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7th Annual Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame
Friday, May 6, 2016

Reception 6:30 p,m.
Induction Ceremony Dinner 7:15 p.m.

Infinite Energy Center
Grand Ball Room
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

Keynote Speaker for the evening is
University of Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart!
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Class of 2016 Inductees:

Juan Daniels; Norcross, Football
Brittany Rogers; Dacula, Softball
Coach Cliff Ramos; Collins Hill, Wrestling
Jocelyn Penn; Meadowcreek, Basketball
Coach Mike Emery; District Athletic Director

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Coach Mike Emery - District Athletic Director - Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Social Studies Teacher/Coach at Norcross HS (1984-2006)
  • Norcross Teacher of the Year (1992, 1997)
  • Coached football, basketball, baseball and softball at Norcross
  • Named Norcross AD (1997)
  • Region AD of the Year (2002, 2005)
  • State AAAAA AD of the Year (2005)
  • Named GCPS Director of Athletics, Student Activities and Community Schools (2006)
  • Developed Gwinnett Heat adapted sports program for students with physical disabilities
  • Started the Aspiring Athletic Administrators Program
  • Implemented a county-wide Code of Conduct for athletes
  • Established the GCPS Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet
  • During tenure as Director of Athletics, Gwinnett teams won more than 100 state titles
  • Retired with 34 years of service - 32 in GCPS (2015)
Coach Cliff Ramos - Wrestling - Collins Hill High School, Meadowcreek High School, Greater Atlanta Christian School
  • Considered Gwinnett’s most successful wrestling coach
  • Started programs at Meadowcreek HS and Collins Hill HS
  • Gwinnett County Championship, Meadowcreek HS (1993)
  • Meadowcreek Mustangs had 14 state placers and two state champions
  • Guided Collins Hill HS to 9 state championships: 5 traditional state championships and 4 team dual state championships
  • Coached 35 individual state champions
  • Named 22-time Region Coach of the Year
  • Named Georgia Coach of the Year five times (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010)
  • Career 730-93 record
  • Georgia Coach of the Year, National Wrestling Coaches Association (2002)
  • Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award – National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2008)
  • National Wrestling Coach of the Year - National High School Coaches Association (2010)
  • Retired from GCPS after 34-year coaching career, 29 in Georgia (2010)
  • Post retirement, head wrestling coach, Greater Atlanta Christian (2010-2015)
  • While at GAC, one Region Championship and top 4 in State Class AA three times
Jocelyn Penn - Basketball - Meadowcreek High School, Class of 2003
  • Basketball forward Meadowcreek HS
  • High game of 35 pts and 21 rebounds
  • Ranks 4th in school history for career scoring 1,939 pts
  • Gwinnett County Player of the Year (2003)
  • South Carolina Gamecocks Women’s Basketball (1998-2003)
  • Scored a South Carolina school-record 51 points vs. Stetson
  • SEC All-time leader in steals
  • One of three women in NCAA history to score 50 or more pts in a game
  • Averaged 23.9 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior
  • United States Basketball Writers Association All-American Team (2003)
  • Named Nike and Reebok All American
  • Finalist for prestigious Naismith & CLASS Awards
  • Fourth in USC history with 1,903 points
  • First-round pick in WNBA draft to Charlotte Sting (2003)
  • Washington Mystics (2004-2005)
Brittany Rogers-Mayweather - Softball - Dacula High School, Class of 2004
  • Holds a total of 16 Georgia High School records
  • First-team All-State (2004)
  • Four time All-County honoree, first team, (2001-2004)
  • All-Region Team for 7 AAAAA
  • Gwinnett Daily Post Player of the Year (2004)
  • Named Dacula High School’s MVP (2003-2004)
  • Selected to Georgia’s North All-Star Team
  • Starting center field in the All-Star game
  • Second-team All-State (2002)
  • University of Alabama - second player in school history to hit over .400 in three seasons
  • Fourth player in SEC history to total 300 hits, 200 runs, 100 stolen bases
  • Silver Slugger Winner (2004)
  • NCAA Top VIII Athlete Award Recipient (2009)
  • Lowe's Senior CLASS Finalist (2009)
  • NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist (2010)
  • Four-time All-SEC and All-American
  • Played on U.S. National Team
Juan Daniels - Football - Norcross High School, Class of 1991
  • Star wide receiver at Norcross
  • Caught 50 passes for 1,237 yards at Norcross (1991)
  • All-State Punter (1990, 1991)
  • First Place Class AAAA state title in triple jump (1992)
  • Led University of Georgia in receiving with 46 catches for 726 yards (1995)
  • Career totals of 2,000 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches
  • Ranks sixth in Bulldog history with 120 catches
  • Played in NFL of Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals
  • Member of Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe
  • Member of Nashville Kats of Arena Football League
  • Member of United States Flag and Touch Football League Hall of Fame
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)
Coach 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
Coach 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
Coach 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
Coach 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.
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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