Coakley into S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

Former App State and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dexter Coakley (52) was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Appalachian State linebacker Dexter Coakley was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame May 13.

Coakley, a two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner — given to the top defensive player in Division I-AA and now FCS — was a three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Coakley, a Mount Pleasant, S.C., native and Wando High School standout, was a third-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

He played 10 years in the NFL, which included two years with the St. Louis Rams. He is also a member of the Appalachian State Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Coakley’s jersey number 32 is also retired at Appalachian State. He was one of seven athletes inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame May 13.

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