After the festivities had moved from the cafeteria to the football field, the 2018 Lewis County High School Panthers were announced as they walked to mid-field from the field house. The team was followed by coaches and other side-line assistants. The voice of the Panthers at home games Bill Lynch, turned the ceremony over to alum Russ Adcox and Superintendant Benny Pace. Adcox told the crowd of Coach Sharp’s impact on Hohenwald, Lewis County and the State of Tennessee.
“Bobby Sharp, now beginning his 31st year as head coach at LCHS, came back to Lewis County in 1988. He has compiled 245 wins of 352 games played, 69.6 percent. He is 6th with most wins among active coaches in the state and first in wins among active coaches in division 2A. Sharp has taken the Panthers to the play-offs 28 of 30 seasons. He has amassed six undefeated seasons and 11 ten win seasons. Sharp has coached over 500 players and been in coaching for 37 years.
Adcox handed over the mic to Director of Schools Pace who then announced the unveiling and re-naming of Panther Stadium to Bobby W. Sharp Stadium.
After applause, hand shaking and hugging, Coach Sharp took the mic and began by saying, “Anybody who knows me knows I’m not much on talking.” Surrounded by current and former players and coaches, Sharp thanked those in attendance. He also praised all the support he has received through the years from players, coaches, boosters, parents, staff and the community acknowledging they are just as important to this program.
The evening concluded with the tradition of photos and visiting with the players on the field.