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Coach Upchurch was also selected as an Assistant Coach, along with Tift Co.'s Gene Brodie, to represent the South at the 1979 All Star game at Dekalb Stadium, Atlanta. He won several Region Football Championships at Swainsboro and led the Tigers to the State AAA Semi-Final Championship game in 1978 against Westminster coming up short in overtime, 29-28. He also coached the SHS baseball team.
William"Bill"Upchurch died 3/30/2011 , former Head Coach at Swainsboro 1975-1981, Waynesboro 1982-1983, Dooly Co. 1984, Claxton 1985-1986, and Washington Co. 1987-1989.
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Albert"Buddy" Radford on 9-25-2012, former head coach at Sparta 1963-64, Ft. Valley 1965-66, Jones Co. 1968-71, Manchester 1972-74, later a school adminstrator in Lincoln Co.
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Henry Daggett, Josey High's first football coach, passes away
Augusta must say goodbye to another coaching legend.
Henry Daggett, Josey’s first football coach, passed away Monday.
Daggett went 54-81-3 in 16 seasons as the Eagles’ head coach, leading Josey from 1964 to 1979. In 2011, the school honored him by naming its new fieldhouse after him.
The coach’s death follows less than three months after Laney lost its coaching legend, David Dupree. The two men were the first inductees into the Augusta City Classic Hall of Fame in September 2011.
Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:12 AM
Jimmy Hightower on 3-30-2013 at 82. Head Coach at Americus1960-1970, Cedartown 1971, LaGrange 1972-1979, Bainbridge 1980 and Georgia Southwestern.
Frank Worthy on 3-1-2013 at 77. Head Coach at South Cobb 1962-1976
Posted 30 April 2013 - 11:42 AM
Greg McCrary, former NFL player and Head Coach at Druid Hills 1990-1993 on 4-6-2013
Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:01 AM
Charles "Babe" Howell, who led Cherokee to a 10-0 finish in 1963, has died.
I wonder if 'Charlie' Howell's record at Troup should be combined w/ Charles Howell:
The article also says that Howell coached at a Fannin County school. Doesn't say whether it was East Fannin or West Fannin, or whether he was a head coach.
Western North Carolina coaching legend Babe Howell has died tonight in Asheville.
Howell was 84.
He holds the Western North Carolina record for most career baseball wins (618) and is second all-time in football (301) to Murphy’s David Gentry (333), who is still active with the Bulldogs.
Howell is a member of the NCHSAA and N.C. Sports hall of fames.
Here is Howell’s bio from the latter organization:
During a 44-year career in education, Charles “Babe” Howell coached football, baseball, boys and girls basketball, wrestling and track.
While he had a successful coaching stint in Georgia in the late 1950s and early 1960s and ended his career at Avery County High in 1998, it was as a high school football and baseball coach in Jackson County that he gained fame across North Carolina and on a national level.
A native of Monroe’s Mill Hill area and a World War II Navy veteran, Howell first came to Jackson County in the early 1950s to attend and play football and baseball for Western Carolina College. He was influenced to come to Western by Jim Gudger, his high school football coach, who came to the Cullowhee school to coach baseball and basketball about the time Howell was deciding where to further his education.
Following graduation, Howell took a job at Sylva High School, where he was an assistant football coach under mountain coaching legend Joe Hunt.
Howell was head football coach at schools in Fannin and Cherokee counties in Georgia for nine years before returning to Jackson County as football coach at Sylva-Webster High in 1965. He inherited a team that had just one victory the year before and led the Golden Eagles to back-to-back 11-1 records and co-state 2-A championships (as far as teams could go at that time) his first two years.
More importantly, the success of his team and star running back Tommy Love are often cited as keys to the smooth 1965 integration of Jackson County Schools. A year later, Love became the first black to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Howell led the Golden Eagles to outright state 2-A football titles in 1972, 1973 and 1980. From 1971-74, his teams won 29 straight games and had a 36-game unbeaten streak.
His success wasn’t limited to football. Under Howell’s guidance, Sylva-Webster won the state 2-A baseball crown in 1974 and the 3-A baseball title in 1977, even though the school was still 2-A in size. He became one of the few coaches to win two state championships in one school year in 1973-74.
At the time of his retirement, Howell was the winningest high school football and baseball coach in North Carolina with records of 301-121-6 and 628-220, respectively.
Along the way, Howell coached many outstanding players. Among them were Parade Football All-Americans Love, Ronnie Smith and Jimmy Streater. Tommy Pharr (Mississippi State), who he coached in Georgia, and Streater (Tennessee) went on to become All-Southeastern Conference quarterbacks. Love (1966) and Gary Cowan (1971) received outstanding player honors in the Shrine Bowl.
Steve Streater was named national baseball player of the year in 1977 when he pitched the Golden Eagles to the state title with a 23-1 record.
Seeing the need to preserve athletic history, Howell established the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and was inducted into that organization a year later. He also has been inducted into halls of fame representing Western North Carolina, Western Carolina University and the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:39 AM
Lawrence Graves, 78 on 5-8-2013 Head Coach at Bass 1970-1984, Southside-Atl 1985-87
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Leland Hughes on 6-6-2013 coach at Harlem 1970-1972 and later coach at Hartsville, S.C., Hallsboro, N.C. and Smith H.S. in Greensboro N.C.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 03:53 PM
Bobby Allen, Head coach at Jordan 1966-67, Cross Keys 1972-75 on Jun 25 2013
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Larry Dodd, Head coach at Russell H.S. 1948-1950 on 7-5-2013, later a principal at several Fulton county schools
Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:40 PM
Glenn Wade who coached Rossville to the 1954 & 1955 Georgia AA state championships passed away August 11, 2013 in Maryville Tn. at the age of 88.
Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:02 PM
Jesse Dyess, Head Coach at Fitzgerald, Ware County, East Laurens, and North Gwinnett passed away in Fitzgerald, at age 81.
Former North football coach passes away
As successful football coaches tend to be Jesse Dyess was meticulous about details.
#It was one of the reasons that Dyess, who passed away last Friday after complications from Parkinson’s disease, fared so well during his years as the North Gwinnett head coach, according to longtime Central Gwinnett head coach Tally Johnson. Johnson, now retired, coached against Dyess and later hired him as an assistant at Central.
#Dyess, who was 81, coached the Bulldogs from 1976-82 and again from 1988-89.
#“He was real methodical about things,” Johnson said. “When it was done, it was done one way, the right way. He didn’t leave a lot for chance. I used to kid him. When he looked at film, he wanted to watch it again and again and again. I told him it’s not going to change. They’re going to run the same thing whether we watch it again or not. I told him, if you want to come back and watch it later, you can. But he was good with kids and they related to him, too. That’s the reason I hired him.”
#Until Dennis Roland arrived in 2004, Dyess’ run at North brought the most consistent stretch of winning in school history.
#He had a 39-29 record and four winning seasons during his first tenure with the Bulldogs. His seven-win season in 1982 stood as the most single-season wins in school history until Roland won nine in 2004.
#“Those were some of the best teams they ever had (at North),” Johnson said. “They were always hard-nosed and they always played really good football. They played old-school, hard-nosed defensive football.”
#Dyess coached high school football for more than 30 years both in his native Florida — he grew up in Wildwood and went to Florida State — and in Georgia. His first coaching job was at Fitzgerald, where he went 39-7 in four seasons and won Georgia Athletic Coaches Association coach of the year honors in 1969 and 1971. He then coached at Ware County and East Laurens before being hired at North.
#Dyess, who moved back to Fitzgerald in 1995, is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty, three children and six grandchildren. His funeral service was held Sunday in Fitzgerald. A burial is planned later in Wildwood.
Posted 14 December 2013 - 11:22 AM
Charles "Rabbit' Smith former UGA and NFL player(1947) Head coach at Morgan Co. 1948-1950, Head Coach at Palatka Fla 1952-1963, assistant coach University of Florida 1954-1969, Head coach At Eastside H.S. (Gainesville Fla) 1970-1979 on Dec. 10-2013 at 89
Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:32 AM
The Thomson family lost long time football assistant and administrator Mike Smallwood to cancer last night . (Not the same guy from Windsor)
Mike coached in many capacities at Thomson (and some at Lincoln County too I believe). He and Larry WIley were my JV coaches at Thomson in 1989, both are gone.
He also helped out my brother running the Thomson JV team in several recent years and I had the pleasure of working with him there as I shot game film and did stats for them for a while.
A more selfless and gracious man would be hard to find. Damn shame, and way too early.
Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:46 AM
Namon Adams Wiseman, age 82, affectionately known by many as “Coach” or “PawPaw”, passed away on January 4th, 2014, with his family by his side.
Mr. Wiseman was born in Rome on November 18, 1931, son of the late George Dewey Wiseman and Lydia Adams Wiseman.
Mr. Wiseman graduated from Rome High School in 1952 and played for the Rome High Hilltoppers. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and education from the University of Georgia in 1959. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict. He coached and taught for over 30 years. His first coaching job in Rome was as an assistant football coach at West Rome High School with Coach Paul Kennedy and Coach Nick Hyder. He then received his first head football coaching position at Armuchee High School. While at Model High School, he served as an assistant coach for the 1979 state championship team. He was honored by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association with a Distinguished Service Award for 31 years of dedicated service. He also taught Driver’s Education for many years. After retirement he joined retired Coach Charlie Weatherford and Ted Touchstone to work as a painter. He was a member of Wesley Methodist Church and served as Church Chairman, Board of Stewards, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent. He also served as a trustee for Morrison Campground. Coach Wiseman was a great influence to many of his athletes and students. One former athlete tells that his work ethic and upstanding character set a good example for the entire football team. Over the years, many of his players have told family members that he was an inspiration to them. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Stansell Wiseman. Together they enjoyed watching all sports and loved watching their children and grandchildren play. He loved to fish and garden, loved reading and sharing the Sunday comics, loved his daily walks with his dog and was devoted to his Lord and Savior. He loved campmeeting at Morrison Campground and was a tentholder there for over 50 years. In his later years, he would spend afternoons swinging on the cabin porch and watching over the grounds.
He is survived by a son, Danny (Anne) Wiseman, three daughters, Vicki (Dan) Knight, Pam (Gayle) Fuller and Lisa (Wendell) Crowder all of Rome; twelve grandchildren, Andrea Wiseman of Rome, Bradley Wiseman of Cumming, Ashleigh (Keith) Aplis of Cumming, Neil Wiseman and Jacob Wiseman, both of Rome, Jordan (Ann) Knight and Vann Knight, both of Rome, Melissa Green of Flowery Branch, Alison (Matt) Watson of Rome, Ivy Nicholson of Rome, Brittany (Seth) Sorrells of Cedartown, and Bear (Caitlin) Crowder of Rome; six great grandchildren, Cooper and Collin Watson, Caroline, Wesley and Pace Knight and Sawyer Sorrells; one sister, Irene Gresham of Kingston. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Fred Talley Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Graves officiating. Interment will follow at East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Fred Talley Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and at other hours can be contacted at the home of Vicki Knight, 23 Palmer Drive, Rome, Ga.
Pallbearers are Bradley Wiseman, Neil Wiseman, Jacob Wiseman, Jordan Knight, Vann Knight and Bear Crowder.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Morrison Campground, c/o Vicki Knight, 23 Palmer Drive NW, Rome GA 30165.
The family would like to send a special thank you to all the many caregivers who took such loving care of Mr. Wiseman over the years in his battle with Alzheimer’s and to Heyman Hospice, Winthrop Manor, Omega Hospice and Winthrop West.
Please join the family in honoring the life of Namon Adam Wiseman by visiting www.talleysparkviewchapel.com and posting your tributes and memories.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:06 PM
Albert Matthews Head Coach at Acworth 1950-1957 and North Cobb when schools name was changed 1958-1967 on April 14 2014 at 87
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Tommy Guillebeau on Jan !0, 2015. Coach at Ware co 1958-1963, Tift Co. 1964-1968, principal, superintendent, and 3rd Director of the GHSA
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Joe O'Malley, Head Coach at Brown High 1964-1970 , former UGA and NFL player 0n 3-20-2015
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William"Bill" Brake, Head coach at Roosevelt, 1968-1977 on April 25.2015
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MCDONOUGH — Hundreds arrived at Eagle’s Landing High School Sunday evening to pay tribute to the late head football coach Joe Teknipp.
#Teknipp, 47, passed away Saturday from complications with stomach cancer. Although his death was sudden, team parents and aides were quick to respond, offering counseling at Radiant Church that same night and putting together a candlelight vigil for the following evening.
#Those gathered on the home stands of the football field were solemn as Principal Gabe Crerie, team supporters Kara Kimbell, Rhonda Sherrod and Yakini Wisdom, and Rev. Randal McNeill took turns speaking about the legacy Teknipp built throughout his six years as the Eagles head coach.
#“Eagle’s Landing High School cannot replace a Joe Teknipp,” Crerie said. “It can’t be done. But all the lessons that we have learned from coach Teknipp you can carry on with people you come into contact with.”
#Teknipp’s wife, Jennifer, shared a few thoughts about Teknipp’s resilience, as well. Teknipp died on his daughter’s 19th birthday and missed his 24th wedding anniversary by a day.
#“Yesterday, 19 years ago, another beautiful thing happened. Our daughter was born,” Teknipp said Sundy. “And Caitlin, I love you. Daddy’s with you. But I want you to light your sparklers, OK? Her daddy always had fireworks for her on her birthday. And yesterday, God did another beautiful thing. He made sure that yesterday morning (coach Teknipp) texted his daughter ‘Happy birthday.’”
#Even as the community mourned, Teknipp’s positivity out-shined the grief. He was remembered for his wisecracks and constant smiles, for his dedication to not only his family but also his school.
#Senior quarterback Van Heflin Jr. recalled that when Teknipp shared the news of his diagnosis with the team barely a month ago, he assured the players he wouldn’t stray from their side.
Scenes from coach Joe Teknipp's vigil, held Sunday evening at Eagle's Landing High School. Teknipp, 47, passed away Saturday from complications with stomach cancer.
#“He gave himself to the team,” Heflin said. “He still came to our events and he still came to cheer us on until he completely couldn’t and he had to be in the hospital. I knew I couldn’t tell him any different from what I knew he was going to do. He was going to come out there and be with the team just because he loved us. He loved everything about the game of football and his team.”
#Heflin was among the football players who climbed the bleachers of Golden Eagle Stadium Sunday evening, hands cupped around the flickering flames of their candles.
#With each step they took, Heflin and his teammates lit candles for those who gathered to pay tribute to their coach.
#It was their turn, then, to carry on his legacy.
#“We talked at the very beginning of last year that you guys had the opportunity to be a leader,” McNeill, who has served as team chaplain the last three years, told the assembled football players. “This year, you have the opportunity to go even further. Carry the light that Coach Joe had in him and be a light not only to the school but to this community. I believe that we can all be Teknipp strong.”
#The several dozen football players — former and current alike — filed down to the patchy football field with their candles still lit after the last words of the service were spoken. The Teknipp family — including son Tyler, who plays football at Georgia Tech, and Caitlin, who brought down more sparklers to light in her father’s memory — joined them. Some crouched to the floor, others clung to each other in tight embraces, even more stood in silent contemplation.
#They won’t have another chance to hear the man with the goofy jokes speak to them on that gridiron again. But, like his players, Teknipp’s memory will soldier on.
#“We have to (play in his honor),” junior Rodrick Russaw said. “It’s the mentality we have to have going into these next seasons. And the generations coming up too. We have to play for Coach Tek.”
Posted 15 July 2015 - 07:13 PM
Not sure if this is the George Davis who was head coach at Bible Baptist in 1985, but it says he coached in Georgia. He died in Hartwell.
George Davis, a former Mohawk High School football standout who went on to star at Syracuse University and later enjoyed a distinguished coaching career, died July 10 at age 89 in Hartwell, Ga.
After an outstanding high school career at Mohawk and three years serving as a Navy medic in the North African Campaign during World War II, Davis enrolled at Syracuse University in 1946 and became a record-setting halfback for the Orangemen. He earned four letters in football, leading the team in rushing in 1948 and 1949, setting team marks for touchdowns in a game (4), yards in a season (805), and all-purpose yards per game (141.8), all later broken by Jim Brown. He still owns SU’s record for longest run from scrimmage with a 95-yard touchdown sprint against Fordham in 1949.
Davis went on to coach at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, going 130-30-8 in 21 seasons and winning nine league championships in one 10-year span. In 1970 he became head coach at Hobart College, where he had a 37-16-1 record in six seasons, including 8-1 in 1974. Davis later coached at Camden High School, and also later in Georgia.
Davis was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Pugh Davis, also a Mohawk native. He is survived by his daughters, Georgia Davis of Statesville, N.C. and Patricia Canne, of Hartwell, Ga., three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.