Etheridge, Newsom to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

LOGO-ICC-Sports-Logo-copyBy Adam Gore

Vick Etheridge of Corinth and former men’s basketball coach Wayne Newsom of Fulton will be inducted into the Itawamba Community College Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Homecoming festivities on Saturday.

Etheridge was a member of the 1965 and 1966 football teams, earning All-State honors during both seasons. As a sophomore, he was named team captain, earned a spot on the North All-Star team, and was a member of the baseball team.

After ICC, he played football at Murray State University in 1967 and 1968. He was named permanent team captain in 1968, and his honors included All-Ohio Valley as a defensive end (1967) and as a linebacker (1968).

He graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University in 1971 and served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1971-1973. Since that time, he has been an independent businessman and a breeder of Champion American Cutting Horses.

Newsom, a native of Walnut, retired in 1998 after 23 seasons as head coach of the Indians basketball team.

After earning his B.S. degree from Southeastern Louisiana State University, he began his coaching career at Alcorn Central High School, where he was head basketball and baseball coach until 1967. He moved to Aberdeen, where as head coach of the basketball and baseball teams, and led the Bulldogs to two Little 10 championships.

As head coach of the Indians basketball team, Newsom was named Mississippi JUCO North All-Star Coach six times and finished his career with 687 wins and 359 losses.

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