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Leon Maxwell

Bamberg-Ehrhardt Coach Leon Maxwell, who died July 10, 2012, at age 81, compiled a 70 percent lifetime winning percentage.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt coaching icon Leon Maxwell has been selected to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s second Hall of Fame class.

Maxwell and nine other coaches named as honorees on Tuesday have a combined 344 years as head football coaches, have won 2,544 football games and 25 state football championships.

Maxwell, for whom the B-E football stadium is named, died July 10, 2012, at age 81. Over 40 years of coaching at Latta (1952-60), St. Stephen (1960-70) and B-E (1970-92), he recorded two state championships, eight state runner-up finishes, and 27 conference or region championships.

He was inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995 with a compiled record of 297-121-4. He was selected to coach as an assistant and head coach for the Pee Dee Tobacco Bowl, the S.C. High School League North-South All-Star Game and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

His individual honors include National Coach of the Year, third place; S.C. Coach of the Year; and numerous region coach-of-the-year awards. He won state championships in football, baseball and golf. He also coached track and basketball teams to state runner-up finishes.

Maxwell attended Newberry College on an athletic scholarship, where he played basketball and baseball. The 1952 Newberry baseball team went undefeated. Prior to beginning his coaching career, he played in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system.

Being named to the hall of fame along with Maxwell are:

Doug Bennett – Sharon and Swansea: 1953-90 (37 years).

Shell Dula – Ninety Six, Union and Greenwood: 1977-2008 (32 years).

Bettis Herlong – Saluda, Aiken, Orlando- Fla., Johnston and Strom Thurmond, Brookland-Cayce and Saluda: 1950-80 (30 years).

Johnny Roscoe – Forbush, N.C., Bonds-Wilson, Hartsville, Lancaster and Northern Guilford, N.C.: 1975-present (37 years)

Billy Seigler – LBC, Camden Military, Hartsville and Hanahan: 1950-72 (22 years)

Bill Tate – Timmonsville: 1973-2008, 2012-present (39 years)

Jimmy “Moose” Wallace – Lewisville and Northwestern: 1981-2011 (28 years)

Virgil Wells – Mayo and Wilson: 1954-87, 1988-92 (38 years)

Cecil Woolbright – Winyah, Latta, Cardinal Newman and Chapin: 1950-1981 (31 years)

The banquet to honor the coaches will be Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at The Landmark Resort, 1501 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach. Banquet tickets will be on sale Oct. 1 until Dec. 1. For more information on tickets, contact: Mike Ware, 1062 Griffin Road, Pomaria, SC 29126. Phone: 803-276-6360. Email: mware@scfootballcoaches.com

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