The Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA) is pleased to announce their fifth Hall of Fame class which is a seven member group that will be inducted in a ceremony during the TSSAA state championship on Saturday, December 1.
The six Hall of Fame football members in this year’s class are Bobby Alston, Joe Gaddis, Jim Heinz, Hershel Moore, Bob Polston and Dave Rider.
The TnFCA also will recognize a Contributor of the Year and this year’s inductee will be former Chattanooga Times Free Press sports writer and Chattanooga area TV personality Stump Martin.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 1 at the Life Church in Cookeville, Tennessee.
The Life Church and the TnFCA will present the Hall of Fame breakfast at 9 am and the induction ceremony will follow starting at 9:30.
“Once again, we are excited to introduce a new class of highly deserving coaches and contributors into our TnFCA Hall of
Fame. As an association, we welcome the opportunity to acknowledge worthy men whom have given so much to this wonderful game. This class represent the very best across our state form east to west and across multiple generations,” TnFCA President Thomas McDaniel said.
Included below is a closer look at the inductees accomplishments
*Enters his 21 year as the head football coach at MUS after taking over the program in 1998.
*Overall record at MUS in his 20 years is 159-73
*The Owls have won four state titles in six title game appearances under Alston
* MUS won back to back Division II-AAA state titles in 2004 and 2005 as well as back to back state titles in Division II-AA in 2008 and 2009, the Owls were runners up in 2012 and 2013
*MUS have made 18 consecutive Playoff Appearances under Alston from 2000-2017
*Enters his sixth season at Oak Ridge and his 44th year of coaching high school football
*Overall coaching record is 304-125 which includes a 266-84 record in Tennessee, has also been a head coach in Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina
*Won the Class AAA state title at Oak Ridge in 1991
*Head coach at Tullahoma (1983-87), Oak Ridge (1988-1998), Pascagoula (MS) (1999-2000), Austin (AL) (2001-03), Henry County (2004-09), Lexington (NC) (2010-11), Peabody (2012) and Oak Ridge (2013-current)
*Teams have made 26 playoff appearances under Gaddis’ guidance
*Currently the defensive coordinator at Briarcrest but led ECS to prominence in 31 years at the school
*Overall coaching record at ECS was 218-88 in 31 seasons (1978-2009)
*The Eagles won four state titles in three different classifications under Heinz (Class A in 1983, Division II-A in 1999 and 2000 and Division II-AA in 2005) and were runner up three times as well (1984, 2004 and 2006)
*ECS made the playoffs 23 times in his tenure at the Cordova school
*Covered high school sports in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area for over 30 years via newspaper, TV, magazine and online
*Covered high school sports for two decades at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and then started his own brand “Stump on Sports” which is a local TV show and website in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area
*Was the organizer for the Tennessee-Georgia all star football game which continues today and was started in 2004
*Was Editor in Chief for “Tennessee Football Magazine” for three years and served as the Parks and Recreation Director for both the Rossville (GA) and East Ridge communities
*Coached over six decades in both high school and college and is considered the father of the Wing T offense, introducing the Jet sweep to the country while the head coach at Cumberland University
*Wrote numerous books on the wing T and has been a regular on the coaching clinic circuit for decades
*Head coach at metro Nashville schools Glencliff (1959-62, 1970-79), Stratford (1963-69), Beech (1985-1990) and Cumberland University (1993-2003)
*Posted a 60-51 record at Cumberland, making the NAIA playoffs in only time in school history in 1993 as the Phoenix led the nation in rushing four times during his tenure
*Moore was inducted as a member of the Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame in 2016
*Was head football and baseball coach for 21 years (1958-79) across Knoxville and later served as the Athletic Director for the Knox County School System for 27 years (1978-2004)
*Polston’s overall coaching record in football was 156-44-4 and in baseball was 173-42
*Head coach at Knoxville East (1958-67), Austin East (1967-70) and Knoxville Rule (1970-79) and teams won 13 district titles and Rule made the playoffs three times in 1973, 1974 and 1976
*Polston has been inducted in the TSSAA Hall of Fame, the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and the East Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
*Coached high school football for 42 years and was the head coach at Elizabethton for 24 years in two different stints (1976-88, 1990-99)
*Overall coaching record is 246-111, including a 173-79 record at Elizabethton
*Started head coaching career at John Battle (VA) (1965) and Tazewell (VA) (1966-1975) before his success at Elizabethton (1976-88, 1990-99)
*Elizabethton made the playoffs 11 times under Rider with two Bowl games as well and won 10 district titles