Former Stephens County High School Head Football Coach Charles Winslette said he considers it a great honor to be inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class.
“No doubt about it,” said Winslette. “It’s the highest honor that you can really receive as a coach in the state of Georgia in your respective sport. There are 62 of them on the wall up there now in Dalton and it is certainly an honor to be associated with the group of guys that are up there.”
The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association announced last month that Winslette would be one of six coaches inducted into the GACA Hall of Fame later this year.
Winslette said he was pleasantly surprised when he found out about his induction.
“When someone is nominated to be in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, it usually sits for a year or two because there are so many great candidates as far as getting in there,” said Winslette. “But for whatever reason, mine went on through in a hurry and I was really overjoyed by it.”
Winslette has won 260 games in 34 years as a head coach, including winning state titles in 1985 at West Rome and in 1993 at Greene-Taliaferro High School and finishing as a state runner-up twice.
He is one of only 12 Georgia high school head coaches to win a state title at two different schools and is the only coach in Georgia high school history to win 250 games while leading four teams to the Georgia High School semi-finals and leading two of those schools to state titles. Winslette is also one of only five coaches who played on a State Championship team and later was the head coach of a State Championship team.
At Stephens County, Winslette went 55-17 in six seasons and made the playoffs each year.
Winslette said he enjoyed his time at the Reservation.
“Stephens County was a great situation for me,” said Winslette. “I had great players, great coaches, and a great community behind the program and (I) have nothing but great things to say about Stephens County. It was a great situation for me and my family.”
Winslette is currently an assistant coach at Monroe Area High School, working with the offense.
The induction ceremony for Winslette and the rest of this year’s Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class will take place on June 1 in Dalton.