Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015
Bill Utsey and his wife, Janet, were recently inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administrators’ Association (SCAAA) Hall of Fame.
Mr. Utsey began his teaching and coaching career in 1971 in Charleston, South Carolina. He furthered his career at Dent Junior High and Spring Valley High in Columbia while he earned a master’s degree in physical education from USC.
He served as head football coach and athletic director at Porter-Gaud High, J. L. Mann High and North Augusta High schools. He led both J.L. Mann High and North Augusta High to the state championships, with North Augusta earning the title in 1989. He served as principal of Wade Hampton High and is currently serving as Director of Athletics for Greenville County Schools.
Mr. Utsey is a charter member of the SC Athletic Administrators Association and has served as president. He has been a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association for 20 years. His awards include the SCAAA State Award of Merit and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award.
Janet Utsey started her career in 1969 with the Sam Solomon Company (Service Merchandise) as an office manager. Her varied work career has included stints at Carolina National, Brown & Brown, Edens Avant, The Citadel, Deloitte and Touche, the Litchfield Company, Club Car golf carts, and secretary at Hillcrest High School.
While working at Club Car, she and Mr. Utsey secured vendors for the 1993 SCAAA Spring Conference. Their service provided a steady income for the SCAAA, enabling the organization to provide its members with a professional conference worthy of its mission as well as greatly contributing to the financial stability of the SCAAA. In addition to her service as vendor coordinator, Janet has been a steady assistant to the registration processes at the conference every year.