Quarles among 12 named to Blount Sports Hall of Fame

A football coach whose teams have won six state titles in seven years, a former All-State girls basketball player and a national champion clay pigeon shooter have been elected to the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame.

The 12 inductees for 2007 also include a two-time starting defensive tackle at Tennessee, a high school tailback who scored 60 touchdowns in two seasons and the women’s basketball coach at Liberty University.

"We have selected 12 outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly to Blount County sports history," said Hall of Fame president Marc Burnett, a Tennessee Tech vice president. "They’ll be honored at our Oct. 29 banquet at the Airport Hilton."

The 2007 honorees are:

  • Tommy Beaver — Football, basketball, baseball and golf star at Maryville High (1968-70).
    Quarterbacked Maryville to a football state championship and was named to the All-State team in 1970. Beaver signed a football scholarship with Tennessee but transferred to Middle Tennessee State, where he played football and baseball for four years. Named to the All-Quarter Century Blount County football team. Professional Golf Association apprentice at Temple Hills Country Club (1985). Earned PGA pro card (1988). Employed at golf courses in Boca Raton, Fla.; Linville, N.C.; and Rarity Bay in Vonore. Currently head golf pro at Riverbend Country Club in Shelbyville.
  • Carl "Pete" Burns — A 1946 graduate of Townsend High, where he played football, basketball and baseball. Burns played all three sports at Hiwassee College in 1946-47. After signing a contract with the St. Louis Browns, he instead continued his education at East Tennessee State University, where he played quarterback and shortstop and was a member of the tumbling team. After graduating, he began a 30-year career in public health and in 1974 was president of the Tennessee Public Health Association. Burns coached Little League, elementary and high school football, basketball and baseball in Greene County. He helped start the South Greene High football program and was a TSSAA basketball official for 20 years. He is deceased.
  • Mike Casteel — Lettered in football at Tennessee in 1979-82. Starting defensive tackle at Tennessee as a junior and senior in 1981-82. Played football at Maryville High in 1975-78, where he was a three-year starter. Helped Rebels win state championships in 1976 and 1978. Three-year starter in basketball. All-County basketball and football. All-State in football. Named to Blount County Half-Century football team. Little League baseball All-Star. UT Vol graduate assistant coach (1985-87) and Vol junior varsity head coach (1986). Assistant coach and teacher at Maryville High (1987-93). Maryville College assistant football coach (1993-96). Maryville High freshman basketball coach (1997-2002). Two degrees from UT. Currently assistant principal at Maryville High.
  • Steve Fugate — Played football at Alcoa High. Coached football 13 seasons, including five at Porter High and eight at Alcoa, where he also coached golf. Defensive coordinator of 1977-78 Alcoa state championship teams. Head coach of 1979 Alcoa state championship team. Tennessee state football coach of the year in 1979. One of 10 nominees for national high school coach of the year in 1979. Coached golf at Alcoa High 14 seasons while serving as assistant principal. Coached Ryo Fukami, the TSSAA state individual golf champion for 1995-96. Retired from Alcoa city schools in 2000. Currently in private business. Enjoys fishing. Two degrees from the University of Tennessee.
  • Green, Carey — Women’s head basketball coach at Liberty University since 1999. Ranked No. 9 in won-lost percentage among NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches through 2006. Has career won-lost record of 185-64 (74.3 percent) at Liberty. Has led Liberty to seven straight Big South Conference tournament Championships and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2005, he took Liberty to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Beat Virginia, 75-71, in 2007 at Charlottesville. Has received seven coach of the year awards. Green Lettered in basketball, football and baseball at Friendsville High and was a two-time all-county and all-district player in basketball and football. Played two years at Roane State. Degrees from Coastal Carolina and Tennessee. Head coach at Coalfield and Rockwood high schools and Jackson (Tenn.) Community College (men and women) and women’s assistant at Roane State and Clemson.
  • Warren Headrick — Coached Friendsville High girls’ basketball teams. Played basketball at Townsend High, where he graduated in 1939. He was a B-17 co-pilot during World War II and retired from the Air National Guard as a lieutenant colonel. Headrick played football and baseball one year at Maryville College, then got degrees at the University of Tennessee. Began a career in education at Porter High in 1950 and moved to Friendsville High in 1955, serving both schools as girls basketball coach and football assistant coach. In 1957-60, he was Friendsville’s head football coach, boys basketball coach and baseball coach. His 1960 boys basketball team won the district title with a 30-4 record. Boys basketball coach of the year in 1960. Headrick was principal of Friendsville Elementary School in 1960-66, and one of his girls basketball teams there won the county championship. He is deceased.
  • Jack D. "Rusty" Johnson — Avid quail and grouse hunter and sport-shooter, who has won 30-plus tournaments throughout the nation. Began entering clay pigeon shooting competition in 1996 at age 67. Member of the Tennessee All-State shooting team (1997-2003). Winner of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama shooting championships. Won the Class-C national championship in 1999. Won the 2000 Super Shooter title in competition with 14 other state winners. Won the National Sporting Clays Association title. Spokesman for gun safety and wildlife conservation. Johnson lettered three years each in football and basketball and two years in baseball at Alcoa High. Was co-captain and wingback of Alcoa's 1947 football team. Drafted by the St. Louis Browns baseball team in 1949. Won ALCOA plant league golf championship. Played ALCOA League baseball. Expert archer.
  • Carl McNeil — Four-year basketball letterman at Friendsville High (1958-61). All-Jaycee Tournament player in 1959-60-61. All-County in 1960-61 and Blount County’s most valuable player in 1961. All-Region in 1960-61. Led Falcons to county championship in 1961. Averaged almost 18 points a game his senior year. McNeil also played baseball and had a .333 batting average over three seasons. Participated in track four years. McNeil coached Maryville Little League team and is an active supporter of William Blount high tennis and baseball teams. Enjoys fishing. Retired from ALCOA.
  • Lisa Myers — Played basketball at Porter High (1977-79) and William Blount High (1979-80). Named to All-State team at Porter in 1977. Helped Porter reach the state tournament championship game in 1978. All-district and all-region at both Porter and William Blount. Excellent rebounder. Softball and volleyball team captain at William Blount. Volleyball MVP. Ran cross-country at William Blount. Captain, MVP, leading rebounder and all-conference at Hiwassee in 1982. Scholarship player at Georgia Southern (1982-83) and North Carolina-Asheville (1983-84). NC-A basketball captain (1984). Coached girls track, softball and basketball at South-Doyle High. Alcoa swimming pool manager and lifeguard. High school and recreation league softball umpire. Water safety instructor. Athletics career cut short by 14 knee and two back surgeries.
  • George "Dutchie" Parker — Star tailback at Alcoa High in 1978-79. All-State and All-County both years. Played on two state championship Alcoa teams. Scored 60 touchdowns (32 as a junior in 1978 and 28 as a senior in 1979). Gained 2,460 yards in 1978 and 2,516 yards (10.2 yards per carry) as a senior in 1979. In 1978, set state playoff records with five touchdowns in five games and 250 yards in one game. Signed football scholarship at East Tennessee State University. Transferred to Tennessee in 1981, but an injury ended his career. Currently an Alcoa policeman and resource officer in the Alcoa city school system.
  • George Quarles — Coached Maryville High to six state football championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) in seven years. Tennessee high school coach of the year in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Region coach of the year seven times. His eight-year won-lost record at Maryville is 108-9. Maryville’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1995-99, including the 1998 state championship team. Assistant coach at Furman University, his alma mater, and at high schools in Georgia and South Carolina from 1989 through 1994. Starting wide receiver and two-year letterman at Furman, including 1988 when Furman won the NCAA Division I-AA title. Furman graduate with bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education administration and education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. Certified to teach social studies and driver education. At Jefferson County High, three-year letterman in football and basketball, two-year letterman in track. Tennessee state delegate to the National Football League Youth Summit in 2004. Recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Amateur Athlete Award in 2007.
  • George Rutherford — Captain and starting fullback on Everett High’s undefeated 1941 football team, which outscored opponents 293-44. Was sports editor of the school newspaper and president of his senior class. Played football one year at Maryville College before being drafted into military service. A 1952 University of Tennessee graduate. Coached at Lanier High in 1953-64 (girls head basketball coach in 1953-63, head football coach in 1953-59). Blount County coach of the year in leading Lanier to an 8-1-1 football record and the 1959 Little Five title. Was assistant football coach in 1960-70, during which time Lanier won the Little Five three straight years (1962-64). Helped develop tailback Jack Lane into the state’s leading football scorer in 1963-64. At Everett, where he was a football assistant in 1971-76, Rutherford coached All-Stater Rick Kenny. Taught in Blount County school system 33 years. He is deceased.

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