Blount County will honor the 2018 class of its Athletics Hall of Fame at its annual banquet Monday night.
The Daily Times is noting two of the nominees each day leading up to the induction.
As a senior on the Maryville High football team in 1965, John Moscript had more than 1,000 rushing yards in nine games while averaging 13 yards per carry. The team won the state championship that year and led the nation in rushing offense with 340 yards per game.
Moscript was highly recruited after winning first-team All-East Tennessee and All-State honors his senior year at Maryville. He received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Kentucky and South Carolina before choosing to play for East Tennessee State University. There, Moscript’s athletic career came to an abrupt halt as a result of a catastrophic injury his first year. Today, Moscript enjoys trout fishing and participating in Babe Ruth baseball and softball youth leagues, and he supports Connie Mack All-Star teams.
Rodney Nelson’s impact on Blount County student athletes can be felt far and wide. Nelson was the head basketball coach at Maryville High School from 1983 to 2006, and the team went 443-275 while he was at the helm. He was also assistant coach at Maryville College in 1981 and again from 2007-11 before going on to serve as the athletic director of Hiwassee College from 2011-13.
Nelson’s resume with youth sports in extensive. He was the co-founder and director of the Maryville Biddy League, the founder and director of the MHS Boys Basketball Camp from 1984-2006, and he was the MHS girls’ and boys’ golf coach from 1992-97. From 2005-07, Nelson coached Maryville Little League baseball, and later, he also coached the AAU Boys League and AAU Girls League for many years.
Today, Nelson continues coaching part-time at Maryville High School.