|Year of Graduation:||1964-1967|
Don Story began his football career at Walland High School in 1960 where he played for two Blount County coaching legends- A.J. Wilson and Jack Renfro. The All-County, All-East Tennessee Valley Conference, Team Captain, and Team MVP decided to take his talents down the mountain to Maryville College.
This hometown hero enrolled at MC with aspirations to continue his athletic career as a Scot, but in 1963 he missed his entire first season due to a broken vertebrae. With his love for the sport motivating his recovery, Don looked forward to displaying his talents on Honaker Field under Head Coach Monk Tomlinson.
In his first football season as a sophomore #50 made an immediate impact on defense. He started in every game that MC took the field and was named Defensive Captain as a sophomore. For his aggressive play and intense effort, Don was named the Scots’ Most Outstanding first year letterman as he led his team to a 7-1 record.
Don’s junior campaign saw the consistent captain struggle through numerous injuries and still be a standout for the Scots. The Defensive leader was chosen as a national award winner by receiving the Amos Alonzo Stagg Player of the week for his impressive play after the Guilford victory.
The Scots’ defensive captain was elevated to Team Captain during his senior campaign in 1966. He earned a pair of Amos Alonzo Stagg Player of the Week Honors while being named the team’s Most Valuable Player. To cap off his playing career, Don was named to the All-Area first team, which included players from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
This complete student-athlete was a Dean’s List student every semester while majoring in Foreign Languages. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Who’s Who. The junior class president graduated Magna Cum Laude from the college.
Upon his graduation from Maryville College, Don combined his loves for football, education, and East Tennessee. He coached twenty-three years at Maryville High School from 1969-1987. His record as a Rebel was 186-39. Beginning in 1979 he was named the Rebels head coach and throughout his time directing the program he led Maryville High School to a 64-16 mark. He was recognized for his outstanding coaching by being named Coach of the Year on five different occasions. He was a part of three State Championships and a pair of State-Runner up titles when leading the Rebels on the gridiron.
Don did not limit his passions to the football field. He was well noted for his contributions as a teacher, administrator and within the community. He was honored by his peers when he was named Teacher of the Year in 1971. He and his wife Carol are benefactors of numerous local scholarships for the areas youth. Because of his family’s personal gifts and The Don Story Athletic Center at Maryville High School and The Don Story Captain’s Walk at Maryville College were made possible.
He continues during his retirement to make an indelible impression on his community. In 2000 he was recognized as the Blount County Citizen of the Year. He has been honored by the Daily Times by being named to the Blount Alumni Wall of Fame. His community service was recognized with the Pride of Tennessee Community Service Award and the Tennessee Nursing Home Association Volunteer of the Year.
In 2002, Don was recognized for his playing and coaching accomplishments when he was inducted into the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame.
Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome Don Story, one of the greatest to wear the orange and garnet to the Maryville College Wall of Fame Class of 2008.