Class Of 2013
Mr. Josh Burrus
Mr. Bryon Capers
Mr. Jeff Hollis
When Jeff Hollis arrived at Wheeler in 1984, he entered into a football program that had established a winning tradition in the 1970’s that carried over into the first half of the 1980’s. When Jeff Hollis left Wheeler eleven years later, he had amassed the most wins of any coach in the history of Wheeler High School and set new marks in excellence that may never be surpassed.
Coach Hollis came to WHS after stints at Carson-Newman College, The Lovett School, and Georgia Tech. After one season as an assistant on Fred Sanderson’s successful 1984 team, Coach Hollis took over the head coaching job in 1985. Two rebuilding years later, Coach Hollis began the run of unprecedented success that cemented his place in the Hall of Fame.
Starting with his 1987 team, Coach Hollis led the Wildcats to 7 consecutive seasons with 10+ wins. It’s unlikely in today’s Cobb County high school football landscape that any coach will ever come close to matching this mark. Along the way, Coach Hollis notched a school record 84 wins as head coach. His winning percentage of 71.6% is second only to Coach Corky Kell. Also noteworthy: after beating Walton in the 1987 region championship game, a Hollis-coached team never lost another game to the Raiders, beginning an 11-0 run that is the longest winning streak in the series on either side.
In a school-record ten seasons as head coach, Jeff Hollis led the Wildcats to 4 region championships and 3 sub-region championships. Coach Hollis was recognized with Coach of the Year honors after the 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1993 seasons.
Leaving Wheeler after the 1994 season, Coach Hollis finished out his career at Cherokee, Northgate, and North Forsyth high schools, retiring from coaching after the 2007 season with 142 total wins in 23 seasons as a head coach. Given his long and impressive list of accomplishments, it is essential that we add one more accolade by inducting Coach Jeff Hollis into the Wheeler Hall of Fame.
Mr. Chris Price
Steve Romine: 1972-1975
Steve played baseball and football and was a three year varsity letterman in both sports at Wheeler. He was a member of the State runner up football team in 1973 and the State champion baseball team in 1975. He scored 13 touchdowns in each of his Junior and Senior years, had a career total of 28 touchdowns and had 1,900 all-purpose yards in 1974. He hit .300 in baseball, was a member of the All County football team 1973-1974, All Metro team 1974, and Cobb County All Star team 1973-1974, was on the AJC Prep Honor Roll four times and was selected for the GHSA All Star football team in 1975. He was selected as the Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Week in 1974, Most Valuable Offensive Back 1975, High School All American 1975, and Prep All American 1974 and received the WSB Great Young American award. He was drafted in the 15th round of the June 1975 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals but decided to pursue his college degree.
He signed a football scholarship with Auburn University and was injured his freshman year. He attended Chipola Junior College 1976-1977 on a baseball scholarship and was a member of the Chipola team that held the collegiate record for consecutive regular season wins. He finished his college career with a baseball scholarship at Troy State University where he played for the renowned Coach Chase Riddle. He held the Gulf South conference record for walks in a single season with 48 and had a .400 on base percentage during the 1979 season at Troy.
From the 1983 State Championship Softball Team:
From the 1984 State Championship Softball Team:
Coach: Jim Mau
Manager: Patti Cole
Statistician: Bill Carpenter
1983 and 1984 Softball Teams
Only a handful of hopeful team at any level have the honor of being named “wire-to-wire” champions, but the 1983 Wildkitten slow pitch softball team did just that. Add to that accolade the fact that the nucleus of that team, along with a few newbies, repeated its state title the very next year in 1984. Now you have the beginning of a very special story. As of 1982, WHS had only won 3 state titles: two in golf and one in baseball. Unbelievably that same coach of the 1975 boys state champion baseball team stands before you today as the first back-to-back state title coach of the 1983 and 1984 Wildkittens, as they were known back then. Taking over a program that had only won five games in two years, Coach Jim Mau, whom the softball field is now named after, built a slow pitch dynasty in the 70s and 80s. Had the GHSA sanctioned softball in the 1970s, there might have been more state titles to add to his resume. Coach Mau states, “Cobb County was extremely strong in the girls’ softball. It is really hard to win back-to-back championships. Players have to be focused and determined to compete every game. My girls would rise to the challenge to do whatever it took to win.” Coming off a loss in the 1982 state championship game against Butler, the 1983 squad started the season 2-2 in the county tournament against some great local teams. After that, they didn’t drop another game, going 15-0 during the regular season, 5-0 in the region tournament, and 5-0 in the AAAA state tournament, exacting sweet revenge on Butler in the process. With 10 players returning, the 1984 team started the season as the odd-on favorites to repeat as state champions and they confidently accepted the challenge. Playing with a tremendous sense of unity, the ’84 team complied a 27-5 record, dominating opponents in route to their second championship. Coach Mau summed it up best back in 1985: “Very few players ever get an opportunity to play for a State Championship. What these girls accomplished is remarkable due to the fact that they won back to back AAAA State Championships. I truly love each and every one of them and thank them for their hard work and determination to be number one.”