The 2020 TSSAA Hall of Fame inductees were initially scheduled to be inducted at the annual luncheon in April 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this ceremony has been postponed not one, not two, but three time. The nine inductees were officially recognized for their contributions to high school athletics during the induction ceremony that finally took place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
This year’s luncheon inductees were: Barbara daush, administrator of Memphis; Turner jackson, director of Cleveland; Clint parnell, director of Nashville; Bobby alston, Memphis coach; Buck coatney, Knoxville coach; Carolyn Jackson, Chattanooga trainer; Jeff Morris, Milanese coach; Shelby miller, Elizabethton official; and the end Marion wilhoïte, contributor from Colombia.
Barbara daush–Administrator in the Memphis area for over 40 years… President and CEO of St. Agnes Academy for 22 years… Principal of Hutchison High School 1990-1994… administrator and teacher at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School for 12 years… teaching at Lausanne Collegiate School from 1975 to 1978… Chairman of the Board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools… Board of Trustees and President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools… served on the TSSAA Division II committee and served for ten years as a Liaison Officer in the Legislative Council and the TSSAA Supervisory Board… received a Distinguished Service Award from the TSSAA as a Director… retired in 2016, but continues to do consultative work for independent school research committees
Turner jackson–Teacher, coach and administrator for 41 years… was head wrestling coach for 2 years at LakeView Fort Ogelthorpe High School before going to Bradley Central High School in 1979… coached wrestling, cross country, track and field and softball during his tenure at Bradley Central… served 20 years as athletic director… Retired in 2015, but still teaches wellness and is the school’s athletic director with a contract of 100 days… TIAAA Sporting Director of the Year… AF Bridges Region 3 Sporting Director of the Year… Member of National Wrestling, Greater Chattanooga Sports, Bradley Co. Old Timers and UTC Halls of Fame… TN Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the year in 1976
Clint parnell– Fifty-six years as an administrator in Middle Tennessee… taught and coached football, basketball and track and field at Maplewood High School for 21 years… Assistant Principal at Whites Creek High School for 5 years and at Ewing Park Middle School for 4 years… retired from Metro-Nashville Public Schools in 1992… became Principal and Athletic Director at Goodpasture Christian School in 1992 and was Principal until 2005… a has been Sports Administrator at Goodpasture for almost 30 years, having recently been named Dean of Sports… TSSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2009… received a Distinguished Service Award from the TSSAA as Administrator in 2006… official from 1970s TSSAA basketball
Bobby alston—Administrator and coach at Memphis University School since 1977… coached football at MUS since 1980 and became head coach in 1998… director of athletics since 1997… has been head coach of the school since 1983… Dean of Students 1994-1999… coached football under TSSAA Hall of Fame member Jake Rudolph for 17 years… overall record 180 – 76… won 4 TSSAA State Soccer Championships (2004 , 2005, 2008, 2009) and 3 finalists (2012, 2013, 2018)… TSSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000… TN Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2018)… Football Coach of the TSSAA / NHFCA Year of the State of Tennessee and TSWA Division II Coach of the Year in 2005-06… TN Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018… its track and field teams have won five TSSAA State Championships and two Team Relay Championships… Laur TSSAA AF Bridges Award winner three times… TSSAA Regional Coordinator and served on the TSSAA State Athletics Advisory Committee
Buck coatney—Head football coach at Fulton High School in Knoxville for 19 seasons (1992 – 2010)… set an overall record 144-91… 2003, 2004 and 2006 TSSAA State Champions… finished second in the state in 2002 and 2007… awarded the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year in 2004… a multiple recipient of the National Football Foundation Amateur Football Award, AP Coach of the East TN Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year
Carolyn jackson– Longtime coach of women’s basketball and volleyball at Brainerd High School… coached volleyball from 1975 to 1989 and basketball from 1973 to 2013… compiled 985 wins in basketball and won the State Basketball Championship of the TSSAA in 1984… was named TACA Coach of the Year 16 times… Brainerd The high school gymnasium named the gymnasium “Jackson-High” for Carolyn and her colleague Robert High, TSSAA Hall of Fame member… Official volleyball player for 23 years… received a TSSAA award AF Bridges as an official… received the “Scrappy Moore Award” in 1984, 1994, and 1998… inducted into Brainerd High School and the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame
Jeff Morris—Head Football Coach at Milan High School for 22 years… coached football and baseball at Henry Co. High School for 9 years before moving to Milan in 1994… Head Football Coach in Milan from 1996 to 2017… record high overall 222-69… reached the TSSAA playoffs 21 times with a 53-19 record… his teams have been state finalists 4 times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)… state football champions of the TSSAA in 1998 and 1999… were Head Coach of the Tennessee All-Star Game in 2001… Tennessee Titans State Coach of the Year in 2003
Shelby Miller—TSSAA football and basketball official for 54 years… umpired basketball for 25 years before retiring in 1990… officiated 16 district, 15 regional, 11 sub-state and 2 international tournaments ‘TSSAA State (1981 Girls, 1984 Boys)… has been selected to work the qualifying football for 42 consecutive years… officiated 5 TSSAA State Football Championships (1985, 1992, 1995, 2008, 2019) … Still actively officiates football as Chief Line Judge… TSSAA AF Bridges Award for Official of the Year… Carter County Sports Hall of Fame 2016… National Football Foundation Hall of Fame 2017
Marion Wilhoïte—Sports editor for the Columbia Daily Herald for 54 years (1962 – 2016)… reported on fastpitch softball league results from the age of 13 to 15… at age 15 he kept game sheets for the Herald Sports Editor for Columbia Central and Columbia Military Academy… Sports Writer of the Year Readiness by the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club in 1984… press box at Columbia Central HS named in his honor… founding member of the Hall of Fame of Columbia City Parks and Recreation Department… Metro Area Hall of Fame 6… TSSAA Distinguished Service Award as Contributor… Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame… honored for 50 years of service to the TN Press Association … featured in a column by Illustrated sports in 1989 for his unique brand of sports coverage, as he was well known to be devoid of negativity
Due to the pandemic, there will be no Class of 2021. The Class of 2022 is expected to be inducted on April 2, 2022. Nominations can be submitted. It is expected to start at 11:00 a.m. CST. Application forms for the 2022 class must be submitted to the TSSAA office by November 1. The forms are available at tssaa.org/hall-of-fame.
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