DeKalb County (Alabama) Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2012


Mike Cochran
Mike Cochran graduated from Fyffe High School and the University of Alabama. He coached girl’s basketball at Fyffe for 28 years and became DeKalb County’s all-time winningest basketball coach with a record of 627-226. His teams won seven state championships, including four straight from 1994-1997, along with one state runner-up finish. During his tenure his teams won sixteen DeKalb County championships, including eight straight from 1994-2001, fourteen Area championships, and seven Sand Mountain titles. He won numerous county and state coach of the year awards and was a four-time coach of the Alabama-Mississippi All-star game. His teams won 302 times during the decade of the 90’s, which was an average of thirty wins a year.
Terrence Hill
Terrence Hill was born in 1982 and attended Fort Payne High School from 1997-2000 where he played basketball.  He was a 1999-2000 member of the Alabama High School Basketball Final Four. He began attending Southern Union Community College in 2000 and was the ALJC State Champion for 2000-2001. His sophomore year 2001-2002 he helped lead Southern Union to the NJCAA Tournament and was selected MVP of the Alabama JUCO All-Star Game. Terrence transferred to Kennesaw State University and had a very impressive career there.  He helped Kennesaw State to the NCAA Division II championship as a senior, and earned the Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Award. He was also named a NCAA Division II First Team All-American by the NABC as a senior, the first-ever player in school history to earn the distinction. Terrence was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. He finished his collegiate career as Kennesaw State's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,152 career points, the most in school history for a two-year player. He also ranks second all-time in steals (162) and eighth in assists (187). Terrence later played for Liceo Mixto in the Chilean Dimayor league and helped lead his team to the title in 2008 with a 4-1 series win over Universidad de Concepcion in the finals. 
Thompson Billy Thompson
Billy Thompson played football, basketball and baseball for Ider High School. He was selected as All-County fullback during his junior and senior football seasons.  He was selected as the 1959 All-County second leading scorer as a junior.  As a junior, he played on the DeKalb County All-Tournament basketball team, but due to football injuries and a broken ankle he was not able to return to the basketball team, his senior year, until late in the year. Billy received a football scholarship from Jacksonville State University. During his football career from 1961-1965 he was a regular in the starting lineup as blocking back and fullback. He played in almost every football game during his career at Jacksonville State, where they won the Alabama Collegiate Conference Co-Champs in 1961, 1962, 1963 and were Conference Champs in 1964.  He was coached by Don Salls through his junior year and finished his senior year under Coach Jim Blevins.  After his graduation from Jacksonville State in 1966, Billy accepted a teaching position at Ider High School where he also served as the assistant football coach. He worked in those positions for three and one-half years and decided to return to farming. Billy has been married to Kathryn for 47 years, and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. 
White Rodney White
Rodney White was a running back and defensive back for Crossville High School from 1984-1986.  During those seasons he was selected as an All-County, All-Area and All-State player.  In his three years as a Crossville Lion, he and his teammates went 36-4, reaching the quarter finals in 1985 and winning the state championship in 1986.  Rodney was a stalwart both those years and had the ability to be a game changer and come up with the big play when it was needed.  He scored twenty-five touchdowns his senior season, scoring by running, pass receiving, pass interception returns, kick returns and punt returns. His pass reception and run at Lamar County in the semi-final game is known as "The Play". With time running out and the Lions trailing 6-0, White caught a quick-slant pass, avoided a trio of defenders, and 59 yards later was brought down when the seventh defender got him from behind at the one-yard line. The Lions scored on the following play, kicked the PAT, and earned the right to host the championship game. The win over Elba in the championship game was almost anti-climactic. White was All Conference in college as a free safety and was being scouted by pro teams for a professional career; however, he injured his knee which ended his hopes of playing professionally.