Heath, Garrison inducted into VYPE Magazine Hall of Fame


PEARLAND — It has been a strange time in America's history with the CoronaVirus pandemic affecting nearly every facet of life.

With the shut down of area high schools -- it also included the cancellation of the spring sports for the area student-athletes.

Despite the disappointment of losing so many high school activities, particularly for the seniors, VYPE Magazine, the top publication for high school sports in the Houston area, still closed out the year with their yearly honors being broadcast on social media.

Two big honors went to former Pearland head football coach Tony Heath and All-State running back Dustin Garrison as both were inducted into the VYPE Magazine Hall of Fame.

This was the first year that VYPE selected an inaugural Hall of Fame class of coaches and Heath is among those who were selected.

Others joining Heath were head football coach David Aymond (North Shore), head softball coach Carrie Austgen (Deer Park), head volleyball coach Leslie Madison (The Woodlands), and head baseball coach Dale Westmoreland (Klein Oak).

Heath retired from Pearland after 20 years with the 2016 football season as his final year on the sideline. Heath etched his name in the Pearland history book as the winningest coach in school history with a 195-53 mark while winning the 2010 Class 5A Div. I state crown as the Oilers beat Euless-Trinity 28-24 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The accolades for Heath are too numerous to include in this story, but the impact he made in the lives of thousands of athletes over his coaching career are legendary.

One thing for sure, Heath took over a high school football program that had won only one playoff game (1950) and turned it into a Houston area powerhouse that included making the playoffs 18-out-of-20 years.

The Oilers last losing season was in 1997. Heath changed a team from being a favorite homecoming opponent to one of the winningest programs in the Houston area. The turnaround was one of the greatest in Texas football history.

Heath is now with Hellas Construction as a business development manager, to build and grow future relationships with schools and organizations in the Greater Houston Area’s sports construction market.

Garrison was named to the third VYPE Magazine Hall of Fame class for players in the Houston area.

The speedster had a phenomenal senior season in 2010 leading the Oilers to the Class 5A Div. I state championship.

He closed out his senior season with 406 carries for 2,842 yards (6.9 per carry) with 46 touchdowns in 2010. Garrison also has 32 catches for 513 yards and 5 TDs. (51 total TDs). For his career, he had 607 carries for 4,261 yards rushing, 62 TDs.

Garrison finished the season with the PHS single-season rushing mark of 2,842 yards to break the old mark of 2,717 yards set by Fozzy Whittaker (UT) in 2006. The speedster also set the single-season scoring record with 51 touchdowns breaking the old mark set by Kasey Carrier (New Mexico) in 2008.

Garrison went on to play college football at West Virginia.

Congratulations to coach Tony Heath and Dustin Garrison for continuing to bring honor to the Pearland Oilers and making Pearland proud.