51 year BISD employee continues to inspire students, athletes

Published: May. 25, 2017 at 3:28 PM CDT
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If you've walked the halls of Bryan High School over the last few decades, you've likely run into Rose Gregg. She's spent the last 51 years coaching, teaching and making an impact in her students' lives.

While most are still sound asleep, Gregg is already at work. "I usually get here between 5:35 and 5:40 a.m.," she said with a chuckle. "When I get here I clean the dryers that we have for the athletes and P.E. students. If there's clothes in the wash, I put them in the dryer, that sort of thing."

You can call her the unofficial mom of Bryan High. But Coach Gregg, as most know her, admits nothing in her past could've predicted that she'd spend 51 years of her life working at a school.

"When I was in the 4th grade I used to skip school," Gregg said. "One time though my daddy and mother came home and caught me, and I've been going to school ever since and I've been going early ever since."

Gregg is originally from Calvert, and despite her own teachers' doubts, she became the only girl from her high school to graduate college, only missing one class all four years.

Upon graduation she quickly landed a job with Bryan ISD.

"In 1966 I started teaching at Neal Junior High and I stayed there for 5 years," explained Gregg. "But then the school burned down and then they integrated."

She then moved over to Stephen F. Austin for two years until the district combined that school with Bryan High School. She's been a Viking ever since.

Coach Gregg quickly found her calling when she implemented Girls Track and Cross Country teams in 1976. Four years later she lead the 1980 Girls Track team to win the championship.

"It didn't matter where you were or what you were doing, Coach Gregg was there!" said Deannie Dudly, a hurdler on that 1980 track team. "You didn't realize it then, but looking back now you weren't going to find anybody more dedicated or more there for you."

Former Vikings athletes agree that Coach Gregg's support has always gone above and beyond anything they could've imagined.

"She motivated me, she encouraged me and she believed in me. Her attitude toward me just turned the light bulb on for me and made me feel like I could do anything," said Felicia Benford, class of 1983 and current Bryan ISD Trustee. "There's never been a day that Bryan ISD hasn't believed in Coach Gregg."

"You're not going to find a more Godly woman than Coach Gregg," added Dudley.

"I just didn't want to retire. I felt like I could still go on and be helpful and with the grace of God, I'm still here," said Gregg.

Though Coach Gregg is no longer coaching track, you will find her on the sidelines at pretty much any Bryan High sporting event. She's currently an instructor for the school's Special Academic Center.