Carter County loses a legend

By Allen LaMountain

   Words hardly seem enough to sum up the life and career of A.L. "John" Treadway.
   At 94 years of age Treadway, a Carter County coaching legend died early this past Friday. A long time basketball coach at Happy Valley and Elizabethton High Schools, he succumbed after a lengthy illness.
   Treadway -- a member of the TSSAA, Northeast Tennessee, ETSU, Tennessee and Elizabethton High School Hall's of Fame is survived by daughter Peggy Jane Treadway, a daughter-in-law Patricia Treadway of Elizabethton and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
   "Coach Treadway was a legend in his own time," said John B. Holsclaw. "That is certainly a phrase that will be associated with his name. He was a coach that was dedicated to his profession, and a man whose knowledge of sports and ability to lead young people are reflected in his winning tradition.
   "Coach Treadway's achievements cannot be simply measured in wins and losses, but by the number of people whose lives he touched and influenced."
   Treadway, whose basketball record stands as a monument to his abilities stands at 843-372 in his combined stints at Happy Valley and EHS.
   Treadway led his 1950 Happy Valley squad to the state title before moving on to Elizabethton High School for the bulk of his career.
   Ralph Stout of Mountain City -- a referee from 1946-1997 -- and a supervisor of the Ohio Valley Basketball Conference said of Treadway, "John Treadway was a legend in his time. He had a great influence on the lives of others as a man and a coach. Both Buck VanHuss and Charlie Bayless were protégé's of his."
   Treadway's accomplishments on the hardwood include: 11 district titles, and four Regional titles in his 42 year career which saw him coach 19 years at Happy Valley and 23 years at EHS.
   Treadway was also a fine football coach for seven seasons at 'Betsy, winning 43 while losing 22 and tying six. Treadway won a pair of conference titles during these years on the Cyclone sidelines.
   Bobby Chambers, who was inducted into the Elizabethton High School Hall of Fame recently, and who played for Treadway from 1951-55, and coached with Treadway from 1961-65 said, "Beginning at Happy Valley and throughout his career at EHS, coach Treadway was truly a legend. Not only evidenced by his 800 plus wins as a basketball coach, but he was also a great football coach as well.
   "He had an intense desire to win and expected perfection from players and coaches who played and worked under him. He was the finest disciplinarian I have ever known. The basketball world has lost a coaching great."
   Ted Maxwell of Johnson City was a member of Happy Valley's 1950 title team said of his former coach and mentor, "I sat with him during his illness. He had a long and fruitful life and was one of a kind. He was always good to me."
   Services are being handled by Hathaway-Percy with services being conducted at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 8 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.