Two former All-American football players, a long-time middle school football, basketball and track coach and a female basketball and lacrosse star represent a portion of the 10 deserving individuals selected for induction in the 2009 Blount County Sports Hall of Fame.
“The 2009 class represents a diverse and elite group of individuals who have made significant athletic contributions to our community,” said Joe Huff, Hall of Fame Executive Director. “But most importantly, these individuals represent some of the best leaders in Blount County - a contribution that leaves a legacy for future generations to experience for a lifetime.”
The Induction Banquet is scheduled to be held Oct. 26 at the Airport Hilton. The 2009 class includes Archie Anderson, Ken Chambers, Annie Baird Frick, Dennis Godfrey, Jimmy “Flash” Harris, Earl McMahan, Johnny Morgan, Bill Padgett, Larry Satterfield, and Ron Waters.
Archie Anderson - Three-sport letterman at Maryville High School; football, basketball, and baseball. Played football and ran track at Maryville College. Was head football coach at Maryville junior and middle school for 26 years with overall record of 151-35-1. Head coach of Maryville junior and middle school basketball team for 24 years and head coach of track team for 26 years. Track team had 14 undefeated seasons and 16 area championships. Started the Maryville Junior High girls track team in 1978 and coached them for 15 years with an overall record of 113-7.
Ken Chambers - Football star at Porter High in early 1950s. Starting tailback at Porter as a sophomore in 1950 when Porter won the Blount County championship. Starting tailback in 1951 and 1952. Porter won the county championship again in 1952. Made all-county in football in 1952. Started two years in football at Hiwassee College in 1953 and 1954. Starting tailback at Maryville College in 1957 and played fullback and linebacker at Maryville in 1959. Also wrestled at Maryville College.
Annie Baird Frick - Basketball and tennis letterman at Maryville High. Co-Captain of 1970 Maryville High basketball team. College of Wooster volleyball and basketball captain and soccer co-captain. Lettered four years each in volleyball and basketball, three years in lacrosse. Set single-game Wooster scoring record (32 points). Named Outstanding Woman Athlete at Wooster and one of the Outstanding College Athletes of America, both in 1974. First woman inducted into the Wooster Athletic Hall of Fame. Nomination for Blount County HOF endorsed by HOF member Ann Baker Furrow. Daughter of Hall of Famer Boydson Baird.
Dennis Godfrey - A three-year starter in basketball at Alcoa High School. Was selected All-State his senior year and was the team’s leading scorer. Career leading scorer under coach Vernon Osborne; currently second all-time leading scorer at Alcoa High School. Signed scholarship to play with Ole Miss but eventually played at Dalton Jr. College two years and Tennessee Tech two years. Has coached high school basketball at Wise, Va., Carter High School in Knoxville, Dalton, Ga., and Cartersville, Ga. Has recorded 17 appearances in state tournaments along with nine region titles. Coaching record of 470 - 198.
Jimmy “Flash” Harris - Football star at Maryville High and Maryville College. Played basketball, football and baseball at Maryville High. All-County tailback at Maryville High in 1950-51. Scored five touchdowns against Hiwassee his freshman year at Maryville College in 1952. Served in the U.S. military in 1953-54. Played offense and defense in 1956-57 at MC. Named to The Associated Press Little All-American Team as a senior. Lettered three years in wrestling and baseball at MC. Played centerfield and batted .386 his senior year. Director of Blount County Community Action Agency more than three decades.
Bill Padgett - Played basketball at Alcoa High School from 1963-1965. Led the 1965 team to a runner-up finish in the state tournament in the days before classification. Averaged 16 points per game his senior season and was selected All-County, All-District, All-East Tennessee and Honorable Mention All-State. Named to All-District and All-State tournament teams. Played at Maryville College 1965-1969. Selected AP Little All-American second team in 1967. Averaged 25 points per game and totaled over 2,100 points in his career at Maryville. Still holds record for all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball. Began coaching career in early 1970s at Townsend High School, coaching high school football and elementary girls’ basketball. Was William Blount girls freshman coach from 1981-1990, recording two undefeated seasons and another one loss season. Named coach of girls’ varsity at William Blount in 1991. Named District 4AAA Coach of the Year in 1992. Also won district championships while head coach of both the volleyball and softball teams at William Blount.
Earl McMahan - Four-year starter for Maryville College football and baseball teams in 1971-74. Named Kodak All-American for Football Division II. Also named First Team Associated Press All-American, National Collegiate Coaches Association All-American, and “Football News” Magazine All-American. Led baseball team in RBI junior and senior years. Member of first team in Maryville College history to receive berth in NCAA College Division South Regional (1974). Compiled a 46-33 record in seven years as head coach of William Blount and Heritage high school football teams. Teams reached playoffs five of those seven years. Coached William Blount to Blount County championship and school’s first playoff victory in 1999. Voted district football coach of the year at Heritage in 1987. Also coached Lanier High School boys’ basketball in 1979 and was voted District 3 Class A Coach of the Year. That year, Lanier boys’ basketball team reached the regional tournament for the first time in the school’s history. Also served as head coach of girls’ basketball at Lanier High School for two years, William Blount girls’ softball for three years and Heritage baseball for three years.
Johnny Morgan - Blount County native who currently lives in Etowah. Outstanding basketball player at Friendsville in the early 1970s. All-County and one of the most prolific scorers in county history. Graduated in 1972 and signed athletic scholarship to Hiwassee Junior College. All-Conference for two years. Continued career at Tennessee Wesleyan where he had an amazing career and was an All-American in 1976. Inducted into the Tennessee Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 1986. After graduation, started coaching girls’ basketball at McMinn Central High School. One of the most successful high school coaches in Tennessee for 31 years; 669 wins and 290 losses; nine state tournament appearances; 10 district championships; two state runner-up teams in ‘97 and 2004 with a winning percentage of 72 percent.
Larry Satterfield - University of Tennessee football letterman in 1972-74 on teams which ranked No. 8, No. 19 and No. 20 in The Associated Press final polls. A starting offensive tackle in 1973-74. Played in the Blue Bonnet, Gator and Liberty Bowls. A star at Lanier High for coach Clifford Irwin, a member of the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame. Lettered four years each in football and basketball. All-County in football. Had tryouts with Oakland Raiders.
Ron Waters - Outstanding amateur golfer (still active) who competed on the Tennessee Golf Association Two-Man Team in the International Cub Matches in Lima, Peru, in 2000. Qualified for four Southern Amateur Tournaments and was a first alternate for the 1999 U.S. Amateur Tournament. Ten-time Green Meadow Country Club champion and was sixth in the 1999 Tennessee Open and 2001 Tennessee Amateur tournaments. A graduate of Everett High, Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University. At Heritage High, coached boys’ basketball 16 years, golf nine years and volleyball one. He also assisted in track and baseball. Coached three Heritage girls’ golf teams to region Titles and was region coach of the year three times. Radio analyst for high school basketball three seasons.