Class of 2008
The Calhoun Community College athletic program currently features two teams - fast pitch softball and baseball. Mary H. McCoy, a former physical education instructor, played a major role in the athletic department, establishing three women's programs during her time at Calhoun.
McCoy started and coached the softball program, a track and field program, and a tennis program.
Though softball is the only one of the programs that exists today, McCoy led each program to a state title and multiple state titles in tennis. She also led the tennis team to the national tournament twice.
Mary's career at Calhoun began in 1969 and continued through 1983. During those 14 years, she coached her three programs without a supplement and never took a reduced teaching load. Her influence in Limestone County was not limited to Calhoun. She also taught physical education at Athens Middle School, Athens High School, East Limestone High School, Athens State College and Julian Newman Elementary School.
In addition to physical education, McCoy was a cheerleader sponsor at Athens Middle School, Athens High School and East Limestone High School. At Athens High School she was the girls intramural director and at East Limestone High School, she coached girls volleyball, track and field and gymnastics. After her numerous years in Limestone County, McCoy became an instructor at the University of North Alabama from 1988-1995.
Outside of the classroom, McCoy formed the Athens Women's Tennis Association, was a member of the United States Tennis Association, was a race director in several 5K and 10K runs and judged numerous cheerleader competitions.
She is still involved in athletics, running in 5K, 10K and marathons, a participant in the Sports Festival in Mobile and still competes in the USTA Tennis Tournament in women and mixed competitions. She earned Alabama Tennis Player of the Year honors in 2005.
McCoy took leadership roles during her teaching career, including being the former president of Women in Higher Education at UNA. She is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference Hall of Fame.