Coweta Sports Hall of Fame

Coleman remembered among leaders of Bass Era

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Jerome Coleman

The list of standout football athletes who played under legendary Newnan High coach Max Bass is as long as his list of victories at the school.

But he can't quite remember one as much in command as Jerome Coleman. 'He was the best leader I ever coached,' said Bass. 'I remember one game where Jerome caused three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes. I don't think that had happened before or ever since.'

A versatile two-way varsity athlete at Newnan before doing the same at Jacksonville State, Coleman will join Bass as a member of the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame following Saturday's 12th Induction Banquet.

The annual ceremonies at the Coweta County Fairgrounds will see the Hall of Fame grow to 78 members. Coleman joins Tim Cash, Scott Camp and Louis Brown among this year's honorees.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet are $25. Requests can be made to Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.

In addition to his individual game efforts, Coleman's varsity football accolades include helping lead the Cougars to the 1975 6-AAAA subregion championship while also earning the NHS Winner Award presented for the program's most outstanding football performance.

He was just as versatile on the baseball diamond for Newnan, leading the program in steals while playing both infield and outfield positions and eventually earning an athletic scholarship at Jacksonville State.

Coleman played for a pair of Division II football playoff teams with the Gamecocks in 1977 and 1978. He led the Gulf South Conference in interceptions as a sophomore in 1977.

Coleman also helped Jacksonville State's baseball program reach the D-II World Series in 1979 in a season that began with 28 consecutive victories and a school-best 43-7 record as a starting centerfielder. He batted .312 and led the Gamecocks in stolen bases while finishing tied for seventh among career totals in school history.

Following his collegiate career, Coleman was drafted by the Montreal Expos, playing four season in the organization's minor-league system. He was selected a South Atlantic League All-Star in 1983 in a year where he batted .290 with 22 stolen bases.

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.

Criteria for selection includes: - Players, coaches and people otherwi se con nec ted 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.

(Editor's Note: The following is the first of four profile stories about this year's newest members of the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame) Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet are $25. Requests can be made to Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.



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