Green, Snyder among Daniel Boone Hall of Fame class

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Oct 28, 2015 at 8:49 PM

Daniel Boone High School is kicking off its Hall of Fame in a big way.

A large class, including former football coach Ken Green and basketball coach Bobby Snyder, will be inducted tonight in a ceremony at the school.

The first group of inductees, known as ‘The Foundation Class,’ will include coaches, athletic directors, administrators, and the transition of the softball Hall-of-Fame members.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Commons Area with formal inductions taking place at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre.

The class will be introduced to the public at Friday night’s football game between Daniel Boone and David Crockett.

Information on the inductees follows:

Ken Green, Football Coach

After a successful stint at Cumberland, Ky. High School, Green won 135 games as the Trailblazers’ football coach from 1972-2001. It included an Upper Lakes Conference championship in 1975 and the 1999 season when Boone won nine games including playoff wins over Cherokee and Morristown West.

He coached multiple players who went on to have college careers.

Overall, the ’Blazers won six games in the postseason and his teams held a 21-7 advantage in Musket Bowl games against rival David Crockett. The football field was named after him in 2009.

Nathan Hale, Administrator

A former principal at Daniel Boone and later the superintendent of Washington County Schools, the football stadium at Daniel Boone bears his name.

Hale was instrumental in naming the Washington County high schools after the two historical figures. He loved athletics and was a big supporter of the Trailblazers programs. He formed and led the Boonettes, a nationally-ranked rifle competition team.

Jerry Jenkins, Baseball/Girls Basketball/Football Coach

Jenkins has been a coach in the Washington County school system for over 40 years. He still serves as the defensive coordinator for the Trailblazers’ football team. His son Jeremy is the head coach.

Jenkins also has been a head baseball coach and an assistant coach for the girls’ basketball program. In addition to his time at Boone, he also served as head football coach at rival David Crockett.

Stan Kinnett, Wrestling Coach

Kinnett started the wrestling program in 1973 and served as head coach on two different occasions. He coached Gary Weese, the 1979 state champion in the 112-pound weight class. Weese was nearly a two-time champion, losing a close decision as a state runner-up his senior year in the 119-pound class.

Also an assistant coach for the football and baseball programs, Kinnett coached five wrestlers to state championship matches, including Robbie Ferguson, another two-time state finalist. Kinnett had numerous region champions and over 40 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament.

Clarence Mabe, Baseball & Girls Basketball Coach

The former baseball and girls’ basketball coach at Daniel Boone, he helped construct and later raise funds to light the baseball field which bears his name. ETSU and Milligan College played the first game under the lights at Boone.

As a girls’ basketball coach, he took the Lady ’Blazers to the sub-state in 1980 and coached Tammy Larkey, who was named a first-team All-American by Parade magazine in 1981.

Prior to coming to Daniel Boone, Mabe coached baseball and boys’ basketball and at Fall Branch High School where his basketball players, Lynn Gardner and Randy Hayes, won league scoring titles. He has served on the Washington County Board of Education since 2002.

George Moody, Cross Country/Track Coach

Moody served as the girls’ cross country coach from 1981-91 before taking over the boys’ team. He was head coach of the 1998 state championship team led by Shawn Akers, Brinson Milhorn and Daniel Berry.

He also served as an assistant to the legendary Karl Winkle on the track team. He coached seven All-State runners, and took 16 cross country teams to the state championships where 11 of them finished in the top 10. He also coached two relay teams to top 10 finishes and coached state champion Ben Williams in the shot put.

He remains active with the Boone program helping with events like the Trailblazer Invitational and the Region 1 championships.

Mary Ann Bacon Nelson, Cheerleading Coach

Nelson coached the cheerleader teams for nearly two decades and her squads were known for their precise routines. The Boone cheerleaders won multiple local contests and numerous summer camp competitons.

The 1985-86 cheerleading team won the International Cheer Foundation camp championship and qualified for the national competiton in Nashville which included squads from 35 states. There were nine different years when one of Nelson’s cheerleaders earned the all-star award at UCA individual competitons and received the honor to perform in the London holidays parade.

Dorothy Rose, Volleyball Coach

Rose started the Daniel Boone volleyball program, and prior to Washington County consolidation was the head coach at Sulphur Springs High School. She was head coach for 17 years total and her 1976 team finished as state runner-up.

Rose’s teams compiled 27 tournament championships and five district championships. A number of her former players went on to earn college scholarships at ETSU, Tusculum and Milligan.

Bobby Snyder, Boys Basketball Coach

A member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the basketball coaching legend won 835 games at Boones Creek and Daniel Boone. He had 35 winning seasons and his 1968-69 Boones Creek team sported a 29-3 overall record. The Bars dominated the old Washington County League, under Snyder, winning six straight conference titles at one point.

His 1982-83 team at Daniel Boone won the District 1-AAA tournament, and the basketball gym at the school bears his name. Back in his playing days, Snyder led the Washington County League in scoring with 21.6 points per game in 1954-55.

Charles Herman Tester, Administrator

Tester served as an assistant principal at Daniel Boone from 1984-85 before moving to Boones Creek Middle School for the next three years. He came back to Daniel Boone as principal and stayed there until 2001.

Prior to that, he served as a baseball coach at Sulphur Springs High School. Later, he was the baseball coach, basketball coach and principal at Sulphur Springs Elementary School. A native of Johnson County, he has authored several books about Carter and Johnson counties.

Dave Torgerson, Baseball/Football Coach

Torgerson came to Daniel Boone in 1975 as an assistant to baseball coach Clarence Mabe after playing professionally one year for the San Francisco Giants and spending two years in the Army.

He spent eight seasons as head baseball coach with his 1987 team reaching the region finals where they lost to eventual state champion Sullivan South. Torgerson also served as quarterbacks coach and defensive backs coach for the football team.

Lloyd White, Athletic Director

White presided over the Daniel Boone athletic department from 1975-95. Prior to school consolidation, he coached baseball, basketball and track at Fall Branch and served as principal there for three years.

He also served as principal at Westview Elementary and as an assistant principal at David Crockett High School for five years. He joins his granddaughter, Leah White Mooney, in the Boone Hall of Fame. She was part of the inaugural softball hall of fame class which transitions into the new athletic hall of fame.

Karl F. Winkle, Cross Country/Track/Football Coach

Winkle laid the foundation for the powerhouse Boone cross country program. His 1981 state championship winning team included current Boone head coach Len Jeffers.

Winkle started the Trailblazer Invitational which just celebrated its 43rd anniversary. He also coached linemen for the football team and his track teams included Jeremy Clark, a state champion in the 1-mile run.

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