Thursday, June 24, 2010
Kirkland enters Hall of Fame
Former H.W. Byers boys coach Gerone Kirkland was recently inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“This is a big honor for me,” Kirkland said. “I really appreciate the recognition.”
The award was presented as part of the recent NEMBCA all-star basketball games held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
Kirkland retired in 2006 with a career record of 818-440. He coached 40 years – seven of those at Byers.
Kirkland, a native of Carthage, won two state championships at Rosa Fort – one in Class 3A and another in 4A. He also carried Rosa Fort to the Class 5A semi-finals.
At Byers, his Lions twice played in the Class 1A title contest. They made the state tournament five straight seasons from 2001-2005.
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