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.

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David Ellis is one of the coaches responsible for Maryville High School’s longstanding success on the football field.

In 1993, Ellis moved to Maryville and became the assistant coach and offensive line coach at the high school for the next 25 years. Ellis coached the Rebels in 354 games and helped lead the program to 21 regional titles and 18 state championship appearances, winning 13 of those state titles.

In his career, Ellis has coached one high school All-American player, the 2010 US Army All-American game in San Antonio with former Maryville coach George Quarles, All-State players as well as athletes who went on to play college football in the SEC, ACC, OVC and SAC 8.


Before passing away in 2011, Don Heatherly had dedicated his life to Blount County athletics and education beginning with playing Little League baseball for Bassel Elementary School and continuing to his retirement in 2000 as the athletic director at Heritage High School.

Heatherly’s career at Heritage High began in 1976 when he was selected to coach the newly-formed AAA Mountaineer basketball team. He had no trouble building the program, leading the team to a 24-3 record in its debut season.

By the end of 1979, Heatherly had a career total of 133 wins and 65 losses. He wasn’t finished yet. Heatherly went on to coach Heritage basketball until 1986 before becoming athletic director in 1991. He was recognized by TSSAA as the 1998 Athletic Director of the Year.

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