The NAIA Hall of Famer coached basketball at Wofford College and Erskine College, and ranks as one of the NAIA’s winning coaches with more than 450 career victories. He began his coaching career at Erskine where he was an assistant football coach as well as head basketball coach. In 1958 he moved to Wofford where, in addition to his job as basketball coach, he also assumed the role of assistant football coach, athletic business manager and, ultimately, director of athletics.
After playing football, basketball and baseball at Furman University, Alley coached the Paladins’ basketball team from 1945-66, winning 223 games. His innovative offensive system produced national scoring champions for four straight years in the 1950s.
The legendary Greenwood High football coach began in 1942 and coached for 40 years, ending with a career mark of 346-85-25, and for his efforts was the first high school coach inducted in the SCAHOF. A former All-State football player at Furman University, Babb coached nine state championship teams. He is also a member of the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
An Anderson native, Bagwell was an active high school and college coach and athletic director for 52 years, having coached numerous All-American and Olympic track athletes. As the first athletic director at Baptist College (now Charleston Southern) from 1965-2000, Bagwell was a co-founder of the Big South Conference.
A Sumter native who excelled as a high school football coach at Eau Claire High in 1959 and 1960, Baker moved to the college ranks as head coach at Furman University (1973-77), The Citadel (1978-82) and East Carolina University (1985-88). After compiling an overall career record of 302-176-6, Baker served as a key administrator at USC. He is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame.
The popular, cigar-chomping longtime USC track coach (1948-69) with a 90-47 dual meet record was named a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame for his feats as the national and international high hurdles champion in 1928. As an Auburn athlete, he once held the world high hurdles record and won three Southern Conference championships. He is also a member of the State of Georgia and Helms Athletic Foundations Halls of Fame. He served as a key contributor to the SCAHOF board.
The USC football coach (1961-65) became a Canadian Football League head coach and an NFL assistant coach. He compiled a 17-29-4 record with the Gamecocks before departing in 1965. The former All-Southern Conference star at William & Mary coached in the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Continental League and the Canadian Football League. He is also a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
A standout athlete at Columbia’s Booker T. Washington High and Johnson C. Smith University, Bolden later served as football coach and athletic director at C.A. Johnson and Keenan High schools and compiled 150-plus victories. He also served as SCAHOF executive secretary. Richland County named a football stadium in Bolden’s honor in 1980, and his son, Charles F. Bolden, Jr., became an astronaut and in 2009 was named the head of NASA.
CHARLES F. BOLDEN
During his 31 years as Lander University’s tennis coach, Cabri guided his teams to 12 national championships and 23 consecutive league championships, and was voted National Coach of the Year 10 times. Cabri, the longest serving coach in Lander history, won his first four national titles in the NAIA and eight more in NCAA Division II. His greatest run was from 1991-2000 when Lander captured 10 consecutive national championships, establishing the record for consecutive championships in the NCAA. He also guided the Senators/Bearcats to two national runner-up finishes in the NAIA and four fourth-place finishes. The Long Island, N.Y. native, in 12 years in the NCAA, coached a national doubles champion, a Dan Magill Award winner, 28 All-Americans, 24 Academic All-Americans, three national Arthur Ashe Award winners, two Tennis Magazine All-Star Team members, and 60 All-Peach Belt Conference players, all while winning 11 straight PBC championships. He was also a mathematics professor.
USC’s football coach with a career coaching record of 45-36-1, Carlen’s 8-4 Gator Bowl team in 1980 (second consecutive 8-4 season) ended up ranked 15th in the nation and produced Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, also a SCAHOF member. Before joining the Gamecocks as head football coach and director of athletics (1975-81), Carlen had coached at West Virginia (1966-69) and Texas Tech (1970-74).
South Carolina State named its football stadium after its longtime football coach (1937-50). Dawson also coached tennis, track and golf. The Cleveland, Ohio, native starred at John Carroll University in football, basketball, baseball, tennis and boxing.
OLIVER C. DAWSON
The Cheraw native and two-sport star at Wofford College became the winningest football coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, building a record of 169-101-1 over 23 years (1984-2006), during which he guided the Falcons to three WAC titles and 12 bowl games. He earned multiple national coach of the year awards in 1985.
The 1920s Furman University football, basketball, baseball and swimming star later won five football championships and six basketball titles as a coach at Spartanburg High.
RAY "RED" DOBSON
The beloved USC football coach (1938-42 and 1946-55) and director of athletics (1938-60) coached the team to a 64-69-7 record. He played fullback at the University of Notre Dame and two years with the Green Bay Packers. USC named its athletic offices after the Rockford, Ill., native. Enright is a charter member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 1981 National Coach of the Year led Clemson to a national championship at age 33. Over the years Ford compiled a 96-29-4 record with Tigers and won five ACC titles. His teams won six of the eight bowl games in which they played, and from 1981-83, his combined record of 30-2-2 was best among all college coaches. While at Clemson, the Gadsden, Ala., native coached 71 first-team All-ACC stars and 26 All-Americans. Eleven of his players won Super Bowl rings.
The Bamberg native and three-sports star at Presbyterian College (1944-48) later turned to coaching at North Augusta High (88-13-17 record that includes 42 straight victories) and then at Presbyterian (127-101-6 from 1963-84), where he earned five South Carolina Coach of the Year awards. He later served PC as its longtime director of athletics.
Olympia High School’s longtime coach compiled an overall 623-281-4 record and won seven state championships in three sports. In football, he recorded a 110-87-4 mark with one title. In basketball, he compiled a 336-116 record with five titles and in baseball, he had a 207-78 mark and one state crown. Giles served as the Shrine Bowl coach in 1967, and coached two players (Jerry Martin and Mike Martin) who played major league baseball. As an athlete, Giles played football and basketball at USC. He scored the first touchdown in Gator Bowl history, and his 60-yard quick-kick held the Gator Bowl distance record for 23 years.
A Columbia native, Glymph coached Eau Claire High to five South Carolina state basketball championships and recorded a 471-135 mark from 1974-96. He then moved to NBA assistant coaching positions with the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, and New York Knicks.
Furman basketball star from Maryland became the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1978 after his Newberry College team went undefeated during the regular season and finished 36-1 with a second-round loss in the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City. He later ushered in Winthrop College’s men’s athletic program as director of athletics and head basketball coach (1978-86) and his teams were a force in NAIA District 6. He was enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1983.
The Anderson College tennis coach and director of athletics (1958-77) mentored both the men and women’s teams in addition to guiding the basketball, baseball and track teams. His tennis teams experienced only one losing season in 20 years.
Hatchell compiled a 272-80 coaching record over 11 seasons and won two national championships at Francis Marion College. She continued her success with the NCAA crown at the University North Carolina in 1994, making her the only coach to win titles in all three NCAA divisions. The two-time National Coach of the Year (1999 and 2006) is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. She led the USA team to a gold medal in the 1995 World University games, and has served as an assistant on five USA gold medal teams.
SYLVIA RHYNE HATCHELL
College football’s most prestigious trophy is named for this coaching innovator. Heisman coached at Clemson from 1900-03, recording a 19-3-1 mark – still the best winning percentage in school history – and took the Tigers to their first bowl, an 11-11 tie against Cumberland in 1903. Heisman also coached the Clemson baseball team (1901-03), and had a 28-6-1 record for a school-best .814 winning percentage. Heisman, who invented such football basics as the center snap and handoff, also introduced such trick plays as the double-lateral, flea-flicker and hidden ball, and pioneered the forward pass. His career lasted 36 years, beginning in 1882 at Oberlin University and continuing at seven colleges including Clemson. He compiled a career record of 185-70-17.
Credited with starting Lander University’s successful athletics program in 1968 with men’s basketball, Horne developed it into 11 sports by his retirement in 1997. During his 29-year career as basketball coach and AD, he compiled a 491-379 record, and won NAIA District 6 titles in 1978, 1979 and 1980. The five-time District 6 Coach of the Year retired as the state of South Carolina’s winningest active coach. As the long-time chairman and key administrator of District 6, Horne successfully moved the league’s tournament from on-campus sites to a revenue-producing, one-site event in the early 1980s, and as AD, he oversaw Lander’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
The legendary Clemson football coach and one of the sport’s all-time colorful characters compiled a 165-118-12 record from 1940-69. His teams won six ACC titles and Howard is a member of five halls of fame. Clemson commemorates his memory at every home football game when the team rubs “Howard’s Rock” before running down the “Death Valley” hill onto the field. The “Baron of Barlow Bend” (Alabama) is buried in the cemetery adjacent to Memorial Stadium.
A Charleston native and longtime NASCAR executive, Hunter started with NASCAR in 1968 as the public relations director at Darlington International Raceway and then as president of the “Track Too Tough to Tame.” He implemented most the changes and improvements at the historic track when he served as president from 1993-01. Between his stints at Darlington, he worked as the PR director at Talladega Raceway. His climb up the NASCAR hierarchy put him in his final position of VP of Corporate Communications. NASCAR honored him by naming its track series standings the “Hunter Index” for Hunter’s work in making the truck series an integral part of the business. Hunter, one of the guiding forces behind NASCAR’s ascent from a regional to a national sport, played football and baseball at USC and then joined The State newspaper in the 1960s where he earned the nickname “Fumes” for his coverage of NASCAR.
Ibrahim coached Clemson soccer to 17 NCAA tournaments, 11 ACC titles, 19 top 20 national rankings, and national championships in 1984 and 1987. The native of Haifa, Israel, recorded a 388-102-31 mark and his success helped popularize soccer in the state of South Carolina and the South.
The Union native coached at Lancaster’s Barr Street High (1960) and Gaffney’s Granard High (1964-68) with a combined 65-7-2 record and three state championships. He became the beloved South Carolina State University coach (122-72-4 record over 12 years in two stints: 1973-78 and 1989-2001). He became the first African American football coach in NCAA Division I when he was named to coach Wichita State University in 1979. Over the years, Jeffries’ teams produced a host of NFL stars. After retiring, Jeffries became a SCAHOF board president and the longtime banquet emcee.
Johnson served as assistant coach, defensive coordinator and head coach at Furman University and spent a total of 24 years there, including eight years as a head coach. Johnson served as defensive coordinator for Furman’s 1988 NCAA I-AA national championship team, directing a unit that led the nation in scoring defense (9.7 ppg). He tallied a 60-36 record (.625) as a head coach and was part of 10 of Furman’s 12 Southern Conference Championship squads, including two as a head coach (1999 & 2001). A graduate of Eau Claire High, Johnson played wide receiver and cornerback at Clemson. In 1971 and 1972, Johnson led the Tigers in interceptions and was twice named as an ACC All-Academic honoree. His awards include: 1996 AFCA Region II Coach of the Year, Southern Conference Coach of the Year, and 2001 AFCA Region II and NCAA I-AA National Coach of the Year. After his tenure at Furman, he became the head coach at Vanderbilt, where in 2008 he directed the Commodores to their first winning season and bowl appearance since 1982 and first bowl victory since 1955. He was a charter member of the NCAA Football Playoff Committee.
The longtime Presbyterian College football coach and director of athletics (from 1915 until his death in 1958) is a charter member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. The “Genial Swede” fought in World War II and compiled a 183-96-19 coaching record.
The longtime Greenville-Parker High coach won 11 state championships – five in basketball, three in football and three in baseball.
Before the arrival of John McKissick, this Batesburg native coached Summerville High to a 72-18-7 record, including state championships in 1948 and 1949. The onetime Newberry College football and baseball star (1934-37) then coached his alma mater in football (1952-68), compiling a lifetime 72-77-11 mark, including two bowl game appearances. He twice captured South Carolina Coach of the Year honors (1953, 1962).
The dynamic College of Charleston basketball coach had a 23-year career and finished with a 560-143 record. His .797 winning percentage ranked second among active college coaches when he retired. He averaged 24 victories a year and led the Cougars to the 1983 NAIA National Championship in Kansas City and four Southern Conference titles.
From the 1920s to the 1950s, Laval coached at Furman University, winning seven state championships, and at USC, Emory & Henry and Newberry College with a cumulative 94-76 career record. At various times, he coached football, baseball and basketball.
A star runner who once finished eighth in the Boston Marathon Masters Division, and at one time ranked as the seventh-best female marathoner in the world, Lempesis became a star running coach, leading Columbia area teams to five state titles and six runner-up spots, beginning in 1986. The Road Runners Hall of Famer and South Carolina Track and Field Hall of Famer also led efforts for gender equity for South Carolina female coaches.
Mathis guided Greenville’s Sterling High to the Negro League’s Class AAA football championships in 1947, 1950, 1953 and 1956, achieving a career record of 107-26-17. He also coached Sterling High to a state title in baseball in 1960. During his career he also coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball and track. As a student-athlete, Mathis played football for Sterling High from 1938-1941, and then played at Benedict College in 1942. He moved to Allen University where he starred as quarterback and team captain from 1943-45. After he retired from Sterling High, Mathis wrote a book on how the black and white communities could improve relations in the upstate of South Carolina.
The legendary USC basketball coach was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. He captured National Coach of the Year honors three times with three different colleges (St. John’s, University of North Carolina and USC), won the NCAA championship with UNC in 1957, and finished his 30-year career with a record of 550-235, including 283-142 with the Gamecocks from 1964-80. He is credited with raising the bar for basketball in the Palmetto State.
Summerville High’s coaching legend ranks as the winningest football coach in history at any level – high school, college or professional. His teams won 10 state championships while compiling a 621-155-13 record from 1952-2014, making the Presbyterian College graduate the nation’s longest serving active coach. The three-time national coach of the year and Kingstree native is a member of the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
As a member of Newberry College’s first football team in the early 1900s, McLean scored 17 touchdowns in a 139-0 victory over Baylor Academy. He captained the football and basketball teams as a player, and later coached Newberry teams from 1921-37.
The former Furman University athlete returned as a coach and guided Paladins’ basketball teams to a 69-17 record from 1928-31, giving McLeod the best winning percentage of any Furman hoops coach to date. In 1932, he took over the Furman football team and they notched a 59-7-5 record over 11 seasons.
A.P. "DIZZY" MCLEOD
Serving Presbyterian College (1923-59) as its longtime football coach, McMillian from Prescott, Ark., also coached three other sports at various times. As a PC athlete, McMillian earned All-State honors in 1919 and 1920. He is credited with giving Clemson its stadium nickname when after his team lost in the mid-1940s, McMillian called Memorial Stadium “Death Valley,” because his teams went there to die. The name stuck.
A three-sport athlete at Newberry College (1934-37) who earned 12 letters. In 1937, he was co-captain of the football team, alternate captain of the basketball team, All-State baseball, Honorable All-State football, and best male athlete at Newberry. He then was a three-sport coach at Summerville High, Marion High and Orangeburg High schools, and the Gold Hill, N.C., product also played semiprofessional baseball and served in World War II.
The Greenville High three-sport star of the late 1920s became the school’s basketball coach and led his teams to seven state championships while compiling a 254-58 record. He also coached Greenville High to two state golf titles and the 1962 state football crown.
JAMES "SLICK" MOORE
The Sims High three-sport coaching great guided his football teams to a 135-3-5 record. He teams once won 69 consecutive games.
The versatile 14-year NFL standout played seven positions with the New York Giants, who retired his jersey. As USC’s football coach, the Lima, Ohio, native had a 39-28-2 record and took the Gamecocks to three bowl games between 1983 and 1988, including a 10-2 record in the Black Magic season of 1984.
The three-sports star at Erskine College (1947-50) became an outstanding basketball coach at Dreher High School and then returned to Due West, where he coached his teams to an overall 413-292 record (1958-82). He was selected for the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1981, and also served as the NAIA national president. Prior to coaching basketball, Myers’ Dreher High teams won two state championship in football and two in track.
WILLIAM "RED" MYERS
A star player at Vanderbilt University before becoming Clemson’s football coach (1931-39), Neely led the Tigers to their first bowl – the 1940 Cotton Bowl – and compiled an overall record of 43-35-7. He then moved to Rice University where his teams won four Southwest Conference titles. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
The longtime basketball, football and track coach at Furman University (1923-28), USC (1928-36) and The Citadel (1936-39) finally ended his career at Clemson (1940-57), where his track teams won seven state titles. He compiled an overall career record of 124-114 and received the ACC’s Service to Sports Award for “long, distinguished and unselfish service to athletics.”
RICK "ROCK" NORMAN
A colorful character and master motivator, Player coached five high school state football championship teams (1962 and 1963 at Saluda High, and 1965, 1967 and 1970 at Lower Richland High). A lover of surprise plays, he compiled a lifetime 157-22-7 record for an amazing .877 winning percentage.
The longtime baseball coach at The Citadel compiled a 641-386-2 record over 27 years (1965-91) and won three Southern Conference titles. He was the named National Coach of the Year in 1990 when his led the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish in the College World Series, as the first military college ever to reach Omaha. The former University of North Carolina pitching star also served on the NCAA Baseball Committee.
CHALMERS "CHAL" PORT
Raines coached USC baseball from 1977-96, replacing Bobby Richardson, and finished his tenure as the program’s all-time winningest coach at the time with a 763-380-2 record in 20 years. He took the Gamecocks to four College World Series (1977, 1981, 1982 & 1985), and finished as runner-up in 1977. Overall, he led Carolina to 11 NCAA tournaments and won four Regionals. He also had nine 40-win seasons and during the 1980s witnessed the program’s most successful run during his tenure as the Gamecocks made eight NCAA Tournaments, including seven consecutives from 1980-86.
The early 1920s USC baseball and football standout became a premier football, baseball and track coach at Columbia High. Over 23 years of coaching football, his teams compiled a 191-34-13 record. The Holly Hill native coached teams to eight state titles in basketball, three in baseball and five in track before retiring in 1950.
H.B. "BEE" RHAME
The four-sport star at Lake City High and Presbyterian College collected 16 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track (never losing a broad jump), and compiled a 611-180 multi-sport coaching record at Olanta High, Kingstree High and Lake City High schools.
J. HERBERT ROLLINS
Born in Conway and a graduate of Conway High, Sasser served as head football coach and director of athletics at Conway High from 1963-70 and amassed a record of 66-17-5. He then became an assistant football coach at Appalachian State from 1972-77, and later moved to Wofford as head football coach from 1977-82, posting a 36-26-3 overall record. He was named Kodak National Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year, and NAIA District Coach of the Year in his final season at Wofford in 1982. After Wofford, Sasser served as head football coach and director of athletics at East Tennessee State from 1982-86. He is the namesake of Coastal Carolina University’s George F. “Buddy” Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame and the Big South Conference’s Sasser Cup, which is presented annually to the department with the best overall performance. As the Big South Commissioner from 1989-96 – the league’s second-ever commissioner – he initiated the league’s first television package, spearheaded conference expansion and helped establish NCAA Tournament automatic qualification for several league sports.
GEORGE F. "BUDDY" SASSER
Satterfield, a native of Lancaster and 1962 USC graduate, spent 21 seasons at Furman an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and head coach. As head coach (1986-93) he posted a 66-29-3 record (.689, second-best in school history) and directed Furman to three Southern Conference championships (1988, 1989, 1990), as well as the 1988 NCAA I-AA National Championship, the first by a Southern Conference school and first by a private school, for which he was named Kodak and Chevrolet National Coach of the Year. After his Furman tenure, he returned to coaching in 1996 when he became athletics director and head coach at Lexington High (1996-03). It was in Columbia in 1962 that Satterfield got his start in coaching as an assistant at Eau Claire High, where he worked alongside Art Baker and Dick Sheridan. After spending nine seasons at Eau Claire High (1962-70), including the last three as head coach where he went 30-4-1, he moved to nearby Irmo High as head coach for two seasons and posted a 19-4 record before coming to Furman.
Guiding Furman University tennis for 43 years (1967-2010) Scarpa became the winningest NCAA Division I tennis coach in history and longest tenured head coach in any sport in Furman and Southern Conference history. He led his Furman teams to 853 victories, 17 conference titles and 14 league tournament championships. He was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year nine times. As a junior player, the Charleston native tallied a No. 1 ranking in South Carolina, and No. 3 in the South. At Florida State University, he played No. 1 and won the Eastern Collegiate championship. He is a member of many halls of fame and is noted for creating the Scarpa (Scoring) System, which was adopted by the NCAA in 1993, and for inventing and patenting Tenex Tape.
After starring in football and baseball at Newberry College, Seigler became a successful high football school coach, mostly at Hartsville and Hanahan high schools. The two-time coach of the year (1958, 1965) compiled a 192-34-5 record over 22 years (1950-72).
The North Augusta native’s Furman University football teams dominated the Southern Conference from 1978-85, when Sheridan guided the Paladins to eight league championships with an overall 69-23-1 record. He was named the NCAA Division I-AA National Coach of the Year in 1985 before moving to North Carolina State and leading the Wolfpack to an overall 52-29-1 mark. He also coached at Orangeburg (later Orangeburg-Wilkinson) and Airport high schools and won a state title at O-W in 1971.
Simon, a West Columbia product and an Allen University graduate, began his collegiate coaching career as head football coach at his alma mater in the mid-1960s. When Allen discontinued its football program after the 1967 campaign, Simon moved to South Carolina State as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach. When the Bulldogs discontinued their baseball program after the 1973-74 campaign, Simon started the school’s women’s basketball program and guided the Lady Bulldogs to a 305-91 mark from 1974-88. In 1979, the SCSU women captured the AIAW Division II National Championship having finished as runners-up the previous year. As an assistant under coach Willie Jeffries, Simon helped the Bulldogs to a 50-13-4 record from 1973-78. On the high school level, he coached at Lexington Rosenwald High, where he amassed a 95-15-4 record, and won seven Class A titles in football, and nine conference titles and one state championship in boys’ basketball.