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Paul Douglas (P.D.) Fletcher

Paul Douglas (P.D.) Fletcher

Honored in 2021
Coach/Alumni 1953

Well-rounded, selfless, and role model are just a few of the words that people use to describe Coach P. D. Fletcher. He grew up in Cactus, but graduated from Dumas High School where he was recognized as a three-time all-tournament player in basketball. He was also unanimously recognized as the all-district, all-region, and all-state player of the year his senior year. P. D. continued his education at Howard County Jr. College where he received scholarships in basketball and baseball, but he finished his bachelors and masters from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Shortly after his time at OPSU, Coach Fletcher was selected to serve our country in the United States Army. While he was stationed in Munich, Germany, P. D. continued to play division-level football, basketball, and baseball. 

 

P. D.'s coaching legacy started in Stratford, Texas where he accrued a record of 300-52. While in Stratford, P. D. lead his girls basketball team to eleven district titles and a state championship in 1969. That same year, he also coached the state champion doubles team in tennis. Capitalizing on his success at the state level, P. D. came home to Dumas and served as the head girls basketball coach from 1975-1990 where he continued his legacy of greatness. Coach Fletcher lead the Dumas girls to second place at the 1979 state tournament and brought home the championship in 1980. He moved to Amarillo in 1990 so he could be closer to his family and finished his career at Highland Park in 1993. Though P. D. has accumulated many accolades over the years, his coaching record of 636-200, recognition by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as a Milestone Award Winner, and recognition as a Top 100 Coach in the Past 100 years by UIL pales only in comparison to his accomplishments as husband, friend, bother, dad, and gramps. Coach P. D. Fletcher truly emblazons the ideals and standards of Dumas High School.