Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame 25th Annual Induction Ceremony When: Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center (795 Ross Clark Circle in Dothan)
Tickets must be purchased in advance: Contact Janna Everett at (334- 701-9938)
Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament
When: Friday, Aug. 11
Where: Dothan National Golf Club at 7410 Hwy. 231 South
Format: 3-man scramble
Cost: $60 per player ($180 per team)
Hole sponsor: $100
Registration and lunch: 11 a.m.
Shotgun start: Noon
To sign up or more info: Contact Tony Darrigan at 695-0805 or Tom Vickers at 797-1518
CLASS OF 2017
JOHN FAIRCLOTH •
A native of Brundidge, Faircloth earned nine athletic letters during his prep career at Pike County High School, which included being named all-state in football.
He spent one year playing football and baseball at Southern Union Junior College before transferring to Troy University, where he played three years of football and one year of baseball. At Troy, Faircloth was all-conference two years in football and was an honorable mention All-American his senior year. He was also voted team captain as a senior.
Faircloth began his football coaching career at Fort Meade (Fla.) High School, posting a 31-10-2 record in four years while leading the school to conference titles each year. In 1972, he returned to Alabama as headmaster and football coach at South Montgomery County Academy in Grady and led the team to a state championship in 1975.
In 1977, Faircloth was named the executive director of the Alabama Private School Association, which was later changed to the Alabama Independent School Association. He held that position for 27 years and was elected to the inaugural class of the AISA Hall of Fame in 2000.
A graduate of Georgiana High School, Sirmon lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track during his prep career. He was selected all-state in football from 1952-1954. He attended the University of Alabama on a football scholarship as a running back and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.
Sirmon began his coaching career as the head football coach of McKenzie High School in Butler County. He moved to Dothan in 1963 as a Physical Education teacher, assistant football coach, head baseball coach and JV basketball coach at Dothan High School, where he was later promoted to head football coach and athletic director from 1971-1975. In 1974, he led Dothan High to its first football playoffs and the team was state runner-up.
After retiring from his coaching career, Sirmon was chosen as principal of Selma Street Elementary School.
Sirmon also served the Dothan City Board of Education as personnel director, coordinator of federal funds and director of operations before retiring after 37 years of service.
A 1968 graduate of Dothan High School, Hicks played football and baseball for the Tigers. He earned a football scholarship to Troy University, where he was a standout kicking specialist from 1968-1972. During his freshman season, Hicks was a member of the national championship team.
Hicks began his coaching career at University Military School in Mobile in 1972 and was head football coach at Girard Junior High in Dothan from 1974-1978. He served as defensive coordinator at Northview High School from 1978-1985, which included helping guide the team to a state title in 1981.
Hicks served in the Dothan City Schools as secondary supervisor from 1985-1989 and principal of Wilson Street Elementary from 1989-1995 before retiring.
He then became headmaster at Ashford Academy from 1998-2004 and also served as head softball coach at the school from 2000-2004, helping the team to a state title in 2004. Hicks officiated football, baseball and basketball for more than 20 years and was president of Dixie Youth Baseball at Westgate Park in Dothan for 10 years.
Griffin is a 1971 graduate of Headland High School, where he played football and ran track. He was named All-Wiregrass Athletic Conference as a running back in 1970 and was also the school's Most Valuable Player that year. Griffin scored 30 career touchdowns and earned the M.W. Espy Sportsmanship Award as a senior.
Griffin began his coaching career at Daniel Junior High in Columbus, Ga., as assistant football coach and head basketball coach from 1977-1978. He returned to Headland High School in 1980 as the junior high basketball coach and served as the B-team basketball coach 1982-1987. During that time, Griffin led the B-team to 77 consecutive wins while compiling an 88-4 record.
He was promoted and served as head basketball coach from 1987-1998, compiling a record of 205-98. Headland won the WAC title in 1989 and was a Class 4A semifinalist in 1991 with a 27-9 record. For the 1991 success, Griffin was named the Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and the Dothan Eagle Class 4A-6A Coach of the Year.
Griffin reinstated the Headland golf team in 1993 after a 20-year lapse and remained coach of the team until 2008.
A 1971 graduate of Dothan High School where he played basketball, Sellers then played at Wallace Community College as a freshman for coach Johnny Oppert. He then spent the next two years in the United States Air Force, where he also played on the military basketball team. He returned to Wallace to play during the 1974-1975 season and then finished his final two years of college eligibility playing at Auburn University-Montgomery. He remained at AUM one year while serving as a graduate
In 1978, Sellers became the head basketball coach at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. After one season, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo, where he stayed for five seasons before accepting the head coaching position at Patrick Henry Junior College in Monroeville. After nine successful years at Patrick Henry, Sellers was hired as coach of Georgia College State University in Milledgeville, Ga. Sellers spent 21 seasons there, becoming the longest-tenured coach in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball history.
Sellers retired in 2014 with 548 career victories in his 30-year college career as a head coach, including 350 at the helm of Georgia College State University. Sellers-coached Georgia College teams made six trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Carr was a four-sport standout during his prep playing days at Abbeville High School, excelling in football, basketball, track and baseball. He earned all-state status in all four sports — as a center in football, as a catcher in baseball, as a center in basketball and for the shot put in track.
In college, Can played football at Chillicothe Junior College in Missouri, where he continued as a four-sport letterman. He was named all-conference as a freshman in football, while also competing in basketball, baseball and track.
He began his coaching career in football at Newville High School from 1948-1951. He followed with stints at Hartford High School (1951-1954) and Fort Deposit (1954-1955). Can later served as principal at Abbeville Elementary School and Abbeville High School. He also served as the first junior varsity basketball coach at Wallace College and served as the school's financial director and night school director.
Can was named the Abbeville Lions Club Man of the Year and taught Sunday School at Abbeville Methodist Church for 38 years.
A 1971 graduate of Rutherford (Fla.) High School, Barnes played two years of junior college basketball at Wallace College under Johnny Oppert and finished his college career at the University of Montevallo, where he helped the school to its first national tournament as a senior.
Barnes began his coaching career at Jemison (Ala.) High School in 1975 and later returned to his alma mater of Montevallo as an assistant coach for three seasons.
Barnes became the basketball coach at Cottonwood High School from 1979-1985 and at Wicksburg High School from 1985-2001. During his 12 years as a high school coach in the Wiregrass, he was named Dothan Eagle Coach of the Year three times, Dothan Progress Coach of the Year two times and SCAC Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Barnes took over the Wallace Community College basketball program prior to the 1991-1992 season and would coach the Goys to five Alabama Junior and Community College Conference division championships and seven appearances in the AJCCC/NJCAA Region 22 Tournament, including six straight from 1996-2001. In his final year at Wallace, Barnes led the team to the Region 22 championship and a third place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, finishing with a 30-5 record.
In 2001, Barnes was named head coach of Tallahassee Community College. During 14 seasons at TCC, he guided the Eagles to one Panhandle Conference championship (2006), five postseason berths, two FCSAA/NJCAA district VIII championships and two NJCAA National Tournament appearances, finishing runner-up in 2006 and making the Elite Eight in 2011.
His win-loss record at Tallahassee concluded at 274-144. Combined with his stint at Wallace, his overall NJCAA coaching record is an impressive 469-254.
After retiring in 2015, Barnes was honored by his Panhandle Conference peers by naming the Panhandle Coach of the Year award after him. Barnes is a member of the Florida Community College Men's Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame.
A Marianna, Fla., native, Pierce played baseball for Sammy Frichter at Wallace Community College in 1979 before transferring to the University of Alabama, where he would become an All-SEC outfielder and a member of Alabama's All-Century team.
Pierce began his coaching career in 1982 at Chipola Junior College, becoming the youngest head coach at the collegiate level in the state of Florida having just turned 23. In his first season at Chipola, the Indians captured their first state championship and Pierce was named the state's NCO Coach of the Year. During his seven years at Chipola, the Indians won four Panhandle Conference championships and made five trips to the state tournament while compiling an overall record of 259-95.
In 1989, Pierce returned to the University of Alabama as an assistant coach for five seasons before becoming the first head baseball coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. During seven years at UAH, he compiled a 276-108 record.
Pierce became the new head coach at Troy University in 2003 and spent the next 13 seasons leading the Trojans to five conference titles and four NCAA regionals. He became the school's all-time winningest baseball coach with 450 victories.
In 27 years as a head coach, Pierce's teams amassed 985 wins and his teams won 14 conference titles. Pierce in an inductee in the Troy University Baseball Hall of Fame and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
A native of Eufaula, Snead was an all-state offensive guard at Eufaula High School. He played at Troy University as a tight end before transferring to Auburn University in 1991, where he played for two seasons. He then served at Auburn as a graduate assistant.
In 1995, Snead was hired by the NFL expansion team Jacksonville Jaguars as a pro scout, where he worked until 1997, when he was hired' y the Atlanta Falcons to the same position. He stayed with the Falcons for 13 years in various roles, such as a scout, director of pro personnel and director of player personnel.
In 2012, the Los Angeles Rams hired Snead as their new general manager. He currently continues in that role for the NFL team.