Francis "Pancho" Cullen Averill, Jr.
Sportsman Of The Year

Francis “Pancho” Cullen Averill, Jr.


Pancho has had a love of sports since a young age. Like many kids he played little league baseball, played football, basketball, tennis, and golf. His passion for baseball came from his father who would tell stories of watching games at Fenway Park in Boston when he was a child. His goals in life were molded from his philosophy in sports, and that is “to be the best at anything you do requires a commitment and hard work”.

After marrying, Pancho continued in sports thru his children in that he coached them in baseball, basketball, and softball from early on thru their high school years as a volunteer coach. In recent years, Pancho decided to become a volleyball official and has attended clinics, state meetings and taken courses in order to become the best that he can. For the past 5 years he has officiated hundreds of local,area and regional volleyball matches.

After beating cancer and retiring, Averill has dedicated his time to many volunteer civic and charitable organizations such the Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Patrick’s Church, Casa Misericordia, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Laredo and also finds time to serve as the volunteer Athletic Director for Mary Help of Christians School, where he also finds time to coach a girls basketball team.

A deep passion of Pancho has always been his love of golf. Having started at a young age, while not in an organized team, loved the game. His love of travel has made his dream of playing golf in all fifty states a possibility although still lacking some states to go. His love of golf drew him to volunteer with the Border Olympics organization. Active in Border Olympics Softball while assisting his sister who was the tournament director of the softball, he has served as the tournament director for University Golf for over 30 years. He credits his longevity as director in his ability to see the youth of today follow their passion and dreams. For his dedication to the Border Olympics University Golf tournament, Pancho has received the Slaughter Award for outstanding volunteer, the Chivo Goodman Award for Outstanding Director, the Daiches Award, the Frank Carter Award for Outstanding Softball Volunteer, and the Pichot Longevity Award.

Throughout his years as Tournament Director, Averill has had the pleasure of meeting Golf coaches from all over the country and players who have played in the Border Olympics and gone on to become professional golfers. 

When not on the golf course you can probably find Pancho either fishing, or spending time with his family. “I do believe that God blessed me in life with a wonderful family, a successful career and a loving marriage and I remain thankful for that blessing.

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Proposed museum location is downtown Laredo, Texas, intersection, Farragut at Juarez Ave.