Wayne McNutt

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Position, System  - Scottsboro High School

English Teacher  - Scottsboro High School

Ever Girls Basketball Coach  - Scottsboro High School

Scottsboro Head Coach  - 

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From being an All-State football player in high school to his days building Scottsboro High School's wrestling program into one of the state's perennial powers, Wayne McNutt has proven himself over and over again.
He'll get his due tonight when he is inducted into the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame. "Being recognized by your hometown people is a big honor," McNutt said. "I'm looking forward to going back and seeing some old friends." McNutt, who is quiet and humble, downplays his role as a player at Haleyville High School at a time when the tiny town in west Alabama was among the states best programs in any classification. "I was fortunate in high school. I had some really good linemen," McNutt remembered. McNutt does things right. His character is evident by the way he treats those he meets along life's path. McNutt who taught in the Scottsboro City School system for 34 years and coached in some capacity for 25 of those years is Scottsboro through and through, but in the mid-1960s, those who wore the black and gold and faced him on the field respected him. Known as "Wayne the Train" McNutt, who played tailback and linebacker, was a three-time all-state performer. He was named honorable mention as a sophomore when he rushed for more than 1,100 yards and garnered first-team all-state recognition in both his junior and senior years. He rushed for almost 4,200 yards during his three-years in the Lions' backfield. At Haleyville, McNutt was All-West Alabama Conference three straight years. He took part in the Alabama North-South All-Star Classic in 1966. McNutt will be among the 20 other inductees entering the 14th class of the WCSHoF during a banquet tonight at the Haleyville Elementary School Cafetorium. After his stellar high school career, McNutt signed with the University of Alabama. He has a plaque displaying two telegrams and one postcard sent from Paul "Bear" Bryant during the recruiting process. "I don't care what anyone says, Coach Bryant stressed education," McNutt said. "Coach Bryant was always fair to me, even when I left and went to Troy," McNutt, who had been converted to an offensive lineman, said. McNutt finished his degree at Troy, but his football career ended on a sour note when he received a compound fracture of his ankle while playing softball the summer before his senior season. The Trojans kept McNutt on as a student coach and scout until he graduated with a degree in Education in 1972. "I sometimes wonder how my life would have been different if I had stayed at Alabama," McNutt, who came to Scottsboro with former Charles Henderson High School (Troy) Head Football Coach Jim Tompkins in 1972, said. At heart, McNutt is a teacher. He loves working with young people on and off the field. "The greatest rewards come from teaching. I really enjoyed that," said McNutt. "You're hired as a teacher and that is your first priority." That being said, McNutt loved to coach too. It didn't matter whether it was football where he served as an assistant, head coach and, after retirement, as a volunteer, or wrestling. "Working with young kids is a big part of coaching. It provides an opportunity to develop young men," he said. "I had a love for Scottsboro High School and for the people of Scottsboro," McNutt continued. "I understood the reach tradition and wanted to uphold that. I always wanted our players to do their best." McNutt's 1998 Scottsboro wrestling team captured the 5A State Championship, the school's first ever. His team's also finished as runner up four or five other times during his 19-year on-again-off-again tenure as head coach. And, his squad never finished with a losing record. "The first wrestling match Wayne ever saw he coached in," Beth McNutt said with a smile on her face.

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From 1982-84 Wayne McNutt led Scottsboro to a 13-17 record.
He sent six players into the college ranks and one was honored as an All-State selection.

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Husband and wife team Wayne and Beth McNutt head a group of five teachers who will be retiring from the Scottsboro City School system at the end of the school year.Wayne McNutt, a physical education teacher at Caldwell Elementary School, has served the system for approximately 30 years.Under his tutelage the Scottsboro High School wrestling team captured its first ever state championship in the 1990's.He served as head football coach for three years (1982-1984), compiling a record of 13-17 and spent many years in an assistants role.Mrs. McNutt, an English teacher at Scottsboro High School, has worked in the system for almost 30 years.She was the first ever girls basketball coach at SHS.

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