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2002 INDUCTEES

Coach John Gilbert Reynolds
Coach John Gilbert Reynolds passion in life was the children he chose to educate. A towering gentleman, Coach Reynolds was not just a coach but also a husband, father, and a steward in his church. Born in Talladega, Alabama, he attended Westside Sr. High School. He continued his education afterwards by attending Morris Brown College in Atlanta where he received a B.A. Degree. Still furthering his education, Coach Reynolds then attended Bowling Green State University to finish up with a Masters Degree. As an educator for 44 years, Coach Reynolds began his path as a chemistry teacher and an assistant football coach. Affecting the lives of his many students, Coach Reynolds strived to help his athletes do their best and receive scholarships to college. He coached first at Ballard Hudson.High School and Central Macon High in Macon, Georgia. While coaching at Central Macon High in 1975, he was defensive coordinator for the Class AAA state champions. In 1983 Coach Reynolds went to Tift County High in Tifton, Georgia as coach and defensive coordinator for the Tift County High Class AAAA state champions. His career brought him to Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. Coach Reynolds was head coach of the Class AAA state champions in 1998. 1998 was a great year for Coach Reynolds. The Atlanta Touchdown Club named him Georgia State Coach of the Year and the Macon Touchdown Club named him Class AAA State Coach of the Year. The Georgia Athletic Association of Coaches named him Coach of Class AAA Division, and he was honored by the 100% Wrong Club of Atlanta. Reynolds chose to retire at the end of the 1998 school year. Coach Reynolds was a member of the Georgia Association of Educators, the National Educators Association, and the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He was a member of the OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity and the Morris Brown Alumni Association. Coach John Gilbert Reynolds passed away on August 10, 2000. His family, friends and students miss him, but his passion for football will live on through the hundreds of athletes he coached.


Aubrey J. Hitson
Aubrey J. Hitson Since 1941, Aubrey has been considered an athlete. As a graduate of Albany High School, he was an all-round athlete who lettered three years and took his talent into a career. Hitson furthered his career by attending Ed Murray State College Where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree and majored in Health and P.E.M. education. He then went on to the University of Georgia where he received a Masters Degree in Earth Science. He also was a graduate of soccer school from Clemson University. His career as a coach spans from 1948 until 1994, and he has coached throughout areas all over Georgia. At Cairo High School in 1956, he was head baseball coach and from 1956-58 he was a backfield coach. He then went on to Blackshear High School where he was head football coach for two years. During the 1960's, Hitson coached All-Star teams for the Albany Recreational Department as well as coaching the Albany Blues Men's Basketball team. In 1969, Hitson moved to the Atlanta area where he worked a various high schools as a coach until 1979. Hitson moved to Thomasville in 1979 and coached through 1980 for Thomasville Central High. In 1981, Hitson moved to Conyers, Georgia where he would coach until 1989 as both Defensive and Offensive Coordinator for Heritage High School. Hitson is very civic minded and has been involved with many well-known organizations. His volunteerism has taken him to coaching youth in baseball and football from Albany to Atlanta. He has been a Program Presenter to Boy Scout Troops and with Youth Programs at churches, and an Explorer Scout Advisor. He has been involved as an active member on many Boards of Directors of organizations, including the Albany Sertoma Club, the Flat Shoals PTA, and Chairman of the Post 77 Baseball Program.


William " Dink" Haire
William " Dink" Haire as a child, "Dink" grew up next to the 11th Street ballpark in Albany, Georgia. At the age of ten Dink began playing ball for the 11th Street Recreational League and up to the age of 15, he was a fill-in for the Industrial League, playing any position open in a game. Through high school at Albany High, Dink played baseball under the supervision of Coach Pat Field. He also played American Legion Ball for Paul Eames from the age of 16 to 18. These two mentors provided Dink with a job as scorer for the Recreational League at night so Dink could play high school ball in the afternoons. He played for two years as Captain of the baseball team, and during his senior year had a .500 batting average. In the summer of 1961, a year after finishing high school, Dink met Cleve Wester while playing softball. Later, Wester took Dink to Auburn University for a visit and introduced him to Auburn's baseball coach, Erskine Russell. Without seeing him play, Coach Russell added Dink to the Auburn Freshman team. As he waited tables at the Auburn Athletic Dining Hall for room and board, Dink had plenty of meals but still had to pay for tuition and out-of-state fees. By the end of the quarter, Dink was the first freshman to hold the job of student manager at the Auburn Athletic Dining Hall. During his first year in the SEC, freshmen were not allowed to play varsity ball. So, Dink played freshman ball and continued his job. The following year, Dink earned a scholarship after his second varsity game. For the next three years until graduation, Dink lettered, was starting right fielder, and was a starter his junior and senior years. After earning a degree from college, Dink entered the U.S. Air Force. He was enlisted for four years and was discharged as a Captain in 1970. During his time in the Air Force, Lt. Haire continued playing sports and coaching. He was responsible for gaining a win for the Commander's Cup Trophy for Col. Cavanaugh at Hill AFB for the best-performed organization in all areas of sports. Dink Haire contributes his success to Paul Eames. Paul acted like a father to me, taught me how to play the game of baseball. No one could teach the fundamentals of baseball like Paul could." Presently, Dink is owner of a small business. He is a husband to an Auburn graduate, Denise Williams Haire and is father to daughters - one a graduate of Duke University and one who is presently a senior at Auburn University.


Alexander Wright
Alexander Wright after living in Albany for 18 years, Alexander left in 1990 to attend college at Auburn University. His football career had started in high school and during his senior year, he received a full scholarship to Auburn University. While attending Auburn, Alexander received All-American Honors for indoor track and field. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult Education, Alexander was a scout briefly for the New England Patriots. He then went on to the NFL as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys for two years, from 1990 to 1992. To make believers out of the coaches and players of the Dallas Cowboys, Alexander ran the 40-yard dash in record time and was clocked at 4.09 seconds. Alexander Wright went on to play as a wide receiver .fur the L.A. Raiders from 1992 to 1995 and then with the St. Louis Rams in 1995-96. During his time as an NFL player Alexander won the NFL Fastest Man Contest. After seven years of professional football, Alexander Wright retired at the relatively young age of 29. He stayed on in St. Louis and went on to be a volunteer at the Fire of Youth Ministry at the Life Christian Center. After moving to St. Peters, Missouri, Alexander became a volunteer bus driver for the Church of the Rock Ministry. Alexander states that he uses skills learned in football to assist younger people in seeking a higher education and making the right choices in life. During retirement, Alexander went back to school at Lindenwood University and graduated in 1999 with his Masters Degree in Sports Management. Presently, Alexander is the Wide Receiver Coach under Head Coach and Athletic Director Dan Kratzer at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Alexander is married and is a proud father to four young children. The family resides in O'Fallon, MO.


Frank T. Sadler
Frank T. Sadler was born in Newnan, Georgia. He attended Albany High School where he ran track, and played football, basketball, and baseball. He was All Region in the latter three. He went on to attend Troy State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art and Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration and Supervision. While attending, Sadler played football and baseball and was All-Conference in both. He also led the nation in kick-off returns, including a single return of 103 yards. Coaching is definitely what Frank T. Sadler was born to do. In 1960 he began his first coaching assignment - assistant football and baseball coach at Columbus High in Columbus, Georgia. Afterwards, he became an Offensive Coordinator and from 1977 until 1993, he coached at three different colleges. He coached at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the University of New Mexico and at the University of South Carolina. He received Coach of the }!ear consecutively from 1965 until1969, then 1975-76, and again from 1994-97. In 1994, Coach Sadler accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama. Coach Sadler coached at Bob Jones for seven years. He also taught conditioning physical education. He believed in tradition and in his office at the high school were 39 years of memories of his life including photographs hanging on the walls from family to his athletic years. Coach Sadler spent 20 years in the college ranks coaching and another 20 years in high school. He retired from Bob Jones High School on April 7, 2001. Sadler now enjoys retirement with his family. He has a wife, Patti and two sons, Frank Jr. and Shawn.
Board of Directors
 
Aileen Conner, Lisa T. Cox, David Guillebeau, Dee Mathews, Frank Demming, Brandon Seely, Ducky Wall, Hill Gillespie, Frank Orgel, John Davis, Bob Geiger, Joe James, Hilton Longshore, B.B. Rhodes, John Vansant, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Paul Robertson, Wilber Wright, Milton Griffin, David Hester, Sonny Lofton, Michelle Oaks, Johnny Seabrooks.
 
Selection Committee
 
  Back Row L-R: Gordon Dixon, Paul Eames, Frank Orgel,
Bob Fowler, Front Row L-R: Betsy Seely, Judy Powell, B.B. Rhodes,
Albany Sports Hall of Fame - P.O. Box 72203 Albany, Georgia 31708-2203