Retired Fort Mill track coach elected to Hall of Fame

mbanks@comporium.netMarch 27, 2013 

— Former Fort Mill High head girl’s track coach Steve Mullinax has been elected to the S.C. Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Mullinax, who retired at the end of the 2012 school year, is just the fourth member from York County inducted to the Hall of Fame and the first to represent Fort Mill High.

The induction was to be held at Lower Richland High School as part of the Coaches Classic track meet Saturday, however, the meet was canceled due to weather. Inductions were rescheduled for 4A/3A state championship meet May 11.

Mullinax spent his entire career at Fort Mill High, teaching and coaching for 36 years. He started the girls’ track program in 1981.

In his 30-plus years at the helm of the girls’ track program, he won 22 Region titles in three different classifications and amassed a career record of 479-50, including the 2011 state track championship. He also won 10 York County titles during his time at Fort Mill.

Unbeknownst to many, the Fort Mill girls’ squad didn’t lose a dual meet in the last seven years Mullinax was coaching.

His teams had been so dominant over the years that during the 1990s he lost just four times – during the entire decade – amassing a 192-4 record in dual meets. Mullinax also helped nearly 30 students obtain track and field college scholarships during his career.

Mullinax was nominated by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Jenkins during his first year of eligibility.

“It’s a humbling thing,” Mullinax said. “I was almost speechless when they told me. It’s as high as you can go as far as a personal accomplishment [in the sport]. You can’t get any higher honor in our state.”

Mullinax said he was surprised to get in on his first year of eligibility.

“I was stunned,” he added. “Thirty-one years of work paid off somehow. It’s a great honor for me.”

Mullinax is one of three inductees into the class of 2013.

For almost half of Mullinax time at Fort Mill, he worked with head boys’ track coach Dave Thomas, who said the number of people influenced by “Mull” – as Mullinax is often known – can’t be counted.

“I think it is a great way to recognize the longevity and success that Steve had during his career,” Thomas said.

“It’s hard to put a number on how many athletes he coached, through track, football and a couple of other sports, but he had a lasting impression on all of them. For the most part of his career, his girls track teams were the best in York County, Fort Mill’s region, and the upstate of track and field. It was great to be a part of his success for 15 years.”

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