Former legendary Air Force head football coach Fisher Deberry hosted the South Carolina Coaches for Charity inaugural dinner Thursday night at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Deberry is the all-time winningest head football coach for the United States Air Force Academy. He is originally from South Carolina, and has recently moved back to the state.
Deberry and his wife Lu Ann lead the Fisher Deberry Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and education of single parents and their children. For this event, they have united with head coaches from around the state to raise money and awareness for each of their respective organizations.
The event was roughly from 6-10 pm, starting with a meet and greet, followed by dinner. There was also a silent and live auction with various sports memorabilia up for grabs ranging from a George Rogers autographed helmet to a “Broadway Joe” Namath autographed Jets jersey, among others. All proceeds were donated to the charities involved. The evening concluded with each coach giving a speech about their respective teams and to raise awareness for their charities.
The coaches involved were
- Dabo Swinney – Clemson – Dabo’s All-In Team Foundation
- Steve Spurrier – USC – Gamecock FCA
- Mike Ayers – Wofford – FCA of Spartanburg
- Kevin Higgins – The Citadel – Hope for Haiti
- Bobby Lamb – Furman – Greenville FCA
- Buddy Pough – SC State – FCA of Orangeburg
- Pough was unable to appear at the dinner, and SC State was instead represented by Hall-of-Fame member Willie Jeffries.
Various sponsors also participated in the dinner, including Founders Federal Credit Union, State Farm, Rod Walters, IPTAY, The Citadel Football Association, and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Former coach Art Baker served as the Master of Ceremonies, and Burt Trembley promoted the event with the help of his team.