The MAAA Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our deserving athletic administrators in the state of Mississippi.
Woody Barnett’s passion for young people contributed to his success as a teacher, coach and administrator. More importantly, it has contributed to the success of many young men and women who were taught to develop character as well as their scholastic and athletic abilities.
Barnett is in his eighth year of retirement from the Pearl Public School District where he served for 36 years. During his tenure, all at Pearl, he served as a teacher, coach and for his last sixteen years as the athletic director.
During his tenure as athletic director, Pearl High School won a total of 48 state championships! As a coach, his teams won an amazing 43 state championships in track and field and cross country! He coached 145 state champions and in 1987 coached the All-American and national scholastic record holder, George Kersh.
Barnett has won numerous state, regional, and national coaching and AD honors. In 2004 he was named the National Boy’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of Coaches Association, and in 2012 he was named the National High School Coaches Association Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year.
In 2006 Barnett was inducted into the Pearl School District Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. A crowning achievement was being inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008.
Barnett has served in several positions in numerous professional organizations that include the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the Mississippi High School Activities Association, and the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association.
In 2015 he chaired the first MHSAA Track and Field Summit that led to major changes for high school track and field in Mississippi. After retirement he started Pirate Timing, a cross country and track timing business. In 2016 he was named the first ever executive director of the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association, a position he held for four years.
He and his wife of 43 years, Kathy, have two sons, Chris 39 and Kevin 35. They are also blessed grandparents to 3 grandchildren, Hutson 5, Harper Hasting 3 and Maylee 1.
Karen graduated from MSCW in 1973, with a BS degree. While at the “W”, she played on the JV volleyball team and the Varsity basketball team from 1969 to 1972. In 1971, the “W” won the National Championship and in 1972, they made the Final four of the National Championship Tournament.
She attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi in 74-75. During that year, she was Assistant Volleyball and Basketball Coach (which was housed in the Physical Education Department).
During her coaching career, she has coached at Pascagoula High School, University of Mississippi, Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy and Potts Camp Junior and High Schools.
While at Potts Camp, she was the Athletic Director from 1995 – 2012. She was Marshall County District Athletic Director from November 2012 to December 2016. Total years Coaching and Athletic Director – 27 ½. During her tenure as Athletic Director, the following programs were established: Softball (both slow and fast pitch), cross country, track and field, and football.
Coaching Records – Combined Cross Country and Track and Field:
- State Championship – 10
- State Runner-ups – 8
- North Half Championship – 8
- Regional Championship – 14
- District Championship – 26
- Teacher of the Year – Potts Camp High – 1997-1998
- Cross Country Coach of the Year – MAC – May 1998
- Track and Field Coach of the Year – MAC – May 2001
- NIAAA South Sectional Track and Field Coach of the Year – Feb. 2002
- NIAAA Certified Athletic Director – 2004
- NIAAA Certified Test Administrator – 2007
- NIAAA State Award of Merit – 2009
- NIAAA LTI Instructor – December 2010
- NIAAA – Credentials Committee – 6 years
- NIAAA – State Coordinator for Certification and LTI – 10 years
- MHSAA Athletic Director of the Year – January 2010
- MAAA – 2nd VP – 2004, 1st VP – 2005, President – 2006, 2007
- MAAA – Conference Planning Committee – 10+ years
Lonnie Tillman is a native of south Mississippi his hometown being Wiggins. After lettering in football and track and field at Stone County High School he attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he was a Junior College All-American offensive guard.
Majoring in athletic administration and coaching he attended the University of Southern Mississippi.
Since 1983, upon graduation from USM, Coach Tillman has been involved with high school athletics in our state.
At Harrison Central High School, he was an assistant football and boys track coach while serving as head coach for girls track & field.
From 1995 to 2011, Coach Tillman served as Athletic Director for Pass Christian and Harrison County School Districts. While working as an athletic director he taught LTC 501 and LTC 502 courses for the MAAA leadership training seminars.
After 28 years in public school Coach Tillman accepted a position with the Mississippi High School Activities Association where he is works as the Associate Director for MHSAA.
- Mississippi Athletic Administrator Association member since 1999
- Masters in Educations from William Carey University 1995
- MAAA Conference Planning Committee 1998-present
- Joined National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators association 1999
- Received the Certified Athletic Administrator distinction from NIAAA 1999
- National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Gulf Coast Chapter President 1999-2001
- National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Gulf Coast Chapter Secretary 2002-2011
- Leadership Gulf Coast/Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce 2002-2003
- Meet Director for South Mississippi 2A/4A track & field meet 2000-2005
- NIAAA National Conference Moderator 2003
- NIAAA Distinguished Service Award 2016
- NIAAA State Award of Merit
- First president of MAAA
- Mississippi Association of Athletic Administrators AD of the Year 2004
- MHSAA Legislative Council 2004-2008
- NIAAA National Conference Presenter 2005
- NIAAA Board of Directors 2004-2006
- Mississippi representative at NIAAA Delegate Assembly 2006-2016
- MHSAA Executive Committee President 2008-2010
- MHSAA District VIII Executive Committee President 2008-2009
- MHSAA District VIII Executive Committee (1995-2000) (2005-2010)
- NIAAA Awards Committee 2012-2016
- MHSAA Associate Director 2011-present
R. Lynn Moore grew up in Summerland, Ms. He graduated from Taylorsville High School and then went on to graduate from William Carey University.
He has served within the educational community for 50 years, 35 of which were as a head football coach and Athletic Director throughout Mississippi and Louisianna. During this time he had numerous players go on to play D1 football as well as few being drafted to professional teams. He coached the Louisville Wildcats to a State Championship in 1993.
Coach Moore has been very active within the MAC and MHSAA throughout his career and remains so to this day. His reputation for building programs and improving facilities is just one part of his legacy.
Coach Moore contends that all of the successes mentioned above would not be possible without the relationships he built and maintains with his former athletes, faculty, assistant coaches and administrators.
His proudest accomplishment though is being married to his wife, Diane, for 51 years. Currently, Coach Moore is serving as the Itawamba County School District Director of Operations/Athletics.
- 1978 Member of the MHSAA Legislative Counsel
- 1990 Instrumental in promoting the recognition of Powerlifting as a MHSAA sanctioned sport
- 1991 President of MHSAA District One
- 1992 Assistant coach in the Jackson Touchdown Club All-Star football game
- 1994 Assistant coach in the MS/AL All-Star football game
- 1999 Instrumental in promoting the creation of the MAC Football Coaches ALL-STATE TEAM
- 2000 Head Coach for the North in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star football game
- 2002 MAC Athletic Director of the Year
- 2017 Instrumental in promoting the recognition of Archery as a MHSAA sanctioned sport
- 2017 Inducted into the North East Mississippi Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Robert Turnage spent 38 years in public education, the last seven as Superintendent of Philadelphia Public School District. Coach Turnage began his career in education in Utica in 1964, where he coached junior high athletics and high school football. He also taught social studies and biology. After two years at Utica, he moved on to Wingfield High School in Jackson, then on to Meridian High School where he spent the next 28 years. Mr. Turnage served as assistant coach, head coach, assistant principal and Principal. From 1973 through 1987, his responsibilities also included serving as athletic director for the Meridian Public Schools District. A graduate of Water Valley High School, Mr. Turnage received his A.A. degree from Northwest Community College, B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi and Specialist degree from Livingston University.
- Past Secretary of Mississippi Association of School Superintendents
- Past Member of MHSAA Executive Committee
- Past President of MHSAA District V
- Past Chairman of Big 8 Conference
- Mississippi Athletic Director of the Year (1979)
- Past member Board of Directors, Millsaps College Principals’ Institute
- Recognition of Meridian High School during his time as principal by Redbook magazine as America’s Best High School for the state of Mississippi.
- Past President of Mississippi Athletic Directors Association
From 2009 through 2019, Coach Jerry D. Alexander served as the Chairman of District IV Middle Schools.
He was the head football coach and athletic director for the Moss Point School District from 1991 to his retirement in 2008.
His first teaching and coaching job was at Murphy High School in Mobile. He taught history and coached football and basketball. From there, he coached football and basketball at Gautier Middle School.
Mr. Alexander went to Moss Point in 1975 as a driver education and history teacher and an assistant football and track coach.
Mr. Alexander attended Seneca High School in Seneca, South Carolina. He received a B.S. from Delta State University, a M.S. in Education and Traffic Education from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Education-Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
- Clarion-Ledger Football Coach of the Year, 1991
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, Delta State University Alumni Association, Gulf Coast Chapter, 1992
- Frank “Twigg” Branch Coach of the Year Award, National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Gulf Coast Chapter, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001
- Mississippi Association of Coaches Coaching Staff of the Year, 1997
- Mississippi Press Male Coach of the Year, 1996, 1997
- Mississippi Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year, 1991
- NAACP Award of Excellence to Moss Point Coaching Staff, 1997, 2000
- Region IV Coach of the Year, 1996, 1997, 2000
- Sun-Herald Coach of the Year, 1996, 2000
- Featured in Coast Magazine, 1998, 2001
- Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame, 2005
- Mississippi Association of Coaches Athletic Director of the Year, 2008
- Delta State Coaches Hall of Fame, 2010
- Moss Point Football Stadium was named Jerry D. Alexander Stadium, 2016
- Mississippi 5A South State Champions, 1983, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
- Mississippi 5A State Champions, 1983, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2000