Phillip Lolley left the stage after he and fellow Class of 2015 Inductees officially joined the Jackson County Sport Hall of Fame and made his way toward the tables occupied by his family, former players and assistant coaches.
For some 30 minutes, they told stories — mostly told by Lolley — during a trip down memory lane for the former North Jackson state-championship winning head football coach turned national champion at Auburn and turned Canadian Football League Grey Cup winner.
“An honor like this, you don’t do this by yourself,” Lolley said. “I’ve got a load of my assistant coaches here, one’s my coach now, Coach [Chris] Jones I work for now [in the CFL]. I see my principal and I guy I coached with, Ken Harding, and I see all my players. I’m proud of those guys. I’m accepting this on behalf of them. I’ve coached at every level, but all the war stories I tell now are about North Jackson. It means the world to me to represent these men.”
The memories were flowing throughout the Scottsboro-Goose Pond Civic Center Saturday night as 11 new members were inducted into the JCSHOF, which inducted its inaugural class in 2014.
Those new members are former Scottsboro and Auburn basketball player, swimmer and track and field athlete and national champion tri-athlete Coleen Cannon, late Scottsboro basketball coach Sam Hambrick (represented by his wife, Edith), Lolley, former Scottsboro and Florida State basketball player and longtime college coach Eugene Harris, former Scottsboro and Oral Roberts basketball player and Boston Celtics draftee Sam McCamey, late Jackson County High School (now Scottsboro) basketball player Donald “Lard” Moore (represented by his wife, Paula), late three-sport standout at Jackson County and University of Alabama athlete James R. “Shorty” Robertson (represented by his daughter, Mary Ben Heflin), former Bridgeport football and basketball player and Tennessee football player Tyrone Robinson, longtime Bridgeport basketball coach Ken Storey, former Jackson County basketball player and longtime coach and referee Fred Thomas and former Paint Rock Valley basketball player Robert Thrower (represented by his daughter, Lisa Welsh).
“It was another amazing night,” JCSHOF Board of Directors President Greg Bell said. “We’re thrilled for the Class of 2015. This induction banquet has become an annual event that people want to attend. I hope someday we need a bigger venue.”
Tyrone Robinson joined his brother, Class of 2014 inductee Vincent, to become the first siblings to be members of the JCSHOF. Cannon is the first woman inducted into the JCSHOF.
“This is such an amazing honor,” said Cannon, who gave the Class of 2015’s induction acceptance speech. “Thank you for this honor and blessing of being in the hall of fame.”
Harris, who was an assistant coach at several well-known colleges such as Auburn, Alabama and Clemson and the was the head coach at Florida A&M, called his induction and the ceremony “the biggest night of my life in sports.”
“You’ve been awarded something by your peers back in your hometown,” Harris said. “I went in with a great group. I’m blessed to be here and part of this class. I’ll cherish this for the rest of my life.”