Mary McCoy - 1998
Mary McCoy is a pioneer in women’s sports
among the junior colleges in the state of Alabama. She reins as one the first
to lead teams to state championships and national tournament under the auspices
of the American Intercollegiate Association for Women before the National Junior
College Athletic Association included women’s sports under its
Born in Athens, Alabama, Coach McCoy
graduated from Athens College with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.
As a teacher in the Athens City Schools and Limestone County Schools systems,
she completed the Master of Arts degree in physical Education at Athens State
College. She also had additional graduate level courses from Auburn University,
the University of Alabama and Alabama A& M University.
In the fall of 1969, Coach McCoy joined
the faculty in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at
Calhoun Community College. The women’s athletic program began in 1971 under the
sanction of the AIAW with Mrs. McCoy coaching softball and tennis. She became
the women’s track and field coach in 1971. Coach McCoy’s teams claimed state
championships in all three sports during her coaching tenure at
With the termination of track and field
and softball in 1976 due to budget restrictions, Coach McCoy continued her
coaching on the tennis court. Her teams claimed consecutive state championships
in 1975 and 1976, earning her AJCC Tennis Coach of the Year honors following
each campaign. Two of her tennis squads competed in the NJCAA National
Tournament with the 1978 team finishing in tenth place.
Mary McCoy served as a guiding force in
the emergence of physical education in Alabama, and was twice named as on of the
Outstanding Young Women in America. She was named as a finalist in the
Governor’s Physical Fitness Leadership Award and was listed as one of the
Personalities of the South in 1995.
After 14 years in the Calhoun staff,
Coach McCoy returned to Athens City School system to teach K-5 Physical
Education at Julian Newman Elementary School. Mrs. McCoy joined the faculty at
the University of North Alabama in 1988 and remained in the HPER department
until her retirement in 1995.
In the spring of 1996, Mary McCoy
returned to Alabama Junior College system as a student-athlete. As a member of
the varsity tennis squad at Northwest Shoals Community College, she finished as
the number four singles AJCCC runner up, also competing at the number one
doubles position for her team.
Mrs. Mary McCoy eagerly shared her
expertise, energy, and enthusiasm as a teacher, coach, friend, and mentor to
players and students throughout her career. Numerous people have benefited from
her tutelage and encouragement.
Married to Dr. Larry McCoy, she is the
mother of a son, Mike McCoy of Athens, Alabama.