The fledgling Augusta Hall of Fame has announced it will induct the first class of Augusta sports figures into its ranks next spring.
Former Laney High football coach David Dupree, former Richmond Academy football coach Frank Inman, former Boys Catholic and Aquinas High football coach Denny Leonard, former Richmond Academy baseball coach A.L. Williams and former Tubman and ARC coach Barbara Inman will be inducted during ceremonies next May, the Hall's executive committee announced last week.
Dupree, a 1992 inductee into the Georgia Hall of Fame, coached at Laney for 26 years, leading the football team to three state titles and two undefeated seasons. His track team won two state titles.
Inman, currently the color analyst for Georgia Southern football broadcasts, played at Richmond Academy and coached there beginning in 1947. In 15 years at ARC, the Musketeers won state football titles in 1956 and 1962. Inman went on to become an assistant coach at the University of Georgia.
Barbara Inman, Frank's wife, was a coach at Tubman High and ARC.
Leonard, a Savannah native, moved to Augusta after World War II and coached at Boys Catholic and Aquinas for 21 years. He is a member of the University of Miami and Greater Savannah halls of fame.
Williams, an ARC and Augusta Junior College graduate, coached ARC to seven straight state baseball titles beginning in 1949. The Musketeers also won three Southeastern championships during those years.
The Hall, a non-profit organization, is searching for a permanent home, and is researching the possibility of locating in the old Miller Theatre on Broad Street.
The Hall of Fame executive committee includes Leroy Suddath, Dupree, Pete May, Larry Bennett, Bob Beattie, Tammy Stout, Pat Johannsen, Hank Schneider, Bud Carter, Quincy Robertson, Janice Davis, Jim Whitehead, Jack Hall, Arthur Marshall and Robin Schweitzer. For more information, contact Schneider at (706) 667-0597 or (706) 564-9467.