Three local coaches will see their illustrious careers be enshrined in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.
Brentwood Academy boys’ basketball coach Hubie Smith, former Battle Ground Academy middle school athletic director and BA coach Jabbo Hessey and Franklin High School Sports Hall of Fame member Mickey Marley are part of the nine members of the 2019 class.
Smith has been with BA since 2013 and has won four straight state championships with the Eagles. He also oversaw the development of NBA prospect Darius Garland.
He was previously with Ensworth as a girls’ basketball coach, where he won two state titles (’10, ’13). His career stretches back 40 years in the profession, with a 19-year career with Bartlett High School and stints with Lipscomb and Belmont as an assistant on his accomplished resume.
Hessey served his role with BGA’s middle school from 1990 to 2005 and coached various sports with BA from 1986 t0 1990. He returned to coach the Eagles in 2006 for a season. He also has spent nearly 50 years with the TSSAA as a track and field official and has worked with the organization on the sport as a whole.
Marley was a standout athlete at Franklin High in his youth in football and wrestling, earning him a spot in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. He parlayed that to a successful high school football coaching career with the University School of Jackson for 27 years.
The three, along with the other members of the class , will be recognized at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 4 at the TSSAA’s website.
Photo by Whitney Jarreld.