Class of 2003
Cliff Coggin was long regarded as one of the finest football, basketball and baseball players in the history of the Tennessee Valley.
A native of Athens, Coggin spent two years in the Navy after World War II, then enrolled at Alabama, where he lettered in basketball. He later transferred to Mississippi Southern (now the University of Southern Mississippi) and became one of the most prolific football receivers in school history.
In 1949, Coggin caught 53 passes for 1,087 yards and nine touchdowns - still school records - for the 7-3 Southerners.
Coggin played in the 1949 Blue-Gray Games and the 1950 Senior Bowl. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, Coggin played professional football for a time and played professional baseball for a year in the Boston Red Sox organization. He later coached football at Middle Georgia Junior College in Cochran, Georgia and at Guntersville High School for one year. He was also the football coach at Buckhorn High School in 1963 and 1964.
In the mid 1960's, he played for the semiprofessional Huntsville Rockets football team. He returned to coaching at Athens College in 1973 and as head coach of the Athens baseball team.
Coach Coggin was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame in the 1970's.
Played at the University of Alabama -lettered in basketball.
Transferred to Southern Mississippi where he became one of the most prolific receivers in SMU history; played in Blue Gray game (1949) and Senior Bowl Game (1950) Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams; played professional baseball in Red Sox organization.
Coached football at Middle Georgia Junior College; coached football at Guntersville and Buckhorn High School and was Head Baseball Coach at Athens College (1973)