The following Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees have also been inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame:
Bobby Joe Johnson 2005 CC HoF; 1999 AHSAA Sports HoF
BOBBY JOE JOHNSON – Reached the elite group of football coaches with 200 career wins during his 30-year career—26 of those at Cherokee County High School where his teams posted a 198-80-3 record and made the state finals in 1984. He climaxed his career by rebuilding the Saks program from an 0-10 record the previous season to the state finals (1996) in four years. He was the state coach of the year twice and coached in the state all-star game. A graduate of Cherokee County High School and Jacksonville State University.
Dale Welsh 2007 CC HoF; 2008 AHSAA Sports HoF
Dale Welsh is a graduate of Spring Garden High School and Jacksonville State University. He left a legacy of winning basketball in Cherokee County—coaching girls and boys teams at two schools to 328 career victories. He coached 10 Spring Garden boys teams to 188 wins and the state finals in 1979. At Cherokee County he directed the boys to a four-year 71-43 record and the girls to a four-season 80-37 mark and a state championship in 1992 when he was named 4A coach of the year. He also coached baseball and football at Spring Garden. Named recently to the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame, he now serves on the county commission. The Spring Garden gymnasium is named in his honor. He has had a lasting, positive impact on the Spring Garden community through his dedicated service as a teacher, coach and county commissioner.
Roy Knapp 2005 CC HoF; 2012 AHSAA Sports HoF
During a coaching career that spanned five decades, Knapp coached at 10 Alabama high schools–Midland City (twice), Washington County, Choctaw County, Gaylesville, Ranburne, Randolph County, Macon Academy, Sand Rock, Spring Garden and Coosa Christian. He also coached in Mississippi and Tennessee, at a junior college and a U.S. Naval base.
Despite incomplete records, Knapp’s teams won more than 130 games. His leadership as principal and coach at Gaylesville was instrumental in keeping the school open after it was destroyed by a fire. During the summers he played minor league baseball for 13 teams.
Now deceased, he was followed in the coaching profession by his son Buddy and his grandson Brian.
Eugene F. Weatherly 2013 CC HoF; 2014 AHSAA Sports HoF
EUGENE WEATHERLY – After serving in the Army in World War II, Eugene Weatherly returned to Gadsden’s Carver High School and captained the football and basketball teams before graduating in 1948. He graduated from Alabama State in 1952 and earned a master’s degree from Georgia State. He began his teaching and coaching career at Hatcher High School in Cherokee County in 1953. He was the first coach in school history and was the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961 and 1968). His 1961 boys’ basketball team was unbeaten until losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in 1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston’s Cobb Avenue High School basketball team from 1971-74 and ended his coaching career with 21 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament.