The South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame released its 2016 group of inductees, which includes former local coaches Bobby Ivey and Bill Pate.
Pate’s name is remembered fondly in York. He led the 1986 Cougars to the 3A state title, one of four state titles he won as a high school football coach. Pate also had successful stints at Timmonsville and Lake View and coached for 33 years. He was the head coach in the 1978 North-South all-star game and coached in the Shrine Bowl in 1982. Pate also skippered a pair of state championship American Legion baseball teams in the late 1960s.
Ivey coached high school football in the state for 26 years, including an eight-year tenure at Northwestern in the 1980s. Ivey led the Trojans to the 1982 state finals, the school’s first appearance in a title game. He moved on from the Trojans to Laurens where he had a highly successful run, winning the 1991 4A Division II state title. Marion and Lake City were his other stops.
Ivey, who played pro baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization, won over 200 ball games and 12 region titles. He also played in the Shrine Bowl and coached in that game, as well as the North-South game.
Pate, Ivey and the other five honorees will be inducted on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach.
The rest of the 2016 South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame inductees:
Bob Biggerstaff coached at St. Johns from 1965 to 1998, winning 275 games and a state championship in 1968. Biggerstaff’s teams made four other state finals and the school named its football field in his honor in 1997.
Julian “Doc” Davis coached at Chapman, Spartanburg and Ashley Ridge, from 1985 to 2010. Davis made his name - or nickname - at Spartanburg where he led the Vikings to five state titles and put together a 37-game winning streak at one point. He was named coach of the year six times and later helped launch the program at Ashley Ridge, where he retired. Davis finished with 216 career wins.
Jackie Hayes has been at Dillon since 1992. He’s led the Wildcats to six state titles, including a current streak of four in a row, as well as 16 Lower State championship games. Hayes has won eight statewide coach of the year honors and has also been a member of the state House of Representatives since 1998.
Forest “Whitie” Kendall coached at now defunct Parker High School in Greenville from 1947 to 1977. He won more than 250 football games and three state titles. Kendall also officiated basketball games in the SEC and ACC and after retiring from high school football coaching in 1977, worked at Furman for 10 more years as an assistant coach.
Gerald Moody coached for 36 years at Berkeley, Terry Sanford (N.C.), Wando, and then Berkeley again, from 1952 to 1989. He won 269 games, two state titles and seven Lower State championships. Moody claimed six coach of the year awards and was an assistant coach for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team in 1963, then head coach of the N.C. team seven years later. He was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto in 1989.