From special reports
CLINTON — The 45th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Banquet sponsored by BankPlus will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson off County Line Road and I-55 North. Upon the induction of the Class of 2017, the MAC Hall of Fame membership will increase to 232 total (218 lifetime and 14 honorary members). The MAC Coaches Hall of Fame was created in 1973.
The MAC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes:
BOBBY HALL—Bobby Hall is an accomplished championship football coach who led programs at Raleigh, Amory, Louisville, Wayne County, Madison Central, and Biloxi. Bobby hails from Baldwyn and received his college degree at Ole Miss before launching his 39-year coaching career. His teams have compiled a record of 307 wins and only 97 losses with 22 regional crowns, 12 North State semi-final appearances, 2 state runner-up finishes, and 4 state championships. Coach Hall’s Amory Panther teams claimed 3 state titles in 1994, 1995, and 1998—all with perfect 15-0 seasons. He also led Louisville to the 1991 state crown. He also coached at Northeast Community College, Murray State, and with the Tupelo Fire Ants in indoor football. He has received numerous coach of the year awards and was an assistant coach and head coach in 1988 and 1990 in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic and in 1995 and 1998 in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic
JOHNNY BARFIELD—Coach Johnny Barfield led championship track and field teams at Carthage High for three decades. A native of Meridian and a graduate of Northeast Lauderdale, East Mississippi Junior College, and Mississippi State, Johnny began his career in 1981. He guided the Carthage High boys track team to 24 consecutive district titles, 10 regional crowns, 12 South State titles, 6 state runner-up finishes, and six Class 3A State Championships. He coached the boys cross country squad to 14 consecutive division crowns, 3 state runner-up finishes, and two Class 3A State Championships. Coach Barfield also paced the girls cross country team to 4 division titles. He was MAC track coach of the year in 1995 and was named NFHS Coach of the Year in 2007.
JOHNNY HILL—Coach Johnny Hill guided championship football programs at Marshall Academy, Tupelo, and Oxford. He hails from Indianola and is a graduate of Marshall Academy and U.T. Chattanooga. Coach Hill’s gridiron squads at Oxford and Tupelo posted 252 wins and 95 losses with 5 district titles, 4 regional crowns, one Class 4A North half title, 3 Class 5A North Championships, and four state runner-up finishes. As an athletic director he guided Oxford and Tupelo programs to 12 prestigious Clarion Ledger All-Sports honors. A 41-year coaching veteran, Coach Hill has received numerous coach of the year honors during the years including a basketball coach of the year award while working at Marshall Academy. Johnny was defensive coordinator for the 1996 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic and was an assistant coach in 2000 and head coach in 2005 for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic.
SAMUEL LOUIS WASHINGTON, SR. (Deceased—Posthumous Induction)—The late Samuel Washington was a championship basketball coach at Jefferson County High in Fayette. Born in Hattiesburg and raised in Natchez, Coach Washington served in the U.S. Army before completing his education at Sadie Thompson High in Natchez, Natchez Junior College, and Alcorn. His 33-year career included coaching at West Bolivar High in Rosedale and Jefferson County High where he spent most of his time as coach and teacher. He guided his basketball teams to 1,001 wins and only 497 losses plus three conference titles in the Mid-South (1968) and West Riverside (1980 & 1986). Coach Washington led the girl’s hoops squad to three district and 6 conference championships. He was a conference coach of the year by the Mid-South Conference and the West Riverside Conference on 9 occasions. He served as an all-star coach in the 1985 Mississippi High School All-Star game. In addition to his coaching duties, Samuel officiated football, basketball, and baseball games for 20 years.
MIKE WILKINSON—Mike Wilkinson is a Hall of Fame Award Winning athletic trainer who is a familiar figure at MHSAA, MAC, and MAIS athletic events. Born in Hawaii, Mike is a graduate of Bay St. Louis High and Tulane. His 39-year career as an athletic trainer began at Orange, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, before he returned to Mississippi in Jackson with the renowned Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. Mike has received numerous professional and athletic awards and honors over the years and was an athletic trainer for the U.S. team in the Olympics in Sidney, Australia, the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Ontario, the Goodwill Games in New York, and the World University Games in Fuukuoka, Japan. He has been honored on numerous occasions as trainer of the year by the Southeastern Trainers Association which covers 7 states. A 28-year member of the MAC, Mike was 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 also served as athletic trainer for the MACJC All-Star football game from 1991 through 2007. Mike was inducted in to the Mississippi Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2017.
In addition to the Coaches Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the MAC will also present their annual coaching and service awards. Additional information is available with the Coaches Hall of Fame mini-bios which are included with this release. For more information including ticket sales for the banquet, contact the MAC offices at (601) 924-3020 or www.mscoaches.com.