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Along with his childhood friend and co-captain, Charles Spieker, Decuir led the Rams basketball team to a record-setting 87 victories for legendary head coach Phil George from 1963–67. Decuir also played on the Rams baseball team and was voted Mr. San Angelo College in 1964.
However, his most memorable experience came in 1968 after he had graduated ASC with a physical education degree. George was called to military service during the Vietnam War, and Decuir filled in as interim Rams basketball coach for their final three games of the season.
“I am the only undefeated college coach in history because we won all three games,” Decuir said.
That was quite an auspicious start to a 30-year education career that began as a teacher at San Angelo’s Glenn Junior High. Decuir coached for a total of 19 years, including stops in Bryan, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Houston and Spring, before returning to the San Angelo Independent School District as energy manager and then community education director. Though now retired, he still coaches a bit of basketball to young athletes.
In recognition of his many accomplishments, the ASU Alumni Association has named Decuir its 2015 Golden Ex of the Year.
A member of both the final SAC graduating class in 1965 and the first ASC graduating class in 1967, Decuir also met his wife, Kay, at Angelo State. Their son, Alexander Bert Decuir, died of cancer when he was 25. Their twin daughters, Karol and Jennifer, have given them six grandchildren.