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2003 INDUCTEES

Roy E. Shultz
Roy E. Shultz at a towering 6' 2", Roy was destined to be a great athlete. His agility shined through all the sports he participated in during his athletic career. Shultz played football and basketball and competed in track and field at Albany High School from 1937-1940. During his years at Albany High School, Roy played at end in football where he was All-District three years and All-State one year. In basketball, he had the position of center and was All-District for three years. Roy was also on the track team two years for the high jump, shot put and discus and was on the golf team his sophomore year. While a senior, Roy was selected MVP Highest Scorer for the First Mercer University/Macon telegraph News High School Invitational Tournament. Roy E. Shultz cauglit the attention of the press with his outstanding achievements and was featured in many Albany Herald articles and school periodicals. He was featured in "The Southern Coach and Athlete" in 1939 and "The Mercerian" magazine. During his school days, Roy was in the Albany High School Band, the Block "N' Club, English Club, Albany "Junior" Police Department and he volunteered for the local HI-Y, a YMCA affiliate. After high school, Roy was offered scholarships from numerous college's including Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Mercer University, Washburn State and the University of Southern California. Roy accepted his scholarship to U.S.C. where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was also reported to be one of the first athletes from a southern state school to receive a scholarship to a west coast university. Roy enlisted in 1940 and served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Afterwards he continued community involvement with coaching and refereeing in several local sports working with athletes. Roy E. Shultz is also. being recognized by the Albany Sports Hall of Fame this year as one of the team members from the 1939 Albany High School Football Champions that were undefeated and are celebrating their 63rd reunion.


Gary Tobius Ellerson
Gary Tobius Ellerson attended Monroe High School from 1977-1981. He played football, was on the Track Team, and was in Band. He received an Honorable Mention on the All Region Team in 1979- 80" with 30 catches for 520 yards and 4 touchdowns. In 1980-81, he played on the Georgia All State First Team, All-Region First Team, Georgia High School All-Star Game and lead AAAA in Receiving Yards at 42 catches for 820 yards and 9 touchdowns in 10 games. He was recruited by nine different college teams and chose the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1981. He played football there until 1984. From 1982-83, his team lead the Big Ten in Kick-Off Returns and in 1982 he returned 19 Kick-Offs for 454 yards, averaging almost 24 yards per Kick-Off Return. In 1983, he rushed 820 yards on 161 carries and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. Gary Ellerson was the first Monroe High School graduate to be drafted into the NFL. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Green Bay Packers. He played for them from 1985-1987. In 1985, he rushed 205 yards on 32 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns and, in 1986 he rushed 287 years on 90 carries and scored three touchdowns. He played for the Detroit Lions from 1987-1988 where he continued his career with 196 yards rushing on 47 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns. He also lead the team in yards per carry with 7 catches for 71 yards receiving and one touchdown. Gary Tobius Ellerson's coaching experience includes Varsity High School Football from 1990-1994 at Brookfield East High School, Boys and Girls High School Track where he coached the State Winner of 400 meter dash for boys. From 1998 to present he coaches boys eight to thirteen years old with MAA Football. Gary Tobius Ellerson is currently the Vice President for Community Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Milwaukee/Waukesha area and the Co-Anchor of the Packer Talk Back Show on WISN-TV.


Roy Crenshaw
Roy Crenshaw began his football caree during hlgh school in Lanett, Alabama under Coach Fob James, Sr. In addition, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He then attended Auburn University playing guard for the Tigers from 1941 to 1943. His football career continued in 1944 at Duke University. After enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Roy was placed on active duty and served on the U.S.S. Ranger in the Pacific. Roy returned from abroad in 1946, finished his education at Auburn University, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration. As a coach, Crenshaw's first challenging task was to field Fort Walton High School's very first football team in Florida. He then went to Headland, Alabama to accept the position of head football coach where he continued until he moved his family to Cuthbert, Georgia in 1952 to be an assistant football and girl's basketball coach. Coach Crenshaw then joined the coaching staff at Terrell County High School as an assistant coach and was later promoted to head coach. Coach Crenshaw also had a stint as football coach at Miller County High School in Colquitt, Georgia until 1960. In 1960, Roy Crenshaw came to the Dougherty County School System as an elementary physical education instructor. He later becaine their Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education. He continued his own education and became qualified to conduct workshops in elementary physical education. He conducted programs on physical fitness in schools and worked with the American Red Cross organizing the "Jump Rope for Heart" program. He also worked diligently to improve the physical education departments in the Dougherty County School System. As Athletic Director, Roy worked closely with coaches of every sport to make sure all athletic departments were up to standards and all equipment was provided to field good teams. He worked closely with GHSA administrators to bring region and state tournaments to Albany, and his preparation of Hugh Mills Stadium for athletic events brought statewide attention to Dougherty County. He was also instrumental in bringing the Girls State Track Meet to Albany in 1985. In 1986, after 41 years of service to teachers and children, Roy Crenshaw retired as Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education. Roy also served his community and church. He served as Boy Scout Leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church and helped coach a little league team. He was an active member of Porterfield United Methodist Church, serving on the recreation committee as well as attending the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Georgia Association of Athletics, Georgia Association of Educators, American Legion, and the Golden K. Roy touched the lives of many young people during his years as an educator, coach and role model. He was a dedicated and sincere leader committed to equal access to a sound education while demonstrating the belief in a child's natural ability to learn, and be creative. Many of the things he taught on the field could be applied to the game of life. Anyone can make an open field run, but the yards down close to the goal are the hardest to make. So keep your head down and keep on running until you make it." Lastly, his greatest reward was when former students shared, "Coach, you made a difference in our lives with the example you set and with all the things you taught us both on and off the field. Thanks."


Bobby Stanford
Bobby Stanford as a 1968 graduate of Albany High, Bobby Stanford received two letters in football and was captain of the 1967 team. In 1967, he was First Team All Region and Honorable Mention All-State. In his sophomore year Bobby was named one of the top 100 football players in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Bobby also played basketball where he received two letters. In 1967 and 1968 he was named best defensive player. He was on the 1967 Albany High School Christmas All-Tournament Team, was second Team All-Region and was the starting guard on the.1968 team that made the final four appearance in the AAA State Tournament. In track and field Bobby received one letter for the shot put and triple jump. Bobby was the only Albany High School graduate to play football for Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. In 1968, he started as linebacker for the Alabama Freshman team. As a sophomore he was a starting linebacker, played in the Liberty Bowl and was second leading defender until an injury during an LSU game near the end of the season. During Bobby's graduating year he moved to offensive tackle and was named starting tackle until another injury hindered his playing time. He graduated in 1973 from the University of Alabama. Bobby Stanford is presently an active member of the First Baptist Church in Leesburg, GA. He has been an intricate member of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors for the past six years. He also served as 2000 president of the Sports Hall of Fame.


Eric Bruce Mance
Eric Bruce Mance was born in Albany, Georgia on Christmas Eve 1952. He attended Monroe High School his sophomore year. He was a member of the basketball team and he played football where he threw six touchdown passes in a football game against Carver High School. In his junior and senior year he attended Albany High. There he was a member of the basketball team where he received Best Offensive Player award in 1969 and led the team to two state tournaments. His senior year he was the leading basketball scorer in the region, averaging 21 points per game. He made the MVP Albany High School Basketball Team and played on the All-Star Team as well. Mance received a basketball scholarship to Valdosta State University where he received a BBA in Business Education. His college career ended in 1973 due to a knee injury. He received a Master of Education in Physical Education at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. He attended Columbus College and achieved a T-5 in Special Education. He studied administration and supervision at Georgia State University in 1990. Eric Bruce Mance played ball all of his youth and young adult life and has coached all of his adult life. He was Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball coach at Irwin County High School from 1975-1977. He coached at Americus High School, Briarcliff High School, and Gordon High School from 1977-1986. As coach, Mance has many achievements to his credit. He has had 427 career wins. His teams have been Sub Region Cha~pions 11 different years, Region Champions in 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, State Final Four, State Runner-Up, State Quarter Finals and many others. He was the Head Coach of the Georgia North All-Star Team in 2000. He was awarded "One of the Winningest Coaches in the State of Georgia" as recognized by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. From 1986 to 2001 he coached basketball at Lithonia High School where he had an overall team record of 292 wins to 112 losses. Presently, he is Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Georgia, where he continues to lead his teams to winning seasons.
Board of Directors
 
Phil Franklin, Jeffery Field, Bobby Stanford, 
Aileen Conner, Lisa T. Cox, David Guillebeau, Dee Mathews, 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, left to right) Harold Dean Cook, Paul Eames, Jerry Clark, and Frank Orgel; (front row, left-right) Betsy Seely, and BB Rhodes. Not pictured: John I. Davis, Ferrell Henry, Judy Powell and Glenn Singfield.
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