This fall marks the 100th year of intercollegiate football on the Presbyterian College campus. We’d like to share a list of the fifteen men who have served Presbyterian as Head Football Coach, as well as information on the PC alumni who have been awarded the Bob Waters Award by the Scotsman’s Club.
The coaches listed below represent a small fraction of the men who have shaped or have been shaped by the football program at Presbyterian College. Not only have there been too many beloved assistant coaches to name here, but several eventually became PC’s head football coach themselves. Many other talented assistant coaches have served PC over the years, some who went on to coach high school and other college teams.
PC Football Head Coaches:
Everett Booe 1913
Erling C. Theller 1914
Walter Johnson 1915-1917
Gifford Shaw 1918
Walter Johnson 1919-1940
Lonnie McMillian 1941-1953
Bill Crutchfield 1954-1956
Frank Jones 1957-1961
Clyde Erhardt 1962
Cally Gault 1963-1984
Elliott Poss 1985-1990
John Perry 1991-1996
Daryl Dickey 1997-2000
Tommy Spangler 2001-2006
Bobby Bentley 2007-2008
Harold Nichols 2009-present
A large number of our student athletes have also made their mark on coaching at the college and high school levels. In the 1970s it was thought that over fifty coaches in South Carolina were Presbyterian College graduates, many of whom played under Lonnie McMillian (John Marett Outz, History of Intercollegiate Football at Presbyterian College, 1975). These seeds of the PC Spirit have been scattered all over the southeast, some as far away as Texas and beyond.
Eleven Presbyterian College alumni have been honored as recipients of the Bob Waters Award, named in honor of Robert Lee Waters, PC class of 1960. An upcoming column will more fully explore Bob Waters’ life and legacy. The award established in his name by Presbyterian College and the Scotsman’s Club is presented to
PC alumni who have provided outstanding leadership and service to society in the
profession of athletic coaching and who personify the values and qualities of excellence
and integrity held dear to Presbyterian College.
The recipients of the Bob Waters Award include the following men and women:
John McKissick ‘51: current head football coach at Summerville (SC) High School, serving for over 61 years; most wins [600+] in United States football history
Art Baker ‘53: former head football coach at East Carolina University (NC), Furman University (SC), and The Citadel (SC); former assistant coach at Clemson University (SC), Texas Tech University, and Florida State University; retired from University of South Carolina Athletics as Associate Athletic Director and Gamecock Club Director
Keith Richardson ‘64: former head football coach at Clinton (SC) High School; won over 200 games and six state championships
Charlie Davidson ’50: former head football coach at Washington Wilkes (GA) High School and Darlington School (GA); led Washington Wilkes to four state championships in football and several in golf; won over 250 football games
Allen Morris ’56: former head tennis coach at University of North Carolina and Presbyterian College; was also a quarter finalist at Wimbledon in 1956
Shell Dula ’69: former head football coach at Greenwood (SC) High School, Union (SC) High School, and Ninety Six (SC) High school; won six state championships; currently serves as Executive Director of the SC Athletic Coaches Association
John Franklin Thames ‘58: 42 years as head coach in different sports at Manning (SC) High School; won two state championships as women’s basketball coach
Luther Welsh ’55: former head football coach at Thomson (GA) High School; won over 333 games and three state titles for Thomson; ranked 4th all time in victories among coaches in GA
William “Lefty” Johnson ’56: former head football coach at Whitmire (SC) High School; led Whitmire to state championship in 1978
Barbara Frady Nelson ’85: former head women’s basketball coach, Wingate University (NC); coach of the USA team winning gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championship in France
Sam Paul ’83: current men’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina; active coach with most wins in the ACC; and the fourth winningist coach in league history with his 324 overall wins and his 122 ACC regular-season victories; Paul achieved his 300th victory in March 2011
The Bob Waters Award honors our PC graduates coaching not only football, but any sport for men or women at the high school or college level. These eleven alumni have been living examples of excellence and integrity for countless others who work with our young people on athletic fields and courts everyday.