Mountaineers Shaping Houston Sports Landscape

Three former Mountaineers are playing key roles in the development of the new Houston sports scene.

One of them played professional football, and the other two keep professionals playing football. One of them just returned to Houston and the other two are in the Bayou City for the first time. Despite the differences, former Mountaineers Oliver Luck, Kevin Bastin and Tom Colt have the common goal of restoring Houston's football excellence.

Oliver Luck, former record setting WVU quarterback and Houston Oiler, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Harris County Sports Authority in December 2001. Prior to joining the Sports Authority, Luck was founder and President of The Luck Group, LLC. He also previously worked for NFL Enterprises and NFL Europe.

As CEO, Luck will oversee operations of the Sports Authority including the administrative office, public/media relations, marketing and outreach program initiatives.

He will focus these areas to achieve the group's main goal: rejuvenating the infrastructure for Houston's professional sports as well as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Luck was a 3 year starter at WVU and a two-time Academic All-American. As a senior, he led the Mountaineers to a 9-3 record and a victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl.

He graduated magna cum laude from WVU in 1982. He was drafted by the Oilers in the second round and played 5 years for the franchise. Luck received his law degree from the University of Texas and then began his career in sports management. Luck is married to the former Kathy Wilson and has 4 kids - Andrew, Mary Ellen, Emily and Addison.

Although new to the Bayou City, Kevin Bastin is not new to the NFL. Bastin brings 12 years of NFL experience as assistant trainer for the Washington Redskins to his new job, Head Trainer for the Texans. While in the capital city, Bastin was a part of four playoff teams including the Super Bowl XXVI championship team.

After completing studies in Morgantown, Kevin received his Master's Degree in health and athletic trainin at the University of Miami.

Hailing from Quiet Dell, West Virginia, Bastin now resides in Sugar Land with his wife Carrie, an ex-WVU tennis player, and their two children - Shelby and Blake.

WVU Alumni Tom Colt serves as Coordinator of Rehabilitation for the Houston Texans. He is a 1986 graduate of WVU and received his Master's Degree from Arizona State. He then returned to Morgantown where he worked in a physical therapy clinc and served one year as interim Head Athletic Trainer for the WVU Football Team.

Tom also served one year as Athletic Trainer for NFL Europe. He received his Physical Therapy Degree from WVU in 1996 and has been practicing in Phoenix, AZ. Tom and his wife Kristy moved to Houston in January.

Whether Oliver Luck is making sure that the Texans have the best field to play on, or Kevin Bastin and Tom Colt are making sure the Texans can get on the field to play, all of these former Mountaineer are playing a large part to bring football success back to Houston.

Our thanks to the Lonestar Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association for graciously allowing us to reprint this article from their spring newsletter. You can visit the chapter online at encourages all Mountaineer fans, whether graduates or not, to support and join their local alumni associations!

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