DeKalb County (Alabama) Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2006

Coker Gary Coker
Born December 11, 1943  - A pioneer of high school sports coverage, Gary Coker was part of a three-man team, who brought changes to not only sports sections in DeKalb County and the Sand Mountain area but across North Alabama.  A1961 graduate of Geraldine High School, Gary began covering Geraldine and Crossville High School sports in 1968.  Soon enough, his articles were picked up by daily newspapers, increasing high school sports coverage across North Alabama.  His writings have carried from local schools to the University of Alabama head football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s, and to interviews with NASCAR racer Richard Petty.  Still dedicated to local sports almost 40 years later, it’s unlikely anyone his age has seen more games or written more stories about DeKalb County teams.  As a youngster, Gary played on Crossville’s very first Little League Baseball team, and later not only coached but was the director of Crossville Dixie Youth Baseball.  He played in his first independent baseball game, when he was 12 and played for over 16 years.  He also played independent basketball for 12 years, and the softball team he coached and played on for 13 years won over 800 games.
Acie “Lefty” Edmondson
Born December 9, 1941  - Rodney played basketball at Fort Payne High School 1957 - 1960.  He started every year as a guard.  During his senior year in the NEAC Tournament game with Albertville the Gadsden Times described Rodney’s game as “the most amazing bit of accuracy seen on the Sansom hardwood..ever”.  According to the Times with three minutes to go Rodney hit seven straight shots from the 15-20 foot range and two free throws.  He scored 26 points. Rodney was named All-Conference for the 1959-60 team and for the 1958-59 team.  He was recruited by Jacksonville State and actually given a scholarship without head coach Tom Roberson ever seeing him play.  He started all four years at Jacksonville.  He hit 126 consecutive free throws in a team practice breaking a 10 year school record. Rodney led his team to records of 16-6, 12-8, 15-5 and 12-8.  Rodney graduated with honors in math and after receiving a masters in math at the University of Alabama he returned to Jacksonville State where he taught for 35 years in the math department.
Mayes Powell Heather Mayes Powell
Born November 18, 1976 - Heather began her sports career at Fyffe High School where she was a six year starter in basketball and volleyball and a five-year starter on the softball team.  She won three 2A basketball state championships as a player in 1992, 1993, and 1995.  Her volleyball teams won three state championship runner-up awards.  Heather was selected All State five years in basketball and four years in volleyball.  She was three time 2A “Player of the Year”, Three time “State Tournament MVP”, “Super All-State” two years, “Miss Basketball 1995”, “Gatorade Player of the Year 1995”, and “Volleyball State Tournament MVP” in 1993.  Heather was a participant in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic and Senior Volleyball All-Star Game.  She is a Bryant-Jordan recipient as well as Academic All-State.  Heather set state records for points (4149) and three point field goals made in a career, season and game.  She played basketball one year at Western Kentucky University, setting a school record for three-point percentage.  She played one year of college softball at Snead State Community College where she was honorable mention All-American.  She also played basketball at Jacksonville State University earning All-TACC, All TACC tournament honors.  In 1999 Heather led NCAA Division 1 in three-point shooting percentage.  She was volleyball assistant coach at Sylvania (2000 State Champs), Head basketball coach at Susan Moore, Paul Bryant High School.  Heather was named head basketball coach at Plainview in 2004.
Nichols Willie Lois (Bill) Nichols
Ms. Nichols passed away in January 1971.  She was the leading scorer at Geraldine in 1925-26-27 on two district champion teams that played in state tourney.  The team was runner up and she was all state.  In 1928 she transferred to Jacksonville where she played on both the high school and college teams.  In 1929-30 she played on a team that went undefeated.  She scored 63 points against Southern Miss.  She was an avid tennis player.  She coached tennis at Jax State.  An excellent golfer she played on the day she passed away.  She is a member of the Jacksonville State Hall of Fame.