Trio with area links set to join prep coaches hall of fame

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July 24 induction at Greenville

By The Staff



Eight coaches, including three with Lancaster County connections, will be inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the SCACA’s 19th annual awards banquet on July 24 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.

The group includes former Kershaw High and North Central high school head football coach Bill Few, Lancaster native Harold McManus and Jimmy “Moose” Wallace.

Few, a Rock Hill native, served as the athletic director and head football coach at Kershaw, Pageland, Roy Hudgens Academy and North Central.

Few, while at Kershaw, led the Eagles to a 68-25-3 record and state football titles in 1964 and 1966. The Eagles also won Upper State football crowns in 1965 and 1967.

Few lettered three seasons at Clemson, 1955-57 and was a member of the Tigers’ 1956 Orange Bowl team.

McManus, a 1960 graduate of Lancaster High School where he was a baseball and basketball standout, served as the head basketball coach at Chester (two years) and Byrnes High School for 22 seasons.

While at Byrnes, McManus won Class AAA state basketball titles in 1975-76 and 1989-90. His Byrnes basketball teams were Class AAA state runners-up in 1968-69, 1976-77, 1982-83 and 1978-79 in Class AAAA.

McManus, in 22 years at Byrnes, averaged 20 wins and four losses during his tenure. He is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Athletic Hall of Frame.

McManus’ son Hal is the head basketball coach at Spartanburg High School. He won a Class AA state crown at Broome High School in 2004-05.

Wallace served as a head football coach for 28 years, seven at Lewisville and 21 at Northwestern, where he was also the Trojans’ athletic director for 20 years.

He won a state championship at Lewisville in 1986 and also finished as a state runner-up in 1984.

After Wallace left the Richburg Class A high school, Lancaster native and Barr Street High School graduate Bennie McMurray was named the Lions’ head coach and athletic director.

McMurray is also a member of the S.C. Coaches Association Hall of Frame.

Wallace won Class AAAA state football titles at NWHS in 1989, 1993 and 2010. The Trojans were Class AAAA state runners-up in 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2009.

Other inductees include Tom McIntyre, head football coach and athletic director at Hillcrest of Dalzell (16 years) and Boiling Springs (14 years), Bill Isaacs (head football coach and athletic director at Pickens 27 years), Phil Savitz (Irmo High soccer coach 31 years), Thomas Smith (football coach at Howard High in Georgetown 26 years) and Phil Strickland (head football coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta, Bookland Cayce, Batesburg Leesville, Gaffney and Newberry high schools). Strickland also served as the athletic director at Gaffney High School for eight years.

Strickland won three state football titles at Gaffney High where he fashioned a 76-23 mark in seven seasons at the Cherokee County school.