Coweta Sports Hall to add four new members in 2014
by Chris Goltermann
The Coweta Sports Hall of Fame will welcome four new members in 2014, including former football, baseball and golf standouts from Newnan High School, one of which will become its first second-generation member.
Jerome Coleman, who excelled in football and baseball at Newnan from 1973-1976, joins Tim Cash, Scott Camp and Louis Brown among next year's 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.
The foursome will increase the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame's membership to 78 over its 12 seasons of existence.
Brown's father, former Times-Hera ld Spor ts 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.
Criteria for selection includes: - Players, coaches and people otherwise connected with sports, including, but not limited to, administrators, officials, media and sports medicine personnel.
- Natives and those who have resided in Coweta for a minimum of seven years.
- Those who have had a positive impact on sports in Coweta or whose athletic performance or support during his/her participation was outstanding.
- Those who have demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship and character.
- Be over 50 years of age and retired from qualifying activities.
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.
Among a lengthy list of accolades includes a win in the 1982 American Junior Golf Association's Tournament of Champions and a first-team All-America selection. At Georgia, he captained the 1984 and 1985 Bulldogs while named All-SEC in both seasons and All-American status in 1984.
As an amateur, he placed in the top-10 during five consecutive GSGA Amateur Championships, winning or tying for a share of the title in both 1984 and 1985. His Tour victories included the 1989 Nedlands Masters on the Australian Tour and the 1990 Fort McMurray Open with the Canadian PGA.
Next year's honorees also include three former Newnan baseball standouts that made their way through major league baseball organizations.
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 bwefore being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s.
As an outstanding defensive back at Newnan High from 1973-76, he once caused and recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes in the same game.
'I don't think that happened before or ever since,' said Bass.
At Jacksonville State, Coleman was part of two conference championship football teams that made NCAA playoff appearances. He went on to play four seasons in the minorleague organizations of the Expos, batting .306 in his first year of pro ball in Calgary.
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 state tournament 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. After being named to All-Regional teams at DeKalb, Cash helped Troy State reach the 1984 Division II College World Series, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Cash went on to play in the Houston Astros organization from 1984-87, while getting a chance to pitch with the big club against the Southern League All-Stars during its 15th annual All-Star game in Birmingham.
Cash later pursued a career in the ministry and became chaplain for the Atlanta Braves from 1995-2010. He currently is lead pastor at Oasis Church in Loganville.
Ano t h e r yout h ba s e ball 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.
The 20-plus year veteran at Delta Airlines went on to teach baseball locally for a list of players including current Kansas City Royals pitcher and former Northgate High ace Will Smith .