Newberry’s Phil Strickland and former Lexington coach J.W. “Whinny” Ingram will be part of this year’s class of the South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.
The eight-member class includes Blackville-Hilda’s David Berry, Dillon’s Jackie Hayes, Johnsonville’s Lewis Lineberger, former Lake View coach Jewell McLaurin, Bennie McMurray and Jim Ringer, who began his career at Columbia before moving on to Conway and Rock Hill.
The eight coaches have won 2,031 games and 31 state football championships.
Strickland has coached more than 30 years with stops at Ridge-Spring Monetta, Brookland-Cayce, Batesburg-Leesville and Gaffney. He has won five state titles and appeared in 10 championship games.
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Five of Strickland’s players have gone on to play in the NFL and he is a member of three other halls of fame.
Ingram coached at Lexington from 1935-70 and won 216 games and three state titles. The four-sport letterman at Newberry College coached every sport at Lexington and even acted as the janitor.
The eight coaches will be enshrined during a ceremony at Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 8.