Long time wrestling supporters and administrators Mike and Karen Parker have been elected to the TSSAA Hall of Fame.
The Parkers and 11 other individuals comprise the TSSAA Hall of Fame class of 2013 and will be inducted at the annual luncheon Sat. April 20 at 11 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
Tickets: Hall of Fame tickets go on sale Mar. 4 and are $25. A ticket order form can be found at www.tssaa.org
The Parkers have worked together at TSSAA state wrestling tournaments for nearly 20 years.
Mike was a wrestling official for 19 years before becoming the assigning officer for the Chattanooga association and he continues in that capacity today.
The Parkers began working with the traditional and dual state tournaments in 1997, while Karen has been managing the D-II brackets since 2001.
Mike wrestled on the 1967 East Ridge state championship team and coached the Pioneers to a state crown in 1975. He is also a member of the Tenn. chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
TSSAA Hall of Fame - Class of 2013
Dorris Armstrong—Officiated basketball for 37 years, and he is currently in his 46th
year as a baseball umpire. In basketball, he worked post-season tournaments for over
30 years and officiated in two state basketball tournaments. In baseball he has worked
two TSSAA state tournaments, and has served as an assigning officer for over 30 years
in the Middle Tennessee area. He taught and coached football for 40 years until his
retirement in 2004. In addition to his officiating duties, he continues to assist the football
team at Maplewood High School in Nashville.
Wes Elrod—Long-time football coach in the Middle Tennessee area who taught and
coached in six different schools in the Metro-Nashville school system, including
Donelson, North, Maplewood, and McGavock high schools. He compiled an overall
record of 173-81-2. After retiring he went on to help coach at Stratford, Wilson Central,
Hunters Lane, and served for 4 years as the offensive line coach at Cumberland
University in Lebanon.
Sammy Fisher—Coached for over 30 years in West Tennessee. He coached football,
boys and girls basketball, and baseball. In his 33 years as a basketball coach he had a
66% winning percentage, and his teams competed in six TSSAA state tournaments. He
was a head baseball coach for 30 years, and was a football coach his first two years of
teaching. He had stints at Decaturville, Riverside, Lexington, and Scotts Hill high
Johnny Gimes—Currently in his 44th year in education, serving the majority of his
tenure in Marion County. He was a long-time coach of five different sports and played
football for fellow TSSAA Hall of Famer, Bill Baxter. He served as principal and
assistant principal at Marion County High School for many years and is now the county’s
Jack Harlow—Teacher and girls basketball coach for nearly 40 years. He began at a
junior high school in Franklin County for two years before coaching at the high school
level. He took three different Class AAA girls’ basketball teams to the TSSAA State
Tournament including Franklin County, Columbia Central, and Bradley Central. His
teams made a total of five state tournament appearances. He also coached at
Shelbyville High School before retiring in 2006. He is currently serving as a volunteer
girls’ basketball assistant coach at Franklin County High School.
Sherry Hooks—Volleyball coach for twenty-one years at Sullivan South High School.
Compiled over 900 career victories, and made 18 TSSAA State Tournament
appearances. Her teams were TSSAA State Champions in 1984, 1995, and 1996, and
were State Runners-Up in 1985 and 1998. She was very instrumental in the move of
girls’ volleyball from club status to a sanctioned TSSAA sport, and helped create the first
Tennessee East/West All-Star game in 1988.
Larry Hutchinson—TSSAA football and basketball official. He officiated football for 30
years and worked numerous play-off games and three TSSAA State Championships. In
his 24 years as a basketball official he worked four TSSAA State Tournaments. He has
served as President for both the Region I Basketball and Football Officials Associations
and has over 20 years of college officiating experience.
Fred Kessler—Involved in education for over 30 years at Bolivar Central High School.
He began as a teacher and coach before moving into an administrative role as Athletic
Director, Assistant Principal, and then Principal. He was also a long-time basketball
official and supervisor of officials. He served on the TSSAA Board of Control for
17 years, and was the Board Vice-President for ten of those years. His father,
Fred Kessler, Sr., was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame as an official in 2001.
David Russell—Long-time girls’ basketball coach at Bradford and Gibson County high
schools. He had a brief stint at Medina, before coaching at Bradford for 21 years and
Gibson County for eleven. He took his girls’ basketball teams to the state tournament a
combined 17 times, and captured six state championships. He compiled over 950
victories in his 35-year career. In 2011 he became the assistant women’s basketball
coach at UT-Martin, a position he still holds today.
Dan Schlafer—Has spent nearly 40 years in education as a teacher, coach, and
administrator. He has worked in the Monroe and Cumberland County school systems,
as well as a couple of schools in the Knoxville area. He has been extremely involved
with the Tennessee School Boards Association, and has received numerous accolades
from TSSAA for his service to high school athletics.
Susan Williamson—TSSAA soccer official who worked over 700 matches beginning in
1986 (when the sport became sanctioned) until she came off the field in 2001. She
worked over 50 post-season assignments in both boys and girls soccer during her
career. She was the first female to work a TSSAA Girls and Boys State Soccer
Championship and was the first female selected to referee the Boys State Soccer
Championship final match. She began serving as an Assigning Officer for the TN Valley
Soccer Referees Association in 1986, and continues in that capacity today.
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