Seven inducted into GDC Hall of Fame

Posted 1/10/2021

Allatoona baseball coach Keith Hansen, left, is presented a plaque for his induction into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame by his brother George Hansen, also a GDC Hall of Famer. Hansen was one of seven new inductees as part of the Class of 2021.

 

The Georgia Dugout Club inducted seven new members to its Hall of Fame on January 10, 2021 in a virtual ceremony. The usual Coaches Clinic and awards ceremony was canceled due to Covid-19.

The list included retired Dublin High School coach Chuck Beale, retired Marist coach and Lovett athletics director Steve Franks, Jeff Davis High School coach Paul Glass, Allatoona coach Keith Hansen, the late Jack Martin, Starr's Mill coach Brent Moseley and retired Tift County coach Tommy Seward.

Beale, who coached at Dublin and Tift County High before retiring in 2012, finished with a career mark of 362-183-2 in 19 seasons.

Franks guided Marist to two state baseball titles (1990, 1993) in a four-year span before leaving and heading into athletic administration at Vanderbilt University. He eventually made his way back to high school where he served as Lovett's athletic director from 2004 until retiring in 2019.

Glass is instrumental for helping put Jeff Davis baseball on the state map. His teams have made the state playoffs for 18 straight seasons. His teams have also won four region titles, made six trips to the state quarterfinals, one trip to the semifinals, one state runner-up finish in 2004 and two state championships (2017, 2019). His coaching mark heading into the 2021 seasons is 420-223.

Hansen, the only head baseball coach in Allatoona's history, also coached at Alexander where he guided teams to eight region titles and made the state playoffs 14 of his 18 seasons. He has taken teams to the state semifinals three times with one state runner-up finish in 2018. His record entering the 2021 season is 383-146.

Martin, who passed away on November 18, 2020, was a legendary umpire who oversaw the Tara Officials Association for more than 50 years. He also officiated college baseball games.

Moseley has been at Starr's Mill since the school's inception in 1997. In 24 seasons, he holds a career coaching mark of 435-190 with eight region titles, 13 state playoff appearances, seven quarterfinal trips, four semifinal appearances and one state runner-up finish in 2009.

Seward coached at Central Macon, Tift County and Houston County. He guided teams to five region titles and took a pair of Tift County teams to the state semifinals in 1988 and 1990. He holds a career coaching mark of 332-246.

 

  

  

  

Top left, New GDC Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Beale, left, poses with GDC Hall of Famer Scott Sims. Top right, New GDC Hall of Fame inductee Steve Franks, left, poses with GDC Hall of Famer Hugh Buchanan, Second Row left, Dr. Kyle Varnadoe, left, and new GDC Hall of Fame inductee Paul Glass, middle, pose for a photo with GDC Hall of Famer Scott Sims. Second Row right, New GDC Hall of Fame inductee Keith Hansen, left, poses for a photo with GDC Hall of Famer George Hansen, Third Row left, Dwight McNabb, left, accepts the Hall of Fame plaque for the new GDC Hall of Fame inductee and the late Jack Martin. Third Row right, New GDC Hall of Fame inductee Brent Moseley, right, poses for a photo with GDC Hall of Famer Donnie English. Bottom left, New GDC Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Seward, left, poses for a photo with GDC Hall of Famer Scott Sims.