Jeff Dungen, who has served as both a coach and administrator for Alvin ISD for the past 26 years, was recently inducted into Bellville ISD’s Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dungen joined Dan Kistler, Ed Marcinkiewicz and players from the 2002 Brahmas’ state semifinalist football team in getting inducted into the athletic hall during Bellville High School’s spring sports banquet on May 8.
“It was a pretty neat deal,” Dungen said. “They had a little case back in the foyer with all the plaques. Bellville has got a rich tradition of athletics and academics. There has been a lot of good athletes and teams that come from there. They created the hall in 1977.
“Sometimes they will let a team like the 2002 one be inducted as a whole team because they went to the semifinals.”
Dungen earned all-district honors for both baseball and football at Bellville High School. The Brahmas’ versatile athlete collected all-district accolades three years in a row, capping it off by being the unanimous pick at shortstop in 1984. Dungen was also named the Babe Ruth award winner during the same year, breaking school records for batting average during a single season (.500) and career home runs (20).
Dungen also played for Stan Mauldin during his senior football campaign at Bellville. Mauldin would later hire Dungen as an assistant baseball/football coach at Alvin High School in 1990.
Playing at both the defensive end and offensive guard positions in football, Dungen lettered in the sport during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was named to the all-district squad as a junior and a senior.
“They opened up a new football stadium while we were there and we got to be among the first ones who got to say they played in the pasture of pain,” Dungen said. “They built it right there on the campus and brought in the bleachers from Cy-Fair. The baseball field was right next to it. We just got everyone involved.
“During my junior year in football, we were undefeated and ended up going to the area finals. Only two teams went to the playoffs from each district during that time. I had to do it all (in baseball). I was the starting center fielder my freshman year. I pitched and played first base my sophomore year and then played shortstop or pitched the rest of the way.”
After playing baseball at Blinn College for a year, Dungen attended Stephen F. Austin University on a baseball scholarship and proceeded to win the Lumberjacks’ rookie of the year award in 1987 and was also named to All-Gulf Coast Conference team as designated hitter.
While the Lumberjacks switched to the Southland Conference the following year, the individual league awards kept pouring in for Dungen. He was recognized as an all-conference outfielder in both 1988 and 1989 and by the end of his collegiate career, Dungen held SFA school records for hits (67), runs scored (54), doubles (16) and career home runs (31).
Dungen also established SLC records for most home runs in a single game with three against Lamar and most hits in a single game against Oklahoma with six.
“I had a couple of roommates in Sealy who convinced me to go to SFA. I went in cold turkey, but it ended up being a great deal,” Dungen said. “They had a great program.”
During his AISD tenure, Dungen has taught history, coached baseball and football linebackers, while also serving as the Yellowjackets’ defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and the assistant AD/head football coach.
Dungen moved to the assistant AD role in 2011 and became the assistant director of transportation for the school district in 2012. The SFA graduate took the director’s position in 2016.