Two Cherokee County School District teachers will be inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame this month!
Etowah High School head baseball coach and PE teacher Greg Robinson and Creekview High School career tech teacher Wyatt Wilkie will be inducted as part of the organization’s annual enshrinement banquet scheduled on Friday.
Coach Robinson will be honored for his long and distinguished career in baseball. He was a starter on the University of North Carolina’s College World Series baseball team and, after college, was drafted by the Texas Rangers. After his playing days, Coach Robinson began a coaching career that has resulted in more than 400 victories, with two Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Championships and State Coach of the Year honors.
Most recently, Coach Robinson lead the 2017 Etowah High School baseball team to the first state baseball championship in Cherokee County history since the 1948 Canton High School baseball team. That 2017 team also will be honored by the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame as part of Friday’s festivities.
A 1999 graduate of Sequoyah High School, Mr. Wilkie's wrestling success included becoming the first wrestler in county history to win a state championship as a freshman. He also led the 1996 team to the first team state championship in county history. After winning two individual GHSA state titles, Mr. Wilkie accepted a scholarship to Cumberland College, where he became the first county wrestler to become a two-time college All-American. Mr. Wilkie returned to CCSD as the first head wrestling coach at Creekview High School.
“We’re so fortunate to benefit from the successful athletic careers of Greg and Wyatt,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “The lessons they learned about teamwork, determination and overcoming challenges help our students in the classroom each day. Greg’s coaching skills also have afforded our student athletes the opportunity to win state championships, earn athletic scholarships … and even be drafted by the Atlanta Braves!”
Dr. Hightower also shared thanks for the Sports Hall of Fame, a CCSD Partner, and its longtime support of high school athletics through recognitions of top seniors from each school and of former student athletes’ successes.
The Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame on Friday also will induct former CCSD athletes Bart Manous, Cherokee HS; Brett Gravitt, Etowah HS; Justin Wilkie, Sequoyah HS; and sports contributor Todd Adams into the Hall of Fame. The event is at 6:30 p.m. at Woodstock City Church; tickets can be purchased online at https://ccshof.ticketleap.com/ccshof-enshrinement-banquet-2022/.