Event Date & Time

Thursday June 8th, 2017

Event Location

Zion Christian Academy
6901 Old Zion Rd, Columbia, TN 38401
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About Best of Maury County All Star Prep Awards

National Champion and former University of Tennessee Head football coach Phillip Fulmer will be the guest speaker for the second annual "Best of Maury County All-Star Prep Award" sports banquet June 8 at Zion Christian Academy at 5:30pm.

The event will honor 120 local high school athletes with awards and name an All-Star team in each and every one of the 19 TSSAA sanctioned sports. In addition to the All-Star Teams, The Daily Herald will honor Maury County's top high school athlete (based on Academic performance) with the "Best of Maury County Prep Sports Award" in all 19 sports. Additionally an "All Academic Award" will be named and presented to an athlete in all 19 sports. This year one of the Title Sponsors, Columbia State Community College will be naming an County wide "Academic Award" as well.

Tickets for the Guest Speaker, Award Show and Dinner are available for $30 each are available at The Daily Herald or at Jones & Lang or the GrowTix ticketing website. Seating at Zion will be limited, so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Six Maury County public schools - Columbia Central, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Hampshire, Culleoka and Santa Fe - and three private schools - Columbia Academy and Zion Christian Academy and Agathos Classical School - will have athletes contending for "Best of Maury County All-Star Prep Awards."

A student-athlete from each school in each sport will be honored that sport's All-Star team. One athlete from each sport then will be chosen the "Best of Maury County" the sport's M.V.P. by a selection committee of nine judges.

Special Guest

Phillip Fulmer, Teneessee Volunteers

National Champion and former Head Coach of the Teneessee Volunteers

Phillip Fulmer will be our Guest Speaker at our event on Thursday, June 8th at Zion Christian Academy and will speaker to our honored student athletes about challenges in life.

Phillip Fulmer was born in Winchester, Tennessee, where he attended Franklin County High School. Fulmer excelled on the football field which led him to the opportunity to receive a scholarship from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Fulmer enrolled at the University of Tennessee as a student in 1968 and joined the football team as an offensive guard. The Volunteers captured the SEC championship with a 9-2 record in 1969, went 11-1 and won the Sugar Bowl in 1970, and finished as Liberty Bowl champions with a 10-2 record in 1971. Fulmer served as team co-captain during his senior year in 1971.

Coach stayed on as a Graduate Assistant at UT in charge of the freshman team's defense and linebackers. During that time, former Vols All-American player and legendary assistant George Cafego taught Coach Fulmer the values and skills needed to scout the opposition. It became a key development to Coach Fulmer's future success. He then took those experiences away from his comfort zone and coached five seasons at Wichita State and one season at Vanderbilt before returning to Knoxville for 13 years as a Tennessee Assistant - the last four as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.

Coach Fulmer served as Head Football Coach at Tennessee for 17 years, from 1992-2008. He and his staff built an organization that produced the most successful era in modern Tennessee football history. Coach and his staff were tireless recruiters and mentored some of the top names in college and NFL history. In Coach's last 11 years, he played in the SEC Championship game five times, winning twice. He also led the Vols to one of the greatest moments in school history, the 1998 National Championship in the very first BCS title game.
Fulmer built his program by motivating his teams to victories when the pressure was highest. His motivation was rooted in his role as a principled mentor who pushed his young men to grow socially, spiritually, academically, personally, and athletically. Coach Fulmer had a reputation as an ace recruiter, leading many analysts to praise him as one of the game's top head coach recruiters. His holistic approach earned Fulmer unprecedented recognition from his peers--the second coach in history to earn the Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Trophy, the presidency of the American Football Coaches Association, and national, regional, and conference coach of the year honors.

Coach Fulmer most recently was inducted into the 2012 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. In order to be considered for the Hall of Fame, Coaches must have served at least 10 seasons and 100 games while posting a winning percentage of at least .600, and Coaches under the age of 70 must have been out of coaching for three years. Coach Fulmer is one of the youngest coaches to be inducted into the Hall of Fame which signifies the respect he received from his peers as being selected in to the Hall on the first ballot.

In his 17 seasons, his record was 152-52 with a 74 percent winning percentage, he had 92 players make an NFL roster, 18 players earned All-American honors and another 68 players were selected All-SEC. Coach Fulmer is also very proud of the family approach he took, guiding his players to off the field successes as well as on the field successes.

Tickets can be purchased for $30.00 at "The Daily Herald" located at 1115 South Main Street, or "Jones & Lang Sporting Goods" located at 1412 Trotwood Avenue. Tickets may also be purchased ONLINE by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of this site or by going to: "http://bit.ly/2kkFTzP"

Schedule & Food

5:30 p.m. - Doors Open................. "Red Carpet Walk" for all Athlete Honorees and Sponsors.
6:00 p.m. - Three Course Dinner by "Dannie Holmes Catering." Includes Dinner Salad, Apricot glazed Pork Loin, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls & butter, then choice of desserts.
6:30 p.m. - Award Ceremony begins with Fall Sports.
7:15 p.m. - Guest Speaker Phillip Fulmer talks to all.


Parking is FREE. Please enter "Stadium Entrance" at Zion Christian Academy located at 6901 Old Zion Road, Columbia, TN. The Stadium Entrance is located at the rear of the upper campus at the back of the gym. Deputies from the Maury County Sheriff's Department will be directing traffic and assisting with parking.

How are Athletes Chosen

Athletes are nominated to the All-Star Team by the Head Coach or Ath. Director at your school. Winners of the "Best Of Maury County All-Star Prep Award" and "All Academic Award" are chosen based on Athletic or Academic performance respectively by a selection committee of nine, not affiliated with any school.