Last Updated: April 7, 2006 This was an article found on the internet about Jack Tillinghast. 1990 - Jack Tillinghast , West Texas State University, Canyon. As a youngster, Jack was a Maverick at the Amarillo Boy’s Club; as a national and world-class trampoliner, he competed all over the world in the 1950’s. With Edsel Buchanan and Ralph Dykeman, they created the West Texas AAU gymnastics program in 1956. Since the 1950’s, he has been a physical educator at West Texas State , teacher of dozens of the West Texas coaches. He is the last of the “pioneer generation” to be honored by the Life Membership.