Four decades after turning in his playbook and whistle, E.G. Meybohm is still remembered for his tenure at Harlem.
Even though Meybohm is a well-respected businessman known more for his successful real estate company, his former basketball players still see him in a different light.
“They still call me ‘Coach,’ ” he said. “It always makes me feel good.”
Meybohm and legendary Richmond Academy coach Don Brock were honored at the Augusta City Classic Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday night at the Marriott at the Convention Center. In front of a crowd of more than 600 people, Brock and Meybohm became the third class of inductees. The banquet serves as the precursor to the Augusta City Classic/Capitol City Classic Hall of Fame Game which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with Benedict facing Fort Valley State at Laney Stadium.
Brock came to Augusta after graduating high school in Statesboro, Ga., and then moving on to Claflin University, where the point guard became captain of the basketball team. He started his coaching career at Tubman Middle School before being offered the boys basketball position in 1972 at Richmond Academy. The first African-American head coach and athletic director at the school, he won more than 325 games during his tenure. Brock, who established a driving school in 1992, retired from coaching five years later.
Brock was inducted into the Statesboro and Claflin halls of fame. But he said this latest honor held extra meaning.
“It’s special to be honored here in Augusta,” he said. “They say the third one’s the charm. Well this is the charm. This makes my career complete.”
Meybohm, president and founder of Meybohm Realty, was a standout baseball player at Harlem High School and Georgia Southern who later co-founded Champions Retreat Golf Club. Upon graduating from Georgia Southern, he returned to Harlem where he served as the head basketball coach and athletic director from 1965 to 1970.
Meybohm left his coaching career to join Southern Finance Corp., where he worked his way up the ladder before establishing his own real estate company. He said athletics helped him become disciplined, an asset that benefitted his business career. And it was athletics that got him inducted into the hall of fame.
“I’m just real honored to be included,” Meybohm said. “I think this is a great thing for the city.”