Legion Collegiate Academy Athletic Director Strait Herron has announced the hiring of former high school football coach Jimmy “Moose” Wallace as the school’s strength and development coach.
Wallace spent 40 years coaching football at four York County high schools including York (1972-75), Rock Hill (1975-1981), Lewisville (1981-1986), and Northwestern (1987-2011). He also served as an athletic administrator for 25 years and has been inducted into six Halls of Fame including York County Sports Hall of Fame (2003), Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame (2011), South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame (2011), Lewisville Athletic Hall of Fame (2014), South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2015), and the South Carolina Athletic Administration Hall of Fame (2019). He was also the recipient of the Youth Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Lifetime Achievement Award ((2018), and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Distinguished Coach Award in 2019.
“I am overly excited about having the opportunity to work with Coach Wallace again. I have said on many occasions that the two years I spent on his staff in the ‘90’s had a huge impact on the coach I am today. His motivation and genuine love for young peoples’ success will be a huge factor in the success of Legion Athletics.”
As a head coach, he compiled a 28-year record of 286-83 and led four teams to the South Carolina State Championship (Lewisville in 1986, and Northwestern, 1989, 1993, and 2011). His teams played in nine State Championship games and were region champions 11 times. He coaches numerous all-star games including the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game (1984 and 1987), and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (1996).
During his football coaching and athletic administrative career, Wallace has served in numerous professional organization roles. Among them are the South Carolina High School League Advisory Committee, President of the AAAA Conference, and President of the South Carolina Football Coaches Association. He has also served as Chairman of the Dalton Foundation for Autistic Children, was Honorary Chairman for the National Kidney Foundation in 2008 and served on the State Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (1989-91).