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Former Bearcats coach Ringer headed to state coaches association Hall of Fame

Former Rock Hill High School football coach and athletic director Jim Ringer will be inducted into the 2010 South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on July 25 in Greenville.

"It is a great honor, and it's hard to say any more than that,'' Ringer said. "When you reach the stage of the Hall of Fame, all the people are good and were good coaches. I was fortunate to be surrounded by great players and I had great coaches. All I had to do was sit back and let them rub off on me.

"It's been a good year. They dedicated the North-South Game in my honor December, now this. I'm looking forward. There are so many people that touched my life and made things possible for me.''

Ringer retired from Rock Hill in 2005. He left with a 189-95 record with the Bearcats and had a career mark of 227-132. From 1995 until he retired, Ringer was 109-28. He led the Bearcats to three Class AAAA state championship games during that span, losing the first to Spartanburg in 1996.

Rock Hill beat Irmo in the 2002 championship game. The Bearcats went back to the title game in 2004 and beat Stratford.

He was head coach at Rock Hill from 1983-2004. Ringer's first head coaching job was at Columbia High School from 1976-1977. He was at Conway High from 1978-1982 before coming to Rock Hill.

Ringer is retired and lives on Seabrook Island. He is one of six former coaches going into the Hall of Fame this year.

The others are:

Lon Armstrong, posthumously, athletic director, head football coach, and head track coach at Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity.

Cliff Crosland, athletic director, head baseball coach, head boys basketball coach at Wallace High School in Marlboro County from 1960-1989.

Tommy Davis, athletic director and head football coach at Ware Shoals High School from 1976-1991; athletic director and head football coach at Palmetto High School from 1992-2006,

Susan Dean, girls tennis coach at Spartanburg High School from 1972-2005; boys tennis coach at Spartanburg from 1986-1993.

Barbara Tyler, volleyball coach at Andrew Jackson High School from 1974-2000; head girls basketball coach at AJ from 1970-1976.

The new class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the SCACA's spring clinic annual awards banquet July 18. The ceremony will be held at Carolina First Center in Greenville.