“To him, it was never about the wins and losses,” he added. “It was about building young men of great character. And because of the integrity he instilled in his players, the record-breaking wins and the championships just kept coming. The same success he found as a player and a coach carried over to his role as an educator and later in life as a businessman. This will forever be a place where the people of Gaffney and Cherokee County, former players, fellow educators, loved ones, and friends can walk up, take a photo, and reflect on what Coach Prevatte has meant to each of their lives. This will also be a place that for generations – as we have promised Mr. Richardson – others can come and learn about the legacy and the honor of the one and only Bob Prevatte.”
Through a gift by Richardson at the time, Limestone’s baseball field was named after Prevatte in 1988, and following extensive renovations, the field was re-dedicated to Prevatte in 2015.
Richardson credits Prevatte for a recommendation that helped earn him a football scholarship to Wofford in 1954. Richardson ultimately broke several Wofford records as a wide receiver and become an Associated Press Little All American. He was drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts and was the team’s Rookie of the Year.
After six years as an assistant in North Carolina, Prevatte became the head coach at Gaffney High in 1956. Prevatte’s GHS football teams won five AAA state championships and he was named the state’s “Coach of the Year” four times. Prevatte never had a losing record during any of his 14 seasons leading the Indians’ football team, compiling a Gaffney football coaching record of 129-29-11 before retiring in 1969.
Prevatte, who also coached baseball at Gaffney, was selected as the head football coach for the North-South All-Star Game in 1959 and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in 1965. He was tabbed as a Shrine Bowl assistant coach in 1960.
Previously serving as a teacher and assistant principal at Gaffney High, and was once recognized as “Teacher of the Year,” Prevatte was named Principal at West Junior High in 1968. It was that year that Granard High School and Gaffney High School merged as part of school integration in Cherokee County. The former Granard High School building was re-named as West Junior High, and Prevatte was named the Principal to help lead the new school’s transition through the integration process.
Hired by Richardson in 1971, Prevatte had a successful career in management at Spartan Foods, the corporation that became the nation's largest Hardee's franchise. He was named Executive Vice President of the corporation before he retired in 1987.
Gaffney High’s original “Reservation” stadium field was named after Prevatte in 1993.