Brother Player ’54 won five state titles on the gridiron

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Brother Player ’54 won five state titles on the gridironA colorful character and master motivator, Brother Martin Mooneyham Player ’54 coached five high school state football championship teams: 1962 and 1963 at Saluda High, and 1965, 1967 and 19970 at Lower Richland. He was a lover of surprise plays and compiled a lifetime record of 157-22-7 for an amazing .877 winning percentage.

Mooney Player was head coach at Saluda High School from 1957 through 1963. During that span, he led Saluda to a 63-15-1 record. His teams won conference championships in 1959, 1962 and 1963. He also coached baseball and track. He was also one of the founders of the Saluda Youth Baseball program in 1961.

After coaching, he formed a motivational company called Mooney Player and Associates.

He is retired and resides in Columbia.