Southwest Tennessee Community College

February 9, 2003

Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 or Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023

Southwest Athletic Director To Be Inducted into Junior College Hall of Fame

Southwest Tennessee Community College head men’s basketball coach and athletic director Verties Sails, Jr. has been selected by the National Junior College Basketball Coaches Association for induction into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony will be Monday, March 15, at 6:15 p.m., at Memorial Hall in Hutchinson in conjunction with the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Tournament.

“Coach Sails is an extraordinary person who is honest and caring,” said Southwest President Nathan Essex. “He is a coaching legend as his outstanding record reflects. He has molded and shaped the lives of many young men who had the opportunity to be coached by him. Coach Sails is a man of integrity and great wisdom. His unprecedented career is a tribute to Southwest and the profession.”

Sails, now in his twenty-fifth season at the College, has compiled a record of 533-215 and has made six trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. He has been named Region VII Coach of the Year nine times, and has guided the Saluqis to 18 West Division titles, 13 Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association championships, and seven Region VII championships. Sails has received numerous other accolades, including induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the TJCCAA Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $8.00 and can be purchased through George Killian, NJCAA Executive Director, P.O. Box 7305, Colorado Springs, CO 80933; (719) 590-9788.