Lewisburg native to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Friday, January 20, 2012
Lewisburg native Louis Conner will be inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame at Columbia State Community College on Jan. 27.

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - - A Lewisburg native who coached at Connelly and MCHS will be inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame later this month.

Louis Connor, athletic director for Columbia State Community College, will be inducted into the TCCAA Hall of Fame during a ceremony scheduled to take place between the two games scheduled for Jan. 27 at Columbia State. TCCAA Commissioner Jim Cigliano will formally induct Coach Connor.

A native of Lewisburg, Conner is a graduate of Columbia State Community College and the University of North Alabama at Florence. He earned a master's degree in sports management from the United Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.

Conner coached one year at Connelly Junior High, where his team finished the season with an 18-3 record and won the Middle Tennessee state championship. After serving as an assistant coach at Marshall County High School for several years, he became the head coach in 1985. His fellow coaches voted Conner the District 9-AA Coach of the Year in 1987.

Conner came to Columbia State as head basketball coach and health/physical education and recreation instructor in the fall of 1988 and coached the Chargers for 16 years. During that time several players graduated from Columbia State and signed with four-year colleges and universities.

Conner was named coach of the year twice (1993 and 2000), and won over 200 games during his college-coaching career.

In 2005, Conner became athletic director for Columbia State. During that time he has been the director of five National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)/TCCAA Region VII National Baseball/Softball Tournaments and one NJCAA/TCCAA Region VII Basketball Tournament hosted by Columbia State.

The ceremony will take place between the Lady Chargers and Chargers home games in the Webster Athletic Center on the Columbia campus of Columbia State. The Lady Chargers tip off at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.