Legendary Midstate high school football coaches Carlton Flatt and Roger Perry are set to be inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame next month.
Flatt and Perry, along with fellow inductees Steve Brewer, Benny Hammonds and Ken Netherland, will be honored at a 9 a.m. induction ceremony at the Life Church in Cookeville on Saturday, Dec. 5. Following the induction ceremony, the TNFCA will host its annual Hall of Fame breakfast at the church.
“It is with great pride and excitement that the TNFCA will be honoring these five legendary coaches,” TNFCA President Thomas McDaniel said. “After accepting nominations and polling coaches from across the state, it became clear by the numbers that our association wanted these men to represent the 2015 Hall of Fame class. These men truly embody the role of educating and coaching young men for success.”
Flatt compiled a 355-68-3 career record in his two stints at Brentwood Academy (1970-98, 2002-2006) — good enough for third on the TSSAA all-time coaching wins list — and he led the Eagles to 20 championship appearances and 10 state titles.
“I feel proud not just for me, but for all of our former players and coaches and for our school,” said Flatt, who began the Brentwood Academy football program in 1970. “I’m thankful that all of us together were capable of receiving this honor.”
Perry, whose son Trey is the current football coach at Mt. Juliet, compiled a 265-92 record in his 37-year career, making head coaching stops at Westmoreland (1984-89), Portland (1990-05) and Mt. Juliet (2006-12).
“I’m very humbled and very honored,” said Perry, who guided Portland to a Class 3A championship in 2000, as well as runner-up finishes in 1994 and 1999. “When I heard the names mentioned in this group, I said, ‘I won’t be included on that list.’
“It’s a huge honor. God has blessed me throughout the years with great coaches and players.”
Last year’s inaugural 46-member TFCA Hall of Fame class included Midstate inductees Turney Ford (Gordonsville), Jim Satterfield (Trousdale Co.), Tommy Owen (Montgomery Bell Academy), Calvin Short (Gallatin), Jim Cartwright (Columbia), Nick Coutras (Overton), Bill Derrick (Father Ryan/Hendersonville), Jerry Pearson (Dickson Co.), Wes Elrod (several Metro schools), Glen McCadams (Lipscomb), Boyce Smith (Springfield), Leonard Staffs (Lawrence Co.), Lee Pate (Murfreesboro Central), William Bouldin (Franklin Co.), Bill Brimm (Madison/Goodlettsville), Ralph Spangler (Cheatham Co.), Louis Thompson (Lincoln Co.), Bob Cummings (Litton/Beech) and Gary Rankin (Smith Co./Riverdale/Alcoa).
Steve Brewer: Brewer spent 33 seasons as a head coach, compiling a career record of 224-143 in stints at Fulton and Sevier County. He spent 11 seasons at Fulton, which resulted in a 57-57 record, and in 1992, Brewer moved to Sevier County, shaping the Smoky Bear program into one of the best in East Tennessee. Brewer, who led Sevier County to a state title in 1999, led the Smoky Bears to 19 postseason appearances. In 2013, Brewer retired from coaching after tallying a 167-86 at Sevier County.
Carlton Flatt: In 1970, Flatt established the Brentwood Academy football program, and during his two separate stints at the BA, molded the program into a state powerhouse. Flatt boasts a 355-68-3 coaching record, which ranks third on the TSSAA all-time coaching wins list. His coaching career spans nearly 40 years, and during that stretch, Flatt led Brentwood Academy to 10 state titles and 28 playoff appearances. Flatt’s state title wins span four classifications: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 2006.
Benny Hammonds: Hammonds began his coaching career in 1968 as an assistant at Cocke County. Hammonds served one season as head coach at Cocke County before moving on to Gatlinburg-Pittman where he recently concluded his 44th year. He led Gatlinburg-Pittman to 31 postseason appearances, and his 340-154-1 overall record ranks fourth on the TSSAA all-time coaching wins lists.
Roger Perry: Perry is a 37-year coaching veteran for Westmoreland, Portland and Mt. Juliet. Perry has compiled a 265-92 overall coaching record with 27 postseason appearances. Perry guided Westmoreland to a 48-22 record in six seasons before moving on to fellow Sumner County school Portland, where he compiled a 151-49 record and led the Panthers to a Class 3A championship in 2000, as well as runner-up finishes in 1994 and 1999. Perry concluded his career after spending seven seasons at Mt. Juliet (2006-12), leading the Golden Bears to a 66-12 record.
Ken Netherland: Netherland compiled a 368-131-3 record and a pair of state titles in his more than five-decade coaching career, making stops at Hillcrest, Germantown, St. George’s and Lausanne. Netherland is second on the TSSAA’s all-time coaching wins list, and he’s one of only two coaches in TSSAA history to win a state championship at public and private schools.