Walter Gaye Schlinkman has been described by his peers as the best all-around athlete Dumas ever produced. While a student at DHS, Walt had the Demons on the State Record boards in football and in track and field. His high school shot put record stood until the early Sixties. Walt’s focused determination and fierce competitive spirit led him to play college and professional football. As his playing days came to an end, his coaching career began. As a coach, Schlinkman continued to be a positive influence in sports on the athletes who came under his influence.