.2 seconds! He won numerous gold medals and even qualified for the 1960 Olympic Trials for a chance to compete for the United States in Rome. Additionally, Bruce Land was invited to compete in Los Angeles’s historic Coliseum in the 100-meter dash and was eventually inducted into the Big Country Hall of Fame.
While it is hard to imagine Coach Land being any more impressive, his biggest contributions came from coaching cross-country for Dumas for nine years. During that time span which started in 1976, Coach Land took eight of his nine teams to the state meet. Under Coach Land’s tutelage, Dumas boasted numerous district and regional championships along with individual state champions. Coach Land became the athletic director in the fall of 1982, and it appears that his sphere of influence spread to his coaches because Dumas won state championships in basketball and volleyball during his watch. While Coach Land never did attain his goal of a dual team championship in cross-country, his legacy as a motivator, competitor, and life coach has only grown more powerful with time.