Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Mu­seum com­mit­tee chair Kathy Marko said hon­or­ing Jacoway’s ca­reer will make an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the sports room.

“The steer­ing com­mit­tee of the mu­seum sports room has put a plan to­gether that would make the Chero­kee County sports com­mu­nity proud,” Marko said. “In 2016, the Chero­kee County His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum and So­ci­ety hon­ored five leg­endary state hall of fame coaches from Chero­kee County - L.D. Bruce, Bobby Joe John­son, Dale Welsh, Roy Knapp and Eu­gene Weatherly. It’s ex­cit­ing to know we’re adding another to this list of pres­ti­gious coaches from Chero­kee County in Rus­sell Jacoway. We look for­ward to host­ing an over­flow at­ten­dance on June 29 at 6 p.m.”

Jacoway, a grad­u­ate of Collinsville High School in 1975, be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer in 1978 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Auburn. He was an as­sis­tant coach at Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., then moved on to Smiths Sta­tion as an as­sis­tant there for three years.

Jacoway ar­rived at Sand Rock in 1983. His first team went 0-10, but he built from that squad a Class 1A state cham­pion that went 15-0 in just his third sea­son in 1985. That sea­son was capped off with a 14-6 vic­tory over Rep­ton. That year, Jacoway earned the Alabama Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Coach of the Year.

Jacoway also earned the ASWA Coach of the Year honor again in 1997 when his Class 2A Wild­cats went 12-2 and fin­ished as state run­ner-up to Lu­verne.

In his ca­reer, Jacoway’s teams claimed 12 area/re­gion cham­pi­onships with 25 play­off ap­pear­ances. On Oct. 29, 2009, Jacoway earned his 200th vic­tory with a 30-0 thump­ing of Spring Gar­den. He was in­ducted into the Chero­kee County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

“I got to coach a lot of great kids at a great place,” Jacoway said. “I did what God wanted me to do and where he wanted me to do it at. There are a lot bet­ter coaches out there, but no­body loved the game bet­ter than I did.”

Th­ese days, Jacoway has found a new ca­reer with an en­ergy com­pany called Cen­er­gis­tic. The Dal­las-based com­pany was es­tab­lished in the early 1980s, with the goal of help­ing school dis­tricts, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties through­out the na­tion fo­cus on util­ity con­ser­va­tion.

Cen­er­gis­tic en­tered into a con­tract agree­ment with the Chero­kee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion back in De­cem­ber, 2014. Jacoway was of­fered a po­si­tion with the com­pany in Fe­bru­ary, 2015.

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