Gary “Peaches” Arnold

Class of 1966 / Inducted 1999 / Football

Gary “Peaches” Arnold is a Chilhowie, Virginia native. The 1999 Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame inductee played three years of baseball in the outfield and four years of football at defensive back for the Wasps.

In 1963, Arnold set a school record on the football team with 10 interceptions in one season and was awarded first-team All-State honors that same year. Arnold signed as a free agent to play professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1965. Shortly after signing with the Steelers, Arnold was also sought after by the Chicago Bears. However, a recurring shoulder injury prevented Arnold from professional competition.

Arnold went on to a career in public education. For 33 years, he has worked as a teacher and has displayed a wide knowledge of a variety of sports during his years coaching football, baseball, track, cross country, golf, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Arnold was awarded Coach of the Year for football, baseball, track, and golf.