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1999 INDUCTEES

Chandler Dixon Deas
One might say Chandler Dixon Deas grew up with tennis. "I started playing when I was 9," Deas said. "I heard they were having free tennis lessons at Westover and I went." Now, Deas, who is 10 weeks pregnant, has a resume of awards a mile long and is enjoying her second high school coaching job. Deas served as head tennis coach a Lee County from 1994-97 until takin the job at Buford High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. From 1993-94, Deas coached middle school tennis and basketball at Central Middle School in Thomasville. Her most memorable years were spent as player at Valdosta State. Deas won the singles title in the 1990 national small college Rolex Championships. Among her other accomplishments in college:1988 Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year, 1988-89 GSC Singles and Double Champion, 1991 NCAA finalist, 1990 Hanes Athlete of the Year. She was inducted into the Valdosta State Hall of Fame in 1997 and says that induction into th Albany Sports Hall of Fame is a "great honor."


Ferrell Henry
Ferrell Henry career accomplishments of Ferrell Henry include 32 years of coaching, directing and supervising athletics at different schools throughout Southwest Georgia. Henry's contributions to interscholastic Athletics are seemingly endless, from raising morale and motivating students and faculty, to acting as a driving force behind various renovations and upgrades to athletic facilities, tracks, etc. Attitudes have gone from negative to positive under the guidance of Henry. Henry has also held several offices in athletically related organizations, including holding the presidency of Greater Albany Athletic Public School Boosters Club from 1985 through 1996. Henry was named All Classification Athletic Director of the Year for the State of Georgia in 1994-1995, was recipient of the Sam Burke Award from Georgia Athletic Coaches Association in 1995, and was nominated for National Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia High School Association for the school years 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. Henry also serves are an athletic consultant to area high schools.


R. Brad Oates
R. Brad Oates has been active in all sports from a young age, beginning in grade school. During his high school career at Albany High School, he played football, basketball and ran on the track team. Oates played football for Duke University and for Brigham Young University, enjoying a successful collegiate career before playing professional football. Oates played in the National Football League with the St. Lou is Cardinals, the Detroit Lions, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. He played in the USFL for the Philadelphia Stars. During the off-seasons of the NFL, Oates attended law school at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he graduated with honors, in the upper 20 percent of his class. He received the Professional Responsibility Award from the Utah Bar Foundation, which is awarded to only one graduating law school student in Utah each year. Oates currently resides in Dallas, Texas, but says growing up in Albany was instrumental in laying the foundation for the successes he has experienced in his life.


Alphonso "Al" Smith
Alphonso "Al" Smith success in the area of basketball has always come naturally to AI Smith. His list of most valuable player recognitions and all-star standings seems to go on forever. Smith was an outstanding player during his high sctiool career, voted as Most Valuable Player and named Sunkist All- American. Smith named "Best Defensive and Offensive Player" at Jackson State University, where he was a three-year letterman. In 1978, Smith Alphonso "AI" Smith was a member of the Tucson Gunners of Western Basketball Association and was named WBA Champions Most Valuable Player (25 pts. per game). From 1979 through 1982, Smith was a member of the Rochester Zeniths Continental Basketball League. There, he was named Most Valuable Player two times. Smith has since coached as well as taught in various educational institutions. He has also been a recreation advisor. Currently, Smith is a social service tech senior for the Albany Area Community Service Board.
Board of Directors

Jerry Brimberry, Alice Coachman Davis, Pat Field,
Hill Gillespie, Geoff Gray, Jennifer Morrell,
Frank Orgel, Larry Owens, Pete Thompson,
John Davis, Mark Davis, Pat Field, Bob Geiger,
Dennis Hester, Joe James, Parks Jones,
Hilton Longshore, Helen McCorvey, Michelle Oaks, B.B. Rhodes, John Vansant, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Paul Robertson, Billy Swilly, Wilber Wright.

 
Selection Committee
 
  Top Row L-R: Frank Orgel, B.B. Rhodes, Ducky Wall,
Bugar Seely, Bottom Row L-R: Betsy Seely,
James Griffin Jr., Not Pictured: Paul Eames,
Bob Fowler.
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