The ceremony, which was held Oct. 12, allows for former outstanding athletes and coaches to be recognized for their contributions and achievements in athletics at the school. This year’s inductees included three former student-athletes — Kyle Bissinger, Erica Dickerhoof and C.J. Bressoud — and one former coach and teacher — Van Jacobs — as part of its latest class.
A member of the graduating Class of 2002, Bissinger played football, baseball and track and field at North Cobb. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Warriors who passed for over 1,700 yards and rushed for more than 970 yards his senior year.
Bissinger garnered first-team all-county honors as well as all-state accolades his final season and led the team to back-to-back state playoff berths. He was also selected the team’s most valuable player.
Bissinger went on to play football at UAB on a full scholarship, where he suited up at quarterback, linebacker and defensive end. He saw action in the 2004 Hawaii Bowl and was a member of the New England Patriots for two seasons, playing in Super Bowl XLII.
Dickerhoof, who graduated in 2006, lettered four years with the swimming team and was a state qualifier. An academic all-American and captain her senior season, Dickerhoof went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Valdosta State and was accepted into the physical therapy Doctoral program at Georgia State.
“I was shocked and very excited when I got the letter in the mail from North Cobb about the Hall of Fame,” Dickerhoof said. “I was in a really bad car accident as a freshman and was in a coma for two months. When I finally got back to school, it was rough at first, but the teachers and my classmates were so supportive and uplifting.
“My surroundings at North Cobb proved beneficial, kept me positive and helped make my recovery a little easier.”
A member of the graduating Class of 2003, Bressoud earned four baseball letters, culminating with the 2003 Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year, state player of the year and Baseball Coaches of America District 3 Player of the Year honors.
Bressoud, who was also a high school all-American, received a scholarship from Alabama, where he represented the U.S. on its silver medal winning team at the Pan-America Games. He went on to have minor league success as part of the Atlanta Braves and Anaheim Angels organizations.
Jacobs was part of the North Cobb faculty from 1981 to 2007. He won 215 games in seven seasons as the Warriors’ boys basketball coach and helmed the first North Cobb boys basketball team to make the state playoffs.
An educator for 39 years, spending his final 26 at North Cobb, Jacobs also coached girls tennis for five years, boys golf for 20 years and girls golf for five years. He led each of those teams to the state playoffs as well.
“The faculty at North Cobb felt like family,” Jacobs said. “My wife died from cancer, and the community and people of North Cobb were so helpful and I’m so thankful for that.
“I enjoyed my time as (current boys basketball coach) Terry Gorsuch’s assistant long after I stepped down, and I was lucky to have good players and good people to work with when I was there.”