by Mike Phillips - Albany Herald
ALBANY — His roots are in Florida, but Johnny Seabrooks’ life has been right here in Albany, where the Good Life City has been even better since he arrived.
Seabrooks, who was born and raised in Montecello, Fla., has dug both his feet — and his heart — into the Georgia clay, where he spent 28 years coaching in high schools and 40 years in one capacity or another overseeing high school athletes.
On Monday night, Seabrooks will be inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame, and many feel it’s long overdue for a man who has given his life to the youth of Southwest Georgia and specifically to Dougherty County.
“It’s an honor, a great honor,’’ said Seabrooks as he conducted an interview with The Herald Friday, rushing between the college signing of Westover distance runner Ericka Taylor and overseeing physicals for the county.
The man who is synonymous with track & field in Albany seems to always be on the run.
He has been the Dougherty County Director of Athletics since 2002 as a long winding road brought him to his current position — a road that started when Seabrooks arrived here as a coach after starting out in Brooks County, where he ran a one-man recreational facility from the back of his Volkswagen as a roving physical education teacher in Quitman and later as a legendary coach in the Dougherty County school district at both Monroe and Dougherty high schools.
It’s been 40 years since he graduated from Albany State University, where he was a four-year letterman and star in both football and track & field. He graduated with a bachelor of science in health and physical education in 1974 and later earned a masters in education, administration and supervision from ASU in 1999. Read more...
Effective immediately (3/28/13),
full points will be given to all schools earning GHSA state points in
all sports that are GHSA sanctioned. In years past if a sport did not
have a minimum of 65 schools in a classification participating in that
sport then only half points were given. The only exception to the "all
sports that are sanctioned by the GHSA earn full points" phrase is
wrestling. The GADA will still only award points to a school in one
wrestling event (Dual or Traditional). If a school participates in both
Duals and Traditional State wrestling tournaments it will only be
awarded the highest of the two scores.