May 8, 2012
BIRMINGHAM - The former Jacksonville State, Clemson and Florida Coach Charley Pell will be one of eight to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
A native of Albertville, Ala., Pell played collegiately at the University of Alabama and was a member of their 1961 National Championship team. He was an All-SEC guard and defensive tackle.
In 1968, at the age of 28, he became the youngest head coach and athletic director in the country at Jacksonville State. He led the Gamecocks to the Gulf South Conference Championship in 1970; and they finished second in the nation in Division II. He was 33-13-1 at Jacksonville State.
In 1976, he was named defensive coordinator at Clemson and the following year he was named head coach. In 1978, his Clemson Tigers went 10-1 and captured the ACC Championship. For the second year in a row, he was named ACC Coach of the Year. After the 1978 season, he left Clemson to be the head football coach at the University of Florida. His overall coaching record was 84-43-5 and a .636 winning percentage. He passed away on May 29, 2001.
Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2012 include: Artis Gilmore (basketball), E.J. Junior (football), Bryan Kirkland (paralympian), Mal Moore (coaching), Andre Tippett (football), Steve Wallace (football), and Dan Washburn (administrator).
For ticket information to the May12th Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.