The Class of 2012 includes John Adcock, Robert Herring, David (Little Toe) Luttrell, Jack Stewart, Vaughn Stewart and Ernest Washington. Both Jack Stewart and Vaughn Stewart will be inducted posthumously.
The banquet will be held at the Anniston City Meeting Center. The Class of 2012 will join the current 46 members of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame.
“We believe the greatest strength of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame is the consistent quality of every class. The class of 2012 certainly follows in the tradition of excellence set forth by each previous set of inductees,” said Jon Holder, a member of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors and spokesman for the board.
A basketball letterman and team captain at the University of Alabama, Adcock came to Wellborn as head basketball coach in the fall of 1963. He served as varsity head coach for 15 seasons and was named Calhoun County coach of the year three times. Adcock coached Wellborn’s junior high and varsity ‘B’ teams another 20 years. He compiled a 408-218 won-loss record.
In a coaching career that spanned four decades, Herring’s football teams won more than 300 games. He coached at Oxford for 14 seasons, from 1985 through 1998, and the Yellow Jackets were 118-42 during that time.
Three of Herring’s Oxford teams, 1988, 1989 and 1993, were Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A state champions. The 1988 and 1993 teams each went 14-0.
Luttrell was an outstanding high school athlete at Jacksonville where he excelled at football. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four high school seasons from 1954 through 1957. He was first team all-county for three years and named state Class AA back of the year as a senior when he also received Wigwam Wisemen All-America recognition. He continued his football career at Auburn and Jacksonville State.
Jack Stewart is revered in Saks for leading the school’s infant football program into the AHSAA playoffs. In 1968, Stewart’s third Saks team was 9-0-0 in the regular season, one of four Class 3A teams to qualify for the postseason, and finished as state runner-up. The 1971 Wildcats were 8-0-1 in the regular season and reached the 3A semifinals. In 1974, Saks was 8-1-0 in the regular season and 1-1 in the 3A playoffs. Stewart’s 12 Saks teams were 70-40-4.
Vaughn Stewart was an outstanding lineman for Anniston’s teams in the late 1930’s. He was second-team all-county as a junior in 1937 and first-team all-county as a senior in 1938. Stewart was second team All-State at center as a junior and a senior. In his senior season, Stewart captained Anniston. He lettered in football at the University of Alabama and played in the National Football League in 1943 and 1944.
Washington was a multi-sport athlete at Cobb Avenue prior to graduating in 1954. After military service, Washington graduated from Alabama State in 1961 and began a coaching career that lasted 30 years, the final 25 at Tuskegee Institute High. Washington’s Tiger basketball teams were 534-218 and won two AHSAA state championships. In 1985, Tuskegee Institute was the first Class 6A champion and in 1991 the Tigers were Class 5A winners.
“Another key to the success of this organization is the continued support for its work from the communities across Calhoun County.” Holder said. “We are very grateful for the sponsors and contributors that make this event possible every year.”
For more information on the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame’s website at www.ccshof.com.