AARON BONDS, Corpus Christi, was inducted into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor at a January luncheon in Corpus Christi in recognition of his lifetime of service to students in South Texas. A former member of the Mean Green football team, his nickname on the defense was “Bad News.” He went on to teach and coach in Alice, where he had excelled as a high school athlete, becoming the first African American running back for the Coyotes. He also coached and taught in Calallen and in Agua Dulce, coordinating an after-school program to help students at risk of dropping out. He retired in 2012 but continues to help student-athletes prepare for college, including his grandson, whose football career at Hardin Simmons he’s watching closely. He credits UNT with instilling the “Three Ps” in him — pride, perseverance and the pursuit of happiness (since he met his wife of 47 years, Rogenia, in Denton).