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D.B. Carroll was a Grayson native and was Georgia’s winningest basketball coach. A genuine coaching legend, he coached both girls and boys throughout his career, with coaching stints at North Georgia College, Cherokee County, Cumming, Pickens, Canton, and Forsyth County. He compiled an incredible all-time record of 1254-283. His girls record was: 697-103 while his boys record was: 557-180. He won 5 State Championships and his Pickens County Girls team once had a 187 game winning streak. His boys team won NGIC tournament twice and were State Champions in '42. His Forsyth County girls claimed the Class A State Championship in 1959. He is a member of the GACA Hall of Fame.

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Vassa “Gus” Cate was born in Brunswick and was a legendary track and field performer at the University of Georgia. He was the 100 yard dash champion in 1938 and 220 low hurdles champion in 1939 and 1940. He was the SEC high scorer in track in 1939. He is a member of All-Time All-Southern Track Team. He served his country in the Navy in World War II, then was head track and assistant football coach Riverside Military Academy in 1940-1941. His track squad claimed the GIAA Championship. Cate then moved to Waycross High School where his teams won 12 Region track titles and his football teams posted an overall mark of 60-38-2. Gus also coached the South Georgia All Stars.

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Sam Glassman was sports editor of the Macon Telegraph and a familiar figure in Georgia and Southeastern athletic circles for nearly 40 years. Before his tenure with the Telegraph, Sam officiated basketball and football games for 21 years throughout the state. During that time, he worked part-time as high school and amateur sport editor for The Atlanta Journal. Glassman served as sports editor of the Telegraph from 1945 until 1959. He was a charter member of the Southern Football Officials Association and the Southeastern Basketball Officials Association. He was a past president and director of the South Atlantic League Sports Writers Association.

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Billy Henderson moved to Macon during his youth, and quickly discovered his natural talent for athletics becoming one of the city’s top all-around athletes while at Lanier High School. He excelled in several sports, impressing onlookers in football, baseball, track & field, swimming, and others. This talent continued through college, where Billy played football and baseball for the University of Georgia. After his playing days, Henderson put together a legendary coaching career. His stops included stints at Jefferson High School, Athens High, Willingham High School, and Sales. At the college level, he spent time at Furman and The University of South Carolina. The family moved to Athens in 1973 where Billy accepted the head coaching position at Clarke Central High School. He compiled a record of 222-65-1, with 3 State Championships in football. He also pioneered 3 State Championships in baseball and 1 swimming championship. Henderson is truly one of the greatest coaches in the history of Georgia high school sports.

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Macon’s Jim Nolan earned Best Athlete Awards in both 1944 and 1944 at Lanier High School. He won 9 letters in basketball, football, track and tennis. Jim was a three-year letterman at Georgia Tech in football and basketball. He was Selected to 1948 All-SEC basketball tournament first team. Nolan was Captain of the Tech basketball team in 1948. He was drafted by the NBA’s Philadelphia Warriors but played just one season appearing in five games. He returned to Georgia and started a coaching career leading the Tech Freshman Basketball team from 1955 to 1957, then became the Lanier football coach in the early 1960’s. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame and the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.

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A native of Madison County, George H. O’Kelley was a successful multi-sport coach from 1926 to 1950 at Union Springs, Alabama, and in Atlanta at Brown High, Grady High, and Boys High. He also served as Assistant Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Military for The Atlanta Public Schools.

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