Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame

6th Annual Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame

Gwinnett County Inducts 7 into the 2015 Sports Hall of Fame on May 1, 2015

2015 Hall of Fame induction makes for happy homecoming for Norcross’ Stephen Harris

Cooper still remembered as a large figure on Gwinnett’s sports scene

2015 Inductees

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Stephen Harris

Stephen is a Norcross High graduate, is considered one of Gwinnett’s best-ever all-around athletes, propelling him to track and field excellence at Tennessee. In the early 2000’s, he regularly ranked in the top 10 nationally in the decathlon and finished fifth in the 2005 USA Track and Field Championships in the specialty. He also won the NCAA decathlon championship as a Tennessee senior.

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Coach Tally Johnson

Coach Johnson is a legend at Central Gwinnett, where spent 35 years from 1974 to 2009. He was the Black Knights’ head football coach for 28 years, winning 185 games, and athletic director for 33. The Central field is named in his honor.

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Dustin Kawa

Dustin is a Shiloh High graduate, who is the second wrestler picked for the Gwinnett honor. He went 154-3 with three state championships as a high school wrestler and became the first Georgia to win the senior national tournament in 1999. He followed that up by winning two ACC titles at North Carolina State.

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David Pollack

David is a Shiloh High graduate, who is one of only two three-time All-American football players in UGA history – Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker is the other – and a former first-round pick in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. His pro career was cut short by a neck injury, but he has excelled as a college football analyst for ESPN, appearing on a variety of programs, including a regular gig on “GameDay”.

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Christi Thomas

Christi is a Buford High graduate, who was a three-time All-SEC selection with the Georgia women’s basketball team, then was selected No. 12 overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She played seven seasons in the WNBA and still plays internationally, as most WNBA players do in their off-seasons.

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Amanda Weir

Amanda is a Brookwood High graduate, who is still a competitive swimmer and trains out of Gwinnett-based SwimAtlanta, has made the U.S. Olympic Team twice, the first shortly after her Brookwood graduation in 2004. She won two silver medals that year in Athens, Greece as an 18-year-old, and then earned a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics in London.

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William “Bull” Cooper (posthumous inductee)

Cooper is a Grayson High graduation, who grew up in Grayson where he attended school before going to Georgia. He played both baseball and football for the Bulldogs, then played baseball for the Atlanta Crackers and football for the Chicago Cardinals.


Christi Thomas - Basketball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Buford High School, Class of 1999
  • Standout 6’4” forward at Buford High School
  • Scored 2,174 points in high school career
  • Led Wolves to State Runner-Up (1999)
  • AAU National Championship GA Magic (1999)
  • Miss Georgia Basketball (2000)
  • Three-time UGA All-Conference (SEC)
  • Under 20 USA National Team
  • Wade Trophy Nominee
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2001)
  • Drafted 12th overall to Los Angeles Sparks (2004-2009) Minnesota Lynz (2009) Chicago Sky (2010)
  • Gold Medalist - U.S. Young Women National Team, Croatia and All-Tournament Team
  • Sports Analyst – College Sports South
  • Competes internationally - Italy, Spain, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Latvia
Dustin Kawa - Wrestling, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Shiloh High School, Class of 2000
  • Georgia record 7 straight youth state championships
  • Two-time AAU national champion
  • A three-time state champion at 171 pounds at Shiloh High School
  • State champion sophomore, junior and senior year
  • Compiled a four-year record in high school of 154-3
  • First from Georgia to win Senior National Tournament (1999)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the country at 189 by Wrestling USA magazine
  • Named Georgia Wrestler of the Year (1999)
  • Four-time NCAA qualifier at North Carolina State
  • NC State - finished second in the ACC Tournament (1999)
  • Won National Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament at 171 pounds (1999)
  • Posted a 23-9 record with three pins, six major decisions, and a technical fall, leading to ACC championship (2001)
  • Posted 18-4 record at 165 weight (2002 - 03)
  • Two-time ACC champion NC State
  • Established The Wrestling Academy in Gwinnett (2004)
  • Trains approximately 500 wrestlers per year
Stephen Harris - Track and Field, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Norcross High School, Class of 2000
  • Standout athlete at Norcross High School
  • Considered one of Gwinnett’s best ever all-around athletes
  • Holds Gwinnett County Championship Meet records in the 300M hurdles, 400M dash and the high jump
  • Member of four relay teams that hold Norcross High records
  • Three times All-County in track
  • All-County in cross country
  • Holds high school 400M dash
  • Broke University of Tennessee program record in the decathlon as a freshman
  • SEC Freshman of the Year
  • Two-time captain
  • Captain’s Award and Ironman Award at UT
  • Davis/Zwingle Scholarship, rising senior demonstrating exceptional campus leadership
  • Two NCAA team championships (2001) outdoors, (2002) indoors.
  • NCAA champion in the decathlon - University of Tennessee (2003)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the world, No. 4 in U.S. in decathlon while at UT
  • Only four-time All-American in the decathlon for the University of Tennessee
  • Active on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and in student government
  • Part of USA team that competed against Germany (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005)
  • Qualified at U.S. Olympic trials (2004)
  • U.S. Outdoor Track and Field National Championships – 4th decathlon (2005)
  • Joined the Harvard coaching staff (2009)
Tally Johnson - Fooball Coach, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Central Gwinnett High School from 1975-2001
  • Coaching legend at Central Gwinnett High School
  • Athletic director and/or head football coach for 35 years - 1975-2001
  • Head football coach - 28 years
  • Athletic director - 35 years
  • Tally Johnson Awards named in his honor – Gwinnett Touchdown Club
  • Career record 185-111-8 win/less/tie, including 10-plus wins in 1980 and 1984 seasons
  • Central Gwinnett Stadium named in his honor
  • Member 100 Win Club – 11 Gwinnett coaches to reach 100 wins
Amanda Weir - Swimming, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Brookwood High School, Class of 2004
  • Two-time Olympian
  • Three Olympic Medals
  • 26 International Medals
  • 8 World Championship Teams
  • Holds American record in 100M Free
  • Competed for University of Georgia and University of Southern California before relinquishing
  • NCAA eligibility to compete professionally
  • Gold in 400 free relay and 400 medley relay - Pan American Games 2003
  • Gold in the 400 free relay and silver in 400 medley relay - Indianapolis 2004
  • Silver on American record-setting 400 free relay and silver in 400 medley relay- 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
  • Silver in 400 medley, bronze in 400 free relay - Montreal 2005
  • Gold in 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, silver in 100m freestyle - Victoria 2006
  • Silver in 400 medley relay, bronze in 800 free relay - Shanghai 2006
  • Gold as part of 800 free relay, silver in the American record setting 400 free relay and American record setting 400 medley relay - Melbourne 2007
  • Finished 4th in 100m freestyle, American record - World Championships in Rome 2009
  • Silver in 400 free and 400 medley relays - Dubai 2010
  • Silver in 50 meter freestyle and gold in 400 free relay - Irvine 2010
  • Gold in 400 medley relay and silver in 400 free relay - Shanghai 2011
  • Bronze in 400m free relay - 2012 Olympic Games in London
  • Silver as part of 400 free relay, 200 free relay, and 200 medley relay – World Championships 2014
David Pollack - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Shiloh High School, Class of 2000
  • Standout in football, basketball and wrestling at Shiloh High School
  • Gwinnett County Defensive Lineman of the Year twice at Shiloh
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior
  • Class 5A all-state high school selection
  • UGA All-Conference (SEC) and first team All-American (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • 36 sacks in collegiate career, third most in NCAA history
  • SEC Player of the Year Award (2004)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award (2004)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (2004)
  • Ted Hendricks Award (2003, 2004)
  • Lombardi Award (2004)
  • Lott Trophy (2004)
  • First-round NFL draft pick Cincinnati Bengals
  • ESPN's College Game Day
  • ESPN's Thursday Night Football
William (Bull) Cooper - All-Around - Football, Baseball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 - Grayson High School, Class of 1930
  • Standout athlete at Grayson High School
  • Played basketball in Grayson’s original rock gym
  • UGA letterman football
  • UGA letterman baseball
  • On first SEC baseball championship team at UGA (1933)
  • All-Time University of Georgia Football Lettermen (1931-32-33)
  • Catcher - Atlanta Crackers baseball team (1934)
  • Defensive Tackle - Chicago Cardinals football team (1938)
Jon Stinchcomb - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Parkview High School, Class of 1997
  • USA Today and Parade All-American 1997
  • All county/All state honors
  • Earned 4.0-grade-point-average in high school
  • 4 year starter at UGA from 1999-2002
  • Inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor
  • All-Academic honors in 2001-02
  • AFCA Good Works Team honors for community service
  • All-American offensive tackle for UGA in 2002
  • 3-time All-SEC
  • Captain on the 2002 UGA SEC Championship team
  • Semifinalist for 2002 Lombardi Award
  • One of six recipients of National Football Foundation scholarship
  • NCAA Top 8 award- recognizing 8 scholar athletes from any sport at any level in the NCAA for accomplishments on field, in community, and in classroom
  • Graduated with honors in microbiology and a minor in religion
  • Originally drafted 37th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft
  • Started 86 straight games
  • Voted by his teammates on the Saints as a season-long team captain
  • Won Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints in 2009
  • Voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009
  • Named Saints' "Man of the Year" in 2008
Eric Shanteau - Swimming, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Parkview High School, Class of 2002
  • Parkview - three state team championships (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Nine individual high school titles (including relays)
  • First male in history of USA Swimming Scholastic All American program to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and win a national title
  • Auburn University - 11-time NCAA All American
  • Auburn - 4x NCAA team champions and 4x SEC team champions (2002 - 2006)
  • World University Games, silver medalist, 400-meter individual medley - 2003
  • World University Games, gold medalist, 200-meter & 400 individual medley (first American to sweep these events at a world university games) – 2005
  • Set American Record in 100 and 200 breaststroke (both still standing) - 2009
  • Broke world record, 400-meter medley relay (still standing) - 2009
  • US Olympic Summer Games – 2008, 2012
  • Gold medalist US Olympic team, 400-meter relay team – 2012
  • 5x US National Champion
  • 2x World Champion
Kibwé Johnson - Track and Field, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - North Gwinnett High School, Class of 2000
  • Pan-American Games, hammer throw silver medalist – 2007
  • USA Track and Field National Title, weight throw – 2008
  • 3x USA Champion
  • Pan-American Games, gold medalist – 2011
  • Pan-American Games record holder
  • Only third American to pass 80 meters in hammer throw
  • Represented US in World Championships – 2007, 2011
  • US Olympian, 2012, first to make the final since 1996
  • Highest world ranking of 3rd – 2011 (allathletics.com)
  • 2x GA state HS champion - discus
  • NCAA all –division record holder 35lb weight throw
  • 3rd person ever to throw 35lb weight 25m (82’)
  • Best discus/hammer combination all-time
  • Starred in Football and track at NG
  • All conference selection- SS Moorpark Junior College Football 10-1 (2002)
  • NCAA Field Athlete of the Year – 2007
  • 3x NCAA Champion
  • Sponsors New York Athletic Club and NIKE
Jackie Drouin - Track and Field, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Collins Hill High School, Class of 2007
  • Collins Hill High won 9 individual state titles
  • Member of 2 state championship track teams
  • Member of 3 state championship cross country teams
  • Graduated with GPA of 3.95
  • All-Ivy League honors in both cross country and track at Columbia University
  • Holds the school record there in the mile (4:42)
  • Ivy and ECAC champion at 1500m in 2010
  • Finished third in Ivy League cross country championship in fall of 2010
  • Multiple recipient of Ivy League All-Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic honors
Hugh (Buck) Buchanan - Baseball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Parkview High School 1977-2006
  • Parkview's head baseball coach for 29 years
  • Three state titles – 1996, 2001, 2002
  • 12 region championships
  • Record 546 wins and 245 losses.
  • Parkview's head football coach - 1983, 1984, 1985
  • Parkview’s head softball coach – 1987 to 1994
  • No. 20 jersey retired
  • One of two Georgians in National High School Baseball Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame
  • Numerous athletes playing professionally, among them MLB players Jeff Francouer, Jeff Keppinger and Clint Sammons Inducted Georgia Athletic Coaches Associat
  • Inducted Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame
  • Inducted Gwinnett Dugout Club Hall of Fame
  • Head Coach, 2002 USA Baseball Youth National Team, Silver Medal in Pan American Games, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Asst. Coach, 2001 USA Baseball Youth National Team, Gold Medal in World Championships, Veracruz, Mexico
  • MLB scout in retirement, presently Area Scouting Supervisor, Atlanta Braves
Jeff Backus - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Norcross High School, Class of 1995
  • Norcross High School and was a standout in football and baseball
  • Three-year starter on offense and defense at Norcross
  • USA Today All-America selection
  • Gwinnett Touchdown Club's Lineman of the Year
  • University of Michigan, four-year starter
  • Started 49 consecutive games for the Wolverines at left tackle
  • National Football Championship, University of Michigan
  • Big 10 first-teamer as a senior
  • All-American second team selection by College Football News and ABC/Sports
  • NFL first-round draft pick Detroit Lions – 2001
  • 12 year career Detroit Lions
  • Franchise-record 186 consecutive starts at left tackle
  • Drafted in the 2001 and missed one game in 12 years
Josh Wolff - Soccer, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - Parkview High School, Class of 1995
  • Helped U.S. to best-ever finish in the World Cup, advancing to the quarterfinals
  • Started and assisted first goal of World Cup win over Mexico
  • Played every minute for U.S. in fourth-place finish at 2002 Olympics U.S. National Team Man of the Match twice
  • Once in World Cup qualifying win over Mexico
  • MLS player since 1998 for Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards
  • Voted U.S. Soccer Youth Player of the Year in 1998
  • Led Parkview to two state titles with 64 career goals
  • Helped Panthers to 57-match streak without a loss
  • Represented the United States in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups
  • Pushed the US to their best-ever Quarterfinal finish in 02' World Cup with an assist in the 2nd Round win over Mexico
  • At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, led the US team in scoring, giving the US its highest finish of 4th Place
  • Played 14 years in MLS, playing for the Chicago Fire, Kansas City Wizards, and DC United, finished career with 80 goals, 49 assists in 267 games
  • Won an MLS Championship in 98', and 3 US Open Cup Championships in 98', 00', 04'
  • Voted US Soccer Youth Player of the Year in 1998
  • Voted Georgia High school Soccer Player of the Year in 1995
  • Helped Parkview Panthers to a 57-match unbeaten streak, winning two State Titles and scoring 64 career goals
  • Retired at end of 2012 season and is currently an assistant coach at DC United
Louis Williams - Baskeball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - South Gwinnett High School, Class of 2005
  • Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Williams played at Snellville's South Gwinnett High School under Roger Fleetwood, where he was a four-time All-State selection
  • Named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" during his junior and senior year
  • Voted as the "Most Athletic" Senior Superlative by his peers
  • Won the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award which identifies the nation's top high school player, still only Gwinnett male to receive that honor
  • Named to the 2005 McDonald's All-American East Team
  • Both Williams and Mike Mercer, high school teammates at South Gwinnett High School, committed to play at the University of Georgia
  • Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft
  • Philadelphia 76ers 2005-2012
  • Atlanta Hawks 2012 – Present
  • Williams is the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history
Darius Walker - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - Buford High School, Class of 2003
  • 2003 scored 46 touchdowns, breaking Herschel Walker’s GA high school single-season record of 42
  • 2003 Gwinnett County Back of the Year
  • 2003 Parade Magazine All American
  • 2004 Offensive Player of Year - GA Athletic Coaches Association
  • 2004 Running Back of the Year -Touchdown Club of Atlanta
  • 2004 scholar athlete recipient Watkins Award, presented by National Alliance of African American Athletes, NAAA
  • 2004 Player of Year - Gwinnett Daily Post, Gainesville Times, Fox 5 TV Sports Team
  • 2003 Georgia Player of the Year, Gatorade
  • 2003 Georgia Player of the Year, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Notre Dame, during first season for the Irish set the freshman rushing record, gaining 786 yards on 185 carries (4.2 average), and breaking a 30-year-old school record
  • Led the Irish in rushing in all three seasons
  • Recorded the sixth-best single-season rushing total in Notre Dame history as a junior with career-high 1,267 yards on 255 carries and holds career record for most receptions as a running back at Notre Dame
  • Ranked 4th All-time for career rushing yards at Notre Dame, 4th in school history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons
  • NFL 2007-2010, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos
  • College football analyst for FOX in Los Angeles, CA
Courtney Swaim - Golf, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - Duluth High School, Class of 1977
  • 1998 individual state high school champion
  • 3 time Gwinnett County Female Golfer of the Year
  • Played on boys and girls high school golf team
  • All-SEC, Auburn University
  • Played in two U.S. Opens, finishing T-61st in 2004
  • Member of 2002 victorious, U.S. Curtis Cup team
  • 2002 NCAA First-team All-American at Auburn University, where her team finished 2nd in the NCAA Championship in 2002
  • Member of Futures Tour, LPGA feeder tour, before entering coaching
  • Courtney spent three and a half years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Auburn University, where she helped coach the Tigers to the 2006 and 2009 SEC Championships and mentored 3 first team All-Americans
  • Current Head Coach at the University of Louisville, former Head Coach at the University of Central Florida
Dave Hunter - Football Coach, Gwinnett Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - Coaching Career - Brookwood High School 1987-2002
  • Credited with bringing successful football model to Gwinnett
  • Accomplished a number of firsts, including GCPS' first state title in football in 1996
  • Longtime representative on the Georgia High School Assoc. Exec. Committee
  • Coach 1996 Brookwood HS football state champions
  • 149-35 in 15 years in Gwinnett County
  • Region Coach-of-the-Year, 6 times
  • State of Georgia Coach-of-the-Year, 2 times
  • NFL National Coach-of-the-Year, 1 time- 1996
  • Region Athletic Director-of-the-Year, 3 times
  • AAAA/AAAAA Athletic Director-of-the-Year, 2 times
  • Statewide Athletic Director-of-the-Year, 2 times
  • Nicknamed“ the Godfather” of Gwinnett football by Gwinnett coaches
  • Widely acknowledged as responsible for starting the tremendous athletic facility development in Gwinnet County
  • Member Georgia HS Association’s Executive Committee, GHSA
  • Longtime executive director of the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett until retirement
  • Executive director of the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic
  • Master of Science degree
Sherill Baker - Basketball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - Greater Atlanta Christian School, Class of 2002
  • Led GAC to two state titles and scored 2,276 career pts
  • Started as freshman at UGA
  • All SEC, UGA
  • All American, UGA
  • Averaged 12.7 points per game at UGA and 1,665 career points put her 10th on the Bulldog’ all-time scoring list.
  • School record for steals in a career and steals in a season
  • Avg. 9.6 pts was third in SEC in steals 3 per game
  • Named Miss Georgia Basketball as a senior
  • Started in 122 pf 131 games
  • No. 10 on Georgia's all-time scoring list
  • Drafted 12th overall to WNBA
  • WNBA 4 seasons, as well as offseason stints with pro teams
  • 2011-12 retired averaging 24.4 pts per game for Hapol Tel Aviv Israeli League
  • Named to Auburn Basketball staff 2012
Susan Brandau Hawkins - All-Around, Basketball, Softball, Tennis - Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Parkview High School, Class of 1990
  • All Around Athlete - Basketball, Softball, Tennis
  • Varsity starter & Letter winner all 4 years
  • Most Valuable Player Award (Softball and Basketball) - 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Panther Award (Softball) - 1989, 1990
  • Team-Region Basketball Champs - 1988
  • Region Champs for softball - 1987, 1989, 1990
  • Team-State Runner-up - 1987, 1989, 1990
  • Gwinnett Daily News Softball Player of the Year – 1989, 1990
  • Gwinnett Extra Player of the Year Softball - 1989
  • Outstanding Offensive Player Award (Softball) - 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
  • USSSA All-World Player – 1985, 1987, 1989
  • Team-USSSA World Champions - 1989
  • Academic Honor Award - 1990, 1991
  • Team-Region Champs (Basketball) - 1989, 1990
  • Outstanding Offensive Player Award (Basketball)
  • Panther Award (Basketball) - 1989, 1990
  • Team MVP Award (Basketball) - 1990, 1991
  • Two-time Gwinnett County Player of the Year (Basketball)
  • Atlanta Tip-Off Club Player of the Month
  • GHSA Basketball All-Star Team Selection
  • Gwinnett County Female Athlete of the Year - 1991
Scott Hage - Wrestling, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Parkview High School, Class of 1991
  • All-American Wrestler - 1991
  • Individual Record Holder - 1989, 1991, 1991
  • Most pins in a season - 1990 (31)
  • Most pins in a career - 1987-1991 (107)
  • Most takedowns in a career - 1987-1991 (524)
  • Wrestling USA Magazine's All-American Dream TEam - 1989-1990
  • First Georgian to win four consecutive AAAAA high school state championships
  • Full wrestling scholarship to top 20 program West Virginia University
  • three-time NCAA Wrestling Qualifier
  • 17th Annual Dapper Dan Team USA Selection
  • West Virginia University Mountaineer Team Captain - 1996
David Greene - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Parkview High School, Class of 2000
  • Standout in Football and Baseball
  • Gwinnett County Co-Offensive Player of the Year
  • Georgia Sports Writers Association AAAA All-State (football)
  • Class AAAA All-State honors (football)
  • Georgia Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year
  • Gwinnett Touchdown Club All-Star Quarterback
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 honors
  • USA Today All-USA Honorable Mention honors
  • Super Southern 100 honors
  • University of Georgia notable start in Tennessee, “hobnail boot” game
  • SEC Freshman of the Year – 2001
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year – 2001
  • Sugar Bowl victory – 2002
  • SEC Championship Game MVP – 2002
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist – 2004
  • SEC record 11,528 yards, 72 touchdown passes
  • Top 5 Quarterback in NCAA Division I history – 42 wins
  • Drafted by the NFL Seattle Seahawks – 2005
Jason Elam - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Brookwood High School, Class of 1988
  • Letterman – Football, Swimming, Track
  • First-team All-County (football)
  • Second-team All-State (football)
  • Brookwood record - 52-yard field goal, 73-yard punt
  • All American at The University of Hawaii
  • Kodak All-American
  • Drafted to NFL Denver Broncos – 1993
  • No player in NFL history has scored more points for one team
  • Three-time Pro Bowler
  • NFL record for consecutive Points after Touchdown
  • Longest NFL career in Gwinnett, 17 seasons
  • Pro Bowl Selection – 1995, 1998, 2001
  • Leads NFL in points scored and field goals as Broncos all-time leading scorer
  • 436 of 540 career field goals (80.7 percent)
  • Cleats on display in Pro Football Hall of Fame, tied Tom Dempsey‘s record for longest field goal in NFL history – 63 yards
  • Member of Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
  • Two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Broncos – 1995,1996
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Nominee
Karl Bostick - Football Player/Coach, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Duluth High School, Class of 1976
  • Rushed for a then-county record of 2,286 yards for Duluth High School in 1975
  • Rushed for 1,781 yards and 14 TDs as senior with Gamecocks
  • Finished with school record 5,204 career rushing yards at South Carolina
  • Won 1980 Heisman Trophy as a senior at University of South Carolina
  • First-team All-American selection in 1979 and 1980
  • Won a Super Bowl ring with the Washington Redskins in 1987
  • Won NFL rushing title as a rookie with 1,674 yards
  • Had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in pro career
  • Finished seven-year NFL career with 7,176 yards rushing and 54 TDs
Jan Azar - Basketball Coach, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Coaching Career - Wesleyan
  • • State Girl’s Basketball Coach of the Year - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • • No Team, Male or Female, has Won 8 Titles in 9 Years
  • • Coached Most Girl’s State Championships in Georgia history
  • • Bobby Cremins Georgia Girls Coach of the Year (All Classifications) - 2006, 2010
  • • Metro Atlanta Prep Coach of the Year (All Classifications) - 2009, 2011
  • • Georgia Sports Writers Association State Coach of the Year - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • • Region Coach of the Year - 2001, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009
  • • Gwinnett Tipoff Club Coach of the Year - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • • Gwinnett Daily Post Coach of the Year - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012
  • • Atlanta Journal Constitution Gwinnett County Coach of the Year - 2006, 2012
  • • Atlanta TipOff Club Coach of the Year - 2012
  • • Naismith Awards, Metro Atlanta Coach of the Year
  • • ESPN National Team Ranking 35th in 2009, 20th in 2011, 18th in 2012
  • • State Runner-Up - 2001, 2007
  • • First girl’s coach in state history to win 9 State Championships in 11 seasons - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Absolam “Red” Wingo - Baseball (inducted posthumously), Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Norcross High School, Class of 1915
  • Played six major league seasons, five with Detroit
  • Career .308 hitter; hit .370 in 1925
  • Member of only outfield in major league history to have all three members hit .370 or higher in one season
  • Fellow Detroit outfielder in 1925 withTy Cobb
Ivy Wingo - Baseball (inducted posthumously), Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Norcross High School, Class of 1908
  • Played 17 major league seasons with St. Louis and Cincinnati
  • Hit .571 in 1919 World Series for champion Reds
  • Retired with National League record for games caught — 1,231
  • Had 81 career triples
  • Managed two games for the Reds as player-manager in 1916
  • Member of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Mary Ellen Blanchard Warta - Swimming, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Norcross High School, Class of 1991
  • Set U.S. record in two events, 100 and 200 yard breaststroke in 1989
  • U.S. record in 200 breaststroke record stood for seven years; 100 breaststroke record for six years
  • Fourth in 200 breaststroke at 1988 Olympic Trials at age 14
  • Fifth in 200 individual medley at 1992 Olympic Trials
  • Member of four NCAA title teams at Stanford
  • Nine-time All-American in three college seasons
  • Swam for U.S. in Pan-Pacific Games, World Championships and Goodwill Games
  • Profiled in Sports Illustrated, April 1990, August 1990
  • Multiple covers Swimming World Magazine
  • Won 10 national titles between 1989-1992
George Rogers - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Duluth High School, Class of 1975
  • Won 1980 Heisman Trophy as a senior at South Carolina
  • Won a Super Bowl ring with the Washington Redskins in 1987
  • Finished seven-year NFL career with 7,176 yards rushing and 54 Touchdowns
  • Won NFL rushing title as a rookie with 1,674 yards
  • Had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in pro career
  • Finished with school record 5,204 career rushing years at South Carolina
  • Rushed for 1,781 yards and 14 TDs as senior with Gamecocks
  • First-team All-American selection in 1979 and 1980
  • Rushed for a then-county record of 2,286 yards for Duluth in 1975
Ted Roof - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Football - Central Gwinnett High School, Class of 1982
  • Outstanding football player at Central Gwinnett HS
  • 1982 Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year
  • Earned 13 varsity letters while at Central Gwinnett
  • Inducted into Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Three-year starter at linebacker with 417 career tackles
  • 1985 First-Team All-ACC selection
  • Made 25 tackles, second-best in Tech history vs. Tennessee in 1985
  • Defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, Auburn University
  • Head coach Duke University
  • BSC Championship Auburn 2010
Eddie Martin - Basketball Coach, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - Coaching Career - Central Gwinnett HS, Brookwood HS, Norcross HS and Greater Atlanta Christian 1978-present
  • Outstanding basketball player at Central Gwinnett HS
  • Holds single game total of 48 points at Central Gwinnett HS
  • Averaged 27.0 points at Central during the 1973-74 season
  • Gwinnett County Player of the Year 1974
  • Head coach of five Georgia state championship teams in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, finished as state runner-up in 2005
  • USA Today, ranked a Martin team as the #2 high school basketball program in the nation
  • Team featured in ESPN national broadcast 2006, 2007, 2008
  • March 2008, Norcross team won a third consecutive state title, a milestone no team has met since 1938-1940
  • Has coached 40+ players that have gone on to play college ball
  • Has coached 3 players who are currently playing in the NBA
  • Recorded 600th career win, Feb. 2011
Matt Stinchcomb - Football, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - Parkview High School, Class of 1995
  • Ranks second all-time in Central Gwinnett career scoring
  • Georgia Tech’s first All-ACC first-team selection in 1989
  • 1995 inductee into Georgia Tech’s Hall of Fame
  • Second in Georgia Tech history with 508 career assists and holds the record for assist average with 4.7 per game
  • Averaged 19.2 points and 7.1 assists as a senior at Georgia Tech
Ida Neal-Smith - Basketball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - Central Gwinnett High School, Class of 1985
  • Ranks second all-time in Central Gwinnett career scoring
  • Georgia Tech's first All-ACC first-team selection in 1989
  • 1995 inductee into Georgia Tech's Hall of Fame
  • Second in Georgia Tech history with 508 career assists and hold the record for assist average with 4.7 per game
  • Averaged 19.2 points and 7.1 assists as a senior at Georgia Tech
Terry Harvey - All-Around - Football, Baseball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - Dacula High School, Class of 1992
  • Finished high school football career with 7,100 total yards and 82 Touchdowns
  • Class A State Football Player of the Year as a senior
  • Led Falcons to 46-7 record in four seasons in football
  • Four-year starter in football, baseball and basketball
  • Three-time all-state football player at Dacula
  • No. 3 passer in N.C. State history with 5,925 yards
  • First pitcher to no-hit Florida State’s baseball team
  • Finished college career with school-record 35 wins
  • ACC Player of the Week in 1992,1993, 1994
  • Ranked third in the ACC for career victories with 35
  • Fifth in the ACC in career strikeouts with 386
  • Third in the ACC in career innings pitched with 426
  • Is tied for the ACC’s annual leader in shutouts in 1994 with two
  • Named to the ACC’s All-Tournament Team in 1993
  • Named to ACC’s 50th Anniversary baseball team
Cindy Brogdon - Basketball, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - Greater Atlanta Christian School, Class of 1975
  • Led GAC to three state titles
  • Four-time MVP of state high school tournament
  • First female in Georgia to receive a full athletic college scholarship
  • Was a three-time Kodak All-American, receiving the accolade as a freshman at Mercer University and then duplicating the feat her junior and senior years at the University of Tennessee.
  • Ranked second in AIAW career scoring with 3,204 points and 11th in AIAW career scoring average, averaging 25.0 ppg.
  • Career statistics also include 1,028 rebounds (8.3 rpg) as well as a 50.0 field goal percentage and an 82.7 free throw percentage.
  • First Georgian to play on a U.S. Olympic basketball team
  • Member of 1976 U.S. Olympic Team that won silver medal
  • Played for the New Orleans Pride of the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1979 and 1980.
Ezzard Charles - Boxing, Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - Lawrenceville
  • 42-0 amateur record with two Golden Gloves titles
  • Beat Archie Moore three times from 1946-1948
  • World heavyweight champion from 1949-1951
  • Won NBA Heavyweight title in 1949 vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
  • Won World Heavyweight crown in 1950 vs. Joe Louis
  • First and only boxer to last 15 rounds with Rocky Marciano
  • 1949 and 1950 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
  • Posted career record of 96-25-1 with 58 knockouts