2018 MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Class Inducted
Eight Nashville sports figures were inducted into the 2018 Metro Schools Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 29. The 2018 class was introduced by local sports radio personality George Plaster at a luncheon held at the Springhouse Golf Club at Gaylord Opryland Resort.
“With so many legends of Nashville high school sports in the same room, I listened to their stories like a kid in a candy store,” said Mark North, MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Committee Member. “These inductees have accomplished so much beyond athletics. We are proud of their accomplishments and hope they know we remember. They have each forever earned a place in Nashville history, and we proudly celebrate them.”
James “Coach” Armstrong
Pearl High School
Class of 1953
Armstrong graduated from Pearl High School in 1953. He played football all three years. He went on to receive two degrees from Tennessee State University and a Doctorate of Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt in 1982. Armstrong began his teaching and coaching careers at Attucks High School in Hopkinsville, Ky.
In 1963, Armstrong returned to Nashville to teach and coach at Pearl High. He spent the next 17 years there teaching and mentoring athletes. Armstrong is credited with helping get black schools into the all-white N.I.L. After another strong season, Armstrong convinced the Clinic Board Committee to give Pearl a chance and let them compete in the Clinic Bowl. They ended up defeating Maplewood 6-0.
Coach Armstrong’s coaching career included receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). He was inducted into the Region 6-AAA Metro Hall of Fame for football and basketball as well as the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Armstrong was also named Coach of the Year.
After teaching, Armstrong moved into administration. He served as principal at several Metro Schools before moving to Central Office and becoming an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University.
Coach Armstrong was married to Jo Ann Armstrong and they had two sons, Vincent and Dwayne. Later he was married to the late Dr. Jeanette Armstrong.
Donelson High School
Class of 1964
Jim Bevans known as “Jimbo” Bevans earned many honors while at Donelson High School. In high school he made All-City third team for football, All-State AP first team and All-NIL for basketball. Jimbo played on the 1964 State Championship Basketball Team and played on the 1964 State Baseball Team.
In 1967 Jimbo attended West Point. He was a two-year starter. He was named All-East first team for his play at linebacker and played in East-West Shrine Game. Jimbo had 8 interceptions in a 10-game season which was the most in Army Football history.
Jimbo received All-America honorable mention and was named by the coaches vote as the most valuable player. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1968 and spent a year in Vietnam as an Army fix wing pilot from 1971-72.
Jimbo graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in 1977 and graduated from the University of Kentucky Periodontal Program in 1980.
Jimbo is married to Carol Galloway and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. He is still practicing periodontal dentistry in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Donelson High School
Class of 1969
Steve Burger played football, baseball and basketball while at Donelson High School. He was named to the Nashville Tennessean’s All-Metro football and basketball teams and was named the 1968 NIL Football Player of the Year in the Class AAA Eastern Division.
Burger was the National Football Foundation Nashville Chapter Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1968. He was also a finalist for the Hume Award that same year.
Burger played multiple positions including quarterback, tailback and fullback at Vanderbilt from 1969-’72. He was named to the AP All-SEC Sophomore Team ’70. During his career at Vanderbilt, Burger rushed for 1,308 yards including 21 touchdowns and passed for 1,252 yards and threw for 7 touchdowns.
Steve also played baseball at Vanderbilt from 1972-‘74. He played on the 1972 SEC Runner-up team with a 6-0 pitching record. In 1974, Vanderbilt won the SEC Baseball Championship by beating Alabama twice.
Overton High School
Class of 1984
Keith Davis set the standard for running backs in Nashville. He was named Tennessean Offensive Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons and was named AAA Metro Player of the Year in 1983.
Keith was named to the All-State, All-South and All-American teams. He won the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club Player of the Year Award as well as the Hertz No. 1 Award. He was the top prospect in the state and was named to the U.S. Army Reserves All-Star Class of 1984.
In track, Davis won the state 200-meters event, placed second in the 400-meters event and earned the Trackman of the Year Award in 1984. Davis was also a starter on Overton’s District Champion Basketball team.
Keith attended the University of Tennessee and finished in the top 10 for rushing yards and yards per rush in the SEC in 1985. He also led the SEC in yards per kickoff return in 1988.
Antioch High School
Class of 1977
Joe Fisher is a native Nashvillian who graduated from Antioch High School and Middle Tennessee State University. During his years at Antioch High School, he was a standout on the tennis court. At the age of 16, Fisher called Rudy Kalis at Channel 4 to find out how to break into the broadcasting business. A few weeks later, he was hired to work part-time answering phones and helping around the sports department.
Fisher graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. He began his career in radio at WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro. From there, Fisher moved to WSMV-TV where he spent nine years as a sports anchor/reporter before moving on to WKRN-TV. Fisher spent two seasons doing play-by-play for Vanderbilt women’s basketball before being named director of broadcasting for Vanderbilt athletics. Fisher is now is in 20th season doing play-by-play for the Commodores.
Fisher has won numerous broadcasting awards over the years including a regional Emmy. He was named Nashville’s Favorite Sports Personality and co-Sportscaster of the Year in 2013.
Fisher currently serves on the board of the Rochelle Center and is a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame advisory board. Fisher has been married 29 years to the former Diana Knight and they have one son, Zach, who graduated from the University of Alabama.
Litton High School
Class of 1965
Carol Galloway is a 1965 MNPS graduate of Litton High School. While Carol was at Litton they won the NIL in 1964 and she was named Tennessean All-City & All-District.
In 1965, while averaging 23 points per game, Carol was named Tennessean All-City, All-District and Banner All-Nashville. She was recognized as Miss Nashville High School that year.
Carol was a very active young lady participating in basketball, skiing and golf. Five times Carol topped the 30-point mark with her best effort being 33 points in a victory against Hillsboro High School.
Carol studied at the University of Tennessee Allied Science, University of Memphis and later graduated from Belmont University in 1969.
Carol is married to Jim Bevans and has three daughters and five grandchildren. As Jim is also being inducted along with Carol, they will be the first married couple to be inducted into the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame.
East Nashville High School
Class of 1960
Danny Gibson was a two-time state champion golfer for East High, winning the 1958 and 1959 TSSAA individual state golf tournaments. His dramatic win in 1959 was clinched when he sank a curling, downhill 25-foot putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. He followed those two championships with a runner-up finish in 1960. Gibson led the East High golf team to the state championship in 1958 and won the Nashville Banner NIL Golf Championship in 1959.
Gibson attended Memphis State University on a golf scholarship and became a golf professional at Harpeth Hills, Riverview and Shelby Golf Courses. He served the city for many years as the Superintendent of Golf Courses for Metro Nashville.
Gibson retired in 2002 and currently resides in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Glencliff High School
Class of 1987
Felicia Grinter lettered in five sports while attending Glencliff High School. She played basketball, volleyball, softball and competed on the track and cross-country teams. She received numerous awards during her time at Glencliff including being named to multiple all-district, all-city, all-regional teams as well as the TSSAA Region 6 Volleyball Champions in 1986.
Grinter took her passion for sports and turned it into a career. While on a basketball scholarship at Volunteer State Community College, she enrolled in a basketball officiating class. That class would jump-start her career and would help Felicia become one of the top women’s basketball referees in the country.
Grinter has worked in all the major college conferences and was selected to officiate the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She was the only American referee chosen to work the summer games that year. Besides receiving countless awards at home, she has also been recognized internationally by several countries including Colombia, Spain, the Czech Republic and Russia.
Felicia is the daughter of Sammie and Maggie Grinter. She has two siblings, a niece and two nephews.