Louis Conner - Hall of Fame Induction
(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Jan. 27, 2012) - - - The Lady Chargers of Columbia State Community College handed Athletic Director Louis Conner a victory over the Cleveland State Lady Cougars minutes before Coach Conner took the floor to be inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame (TCCAA). TCCAA Commissioner, Jim Cigliano, formally inducted Coach Conner during a ceremony between the two games. The final score for the Lady Chargers vs. Cleveland State was 79 to 51. The men’s teams took the floor at 8 p.m. with a half time score of 27 to 23. The Columbia State Chargers finished the night with a 77 to 54 win over Cleveland State.
A native of Lewisburg, Conner is a graduate of Columbia State and the University of North Alabama at Florence. He earned a master’s degree in sports management from the United Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.
Conner coached one year at Connelly Junior High in Lewisburg, where his team finished the season with an 18-3 record and won the Middle Tennessee State championship. After serving as an assistant coach at Marshall County High School for several years, he became the head coach in 1985. His fellow coaches voted Conner the District 9AA Coach of the Year in 1987.
Conner came to Columbia State as head basketball coach and health/physical education and recreation instructor in the fall of 1988, where he coached the Chargers for 16 years. During that time several players graduated from Columbia State and signed with four-year colleges and universities.
Conner was named coach of the year twice (1993 & 2000), and has won over 200 games during his college-coaching career.
In 2005, Louis Conner became athletic director for Columbia State. During that time he has been the director of (5) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)/TCCAA Region VII National Baseball/Softball Tournaments and (1) NJCAA/TCCAA Region VII Basketball Tournament hosted by Columbia State.