Keith Richardson was the head football coach at Clinton High School for 24 seasons. He coached Clinton to 239 victories, 57 defeats and two ties. The Red Devils won state championships in 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1985 and 1987. From 1972 through 1978, a span of seven seasons, Clinton won four state championships and six upstate titles. Richardson stepped aside in 1992 and became executive secretary of the South Carolina High School Coaches Association.
Cally Gault coached the Presbyterian College Blue Hose football team for 22 years, spanning the seasons 1963 through 1984. As head coach at Presbyterian, Cally’s record was 127-101-7. After retiring, he led the athletic program as Presbyterian moved from the NAIA into the NCAA. As head coach of North Augusta High School, Gault won 42 games in a row from 1953-1957.
Barry Atkinson has been keeping the Laurens District 55 High School Raiders healthy for 36 years. The head of the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association called Atkinson "the dean of athletic trainers in our state." Atkinson was the first trainer in the history of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
King Dixon lettered four years each in football, basketball, baseball and track at Laurens High School. He was a first-team high school All-America in 1954, MVP of the Shrine Bowl, and won the 100-yard dash in the state track meet. At the University of South Carolina, Dixon was All-ACC, second team All-America, team MVP for three years, played in the North-South Shrine Game in Miami and was selected as USC’s outstanding male graduate. He served his alma mater as Director of Athletics from 1988 to 1992, leading the Gamecocks’ entry into the Southeastern Conference.
Kevin Long was a standout running back at Clinton High School. Long went on the University of South Carolina and became the first player ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards. For his career in Columbia, Long rushed for 2,372 yards. He started 33 games for the New York Jets in the NFL, rushing for 2,190 yards and 25 touchdowns. Long also played in the USFL for the Chicago Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers.
C.E. “Chick” Galloway played shortstop for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics from 1919 through 1927 and finished his career with the Detroit Tigers in 1928. For three years’ running, 1922-24, Galloway was on the American League MVP ballot, then chosen from a list of players nominated by each team. In his best season, 1922, Galloway batted .324 with 83 runs scored, 185 hits and nine triples. He led the league in games played with 155.
J.D. Fuller started for three years on the football team at Clinton High School and anchored the defense of the 1977 and 1978 Class 3A state champions. Fuller came out of Cross Hill and Clinton High School to become one of the USC Gamecocks’ all-time greats. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. At the conclusion of his career at Carolina, Fuller had made 405 tackles, the most in school history. He is one of only two Gamecock players ever to make more than 100 tackles in three different seasons.
Chrissy Floyd led Laurens District High School to Class 4A basketball state championships in 1998 and 1999 and a perfect 58-0 record. Floyd played at Clemson from 1999-2000 through 2002-03 and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball team four times. She led the team in scoring every year. In her career, Floyd scored 1,937 points, second only in Clemson history to Barbara Kennedy-Dixon, the ACC’s all-time leader. She is 15th in ACC history and was named to the conference’s 50-Year Anniversary team.
Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame
The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame inducted their inaugural class in March of 2017. Members of that class include: