SCCAWS Hall of Fame
Each year, the SCCAWS association recognizes individuals who have had a big impact on women's sports in South Carolina. These are individuals who met the struggles of women's athletics head-on and made a difference for the women we represent today. These people never cease to amaze. They are awe inspiring and the description in the program only begins to reveal their worth to women's athletics!
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee
Sherry Haithcock was born in Concord, NC and attended A. L. Brown High School. She participated on the basketball and tennis teams. In college, Sherry was not able to participate in athletics until her junior year as Southern Wesleyan started women’s athletics that year. She participated in softball her junior year, softball and volleyball her senior year. In 1978, Sherry received an AB in Health & Physical Education and Mathematics from Southern Wesleyan University. In 1980, she earned a MA in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Furman University. Additionally she earned her Education Specialist certification in 1999. Sherry began her teaching and coaching career in 1978 at Pickens High School. While working at Pickens High School she coached the Southern Wesleyan University volleyball team four years. She served as a coach in volleyball, basketball and track at Pickens High School and re-started their softball program. In 1982, Sherry moved to Daniel High School and coached basketball, track and started their softball program. A final stop landed her at Liberty High School where she coached basketball for 12 years, softball for 20 years and served as the Athletic Director for 13 years. Honors received include: Region Coach of the Year-Softball seven times, Region Coach of the Year-Basketball once, Region 1-AA Athletic Director of the Year three times, State AA Athletic Director of the Year (SCAAA) 2003, SC Athletic Director of the Year awarded by SCACA-2013 and SCAAA-2014, head coach of the SCCAWS N-S softball game in 1986 & 2002, SCBCA N-S basketball assistant coach in 1992, SCCAWS Softball MVP Honoree 1990, NFIOA Outstanding Volleyball Official for SC - 1993, and Professional Excellence in Education (SWU Alumni Award) 2007. Professional organizations: Member of SCCAWS and served as the president, softball region representative, game program designer, SCBCA board member, secretary/treasurer and region representative, WBCA High School All-American Selection Committee, AA conference secretary/treasurer, AA Conference President, mentoring program for new AD’s, Foothills Fellowship of Christian Athletes board member, currently serving as board chair. Sherry is very active at the Pickens View Wesleyan Church serving as the senior adults Sunday school teacher, tithing secretary and assistant church treasurer. She also serves on the auditing committee, prayer council and the Local Board of Administration
2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Vanderlyn McCloud was born in Columbia, SC and attended Booker T Washington High School. She participated on the track team and led them to a state championship.
In 1969, Van received a BS in physical education with a minor in health and science from Benedict College. Van began her teaching and coaching career in 1969 at A L Corbett High School. She spent five years there teaching physical education and coaching every female sport that was offered. A move in 1974 took Van to Keenan High School where she began a 32 year teaching and coaching. Her coaching records include: basketball-12 region championships, 10 region runner-ups, 20 state playoff trips; volleyball – six region championships, four region runner-ups, three lower state appearances, one state championship.Honors received include: The State Basketball Coach of the Year - two times, SC Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year – four times, Richland County Coach of the Year – two times, Head Coach of the SCCAWS North-South Volleyball All-Star Match in 2000 and 2005, SCCAWS All-Star MVP Honoree in 2008. Professional organizations/honors include: Charter member of SCCAWS and served as region volleyball and basketball chairs, SCACA 30-Year Service Award, Key to the City of Columbia in 2006 as a Legislative Honoree and is a lifetime member of the Association of Presbyterian Women. Van is a teaching elder, on the Board of Deacons and has been a 23-year church school teacher at Northminister Presbyterian Church, USA. Additionaly, she supervised the SAT after school program.Van’s motto is: “ A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.”
2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Barbara Tyler was born in Camden, SC and attended Camden High School where she participated in basketball, the only sport offered for girls. She played varsity basketball for the legendary “Pop” Small. Her senior year, she received the “Pop” Small award for the Most Improved Player. In 1964, Barbara received a B.S. in Health & Physical Education from Lander College. There, she participated in numerous intramural sports and activities as Lander did not offer any interscholastic athletics at that time. Her efforts were recognized as she received the prestigious Hodges Award designating her as the best all-around athlete. Barbara started her teaching and coaching career in 1964 at Cheraw High School where she taught science & physical education and coached JV basketball. In 1966, she joined the Special Services where she was a civilian with officer privileges. Her duties included preparing activities for soldiers off duty hours, special activities, holiday activities, tours, etc. In 1968, she returned to the states and began teaching and coaching at Hartsville High School. There, she coached basketball, tennis and track. A move in 1969 took Barbara to Andrew Jackson High School where she began a 31-year teaching and coaching career. There, she pioneered the volleyball and softball programs, coached basketball and tennis, and coached track before it became a SCHSL sanctioned sport.
Her 31-year coaching records include: Basketball – 83-61, two regions championships, one state championship. Softball – 61-56, one region championship. Volleyball – 516-281, 17 region championships, 5 upper or lower state championships, 2 state runner-ups and 2 state championships. Honors received include: Basketball Coach-of-the-year 3 times, Volleyball Region Coach-of-the-year 17 times, coached in the North - South All Star Volleyball Game in 1981, 1983 and 1996, SCCAWS All-Star MVP Honoree in 1983, Lancaster County Coach-of-the-Year in 1984 & 1991, State Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year and National Coach-of-the-Year Nominee in 1985. Professional organizations/honors include: Charter member of SCCAWS and served as membership chair, volleyball & basketball chair, region volleyball chair, Area 4 representative, official scorer for All-Star games, officiated high school volleyball for 7 years, and was a member of the NHSACA. Has been a member of the SC Athletic Coaches Association since 1975 and was their softball chair for 3 years. Barbara was inducted into the SCACA Hall-of-Fame in 2010. Barbara is a member of the Beulah United Methodist Church in Camden where she has served as the pianist/organist for over 30 years. Barbara is a master gardener, a master naturalist, has walked a marathon in Alaska, played in 5 senior Olympics and is a PADI certified scuba diver. She is the mother of daughter, Paige and grandmother to Erik (22) and Isabel (12).
2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
Julia Finklea Corn, a native of Honey Hill, S.C. is a 1953 graduate of Winthrop College. She earned a MAT from Winthrop College in 1974. Julia began her teaching and coaching career at Fort Mill High School in 1959. She began the physical education program and coached girl’s basketball for three years. A move was made to Richland County School District One in 1968. Julia was one of the eight original elementary physical education specialists for District One. She taught in an annual 5-school rotation program for three years. She made another move to Rock Hill High School in 1974. There, Julia taught physical education and coached basketball, volleyball and gymnastics for seven years. In 1985, Julia began teaching Life Science at Great Falls Junior High School and remained there until her retirement in 1992. During her career, Coach Corn’s teams made it to the state playoffs numerous times in multiple sports. Her volleyball team won the region 2-AAAA championships three consecutive years. In 1962, she coached the Fort Mill girl’s basketball team to their first state playoff appearance. The 1978 volleyball season included a 31-0 regular season record and a state runner-up. In 1979, she coached the inaugural South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS) all-star volleyball match, which included three of her players. The Rock Hill Evening Herald named her the all-area coach of the year in 1978 and 1979. In 1982, the MVP plaques were given in her honor at the SCCAWS volleyball all-star match. Julia is a charter and lifetime member of SCCAWS. She served on the SCCAWS executive board for two years and was the Treasurer for one year. Additionally, Julia was in charge of public relations for SCCAWS. For her lifetime commitment in promoting educational and athletic opportunities for girls, the SCCAWS Hall of Fame recognizes Julia Finklea Corn.
2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Harriet "Boots" Bandy
Harriet “Boots” Bandy, is a 1958 graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in education. She received her masters and educational specialist degree. from Clemson University. She is retired from Strom Thurmond High School where she coached basketball for 20 years. Bandy was named the 1976 National High School Coach of the Year, 1979 SCCAWS MVP Honoree for the basketball All-Star game and 1985 Charter Member Honoree SCCAWS. She was inducted into the 1998 Strom Thurmond High School Hall of Fame, 1998 South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the 2004 Winthrop University inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Class. During her career Coach Bandy’s teams made it to the state play-offs eight times where they captured two state championships and one state runner-up. They also won six conference championships and two conference runners-up titles. Upon retirement, Coach Bandy had a record of 277 wins, 79 losses and 3 ties. Coach Bandy is a member of various organizations and councils, and has served on the Scholarship Committee of SCCAWS as well as the Advisory Committee for the South Carolina High School League and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association. She has received several awards over the years including: 2000 - Winthrop’s College of Education Dean’s Award of Excellence and the 2001 - Department of Health and Physical Education Alumna Award, Outstanding Educator Award and the Ben Boatwright Award from the Johnston Jaycees and Outstanding Coaches Award from the Johnston Lions Club. Boots is a charter member of SCCAWS and remains an illustrious member of the “Overtimers”. She continues to dedicate her life to molding young people, encouraging and influencing them into becoming athletes and community leaders.
2008 Hall of Fame Inductee
Patsy E. Rhodes
Patsy E. Rhodes, a native of Hendersonville, N.C. is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in education. She is retired from Saluda High School where she served as head of the Physical Education Department, senior class sponsor and School Improvement Council member. Additionally, she coached a variety of sport for over 30 years: basketball, volleyball, softball, track and cheerleading. Rhodes was named Region Coach of the Year six times. Additionally, she was named The State Newspaper AA Basketball Coach of the Year in 1985, the SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Award receipiant for her contributions to women’s sports and received the “Sports Report” Lifetime Achievement Award for Basketball in 1997. Patsy has produced 70 All-Region Players, 18 All-State Players, 11 High School All-Americans, and 20 of her players have attended college on athletic scholarships. Patsy has coached in the North/South basketball, volleyball and softball games. She received the Teacher Incentive Award three times and was selected as Saluda High’s and the Saluda School District One Teacher of the Year in 1995 and 2000. She received a Certificate of Commendation for superior teaching from the S.C. Department of Education and State Board of Education in 1994. Coach Rhodes is a member of various organizations and councils, and has served on the board of many of these: SC Athletic Coaches Association – 37 years, SCCAWS– 32 years, SC Basketball Coaches Association, SC Ed. Assn., National Ed. Assn., Saluda Co. Ed. Assn., SC Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Newberry College Ed. Council, Saluda Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Patsy is active in the March of Dimes and has served on the Executive Board for SCCAWS since 1978. Rhodes served as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports for 22 years and currently serves as a consultant.
2006 Hall of Fame Inductee
Johanna V. Gibbs
Johanna Virginia Gibbs, a native of Aiken, S.C. is a 1958 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She earned a master’s degree in education from The Citadel in 1979. Johanna began her teaching and coaching career at Aiken & Kennedy Jr. High Schools in 1958. She was a physical education instructor and coach at Aiken High School from 1963-1976. At this time, she moved on to USCAiken where she started the girls basketball program in 1976 and the girls volleyball program in 1978. In 1981, she became the assistant principal of Silver Bluff High School until her retirement in 1988. Coach Gibbs was highly successful on all levels in a variety of sports: track, basketball, volleyball & cheerleading. During her 14-year career as basketball coach at Aiken High, her teams lost only 61 games. Her teams won upper & lower state championships, were two time state runner-ups and won the AAAA title in 1975. That senior class had a three-year record of 61-4. She was named Aiken County Coach of the Year three times the SC AAAA Basketball Coach of the Year in 1975. As a collegiate coach, she led her team to the NAIA district championships in basketball and volleyball. The 1980 volleyball team played in the national tournament and the 1981 basketball team was ranked 4th in the nation. She was named the NAIA Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1980 and the SCAIAW Basketball Coach of the Year in 1979. Gibbs served as the secretary/treasurer of the 1st SCAIAW Board and chaired the basketball division of SCAIAW. Other achievements include serving on the inaugural NAIA Basketball Committee for Women, the American Women Sports Federation All-American Selection Committee and the first SC High School League Advisory Board. She was also recognized as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America. Her peers selected her to serve as the first president of SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS). In 1987, Gibbs was inducted into the Aiken County Sports Hall of Fame. Johanna’s accomplishments are most evident in the successes of the many students whose lives she has touched. She coached the first woman in South Carolina to receive a full athletic scholarship, the SC AAAA player of the year, numerous all-state, all-region, all-county, all-CSRA players and two all-America players, one of which was a Wade Award finalist. Johanna remains very active in civic work as she is on the City of Aiken Recreation Commission, the Aiken County Sports Hall of Fame Committee, is a member of The Aiken Town & Country and a lifetime member of SCCAWS. For her superlative coaching record at the high school and collegiate levels, for her leadership in promoting the values of intellectual development in conjunction with athletic skills and for her commitment to all levels of education, the SCCAWS Hall of Fame recognizes Johanna Virginia Gibbs
Sudie Lunsford Love was born in Marion, SC and attended Marion High School where she participated on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Marion High School won the state basketball championship three times, 1943-1945, while she was a member. She had the privilege to play for the legendary Shannon Wilkerson. In 1946, Limestone College was her school of choice and she participated in all extracurricular sports because no varsity sports were offered. She received a B.S. in Health & Physical Education in 1950. Her entire teaching career, 30 years, was spent at Columbia High School where she taught, Health, Physical Education and Biology. She coached volleyball, basketball, track and field, gymnastics, bowling, tennis and archery. Sudie coached/won ten state championships, two state runners-up, and numerous conference and region championships. Sudie has been recognized not only locally but nationally as well for her teaching and coaching prowess. Some of her awards include: 1973 – SCAHPERD President’s Honor award, 1986 – Walker E. Solomon Human Relations Award, SCACA 1984 Coach of the Year – gymnastics, SCACA 1984 Coach of Year – softball, SCACA 1988 coach of year – softball, 1985 head softball coach of the first SCCAWS all-star game, and the 1988 softball coach of the SCCAWS all-star game. She is a founding member of SCCAWS and served as their softball chairperson for eight years. The National Athletic Coaches Association recognized her as district Coach of the Year for gymnastics, and twice, she was nominated for Coach of the Year -- in 1982 for gymnastics and in 1989 for softball. Extracurricular sports service rendered includes: 1965-1980 gymnastics judge – USGF & AAU, 1976-1981 volleyball official, 1985-1988 softball clinician/lecturer. Sudie has been inducted into the SC Amateur Softball Hall of Fame, SCACA Hall of Fame and was inducted into the inaugural Limestone College Athletic Hall of Fame. She served as Richland School District #1 representative to the Advanced Institute of Women’s gymnastics at Indiana State University. In 1980, the Cayce Girls’ Softball League established the Sudie L. Love Honor Award. Professional organizations include: SCAHPERD, DGWS, Richland Co. Education Association and SCCAWS. Delta Kappa Gamma – Alpha Chapter also proudly includes her as a member. Sudie is a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class at Cayce United Methodist Church. She has participated in numerous overseas mission trips to include Haiti, Honduras, Brazil and Mexico. Much volunteer work has been done with God’s Helping Hands and Harvest Hope.
Sudie is the ultimate USC fan. Since 1985, she has attended and kept a scorebook of almost every USC volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, softball and baseball game!! Additionally, she makes and wears a very unique hat for each sport and only creates a new one when a new coach is hired. Some of the hats have figurines on them and she paints new numbers and changes the skin color as necessary. These hats are only washed by hand using a toothbrush. Sudie is the mother of two, Lew and Lorraine, grandmother of two and great grandmother of five. We can’t forget her pet black lab, Tanner, namesake of Ray Tanner.
Here is another article about Sudie, an amazing woman from South Carolina: Go Limestone Saints
2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Barbara Wilkes was born in Camden, SC and attended Camden High School where she was the head majorette for the award-winning band. Barbara lettered six years on the varsity basketball team and was selected All-State four times. Her senior year, she was selected to the All-Southern Team and the High School All-American Team. Barbara attended Newberry College where she played basketball and was a cheerleader for the football team. She took a hiatus from school, married and started a family. Eight years later, she attended the University of South Carolina where she received her B.A. and M.A.T. in physical education. Barbara was a star basketball player for the USC Lady Gamecocks where they made it to the National Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Barbara started her teaching and coaching career at Mt. Pisgah High School and Baron DeKalb High School where she coached both volleyball teams for two years. The schools consolidated in 1979 to form North Central High School and Barbara coached there 29 years. Her volleyball teams won 549 matches, 10 region championships, 3 upper state championships, 3 state runner-ups and 2 state championships. In 1975 Barbara’s physical education class won the state in the President’s Physical Fitness Test and went to Los Angeles to represent the state of South Carolina in the National Physical Fitness Test. Her team finished 18th in the nation. In 1989, Barbara became a pioneer for female coaches in South Carolina by becoming one of the first female athletic directors in South Carolina High School League history. She was also the first female in Class A to be a region coordinator. Barbara’s professional honors include: 29-year member of the SCACA, served on SCACA Executive Board, charter member of the SCTCCCA, charter member and past president of SCCAWS, member of the NHSACA, member of the NIAAA, charter member and past president of the SCAAA, served as region president, served as the national volleyball vice chairperson for 5 years, served as the president of Class A conference. She was selected South Carolina Coach of the Year in volleyball in 1979, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1999, South Carolina Coach of the Year in Track and Cross Country in 1979, nominated for the 1980 and 1983 National Volleyball Coach of the Year, coached in the North - South All Star Volleyball Game in 1981, 1983 and 1996. She has been inducted into the SCTCCCA Hall of Fame, SCACA Hall of Fame, SCAAA Hall of Fame and the Camden-Lugoff Area Shag Society Wall of Fame. She was selected to serve on the Gatorade Athletic Council in Illinois. Barbara is a member of the Lyttleton Street Methodist Church in Camden and you can find her at home on her 110-acre horse farm where she has raised horses and given riding lessons, or at the local recreation center teaching the state dance, The Shag. You may find this interesting about Barbara - after playing in a basketball national championship as a teenager with the AAU girls’ team, and playing in a national championship while at USC, she has competed in five national championships in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Virginia Beach, Pittsburg and Louisville with the South Carolina Senior Olympic Basketball Team. She is the mother of sons Jim and Trent and daughters, Shelli and Marney, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grands.
2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Deborah Latan Rogers, a native of Pennington Gap, Va. is a 1972 graduate of Radford University. She earned a master’s degree in physical education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1972. Debbie taught physical education for 25 years (1972-1997): seven years in Southwood Jr. High in Anderson and 18 years at Belton-Honea Path High School. While at B-HP, she sponsored the school newspaper, Bear Facts, for ten years and taught photography four years. Beginning in 1972, she coached for 20 years: four years at Southwood Jr. High, three years at Westside High School and 13 years at B-HP. During the three years at Westside she pioneered the volleyball and track programs. She retired from coaching in 1991. In total, Debbie coached high school volleyball for 14 years, track and field 12 years, JV basketball two years and tennis two years. Her overall varsity volleyball record was 395-152. Volleyball teams made the playoffs 12 of 14 years and played in four state tournaments. The B-HP Lady Bears won 25 consecutive matches in 1984. Her volleyball teams won the region five times, finished second five times, won an upper-state title and were state runners-up twice. In track & field, B-HP finished once as the state runner-up. Twenty-one former players went on to play intercollegiately; twenty in volleyball and one track. Since 1993, Debbie has been the sports editor for the Belton & Honea Path News-Chronicle. Upon her teaching retirement in 1997, she has been a freelance photographer and owner of Sports Action Photography. While serving in that capacity, she has been recognized numerous times by the SC Press Association for sports articles and photography. Debbie is a charter and lifetime member of the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS), a former SCCAWS Executive Board member and served as SCCAWS volleyball chairperson for eight years. She was the 1987 SCCAWS Volleyball MVP Honoree, a 1991 SCCAWS North All-Star volleyball coach and a 2009 SCCAWS softball MVP honoree. In 2002, she received special recognition for 15 years service as program designer for the volleyball and softball all-star programs. For her lifetime commitment in promoting educational and athletic opportunities for girls, the SCCAWS Hall of Fame recognizes Deborah Latan Rogers.
2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
Rebecca L. Wetzel
Rebecca (Becky) Lybrand Wetzel, a native of Gilbert, S.C. is a 1959 graduate of Winthrop College. She earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of South Carolina in 1974. Becky began her teaching and coaching career at Wagener High School in 1959. During her four years there, she started the physical education program and developed the first girls track team. She taught one year at Langley-Bath-Clearwater High School before moving to Jackson High School in 1964. There, she developed the girl’s physical education program and pioneered the girl’s softball, tennis and volleyball teams. In 1981, Becky became the director of guidance at Silver Bluff High School and remained in that position until her retirement in 1989. Coach Wetzel was a highly successful coach in a variety of sports: tennis, basketball, volleyball and softball. In the five years that she coached volleyball her record was 107 wins and 23 losses. Her teams were conference champions and she was selected conference Coach of the Year for four consecutive years. Becky was also selected as Aiken County Volleyball Coach of the Year three times. Her teams placed no lower than third in the state each year, which included two State Championships. She also coached the SCCAWS All-Star volleyball team (north team) in 1979 at Clemson University and the (south team) in 1980 at the College of Charleston. She represented South Carolina in the national volleyball Coach of the Year competition in 1980. Becky was selected as the SCCAWS Volleyball MVP Honoree in 1981 and was inducted into the Gilbert High School Hall of Fame in 1999. Becky is a charter and lifetime member of the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. Additionally, Becky served on the SCCAWS executive board for seven years and was President of the organization in 1979-80. She also served fourteen years on the SCCAWS scholarship selection committee. Upon retirement, Becky joined the Jackson First Alert Rescue Squad, which provides ambulance services for local areas. She became certified as a basic and then as an intermediate medical technician and held the office of treasurer for eight years. Becky remains a very active member of the illustrious Overtimers. For her lifetime commitment in promoting educational and athletic opportunities for girls, the SCCAWS Hall of Fame recognizes Rebecca Lybrand Wetzel.
2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
Anne Dickert graduated from Batesburg-Leesville High School, Winthrop College, Florida State University and the University of South Carolina. Her teaching and coaching career began in 1961 at Butler High School in Augusta, Georgia. Through her career she has taught and coached at North Augusta High School, Columbia High School, St. Andrews Middle School and retired from Crayton Middle School in 1992. In 1976, Anne was on the founding committee of SCCAWS. She was the first lifetime member, served on the board of directors and was the individual who suggested to name the association the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports (CAWS). Anne had fourteen years of continuous service in the South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation serving as vice-president, member-at-large and chair. She is a lifetime member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and served on the national level as coordinator of the state chairs and the board of directors of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. This was a critical period for women in sports because the guidelines for Title IX were being established at this time. Since her retirement, Anne has accomplished many things. She has made several quilts. She is a Master Gardner and formally served as the Education Specialist at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens. She also served as the Editor and Publisher of the Midlands Master Gardner Newsletter. For her lifetime commitment in promoting athletic opportunities for girls, the SCCAWS Hall of Fame recognizes Anne Dickert.
2005 Hall of Fame Inductee
Patsy Mack Pinkerton Harvin