Former Air Force head coach and Cheraw, SC native Fisher DeBerry has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2011. DeBerry is a 1960 graduate of Wofford College, where he lettered in football and baseball.
Deberry was the head coach for the Air Force Academy from 1984-2006, leading the Falcons to a 169-109-1 record, including 12 bowl game appearances. He is the winningest head coach in service academy history. DeBerry was named national coach of the year in 1985, and Western Athletic Conference coach of the year 3 times.
Fisher DeBerry has become one of the most respected coaches off the field as well. He was honored by the Independence Bowl as a member of its Hall of Fame. In 2001, Deberry received the State Farm Coach of Distinction award, and in 2005 was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. He currently heads the Fisher DeBerry Foundation, dedicated to the support and education of single moms and their children, as well as other charitable causes.
Other members of the 2011 class include former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, Florida State DB Deion Sanders, Florida WR Carlos Alvarez, Miami DL Russell Maryland, UGA DB Jake Scott, Alabama DL Marty Lyons, 1995 Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State RB Eddie George, Texas DL Doug English, Oregon State FB Bill Enyart, Nebraska G Will Shields, Minnesota QB Sandy Stephens, WVU LB Darryl Talley, Oklahoma RB Clendon Thomas, Arizona DL Rob Waldrop and Michigan State WR Gene Washington.
Deberry and the other inductees will be honored at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on December 6.