Coweta Sports Hall Of Fame

Four new members to be inducted Feb. 8

The Coweta Sports Hall of Fame welcomes four new members when it hosts its 12th annual banquet on Feb. 8, at the Coweta Fairgrounds.

Tickets are $25 and requests can be made to Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.

This year's inductees include former football, baseball and golf standouts from Newnan High School that will bring the Hall of Fame's membership to 78 over its 12 seasons of existence.

Those selected for induction include Jerome Coleman, who excelled in football and baseball at Newnan from 1973-1976. Coleman joins Tim Cash, Scott Camp and Louis Brown among honorees.

Cash and Camp both went on to play for the Houston Astros organization after helping lead respective college teams to Division II World Series appearances while Brown went on to a professional golf career following four years as a letterman in Georgia's golf program, two of which included All-SEC selections.

Brown's father, former Times-Herald Sports Editor Johnny Brown, spearheaded the idea to establish a sports hall of fame in Coweta County that could honor the accomplishments of athletes, coaches and supporters. He was honored as part of its Class of 2005.

The Coweta Sports Hall of Fame's endeavors have also included its scholarship fund, which has provided more than $25,000 to deserving student-athletes from the county since 2007.

The younger Brown, who competed on the PGA and Nike Tour from 1988-1993, was also standout golfer and basketball player at the youth level through high school before pursuing a college and pro golf career. He won his first club championship at Newnan Country Club at just 16 and competed with the likes of Davis Love III in the Georgia State Golf Association where both tied for second place during the GSGA's Junior Amateur in 1981.

Coleman, who was described by legendary Newnan High head football coach Max Bass as 'the best leader I've ever coached,' eventually played football and baseball at Jacksonville State before being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s.

Continuing Newnan High's baseball tradition for turning out top talent, Cash was an All-Region player during his career with the Cougars from 1977-1980 after playing on statetournament teams at the youth level. He also was a member of the varsity basketball program before playing baseball at both DeKalb College and Troy State.

Another youth baseball standout growing up in Newnan, Camp posted a 27-9 career record in high school with 126 strikeouts in 62  innings as a senior before signing with Gordon College in 1982.

Camp went on to help lead Valdosta State to the Division II World Series in his senior year. He finished with a 9-4 record in appearances that included games against Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.

He signed a free agent contract with the Astros in 1985 while playing in the Gulf Coast and Florida State leagues.



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