8 inducted into East Clarendon High School Hall of Fame

Ceremony recognized former Wolverine athletes, coaches

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 9/7/18

TURBEVILLE - Eight former Wolverine athletes and coaches were inducted into the East Clarendon High School Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Aug. 25.

The inaugural induction ceremony recognized the achievements and accomplishments of the late Shelby …

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8 inducted into East Clarendon High School Hall of Fame

Ceremony recognized former Wolverine athletes, coaches

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TURBEVILLE - Eight former Wolverine athletes and coaches were inducted into the East Clarendon High School Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Aug. 25.

The inaugural induction ceremony recognized the achievements and accomplishments of the late Shelby Barrineau, the late Bennie Bennett, the late Shad Hall, Donald Hardy, Reggie Kennedy, Maxie Knowlton, Mickey Moss and the late Duane Robinson.

SHELBY RANTZ BARRINEAU

For more than 40 years, Barrineau was a vital part of East Clarendon both in the hallways and fields of his beloved Wolverines. As a teacher, coach, athletic administrator and school board member, Barrineau's impact on the academics and athletics at East Clarendon went far beyond the schools. He played an integral role in establishing and maintaining a vibrant youth recreation program in his community.

Barrineau, the youngest of six siblings, grew up on a farm in a community a few miles east of Turbeville near the Williamsburg County line that bears his family name. After high school, he attended Presbyterian Junior College, where he played baseball. He transferred to Newberry College, where he graduated in 1961. Returning home to Barrineau, he worked for a short period of time on the family farm before pursuing a career in education as a social studies teacher and coach.

For the next 24 years, Barrineau was a mainstay at East Clarendon coaching and teaching. During the 1984-85 school year, Barrineau played a vital role in establishing a middle school athletic program and served as its first athletic director. Working with other area middle school athletic administrators, Barrineau led the way to establishing the Lynches River Conference for middle school competition.

In 2008, Barrineau began sponsoring the school's "Coach of the Year" award that was given to the school's most outstanding coach for that school year. To honor Barrineau, East Clarendon changed the name of the award to the Shelby Barrineau Coach of the Year award.

BENNIE DEXTER BENNETT

Bennett grew up in the New Zion community attending Walker-Gamble Elementary School and East Clarendon High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After graduating in 1976, he attended Newberry College, where he played basketball under Coach Nield Gordon. Before his sophomore year, Gordon left Newberry College to establish a men's basketball program at Winthrop College. Bennett and four other Newberry players followed Gordon to play on Winthrop's inaugural men's basketball team. Bennett played for the Eagles from 1978-1981 and became the first player in the school's history to score 1,000 career points.

After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from Winthrop, Bennett joined the public school system in Fort Mill, Clover and Newberry as a teacher, coach and administrator. Bennett's tenure as a teacher and coach earned him numerous honors including the 1988 Fort Mill School Teacher of the Year, Regional Coach of the Year for men's basketball on five occasions, the 2009 Athletic Administrators Association Superintendent of the Year and the 2013 Omega Psi Phi Educator of the Year. He was also inducted into the Winthrop College Athletic Hall of Fame and the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

HERMAN EUGENE "SHAD" HALL

Hall, who was born in Alabama, attended East Tennessee State University, where he was captain of the school's football team for two years. Hall served in the Army for two years before moving to Clarendon County and beginning a tenure at East Clarendon High School, where the school's football field bears his name.

Hall coached at ECHS for 12 years. During that time, he coached football, baseball, basketball and track. His teams were very successful. During his leadership, the Wolverines won three baseball state championships, two football state championships and four basketball conference championships.

Hall's leadership extended past the walls of the school. He was president of the Ruritan Club, president of the Clarendon County Education Association, an inductee into the inaugural class of the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 and an inductee into the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.

R. DONALD HARDY

Hardy was a 1966 graduate of East Clarendon High School, where he was a four-sport athlete. Hardy played varsity basketball, earning Most Valuable Player and All Conference recognition during his junior and senior years. As a senior, Hardy quarterbacked the Wolverines to the 1965 state championship, which earned him All Area and All State accolades. Hardy lettered in track and field and played shortstop for the Wolverines for four years, earning the team's Most Valuable Player award for three of those four years. While at ECHS, Hardy also earned the F.E. DuBose Award for the school district's best athlete.

Hardy also played American Legion baseball for Turbeville, where he maintained a batting average over .400. Hardy's skills on the baseball diamond caught the eye of retired baseball legend Bobby Richardson, who was an All-Star second baseman for the New York Yankees. Hardy spent 1967 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees as a second baseman and helped turn the most double plays in the league. After leaving baseball, Hardy coached basketball for three years with Christian Academy in Manning. His love for golf earned him eight club championships, and he competed on the South Carolina Golf Association Amateur circuit. Today, Hardy is the golf instructor for the Clarendon County Recreation Department's Youth and Adult Golf programs.

REGGIE KENNEDY

Kennedy graduated from East Clarendon High School, where he was a standout student-athlete in football, track and baseball. During his senior year, 1985, Kennedy helped lead the Wolverines to a perfect season and a state championship in football. Kennedy's prowess on the gridiron earned him an athletic scholarship to play football for South Carolina State University, where he earned All-MEAC honors as the school's starting linebacker. Kennedy graduated from SCSU with a Bachelor in Science degree in Mathematics and earned a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Cambridge University.

Kennedy has spent 28 years coaching; 23 of those years he held the dual role as athletic director and head football coach. During the course of almost three decades, Kennedy has coached at Irmo High School, Kingstree Senior High School, Fairfield-Central High School, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Sumter High School and Blythewood High School, where he was the assistant athletic director.

Kennedy's accolades are numerous. He's earned several Coach of the Year awards during his tenure coaching. He was named to the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame. Because of the death of Coach David Farnham, Kennedy was placed into the role of head coach of the 2007 South Carolina Shrine Bowl Team, where he led the team to victory for the first time in four years. At Sumter High School, Kennedy led the Gamecocks to a 2013 Division I-AAA Football State Championship. In 2016, he was the head coach of the South Team in the 2016 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South All-Star football game. Kennedy was also named the 2017 and 2018 Region 5-AAA Athletic Director of the Year.

RICHARD MAXIE KNOWLTON

Knowlton was a three-sport athlete at ECHS, where he made All Conference in all three sports and was named All State in football and baseball. Knowlton was also a member of the Wolverines' 1958 and 1959 baseball State Championship teams. He played in the 1959 North-South All-Star Game and the 1959 Tobacco Bowl.

At Newberry College, Knowlton lettered four years in both baseball and football. After college, he coached baseball, football, basketball and track for two decades. In 1965, as an assistant to EC's Coach Shad Hall, ECHS won the football state championship. He also served as the Wolverines' athletic director for six years.

MICKEY MOSS

A graduate of Blacksburg High School and Limestone College, Moss was a Marine in the Vietnam War. He's a member of the Blacksburg Hall of Fame, a member of the South Carolina Coach's Hall of Fame and the Lake City Hall of Fame. He was the coach of the 1985 East Clarendon State Championship team.

LARRY DUANE ROBINSON

Robinson was a true athlete. He participated in a county-wide baseball team during junior high school. He was a three-sport All Conference letterman in football, basketball and baseball at ECHS. Robinson won the F.E. DuBose award and the Coach Shad Hall award during his senior year at East Clarendon.

Robinson earned an Associate Degree from Sumter Area Technical College, attended Francis Marion University and earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, which led to a teaching career that spanned decades. He also taught at Turbeville Correctional Institution for Youthful Offenders, an experience that he referred to as "life-changing" for the students.

Robinson's love of sports led him to coach on the recreational fields in Little League, Pony League and American Legion games. He also coached junior varsity baseball and middle school basketball and football for the Wolverines. He was the "eye in the sky" for Wolverine Football Coach Dwayne Howell.

In 1985, Robinson coached the Wolverines' varsity baseball team. During his eight years as coach, he led them to eight regional championship titles and several playoff wins. Robinson also served as an assistant baseball coach for the Clarendon School District 2 Monarchs for two years before returning to his beloved ECHS.

Robinson's athletes called him "Coach Rob," during and after their days on the baseball diamond. His love for the sport led him to becoming a mentor for each of his players. He was their best friend and at times a father figure.