One of Tipton County's most well-known administrators is entering the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame in April.
Chic Nute, who served as the athletic director at Munford High School for 13 years and at Brighton High School in the same role for 15 more, was notified of the honor on Wednesday, a day before the news became public.
"It's quite an honor," Nute said. "When you get something like this, you didn't do it yourself. First of all, God allowed a lot of things to happen, like players, coaches and administrators coming into my life. There's one name on it, but it's definitely a team effort. Many, many people were involved in this."
Nute, who currently serves as the county-wide athletic director and an assistant transportation supervisor for Tipton County Schools, has been involved in education for 48 years.
He was a middle school district coordinator for 12 years and a high school district and region tournament director for more than 20 years.
Nute shared the news with his two grown children, Rick Nute and Nita Harris. Nute said his only regret is that his wife Nita, who passed away in 2012, was not around to enjoy it.
"My kids said, 'You know mom would have loved this,'" Nute said. "She really would have ... I have a feeling she knows."
Nute, 71, began his coaching career in Georgia after graduating from Ole Miss. He coached at Manor (Miss.), Bartlett, Whitehaven, Kingsbury, Calloway County (Ky.) and Oakhaven Baptist before coming to Tipton County. He coached at Munford High School before becoming an administrator at Munford Middle School.
When Brighton High School opened in 1997 he became the school's athletic director and served in that role until retiring in 2011. He served as the athletic at all of his previous stops as well.
Now he works part time as the county's athletic director.
Nute has coached local standouts like Aaron Fultz, Lonnie Glass and Jeff Fayne, as well as the late Charlie Lea who, like Fultz, pitched in the major leagues. He also coached his son and his daughter served as a team manager.
The TSSSAA, the governing body for high school sports in Tennessee, will induct Nute and seven others at a ceremony April 5 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Tickets can be purchased on or after Feb. 24 for $25 at tssaa.org.
Others being inducted are:
• Gary Householder - Administrator and coach for over 30 years at Seymour High School. Head football coach at Seymour for 34 years, with a career record of 280-106. Retired from coaching in 2008. Stadium and fieldhouse at Seymour are both named in his honor. Athletic director at Seymour High School for 30 years. Under his leadership, Seymour started programs in track, cross country, boys’ and girls’ soccer, volleyball and bowling. TSSAA District Coordinator since the program began.
• Ken Colquette - Football coach for nearly 40 years. Head football coach at Marion County High School for 17 years. His teams won four TSSAA state championships and were state runners-up twice. In 2001, he returned to Grundy County High School, his alma mater, and served as principal and athletic director for eight years and football coach for four. He retired in 2008, but has since returned to coaching and is currently the head coach at Sequatchie County High School.
• Randy King - Boys’ basketball coach and athletic director for over 30 years at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. Has a record of 552-168 in 23 seasons as head coach, and compiled 20 consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins. His teams won numerous district and region championships and advanced to the TSSAA State Tournament five times. The gymnasium at Oakland High School is named in his honor.
• The late Glenn McCadams - Football coach for over 40 years, with 30 of those spent at Lipscomb Academy. He compiled an overall record of 319-112. His teams were TSSAA state champions in 1994, 2002 and 2007. His teams finished state runner-up four times. Helped establish and served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) and served as the vice-president of the Football Coaches Association. He served as a TSSAA Region Coordinator and was an assistant principal for 26 years and athletic director for 25.
• Melvin Black - Teacher and coach at Burt High School in Clarksville and Pearl High School in Nashville for nine years. Prior to registering as an official with TSSAA in 1963 he was a registered official with THSAA. One year later he began officiating football, baseball and track, along with basketball. He officiated over 1,000 football games, more than 900 baseball games, and more than 900 track meets on the high school and college level. He worked in one TSSAA football state championship and one boys’ state basketball championship.
• Marvin Doggett—Began officiating in 1959 in the Memphis area. He became registered official with the TSSAA in 1965 and worked numerous district, regional, and sub-state basketball tournaments. He worked the 1973 TSSAA East/West All-Star basketball game and worked in two TSSAA boys’ State Basketball Tournaments (1974, 1979). He became a supervisor of officials in 1980 and continues to serve in that role today. He has also done some officiating on the college level.
• The late Willie Brown— A basketball player at Father Ryan High School who had a major impact on helping to break the color barrier, not only at Father Ryan, but across the state of Tennessee. Brown was the first African-American to play for a predominantly white high school team in the Nashville Interscholastic League (NIL), the state of Tennessee and presumably the South. In his two-year career at Father Ryan, the Irish posted a 52-6 record.