Congratulations to the Coaches who have been selected for induction into the MAC Hall of Fame!

This year's inductees will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet which will be held at the Hilton Hotel (Jackson, MS) on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM.  

To watch the news coverage of the 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony, click here: WJTV Channel 12     WLBT Channel 3

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:


Coach Ken Beesley was an outstanding championship football and baseball coach for 36 years at Natchez Cathedral High. A native of Natchez and a two-year baseball letterman at Natchez Adams County High, Kenneth was a three-year letterman, outstanding senior player, and an All SEC Western Division baseball star for Mississippi State. He launched his successful coaching career in 1970 and served his first 8 seasons at Cathedral as an assistant coach. He worked 29 years as head football and baseball coach and led the Green Wave football team to 7 district titles, one Capital Athletic Conference crown in 1980, and one South State championship in 1993. Coach Beesley guided the baseball squad to 18 district titles including a 12-year run from 1988 to 1999. His Green Wave diamond team won South State titles in 1984, 1988, and 1997, and state championships in 1982 and 1995. Overall, his football teams had a record of 203 wins, 112, losses and 1 tie while his baseball teams racked up 401 wins, 184 losses, and 1 tie. An eight-time Star teacher, Ken was named MAC Coach of the Year for baseball in 1982 and he served as all-star baseball coach in 1983. Coach Beesley served in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic as an assistant coach in 1994 and as head coach in the 1998 game. He was an assistant coach in the 1996 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic. A MAC member since he joined the profession, Ken received the Amateur football award from the MS/LOU Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also inducted into the Crossroads Diamond Club Hall of Fame in 2002 for his outstanding service to the high school all-star baseball contest.


Coach Herman Sanders, who hails from Shaw, was a multi-sport athlete and an All-American All-SWAC track star at Mississippi Valley State University where he helped lead the school to NAIA national track and field championships in 1980 and 1981. He began his 36-year coaching career at Leflore County High where he led the track team to a district title and North State championship. At Grenada High, he served as head boys' track coach and an assistant for girls' track, football, baseball, and boys’ basketball and paced the boys' track team to 4 district titles and a 1986 North State Championship. Coach Sanders arrived at Wingfield High in Jackson in 1993 and turned the Falcons into a basketball and track powerhouse. During his career, he coached the Grenada Chargers and Wingfield Falcons boys' hoops teams to 7 district titles, 2 South State crowns, 2 South State runner-up finishes, and a state championship. Herman has paced the Falcons boys' track squad to district titles, a South State runner-up finish, and a state runner-up. In his 18 years as head coach of Wingfield’s boys’ basketball, his Falcons have a record of 370 wins and 193 losses. During his career, his boys' track teams have won 8 district crowns, 4 North State titles, 2 South State runner-up finishes, and a state runner-up while his girls’ track teams have captured 6 district titles, 4 North State crowns, and 3 State Championships. He coached the South boys in the 2007 Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game, and served as assistant coach then head coach in the 2011 and 2012 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball Games. Coach Sanders has won numerous coach of the year honors during his career, and has served the MAC in many capacities including his 2007-08 term as president. His community involvement has been extensive and he has given back to his profession by speaking at clinics across the South. Herman was inducted into the MVSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the SWAC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 in track and field.



Coach Gina Skelton has been a championship basketball coach for 35 years guiding successful programs at Quitman, Forest, Wayne County, and Carthage. Born in Meridian, Gina was a four-year letterman who was all division and all conference in track and basketball at Waynesboro Central High and played for the South in the 1977 Mississippi High School All Star game. She continued her basketball at Mississippi University for Women. After completing her college education at MUW and Mississippi State, she started her coaching career at Pickens High in Alabama before arriving at Carthage, Forest, her alma mater at Wayne County, and Quitman. Coach Skelton has coached basketball, track, and cross country during her illustrious career and her girls’ basketball teams have earned 826 wins and 274 losses. She is the first female coach in Mississippi prep history to lead a boys’ team to the state tournament as she guided the Forest Bearcats boys' team to a record of 19-10 and an appearance in the Final Four of the state hoops tournament. During her tenure at Forest, she originated the girls’ slow pitch and cross country programs and in one season, she coached 9 different athletic teams. Her legendary girls’ hoops teams have won 19 district titles, 11 North/South crowns, made 28 playoff appearances with 16 state tournament finishes, captured 4 state runner-up trophies, appeared 8 times in the state semi-finals, and claimed 4 state championships with 2 at Wayne County, 1 at Forest and 1 at Quitman. Her teams have been ranked in the top 10 teams in the state on 14 occasions and one of her teams was ranked 12th in the nation. Gina’s cross country teams won 12 division titles, 2 state runner-up finishes, 2 state championships, and 3 individual state champions. Her girls' track teams won 5 division crowns, 1 South State title, and 1 state runner-up trophy with 5 individual state champions. Coach Skelton has been named Coach of the Year an amazing 19 times by various groups including the Jackson Clarion Ledger, the Meridian Star, the MAC, MHSAA, and the NFHS. She also has the unique distinction of being named Scott County Boys' Coach of the Year for her efforts with the Forest boys’ team. She has been selected 4 times as an All-Star coach for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball Classic and the Mississippi High School All-Star game. Gina has served as administrative coach for the MS/AL games on 3 occasions. Each one of Coach Skelton’s teams earned Scholar Athlete designation and all of her players have graduated from high school with 95% of her players continuing their college educations. In 2011, Gina received the Southern Miss Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Women’s Sports. As a member of the MAC Board of Directors, she has served on the Basketball and Executive Committees and is the incoming President for 2016-2017.


Coach Larry Weems has been an outstanding football coach at Meridian, Jackson Prep, Biloxi, and Pearl. Born in Union, he was raised in Jackson and is a graduate of Forest Hill High. He was an All-State defensive back at Hinds CC in 1971 and received college degrees at Mississippi State and Southern Miss. He launched his 39-year career in 1975 as an assistant coach at Jackson Prep and Meridian. Coach Weems was on the staff of the 1977 Jackson Prep state title team and back-to-back Big Eight championship Meridian squads. After working as an assistant for one year at Ole Miss, he served as head coach at Biloxi and Pearl before returning to Meridian in 2006. Larry guided the Meridian Wildcats to South state titles in 2006 and 2010 and the 2008 Class 5A State championship. He coached his teams to 8 region or division crowns and he has been a part of 6 state championships teams. His football teams have a record of 164 wins and 74 losses for a 69% winning mark. A 9-time region coach of the year, Larry was named MAC Football Coach of the Year in 2008 and the NFHS Mississippi Coach of the Year in 2009. Coach Weems was an assistant coach in the 2004 Bernard Blackwell Classic All-Star Football Game, an assistant coach in the 2006 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic, served as scout coach in the 2010 Mississippi/Alabama game, and returned as head coach of the Mississippi squad in 2011. Coach Weems has given back to his profession and has spoken at numerous clinics throughout the state and the south. Larry was inducted into the Hinds CC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.


One of the most accomplished championship football coaches in Mississippi history, Coach Ricky Woods guided gridiron programs at Ethel, Eupora, Ackerman, South Panola, Northwest CC, Bainbridge (GA), Peabody (Trenton, TN), and Starkville.  Ricky hails from Choctaw County and received his college degree at Mississippi State in 1982.  Coach Woods has been a member of the coaching profession for 34 years.  After serving as head football coach at Ethel, he arrived at Eupora where he coached from 1990 to 1994, leading his 1993 team to a South state runner-up finish.  He led the Ackerman program from 1995 to 2001 where his Indians had 2 state runner-up finishes in 1996 and 2000 and won 2 Class 2A State Championships in 1997 and 2001.  In 2002, he was named head coach at South Panola in Batesville and built a football dynasty that continues to dominate Mississippi high school football to this date.  Coach Woods led his Tigers to an amazing 74-1 record including an unprecedented 60-game winning streak from 2002 to 2006.  After a state runner-up finish in 2001, Ricky’s gridiron squads claimed 4 consecutive Class 5A State Championships with perfect 15-0 records in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 with USA Today national rankings each season.  Coach Woods' Tiger teams earned the nickname for the school as the “University of South Panola.”  In 2007, Ricky moved to Bainbridge High in Bainbridge, Georgia, where he guided his squad to the state quarterfinals and a record of 9-4 in one short season.  He returned to Mississippi in 2008 where he coached the Northwest CC Rangers football teams to a 35-13 record in 5 seasons including 2 North Division MACJC titles, an unbeaten regular season in 2010 with a no. 6 national ranking, and the team’s first bowl win in 20 years at the 2012 Brazo Valley Bowl in College Station, Texas.  Named head coach at Peabody High in Trenton, Tennessee, in 2013, he led his team to the 2014 Class 2A state championship with a 13-2 mark.  Ricky returned to Mississippi in 2015 and guided the Starkville Yellowjackets to the Class 5A State Championship with a 14-1 ledger and a USA Today national ranking.  Overall, Coach Woods has paced his gridiron squads to 284 wins and 63 losses.  His legendary football teams have won 13 regional or district titles, had 17 playoff appearances with 3 state runner-up finishes, captured 3 South State crowns and 7 North state titles, and won an incredible 8 State Championships (2 at Ackerman, 4 at South Panola, 1 at Peabody, and 1 at Starkville).  Ricky has received numerous coaching awards during his career as he is a 5-time MAC High School Football Coach of the Year and a 2-time Jackson Clarion Ledger Coach of the Year.  His other coaching honors include the MHSAA, the MACJC, the George Sekul CC Coach of the Year, the Gerald Ford All American High School coach of the Year, the Schutt Sports SW Region, the EA Sports National Coach of the Year, and the NFHS Mississippi Coach of the Year.  Ricky has the rare distinction of being named the Clarion Ledger Coach for the Decade for the span of 2000 to 2010.  Coach Woods is a two-time head coach of the Bernard Blackwell All Star Classic in 1994 and 1999, and served as head coach for Mississippi in the 2005 Mississippi/Alabama All Star football classic.  He also was head coach for the North in the MACJC All Star game in 2010.



Past Hall of Fame Inductees

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Ronnie Cuevas
  • Doug Hutton
  • Gerone Kirkland
  • Brenda Lewis
  • Robert Williams

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jack Case
  • Chuck Friend
  • Donny Fuller
  • Mickey Linder
  • John White

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • David Bradberry
  • Jerry Henderson
  • Lee Hill
  • Rudolph Sellers
  • Tony Stanford

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • George Blair
  • Willie (Teenie) Coats
  • William "Prince" Jones
  • Bruce Merchant
  • Lucy Young

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Neil Hitchcock
  • D.M. Howie
  • Lucy Seaberry-Moore
  • Cary Shepherd
  • Shelby Watts

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Mike Bain
  • Bobby Franklin
  • Milton Kuykendall
  • Guy McDonald
  • Isaiah Peterson

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Joe Gant
  • Zane Hale
  • Anna Jackson
  • Ross Langston
  • Bobby Lee

2008 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Woody Barnett
  • Irvin Favre
  • Doug Fowler
  • Bill Matthews
  • Billy Wells

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Norris Ashley
  • Van Chancellor
  • "Mack" Fanning
  • Jack French
  • Mike Justice

2006 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Mac Barnes
  • Buck Kennedy
  • Leslie Peters
  • Coyte Vance
  • Lynn Wood

2005 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jerry Alexander
  • Charles Allman
  • Ricky Black
  • Tommy Davis
  • Charles Ray Lee

2004 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Rex Berryman
  • Frank Hodges
  • Robert Morgan
  • James Sloan
  • Elton Wright

2003 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Narvel Coleman
  • Roy Garcia
  • Theron Long
  • Bob Tyler
  • Henry Woods

2002 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jerry Boatner
  • NZ Bryant
  • Raymond Faulkner
  • Bobby Nelson
  • Greg Wall

2001 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Tom Ferrill
  • Charlie Floyd
  • Tommy Lucas
  • Sam Richey
  • Leland Young

2000 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Gerald Austin
  • Charles Faulkner
  • Farris Jenkins
  • Malcolm Kuykendall
  • Clyde Muse

1999 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Johnny Fulce
  • Sank Powe
  • Carl Shepherd
  • Matthew "Bud" Turner
  • Bob Weathers

1998 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • W.T. "Bubba" Davis Jr.
  • Judy Morgan
  • James H. "Wooky" Gray
  • H.D. "Cotton" Robertson
  • Willis Wright
  • *Dr. J.O. Manning

1997 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Harry Breland
  • Mary J. Irving
  • Jimmie F. Moore
  • Thomas R. Pierce
  • Malcolm G. Robinson

1996 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Tom B. McKnight
  • David R. Oakes, Jr.
  • Ennis H. Proctor, Jr.
  • Hubert W. Tucker
  • John M. Williams

1995 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Harvey Childers
  • Marion Kelley
  • Owen R. Makamson
  • Charles H. Peets
  • Robert E. "Bob" Stevens

1994 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Joe Bradshaw
  • M.D. Deer
  • J. Larry Ladner
  • Herman Robinson
  • Buddy Singleton
  • *Dr. William C. Warner

1993 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • J. Bill Brumley
  • Oliver W. Johnson
  • Burney R. Kirkland
  • Hugh M. Pepper
  • Willis J. Steenhuis

1992 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • William C. Boone
  • James B. Drewry
  • R. J. Hawthorne
  • Phillip James, Jr.
  • Charles D. Newell
  • *Billy W. Miller

1991 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Tom Burt
  • Richard Harris
  • Horace C. Holmes
  • Orsmond Jordan, Jr.
  • Evans Page

 1990 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Billy Brown
  • Wally Bumpass
  • Mason Denham
  • Carl W. Salyer
  • Gwen White

1989 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jack M. Carlisle
  • Kenneth S. "Steve" Clark
  • *David Herbert
  • Robert E. Hooker
  • Lafayette "Strib" Stribling
  • Elbert Lum Wright

1988 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Harry Adair
  • Jimmy Bellipanni
  • Ronald K. "Hoss" Bennett
  • Arthur Burns
  • William B. "Bill" Ward

1987 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Gerald W. Caveness
  • John Allen Flynt
  • George Hailey
  • Robert H. "Rocky" Taylor
  • Calvin Triplett

1986 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • James N. "Dump" Brock
  • Simeon M. "Sim" Cooley
  • Kenneth C. "Curly" Farris
  • Andrew J. "A.J." Kilpatrick
  • Sale T. Lilly
  • *Robert H. "Harry" Rasco

1985 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • James Q. "Stute" Allen
  • Roy M. Burkett
  • L.W. "Tap" Godbold
  • Robert H. "Bubby" Holmes
  • *George B. Watson
  • John F. Woolly

1984 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Shellie M. Bailey
  • J. Roland Ladner
  • *James B. Randall, Jr.
  • William J. Raphael
  • Hollis B. Rutter
  • Durward G. Smith

1983 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Thomas Edward Cotten
  • *J. Loyd Milam
  • Edwin A. Reed
  • Marvin Faye Reid
  • Carroll Oswa Tanner
  • Joseph P. Walker, Sr.

1982 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • William C. "Pop" Allen
  • Russell W. "Wally" Beach
  • John M. King, Sr.
  • *Ernest Edward Langford
  • Hiram D. "Darry" Wade
  • Howard L. Willoughby

1981 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • *Clinton C. Blackwell
  • Joe Spight Green
  • Melvin S. Hemphill
  • Bertram K. Jenkins
  • M.C. "Tuffy" Johnson
  • Ben Jones

1980 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • James E. Baxter
  • Bernard B. Blackwell 
  • Charles R. Hegwood
  • Arthur M. Norwood
  • *Willis Ross
  • Glenn Wells

1979 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • *Lyle Lee Baker
  • C. B. Cameron
  • L. D. Gebhart
  • Otho A. Monroe
  • Leroy T. Smith
  • R. L. Therrell

1978 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jack Bailey
  • James Obie Brown
  • Cecil B. Davis
  • James H. Landrum
  • Hartwell McPhail

1977 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Malton Joseph Bullock
  • Lindy T. Callahan
  • L. J. Davis
  • Reese H. Snell
  • William B. Saunders

1976 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Robert Elzie Hinze
  • Charles C. "Hot" Moore
  • Richard H. Potter
  • A. I. Rexinger
  • Margaret Wade
  • *William Winter

1975 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • C. M. "Sammy" Bartling
  • Robert G. Berry
  • Mitchell V. Grissom
  • Lance C. Lumpkin
  • James Nelson Vandiver

1974 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Charles Andrew Armstrong
  • William Bernard "Bill" Kenna
  • Earl F. Morgan
  • Edward Lee Morgan
  • Cecil T. "Skeet" Williams

1973 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Harrison Arnold
  • Thomas "Dutch" Binion
  • Doss Fulton
  • P.A. "Pick" Noble
  • Carl Walters

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Guidelines for Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame

Each year five (5) persons may be honored as inductees in the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame. This shall come under the responsibility of the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Four (4) persons from the coaching profession shall be honored. One (1) person related to the advancement of high school athletics in Mississippi may be honored. One (1) of the five persons to be honored may be honored posthumously.

All Past Presidents of the M.A.C. who are in good standing (never missed three (3) consecutive meetings without a valid reason and notifying the M.A.C. Office of the reason — this does not include 1991 or 1992 meetings) shall serve as members of the Selection Committee and the Executive Director shall act as chairman of the committee.

Hall of Fame Nomination for Coaches and Athletic Directors

Each year four (4) coaches shall be honored. Any M.A.C. member may nominate a candidate for the award by submitting a written letter of nomination to the M.A.C. office. Once a person is nominated, his/her name remains on the list and will automatically come up for consideration in succeeding years without being re-submitted. Any nominee whose complete biographical information has been received by the M.A.C. Office at least ten (10) days prior to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee Meeting, is eligible to be elected at that meeting.

The qualifications for Coaches and Athletic Directors are:

  1. Have served a minimum of twenty-five (25) years in athletics (can be a combination of coaching and/or directing athletics) with a minimum of fifteen (15) years as an active or allied member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches; and fifteen (15) years of coaching in Mississippi Junior High Schools, Mississippi High Schools, and/or Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges, or a combination of fifteen (15) years in all three.
  2. Exemplify the ideals set forth in the Code of Ethics of the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
  3. Have made an outstanding contribution to the coaching profession and/or to the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
  4. Be dedicated to the athletes and to the sports he/she is coaching (or has coached) and to the coaching profession.
  5. A Coach or Athletic Director who is eligible for membership in the Mississippi Association of Coaches and elects not to maintain said membership during the majority of his/her active working years, as verified by M.A.C. records, will not be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Nominations for Persons Related to High School Athletics

Each year one (1) person may be honored. Any member of the Association may nominate a candidate for the award. Once a person is nominated, his/her name remains on the list and will automatically come up for consideration in succeeding years without being re-submitted. Any nominee whose complete biographical information has been received by the M.A.C. Office at least ten (10) days prior to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee Meeting, is eligible to be elected at that meeting.

The qualifications are:

  1. Have served a minimum of twenty-five (25) years aiding and abetting the high school athletic programs of Mississippi with enthusiasm.
  2. Made an outstanding contribution to high school athletics in Mississippi.
  3. Exemplify the ideals set forth in the Code of Ethics of the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
  4. Be dedicated to the promotion of high school athletics in the State of Mississippi.

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