Two Berkeley County coaching legends are part of the 2018 South Carolina Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame class.
Former Stratford High School football coach Ray Stackley and former Berkeley High School football coach Jerry Brown are two of the 10 coaches who make up the fifth class. The group has combined for over 2,300 wins and 18 state football crowns.
The legends will be honored at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Landmark Resort at 1501 South Ocean Blvd., in Myrtle Beach. Banquet tickets go on sale Oct. 1, 2018. For more information on tickets, contact S.C. Football Coaches Association treasurer/secretary Mike Ware at (803) 276-6360 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brown has been a head coach for 32 years and is still coaching at Wade Hampton High School in Hampton. He has 267 career victories and five state championships at three different schools: Spring Valley (1988), Berkeley (1994, 1996 and 2008) and Batesburg-Leesville (2013). Brown also had a stint at Fairfield Central.
Stackley, who retired after the 2013 season, spent 29 seasons at the helm on Crowfield Boulevard, winning 270 games. Stackley’s teams won a state championship in 1999 and finished runner-up in 2004 and 2013.
Stackley and Brown teamed up for one week in 2000. They were part of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl staff, who guided the Sandlappers to a 66-14 victory over North Carolina. It’s still the largest margin of victory and the most points scored by one team in the annual all-star game, which dates back to 1937.
More coaches going into the association’s hall of fame are Willis Burkett (Greenwood and Chesnee), Bill Carr (Liberty, Easley/Spartanburg), David Gutshall (Dorman), Chuck Jordan (Conway), Chris Miller (Broome, Byrnes, Spartanburg), Al Usher (Central of Pageland), Mike Ware (Newberry) and James E. Welch (Kingstree, St. John’s of Darlington).