ST. CLAIR COUNTY -- The St. Clair County Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members in January.
The group includes Jay Brown (Pell City, Moody), Lyle Darnell (Pell City), Bill Gray (Pell City), Terrie Gaither-Harris (Springville), Charles Martin (Ashville) and Carl Mims (Odenville).
Hall of Fame President Gary Hanner said the Class of 2017 is a great group of individuals.
“All six bring something unique to this Hall of Fame,” he said. “From already being a Hall-of-Famer to coaching state champions to being a state champion in high school as a player, this will be a night we will always remember.”
The induction banquet will be Saturday, Jan. 14, at the St. Clair County High School cafeteria in Odenville. Meet-and-greet will start at 5 p.m., and the banquet will begin at 6.
A look those who will be honored:
Jay Brown recently became the winningest head football coach in St. Clair County history, picking up his 85th win as Moody defeated Plainview 41-7 in the last game of the 2016 season.
Brown has spent the past six years as head coach at Moody after spending the nine previous in the same position at Pell City. His head coaching career started at Guntersville, where he spent three years. He was 56-42 at Pell City and is 29-33 at Moody. Overall, he is 97-94 in 18 years as a head coach.
Brown graduated from Oxford High in 1981 and then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from JSU. His coaching career started at JSU as a student assistant, graduate assistant and assistant coach. He was named St. Clair County Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Lyle Darnell graduated from Arab High in 1952. He was an all-county selection in football, basketball and baseball. He played football and baseball at JSU from 1954-56.
He was head football coach for 28 years at various high schools in Alabama, including five years at Pell City from 1982-86. His record at Pell City was 37-18. His head coaching stints included Hanceville, Thompson, Glencoe, Scottsboro and Etowah before he came to Pell City.
His 1973 Glencoe team went 13-0 and won the Class 2A state title. His overall record was 204-86-4.
He was inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 1995, Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Bill Gray graduated from Pell City High School in 1965 and played football for the Panthers from 1962-64. It was in 1964 that Gray was named to the all-county team.
After attending JSU, Gray graduated from The Alabama Banking School. In 1976, he became the founding pastor of Pell City Independent Church.
In 1984, he became the administrator of Victory Christian School, formerly Pell City Christian Academy. During his tenure, Gray was responsible for starting athletics at the school, which is now a Class 1A member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. He was head football coach, softball coach and volleyball coach.
Terrie Gaither-Harris is a 1982 graduate of Springville High, where she played volleyball, basketball and softball and ran track.
Track & field is where she excelled as she set state records in the 1-mile run her freshmen and sophomore years and set state records in the 2-mile run her junior and senior years in the indoor and outdoor state track meets.
In all, she won nine individual state championships and helped lead Springville to two state titles.
Gaither-Harris earned a track scholarship to Jacksonville State University in 1982. After one year at JSU, she received a basketball scholarship to Miami-Dade Community College.
She’s now the notary public for Henderson County, North Carolina.
Charles Martin graduated from Saks High in 1969 and from JSU in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in history and PE.
Teaching/coaching stops included Handley, Anniston and Cleburne County high schools before he came to Ashville High in 1979 and stayed until 1989.
While at Ashville, he was offensive/defensive coordinator for the varsity football team for seven years and head baseball coach and head varsity girls basketball coach.
From 1990-2011, he was boys and girls track coach at Pleasant Valley High, where his cross-country team won the Class 2A state title in 1997 and finished as state runner-up in 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
For 20 years, Martin was the official bookkeeper for the Calhoun County Basketball Tournament and the Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament at JSU.
Carl Mims graduated from Sylacauga High in 1968 and played football for the Aggies under former Pell City football coach Pete Rich. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1972. Mims was an assistant coach on the 1993 St. Clair County Saints football team that went 15-0 and won the Class 2A state title.
From 1995-98, Mims coached at Emma Sansom before coming back to SCCHS in 1998 and coaching varsity football and varsity boys basketball. In 2007, Mims was named athletic director at SCCHS, a position he still holds today.