Jerry McCarter

Inducted 2024

Jerry McCarter's celebrated career, punctuated by over 50 years of dedication to TSSAA member schools, began in 1968. His initial foray into the world of high school sports saw him embracing the role of a basketball official, a position he held with distinction for 31 years. McCarter's tireless work ethic and an unwavering commitment to fairness on the court led him to officiate numerous pivotal games across the state. These included several district, region, and sub-state tournament games, showcasing his ability to perform under the pressure of high-stakes environments.

Notably, McCarter's expertise and integrity earned him the privilege of working three TSSAA state tournaments in the years 1981, 1985, and 1992. These appointments underscored his reputation as a top-tier official, capable of managing the intensity and complexity of championship-level play. Beyond the realm of high school basketball, McCarter also contributed 18 years to collegiate basketball, serving as an official at both the NAIA and JUCO levels. This breadth of experience further solidified his standing as a venerable figure in the sports officiating community.

Transitioning from the court to a supervisory role, McCarter spent over 20 years as a Supervisor in the Knoxville South Basketball Officials Association. His leadership in this capacity not only influenced the quality of officiating at the high school level but also shaped the development of future officials. Under his guidance, the standards for fairness, professionalism, and excellence were upheld, enriching the TSSAA's officiating corps and ensuring the continued success of basketball in Tennessee.

The zenith of Jerry McCarter's illustrious career is marked by his 2024 induction into the TSSAA Hall of Fame, a fitting tribute to his extensive service and significant contributions to high school sports in Tennessee. Through decades of dedication, McCarter has left an indelible mark on the TSSAA, embodying the values of integrity, professionalism, and leadership that define the spirit of sportsmanship.

TSSAA Hall of Fame
Class: 2024
Category: Offical

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