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 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM.  


2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Coach Johnny Barfield

Coach Johnny Barfield is a renowned championship track and field coach who spent his entire 30-year career at Carthage High.  He hails from Meridian and attended Northeast Lauderdale High where he was a three-year letterman in football and track and was named First Team All Sam Dale Conference in football in his senior year of 1976.  Johnny earned his college degrees at East Mississippi Junior College and Mississippi State before launching his coaching career at Carthage High in 1981.  Coach Barfield began as an assistant football coach, a position he held for 20 years, and was named head coach for the school’s track and field program in 1983 where he would remain for 28 seasons.  He guided the Carthage High boys track program to 24 consecutive division crowns from 1988 to 2011, 10 regional titles, 12 South State titles, 6 state runner-up finishes, and Class 3A state championships in 1992, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Coach Barfield paced the boys cross country squad to 14 consecutive division titles, 3 state runner-up finishes, and Class 3A state championships in 1991 and 1996.  He also coached the girls cross country runners to 4 division crowns. Johnny served as athletic director for the school from 2010 to 2011 while he continued to teach and coach.  Coach Barfield was selected as MAC track coach of the year and was named NFHS Coach of the year for boys track in 2007.  A longtime member of the MAC from 1981 to 2016 and the NFHS from 2007 to 2011, Coach Barfield was active in his profession by serving as a member of the MHSAA state council, the executive committee, and the state track committee.  Johnny was chosen as a STAR teacher three times and he has served several civic organizations.  In 2008, Coach Barfield was named the Man of the Year by the Leake County Chamber of Commerce.   

Coach Bobby Hall

Bobby Hall is an accomplished championship football coach who led gridiron programs at Raleigh, Amory, Louisville, Wayne County, Madison Central and Biloxi.  Coach Hall is a graduate of Baldwyn High who received his college degree at Ole Miss.  He started his 39-year coaching career at Itawamba High as an assistant football coach from 1978 through 1979.  Coach Hall received his first head coaching assignment at Raleigh High where he coached from 1980 through 1983.  He arrived at Amory High in 1984 and guided the Panthers to state runner-up finishes in 1987 and 1988; then, Bobby departed Amory for Louisville High in 1990 where he promptly led the Wildcats to the 1991 state championship.  He returned to Amory in 1993 where he would lead the football program to national prominence with state championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998- all with perfect 15-0 seasons before moving on to Wayne County in 2000.  Bobby served as head coach at Northeast Community College from 2001 to 2002 before leading the Tupelo Fire Ants in Arena football from 2001 to 2004.  After working two seasons as an assistant coach at Murray State, he returned to the prep ranks in 2006 when he arrived at Madison Central as head football coach and athletic director.  He arrived at Biloxi High in 2015 where he currently works as head coach.  In his 34 years as a high school football coach, he paced his teams to a record of 307 wins and only 97 losses along with 22 regional crowns, 12 North State semi-final appearances, 2 state runner-up finishes, and 4 state championships.  His 1995 Amory squad was nationally ranked as the no. 16 team in the nation and his 2009 Madison Central team finished as the no. 10 team in America in the prestigious USA Today polls.  In the JUCO ranks, Bobby led Northeast to a record of 19-10 in two seasons including the MACJC North Division title in 2002.  As an athletic director, he helped lead Madison Central to 5 Clarion Ledger All-Sports Awards.  In addition to 17 region coach of the year honors, Coach Hall was selected as coach of the year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in 1987 and 1994, the Clarion Ledger in 1995, the MAC in 1998, and BankPlus Blitz 16 in 2009.  Bobby was named the community college coach of the year by the MAC and MACJC in 2002.  Coach Hall served as an assistant coach in 1988 and as head coach in 1990 in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic.  He also worked as an assistant coach in 1995 and as head coach in 1998 in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic.  

Coach Johnny Hill

Coach Johnny Hill guided championship football programs at Marshall Academy, Tupelo, and Oxford.  Coach Hill is a native of Indianola who was a four-sport letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track at Marshall Academy.  Selected as “Mr. Marshall Academy,” Johnny received a football scholarship from UT Chatanooga where he lettered in football as a defensive back and kick returner from 1971 to 1974.  He began his 41-year career in 1976 as an assistant at Holly Springs High.  Coach Hill returned to his alma mater at Marshall Academy in 1980 where he served one year as an assistant before being named head coach.  He led the school to a district title before moving to Warren Central from 1985 to 1989 as an assistant.  In 1989, he arrived at Oxford High where he was an assistant for two seasons before being named head coach.  He worked as head coach and athletic director at Tupelo from 1996 to 2000 where he led the Golden Wave to a regional title before returning to the Chargers.  Coach Hill’s greatest coaching success was at Oxford where he paced the Chargers to 4 district titles, 3 regional crowns, one Class 4A North half title, 3 Class 5A North Half Championships, and four state runner-up finishes.  Overall, his football teams had 252 wins and 95 losses for a sparkling winning percentage of 75%.  As athletic director at Oxford and Tupelo, Johnny had tremendous success as the Charger athletic programs claimed the Clarion Ledger Class 5A All-Sports Award 10 times which included 32 state championships and the Golden Wave program won the All-Sports honors on two occasions.  At Oxford, Coach Hill helped establish new programs in soccer, fast pitch softball, slow pitch softball, swimming, powerlifting, and golf.  During the years, Johnny has been recognized by the MHSAA as coach of the year 4 times on the district level with 3 region awards plus 3 football and basketball accolades from the Mississippi Private Association.  He was chosen as athletic director of the year in 2007 by the Mississippi Athletic Administrators’ Association.  Coach Hill was defensive coordinator for the 1996 Bernard Blackwell All-Star football classic and was an assistant coach in 2000 and head coach in 2005 in the Mississippi/Alabama All Star football game.  A longtime MAC member, Johnny served a term as MAC President and president of the Mississippi Athletic Administrators all in 2005.   

Coach Samuel Washington

The late Samuel Washington was a championship basketball coach at Jefferson County High in Fayette.  Born in Hattiesburg and raised in Natchez, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.  After he completed his service, he was an All-Riverside Conference basketball star at Sadie Thompson High in Natchez where he graduated in 1956.  Coach Washington played basketball at Natchez Junior College and Alcorn State University where he completed his college degree in 1961.  Samuel started his 33-year coaching career in 1961 when he worked as an assistant basketball coach at West Bolivar High in Rosedale.  He arrived at Jefferson County High in 1962 and would spend the next 32 years at the school as a coach and teacher.  Coach Washington led his Tigers boys teams to three conference titles in the Mid-South (1968) and West Riverside (1980 & 1986).  His squads captured several invitational titles including the 1980 Ponderosa All-Stars, the 1985 Ferriday Invitational, the 1986 Northwest Rankin Invitational, and the 1990 Pepsi Invitational.  Samuel guided his basketball teams to 1,001 wins and only 497 losses out of 1,498 games played for a 68% winning mark.  Coach Washington also paced the girls’ team to three district and 6 conference championships.  He was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year on 5 occasions and West Riverside Conference Coach of the Year four times.  Coach Washington was an all-star coach in the 1985 Mississippi High School All-Star basketball game.  He was a valued member of the MAC who taught and coached his entire career from 1961 to 1995.  In addition to his coaching duties, Samuel also officiated football, basketball, and baseball games for 20 years.

Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson is an award-winning Hall of Fame athletic trainer who is a familiar figure at MHSAA, MAC, and MAIS athletic events.  Born in Hawaii, Mike is a 1974 graduate of Bay St. Louis High where he was a four-year letterman as an athletic trainer in football, basketball, and track and a three-year letter winner playing doubles on the boys’ tennis team.  Selected as Most Dependable and graduating in the top 10 percent of his class, Mike attended Tulane University where he lettered four-years as student athletic trainer for the football team.  He also served the women’s basketball and volleyball teams for two seasons.  Mike was responsible for organizing, staffing, and implementing the women’s athletic training room at Tulane in compliance with Title Nine federal requirements.  After earning his degree from Tulane in 1978 and his graduate degree at Lamar University in 1981, he began his 39-year career in 1979 as a certified athletic trainer at Orangefield Independent School District in Orange, Texas.  From 1986 to 1989, Mike served as clinic athletic trainer for Rehabilitation Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  In 1989, he arrived back in Mississippi where he was named director of Outreach Services at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson.  He has received numerous professional and athletic awards and honors over his career including the NFHS Distinguished Contributor Award in 2006.  He was selected by the U.S. Olympics Committee as athletic trainer for the U.S. team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia; the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada; the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York; and the 1995 World University Games in Fuukuoka, Japan.  Mike has been honored as Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Award of Merit, and the District Award by the Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association which covers 7 states.  He served as athletic trainer for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star football classic in 1990, 1991, and 1992, and was athletic trainer for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star basketball games from 1991 through 2007.  He was also athletic trainer for the MACJC All-Star football game from 1989 through 2010.  Mike is a published author on articles related to athletic training and he has made numerous athletic seminar presentations through the years.  He secured corporate partnerships with the MAC, MHSAA, and the MAIS from 1989 to present date.  Mike’s volunteer work for the community includes logging over 800 volunteer teaching hours for the American Red Cross from 1975 to present date.  He has provided over 160 blood donations since 1991 to Mississippi Blood Services.  In 2008, Mike was inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame.   In 2017, he was inducted into the Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.



Past Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Kenneth Beasley
  • Herman Sanders
  • Gina Skelton
  • Larry Weems
  • Ricky Woods

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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