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Bill Birchfield

Coached Cloudland to the 1968 state tournament, gaining the school's lone state tournament victory in the process. As a football player at CHS, Bill ran for more than 1,500 yards as a senior. Went on to play at Lees-McRae.

Unaka Football

Two-time all-state linebacker (1990, 1991).
Two-time All-Smoky Mountain Conference.
389 career tackles
1,612 career rushing yards.

Starred at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. After program folded, had exceptional two years at Gardner-Webb University.

NCAA Division II All-American as a senior. Played in the Snow Bowl (Division II All-Star game).

Honorable mention All-American as a junior.

Was outstanding Golden Gloves boxer. Jr. Olympic gold medalist and two-time national champion in boxing.


Mikki Brown

Played for Happy Valley from 1982-86. Tallied more than 1,300 career points. Two-time All-Watauga selection before playing for ETSU.
  Earl Campbell



*A 1955 graduate of Elizabethton High School, for whom he played varsity baseball and basketball.

*Played a year of varsity baseball and basketball at Milligan, graduating from the school in 1959.

*Began coaching career at EHS in 1959. Would coach freshman football, junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball. Posted a 124-16 JV basketball record over a six-year period. Went 37-26 in three seasons heading up varsity baseball program.

*Coached Lynn View basketball (1966-68) and baseball (1967-68) for two seasons. Went 42-22 in basketball, taking the school to its first regional. Recorded a 43-7 mark in baseball, winning a pair of Upper Lakes Conference championships.

*Head basketball coach for Sullivan East for two seasons (1968-70), going 21-10 and 26-6 for a 47-16 combined mark. His second East team won the Upper Lakes title and reached the regional finals.

*Coached Tennessee High in basketball from 1970 to 1979, going 228-79. Won three district championships and two regional crowns. Reached the regional title game four times and made three sub-state appearances. Also collected nine city championships (eight outright).

*317-117 record as varsity high school basketball coach. Record including time as JV coach is 441-123.

*Assistant coach for the University of Kentucky from 1981-83.

*Set up nationwide video scouting service featured on CBS by Billy Packer.

*One of two individuals selected to represent Tennessee in the B/C All-Star Basketball Camp in 1976-77, '77-78, '78-79 and '79-80.

*One of two individuals selected to coach the U.S. All-Stars in the 1979 McDonald's Capital Classic.

*Organized first summer basketball camp in Bristol and directed it for eight consecutive summers.

*Worked in camps at ETSU, King, the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky.


  Milburn Ellis

Hampton's all-time leading scorer with 2,308 points.
All-state in 1957-58. Two-time All-Watauga player. Member of Hampton's first state tournament team ('57).


Beginning with Pearcetown in 1929 and finishing up at Hampton in the 1970s, Hardin enjoyed a long and distinguished career (41 years) as an elementary school basketball coach. Never enduring a losing season, Hardin posted what was likely more than 1,000 career victories. His stops included Fish Springs, Buladean, Midway, Siam, Charity Hill, Valley Forge, Gap Creek and Tiger Valley before a 27-year run at Hampton. Handled both the boys' and girls' teams at some of those schools.

Coached many outstanding players, including Benny Smith, Willie Malone and Jerry White. Captured six consecutive county titles with the Hampton girls, and won boys titles at valley Forge, Gap Creek and Hampton on numerous occasions.


Kim Holly

Wes Holly Sr.
David Hughes  

2002 , 2003 state champion from Happy Valley.

Al King

Gary Oaks
Doran Marcus

Marcus was a major track & field star in the early 1970s at Happy Valley. He qualified for the 1971 Jr. Olympics in the 440 meters, and still holds school three school marks (100, 400, long jump) for the Warriors.

Joel Pierce
Joel Pierce is the most recognized sports figure in East Tennessee.  He started officiating sports in 1967 after returning from the Navy.  He is a graduate of Elizabethton High School and is married to the former Sue Spears. In 1992 he worked the State Football Championships in Nashville.  For many years he worked the chain crew at the East Tennessee State Football games. Joel and Sue have two children and four grandchildren.
Jim Presnell

State discus champion for EHS, member of UT's 1974 national championship team, coached 11 state champions, five time Coach of year while at EHS, Athletic Director at EHS,  Throwing coach at Milligan. Presently Teaching and Coaching in Alabama.

Ray Smith
Ray Smith returns to manage the Elizabethton Twins in 2013. During his 27 year tenure with the Elizabethton Twins Smith has served as manager for 20 seasons compiling an overall record of 791 wins with 486 losses. With eight consecutive playoff appearances and numerous Appalachian League Titles Smith continues to shape his coaching legacy. Under his guidance the E-Twins has made eight consecutive playoff appearances and won six Appalachian League titles the latest being a trilling 2012 Appalachian League Championship Series against the Burlington Royals. Smith has been named Appalachian League Manager of the Year six times and was named the 2005 Rookie Manager of the Year by Baseball American. A graduate of the University of Oregon Smith signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1977 and advanced to the majors in 1981.
  Danny Webster
*Four-year varsity basketball player for Happy Valley (1958-62).
*Seven double-digit scoring games as a freshman.
*Led the Warriors in scoring average during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
*Three-time All-Watauga Conference performer.
*Helped the Warriors to conference championships in his final two years. HV made the state tournament in Webster's senior campaign.
*Third-team all-state selection as a senior, when he tossed in 776 points for an average of 22.2 per tilt.
*Finished prep career with 1,800 points (about 17 a game).




*Started at tight end and linebacker during Elizabethton's run of three consecutive trips to the Class 4A state semifinals (1997-99).
*Three-time all-conference player. All-state in 1999.
*All-SEC tight end in 2002 for the University of Tennessee.
*Entering his 11th NFL season, Witten is the all-time leader in receptions (806) for the Dallas Cowboys. Has gained 8,948 yards (11.1 per catch) and scored 44 touchdown off those catches.
*Posted a career high for receptions (110 for 1,039 yards) in 2012.
*Eight-time Pro Bowl player and two-time first-team All-Pro.


Mike Young

All-Oho Valley Conference honorable mention (football) in 1969. Played a starring role in ETSU's Grantland Rice Bowl win over La. Tech. Twice led the Bucs in rushing. Watauga Conference player of the year (for Hampton) in 1964.