published Friday, January 17th, 2014

Ken Colquette going into TSSAA hall

Ken Colquette talks to players in this file photo.
Ken Colquette talks to players in this file photo.
Photo by Robin Rudd /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

One of the few accomplishments still left for Ken Colquette to achieve can now be added to his legendary coaching career. Colquette, who has spent much of his career coaching in the Sequatchie Valley, is one of eight new members to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame on April 5.

"I didn't get into coaching for that, but I'm happy they felt I belong," Colquette said. "Don't ever let anybody fool you, a person doesn't get an award like this by themselves. I was lucky to surround myself with a lot of hard-working coaches and talented players who worked hard, too. This is a tribute to all of those guys and the community there in Jasper for the way they supported us."

Colquette began his head coaching career at Bridgeport (Ala.) before taking over at Marion County in 1980 and guiding that program to unparalleled success for 17 years. The Warriors won four state championships, were state runners-up twice and had just one losing season in his term. During one stretch in the mid-1990s, they went 56-1.

After resigning from Marion in 1996, Colquette coached at Vidalia (Ga.) and Grundy County, his alma mater, where he also worked as principal and athletic director for eight years. He came out of retirement last year to take over the program at Sequatchie County, helping the Indians reach the state playoffs.

With a 254-87 career record, the 65-year old Colquette is the fourth coach from the area to have won more than 250 games, joining the late E.B. "Red" Etter (324 wins at Central and Baylor), Bill Chappell (317 at Dalton) and Benny Monroe (259 at Cleveland and Ooltewah).

"This is a well-deserved honor for Ken," said Johnny Grimes, who worked as a Marion assistant for Colquette for 16 years. "He's an excellent coach and leader and has been respected throughout the state for a very long time."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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