LEGENDS CLASS OF 2023
Jack Stallings was a legendary baseball coach racking up over 1200 collegiate wins, most of those coming at Georgia Southern. He guided the Eagles from 1976-1999 winning 10 conference championships and taking Southern to the College World Series in 1990. He was TAAC Coach of the year 4 times and Southern Conference Coach of the year twice. He was inducted into the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame in 2004 and the baseball field at the school bears his name.
Demaryius Thomas was an all-state performer at West Laurens High School near Dublin. The standout receiver went to Georgia Tech and piled up over 2100 yards in three seasons with the Jackets. He was a first team All-ACC performer when he entered the 2010 NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos selected Thomas with the 22nd overall pick. For 10 seasons he set 16 Denver franchise receiving records, played in two Super Bowls, was an all-pro selection and made four pro bowls. Thomas retired from football and passed away at the age of 33.
Steve Webber began his baseball coaching career as an assistant at Georgia Southern. Webber was hired as the head baseball coach at Georgia in 1981. The Dawgs were consistent winners averaging 32 victories per season. The 1987 team won the SEC title and made the first of 2 College World Series appearances. In 1990, Georgia beat Oklahoma State 2-1 in the CWS final giving the Diamond Dogs the National Championship. When he completed 16 seasons, he was the winningest coach in Bulldog history. He made stops in the Major Leagues with several clubs before retiring in 2016.
Augusta native Bert Williams was a standout football player before joining the GMC coaching staff in 1997. He was named head coach in 2000 and for 20 years the Bulldogs racked up 156 wins including a National Junior College Championship in 2001. Bert was named national coach of the year and he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010 while he was still coaching. In addition, Bert was the school’s athletic director growing the department to nine different programs. Sadly, Bert was stricken with a rare form of cancer and passed away in 2021.