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.