Greenville’s Burt honored by coaching peers

Published 3:19 pm Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Wetumpka Herald

Former Elmore County High football coach and Greenville native Terry Burt was honored by his peers during a banquet held Saturday afternoon, effectively closing the 2011 Alabama Football Coaches Association conference.

“I’m quite honored,” said Burt. “I found out about two weeks ago. I think the best part about this is that it’s nominated by the coaches and voted on by the coaches.”

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Burt, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 1995, spent 30 years coaching football in Eclectic. In that time he led the Panthers to a trio of state championships (1976, 1978 and 1987). He also coached current athletic directory Grady Rowe – a fullback during the 70’s — and current coach Norman Dean.

During that stint, he was also joined by coaches Tony McGhee and Abe Brown.

“By the end of the 70s, I had the easiest job in the world because those two knew what to do. The three of us were such close friends, it made what we did a lot of fun.”

After a three-year return to the sideline — 1998-2000 — Burt retired for good with a record of 195-138-4.

Burt was a center on Greenville High School’s 1955 undefeated state championship team. – contributing, Kevin Pearcey

Former Elmore County football coach Terry Burt, left, poses for a photo with longtime Reeltown coach Jackie O'Neal. Burt earned a lifetime achievement award during Saturdays Alabama Football Coaches Association Banquet. (Griffin Pritchard, The Wetumpka Herald)