LESS THAN two years after retiring, former Jefferson football coach T. McFerrin is headed to the hall of fame.
McFerrin, who guided the Dragons to the 2012 state championship, will be inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame May 31 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton.
“I’m certainly very proud and very humbled by this award,” McFerrin said. “It’s the highest honor I’ve gotten and I owe this to a lot of people — administrators, coaches and the players who have played for me.”
McFerrin, who finished with a career record of 340-102-4, coached Jefferson from 2009-2012 and compiled a record of 39-9. He put himself in the school’s history books in 2012 when he led Jefferson to 14 consecutive wins and a state championship victory over Calhoun in the Georgia Dome — which was the final game of his career.
McFerrin, who also won a state title with Elbert County in 1995, is one of the most decorated coaches in Georgia high school football history.
His 340 victories rank fourth all-time for Georgia coaches. McFerrin coached four different schools to the state finals, five different schools to the semifinals, seven different schools to the quarterfinals and won region titles at seven different schools — all of which are state records.
McFerrin was named Atlanta Journal-Constitution Coach of the Year in 1982, l995 and 2012 and Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year in 1976. He earned the Atlanta Falcons “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2013.
McFerrin also coached the Tucker High School boys’ tennis team to state championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
McFerrin’s fellow 2014 inductees are Johnny Farmer, Buck Godfrey, Lee Gower, Jimmy Hires and Rodney Walker.