During his tenure at Berry High School, Coach Finley cultivated award-winning athletic programs few schools could match. He went on to gain membership in the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992 for his leadership on the football fields and basketball courts.

Now, years later – Coach Finley’s life is still celebrated throughout the area. His character lives on – going far beyond the athletic fields. His legacy was left for all of us – and continues through the annual Finley Awards Banquet.It’s part of
a character recognition program which began in 1996.Scheduled each spring, the banquet formally recognizes three Finley Award winners (two graduating students and one HCS employee). It also recognizes grade-level Character Education Award winners.