Swain County Makes Inductions Into School Hall of Fame


       BRYSON CITY– Swain County High School has added three individuals and the 2008 NCHSAA 1-A championship volleyball team to its athletic hall of fame.

       The induction ceremony took place at the Swain County Center for Performing Arts.

       Here are the bios for inductees from the Maroon Devils hall of fame's Facebook page:

       Rod White – Football Coach

       •Coached football for 30 years • Head football coach for 12 seasons • Compiled a 94-59-1 overall record • Won State 1A Championships in 2001 & 2004 • 2nd most wins as a football coach in school history • Coached in 2002 East West All-Star game • 2004 WNC Coach of the Year • 2004 squad finished 14-0, only the 3rd time in school history with team finishing with an undefeated record • 2001 squad defeated a heavily favored and undefeated Williamston team for state title • Spent 18 seasons as assistant coach • All total was on the sideline for 390 Swain football games, with a combined record of 279-110, 7 State Championships and 14 SMC Championships • 16 times in his 30 years on the sidelines Swain won 10 or more games, including 4 times as a head coach

       Jeff Marr – 1992 Graduate – Football, Basketball, Track, Baseball

      •Played college football at Appalachian State University • Named All WNC in football and basketball during his senior season • Nominee for 1992 Mountain Amateur Athletic Club 1A/2A Athlete of the Year • played in 1991-92 Blue White All-Star Basketball game • Member of 1989 & 1990 State 1A Champion Football teams • Member of 1992 State 1A Runner-up Baseball team • Member of 1995 Southern Conference Champion football team at ASU • 5th most passing yards in a season with 1682 yards on 101-168 passes • 7th on all-time basketball scoring list with 1183 points • Member of elite club who had over 1000 passing yards & 1000 points • 2nd on all-time career 3 point shooting percentage (36.8%) • Senior season scored over 400 points & had over 200 rebounds in basketball • In track qualified for NCHSAA State Championship meet in both junior and senior season

       Patron Jim Sneed

       • Sneed served 52 years in the food service industry in Swain County, including running 3 different restaurants • Sneed’s Restaurant and NaBers Drive In were his primary restaurants in Swain County • Along with financial contributions Sneed also provided many Swain athletic teams with pre-game meals • NaBers Drive In was THE place to be in the 1970s and 1980s, routinely hosting overflow crowds of Swain High students following football or basketball games • a World War II veteran serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corp • President of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce • Major financial supporter of the Broyhill Children’s Home •

       2008 NCHSAA State 1-A Champion Volleyball Team

       • First female NCHSAA state championship team in school history • Won 2008 State 1A Championship by defeating Pender County 3-0 • Finished with a school best 30-1 overall record • Won school’s 5th straight regular season and tournament Smoky Mountain Conference championship • Team did not lose a single set in the playoffs • Won 91 games while losing only 7 in making up their 31 matches •Western Regional Champions •Compiled a 126-12 record in SMC play over 5 year period •76 game SMC win streak •None of their 31 matches went to 5 games • 21 of 30 wins were 3 game sweeps