Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Inductee Nominations

Inductees are selected from nominations solicited from the public. Recommendations, including biographical information, records and photographs are to be sent to:

Jackson Madison County Sports Hall of Fame
PO Box 10085 | Jackson, Tennessee 38308

You may also submit nominations online using this form.

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Joe North

Joe North is recognized for nearly forty years of coaching basketball at the middle and high school level in West Tennessee.

North graduated from Ramer High School in 1969, where he played for legendary coach, Marvin Williams. Over his four years, North scored over 1,300 points and had an overall record of 102-23, earning All-State honors. Over his career, North coached over a thousand games, garnering an 853-289 overall record (462-151 high school boys, 182-69 high school girls, 103-39 middle school boys, 106-30 middle school girls). North is a twelve-time District Coach of the Year and four-time Jackson Sun West Tennessee Coach of the Year. He was also voted as the Coca Cola Referees Coach of the Year twice.

At the high school level, North had coaching stints at Bells, Bolivar Central, Crockett County, Adamsville, Dyersburg, North Side, and Trinity. He also coached middle school basketball at Michie, Adamsville, and USJ.

Most notably, North prides himself in helping over fifty of his players pursue college ball, and he inspired twenty-four of his former players to become coaches at various levels, including current USJ head coach Tony Shutes and Sacred Heart of Jesus head coach Nick Beauregard.

North currently lives in Jackson and enjoys volunteering for various local teams.

Ellen Renfroe Reed

Ellen Renfroe Reed is recognized for her unprecedented softball career at Trinity Christian Academy, University of Tennessee, and professionally with the Chicago Bandits.

Over her career at TCA, Reed helped lead the Lions to over 224 wins, including four Class A state championships and five consecutive district, regional and sectional championships. She completed her career with a 0.31 ERA, 115-9 record from the mound, and 1,335 strikeouts with more than 20 no-hitters. The Jackson Sun recognized Reed as its 2009 and 2010 All-West Tennessee Pitcher of the Year, 2008 Player of the Year, and 2006 Newcomer of the Year. She was named All-State four seasons, All-District five seasons, and All-District MVP twice. After her senior season, Reed was recognized as the 2010 Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year, MaxPreps Softball All-American, and ESPN/RISE All-American Second Team.

Upon graduating from TCA, Reed moved across the state to Knoxville to pitch alongside her sister, Ivy, for the Tennessee Lady Vols. She quickly made a name for herself, tallying a 26-7 record with a 1.50 ERA and 259 strikeouts over 201 innings as a rookie. During her time at Tennessee, Reed helped lead the Lady Vols to two Women's College World Series appearances, including a runner-up performance in 2013. Reed finished her career at Tennessee with a 1.65 ERA and a 102-25 record. In her four-year career, she threw 84 complete games, 41 shutouts, two no-hitters and struck out 1,005 batters in over 175 appearances. She is one of three Lady Vols pitchers to win 30 games in a single season, joining her sister Ivy.

Reed was a two-time NFCA All-American (2011, 2012), a four-time NFCA All-Southeast Region pick, a three-time Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014), and a three-time All-SEC selection (2011, 2012, 2014). As a senior in 2014, she went 30-8 with a 2.02 ERA and 245 strikeouts. A model student-athlete, Reed was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for softball and the 2014 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was also a three-time Capital One Academic All-American (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2014, the Chicago Bandits drafted Reed, and she played for one season before pursuing a career in coaching. She’s had coaching stints at the University of Memphis, Bethel University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2018, she and her husband, Jon, settled in Morristown, Tennessee, where she currently serves as the head softball coach for Lakeview Christian Academy.

Brandon Rowland

Brandon Rowland is recognized for his outstanding athletic and personal achievements, despite immense adversity he has experienced since childhood.

In 1987 at the age of six, Rowland was diagnosed with a very rare blood condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation or DIC. He was hospitalized – much of the time in extremely critical condition – at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis for more than nine weeks. Within the first two weeks, both legs were amputated below the knees. Afterward, he endured numerous skin graft surgeries and revisions to help his limbs begin to heal. Then his journey toward creating a “new normal” began through physical therapy and other subsequent surgeries. Rowland was determined that his story would not be one of tragedy, but one of triumph.

And indeed, Rowland’s life has been full of personal and athletic triumphs. As a middle school student at the University School of Jackson, Rowland played basketball, baseball, soccer and tennis on his knees. During Rowland’s senior year at USJ, he was honored by being selected to the 1999 USJ Hall of Fame.

Also during his senior year, he was invited to join the Jackson Generals, a wheelchair basketball team sponsored by West Tennessee Healthcare. He led the Generals to two consecutive National Wheelchair Basketball Association championships, and was named to the All-Tournament team in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was named Most Valuable Player in 2002 when he scored 35 points, had 15 assists and 10 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged a triple double for the season.

Rowland had the unique opportunity to try out for the U.S Wheelchair Basketball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002.

He was selected as a “person of inspiration” to be one of 19 torchbearers when the Olympic flame passed through Jackson on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

When it came time for college, Rowland received multiple scholarship offers from Division I wheelchair basketball programs. He decided to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was heavily involved in intramural sports with his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. He graduated from UTM magna cum laude with his BS and MBA degrees.

After graduating from UTM, Rowland renewed his passion for golf. He was the Canadian National Open Multiple Division Champion in 2005. He won three National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) national championships in 2013, 2015 and 2018. He has been selected six times to play on the USA International Cup golf team, winning all his matches. The International Cup is the amputee version of the Ryder Cup. Rowland is the only multiple amputee to qualify for the Tennessee Mid-Amateur Golf championship. In addition to golf, he is also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Rowland continues to inspire others, especially new and recent amputees. He also has speaking engagements with civic clubs, church groups, school groups and medical classes. Rowland currently works in sales and marketing for Fourroux Prosthetics, and lives in Jackson with his wife and high school sweetheart, Sara.

Dexter Williams

A native of Trezevant, Tennessee, Dexter Williams is recognized for his basketball career as a student-athlete at West Carroll High School and Union University, as well as the impact he’s made on our community as a high school coach and education administrator.

As an All-State basketball player for West Carroll, Williams led his team to its first ever state tournament berth in school history for any sport. He received All-District, All-Region, All-West Tennessee, and All-State honors. Ranking seventh in his class, Williams received a full-athletic scholarship to play college ball for the Union University Bulldogs, where he was named All-American Scholar.

Upon graduating from Union in 2000, Williams embarked on an unprecedented coaching career. Most notably, Williams led Jackson to its first ever high school state championship in high school boys basketball in 2006 and 2007 as head coach at Liberty Technology High School. This accomplishment put Liberty in the national basketball rankings for the first time in Jackson-Madison County history. Not only is Liberty the youngest high school to ever win a state championship, Williams is the youngest head coach to ever win back-to-back state championships. Williams received numerous coaching accolades, including District 12-AA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007), Tennessee Boys Basketball Coach of the Year (2006, 2007), Tennessee Sports Writers Association Boys Basketball Coach of the Year (2006, 2007), Best of the West Coach of the Year ( 2006, 2007), West Tennessee Boys Basketball Coach of the Year (2006, 2007), On the Ball Magazine Coach of the Year (2007), Southeastern Region Coach of the Year finalist (2007), A.F. Bridges Male Coach of the Year (2006), and District 13 AAA Coach of the Year (2008, 2009). In 2016, Union University honored Williams with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Athletics.

In 2008, Williams transitioned into education administration, serving as assistant principal at Liberty before being promoted to principal at Tigrett Middle School. He later served as head boys basketball coach at Milan High School, Human Resource and Transportation Supervisor for Milan Special School District, and principal and athletic director at West Carroll Junior/Senior High School.

Currently, Williams is the Superintendent for the West Carroll Special School District. He’s heavily involved in the community, serving as president of the Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee, advisory board member of Union University EDGE program, and district seven representative for the TSSAA Legislative Council.

Williams is married to Amber, a former college basketball player at Lambuth University and current educator and girls basketball coach. Together they have three children, Kayleigh, Karcyn and Kaleb.

Jeff Wyatt

A native of Jackson, Jeff Wyatt is recognized for his baseball career at South Side High School and Union University, as well as the impact he’s made on our community as a high school baseball coach.

A three-sport athlete, Wyatt played baseball and golf and ran cross country for the South Side Hawks. On the baseball field, Wyatt made a name for himself as one of the best defensive players, starting at third base or shortstop. On offense, Wyatt often batted third or fourth in the lineup, generally leading the team in batting average, RBIs, and homeruns. He helped lead the Hawks to three district titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Wyatt was a three-time All District, All-Region, and All-State selection, and named Best Offensive Player and District Most Valuable Player.

Wyatt continued playing baseball in college at Union University, where he was honored as an NAIA All-American selection. In summer 1999, Wyatt had the unique opportunity to play with the U.S. Athletes International team. Over his career, Wyatt accumulated multiple Union records, including first all-time with hits in a season (89), hits in a career (316), RBI in a career (249), total bases in a career (556), and second all-time with batting average in a career (.387), home runs in a season (17), home runs in a career (46), and most bases in a season (162). In 2002 after his senior season, Wyatt was named NAIA All-Region, NAIA Region Player of the Year, TransSouth All-Conference, and TransSouth Conference Player of the Year. Wyatt finished his career with a .387 batting average, 316 hits, 180 runs, 46 home runs, and 249 RBIs.

Wyatt’s passion for the game led him to begin a coaching career after graduating from Union. He became an assistant coach at Ripley High School, before returning to his alma mater, South Side.

Currently, Wyatt serves as the head baseball coach, where he continues to carry on a tradition of strong baseball programs.