The TSSAA announced Tuesday that 12 people have been selected for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.
The 2011 class includes long-time TSSAA Executive Director Ronnie Carter, who retired last year after serving 25 in the post, along with long-time contributors Jean Griffith (wife of former Overton Coach and ’01 inductee Tommy Griffith) and Larry Taft, both of Nashville.
Ceremonies will be held April 9 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
Jean Griffith has worked numerous TSSAA events, which include golf, track and medal presentations. Taft was a long-time preps reporter The Tennessean, where he currently serves as sports editor. He also served as TSSAA media relations director for 16 months.
Also named for induction: Robert (Bud) Raikes, who served as Smyrna High football and basketball coach before becoming principal at Smyrna for the past 37 years; O’Neal Hanley, long-time Jackson North Side girls basketball and football coach; Tommy Layne, long-time Whitwell basketball and football coach; J.C. Campbell, who served 41 years as football coach at Hampton; Johnny Morgan, teacher and coach for 34 years at McMinn Central; Gary Rankin, whose football teams have won nine state titles (four at Riverdale, five at Alcoa); the late Jake Rudolph, who coached football at MUS for 39 years; Don Lady, who was baseball umpire for 40 years; and Don Sutton, an official in baseball, basketball, football and volleyball for more than 30 years.