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Former UCHS standout Gene Stallard inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame

Contributed Photo • Gene Stallard is flanked by his four children at the induction ceremony.

From Staff Reports

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association recently announced its Hall of Fame Class for 2022, which included Gene Stallard, an inductee with ties to Erwin.

Inductees for this year’s Hall of Fame Class included Steve Beasley of Easley and Southside High Schools; Van McCloud of Keenan High School; Willie Thomas of Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Holly Hill, Bowman, Swansea, Lower Richland, Southside and Lake City; Gene Stallard of Chapman High School; and Cindy Mattos DeHart of Eastside High School. These five outstanding coaches were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, March 18, in conjunction with the 73rd annual North-South All Star Game Banquet at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina.

Coach Gene Stallard can boast 25 years of coaching experience. He coached three years at Lockhart High School and 22 years at Chapman High School. His teams amassed a record of 421-232 during his career. His Chapman team won the Upper State Championship and advanced to the state championship game in 1990. Chapman advanced to the Upper State Finals in 1991. 

The Lockhart Girls team won the Region title in 1968 and his boys team followed up with a Region title in 1969. His Chapman teams were region champions in 1973, 1982, 1987 and 1990, and were region runner-up seven times (1972, 1975, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1991 and 1992) during that same time span. Coach Stallard was named Coach of the Year four times during his career.

Stallard was selected by his peers to serve as the assistant coach of the 1981 North-South All Star Game, and named the head coach of the All Star Game in 1987.

Stallard attended Unicoi County High School from 1959-63 and Carson Newman College from 1964-68.

He and his wife, Martha, will be married 50 years in June. They are the parents of Kent, Chicago; twins Grant and Gordon, who are both high school athletic directors in South Carolina, and Kelly, Chicago. 

Stallard’s nephew, Jack Stallard, is also a UCHS alum and an acclaimed coach in Texas.

Gene Stallard’s siblings are Kenneth, Kathleen, Kyle, Jackie, Charlotte, Shirley, Gail, Johnny and Bernice. Gene and Bernice are the only ones still living. 

Gene is the son of the late Grace Stallard, a former Erwin resident.

Contributed Photo • Gene Stallard, with his wife, Martha, shows the plaque he received for his induction by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association into its Hall of Fame.