Coach uplifted many lives

Harvie Hogan – or Coach Hogan, as many of his players at Tubman Junior High School called him – was honored by his former players May 10. More than 50 of his former players from the 1957-1967 teams showed up to honor their coach and mentor.

 

Coach Hogan, now in his early 80s, not only remembered all of his “boys” but also remembered all of the games and the good men he helped produce.

Coach Hogan gave thanks and recognition to all who served in the military – especially all the boys from his teams who served in Vietnam. Mike Seigler received the Silver Star. Lee Luckey was a captain. Carl Bryngelson, Carl Cushman, Bobby Hawes and Danny Renew also went to Vietnam. Other players who served in the Army Reserves were Curly Douglas, Grady Smith and me. Ray Diamond was in the Marine Reserves.

Several of Coach Hogan’s players went on to play college football. Doug Jones, Forest Inglett and Herman Lam played at Georgia Tech. Grady Luckey and I played at Georgia. Danny Fitzgerald and Richard Poythress played college baseball. Terry Childers became a pro baseball catcher.

Most of Coach Hogan’s boys received college educations, and all are now successful in different areas. Many are business owners, company managers, doctors, lawyers, a recreation director, a college math professor and high-school teachers. Sammy O’Banion is a country music singer. Ashley Royal is a federal judge in Macon.

The fellowship and conversation at the dinner honoring the coach was enjoyable to everyone. Coaches always make a difference to young men. Coach Hogan is a great example.

Special thanks to the other members of the planning committee – Pat Ford , Ray Diamond, Winston Hancock, Pete Williams and Charlie Beale.

Coach Hogan, from all of your boys, thank you.

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