GDC Hall inducts six new members

Posted 12/10/2021

 Six new members were inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022. New members include (l-r), former McNair High coach Dion Williams, former Bowdon coach Stan Davis, former Douglas County/Landmark Christian coach Phil Williams, Crawford SImmons (son of the late Jim Simmons of Effingham County/Statesboro High) and former Middle Georgia College coach Craig Young. Not pictured is the late Carl Roland, who coached at McEachern High School.

 

The Georgia Dugout Club inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame on December 10, 2021 at the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The list included former Bowdon coach Stan Davis, former McNair coach Dion Williams, former Douglas County/Landmark Christian coach Phil Williams, former Middle Georgia College coach Craig Young and the late Jim Simmons (Effingham County/Statesboro) and Carl Roland (McEachern).

Davis’ coaching career was a short but effective one. The Bowdon High School coach averaged more than 21 wins per season during his tenure from 1991-2003. His resume includes 10 region playoff appearances. His teams finished in the quarterfinals five times (1997, ’98, ’99, ’01 and ’02) and semifinals four times (1997, ’98, ’01 and ’02). He guided three of his teams to state runner-up finishes in 1998, 2001 and 2002.

He was named Region Coach of the Year four times and Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2002. His teams were always ranked in the Top 10 of the high school polls and he ended with a career record of 275-103.

Roland guided McEachern to four region baseball titles, five region runner-up finishes, a state baseball championship in 1987 in the state’s largest classification and finished with an overall coaching record of 313-148.

During his time, only one team from each region made the state baseball playoffs.

In his 17 seasons at McEachern, none of his teams finished with a losing record. His 1979 team was the first program at the school in any sport to win a region title in 17 years.

Simmons won 193 games and won two region titles at Effingham County. At Statesboro, he took the baseball team to the postseason six times. He finished his overall coaching career with a record of 310-252-1.

Dion Williams, in just a little more than a decade at McNair, he turned around a struggling program that had never had a winning season. He guided them to three region titles and six state playoff appearances. His 1997 squad was ranked atop the Class 4A poll for 17 weeks, while his team in 1996 finished fourth in the final Class 4A poll. His overall record was 200-92 from 1990-2001 before he went into administration and worked at several DeKalb County schools.

In 27 years of coaching baseball, Phil Williams compiled an overall record of 437-286-3. His teams recorded seven region titles and his 2008 and 2009 squads at Landmark Christian finished as the Class A state runner-up. 

Young's coaching career includes a 761-380 coaching record and four trips to the National Junior College Division I Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

His achievements include NJCAA Region 17 Coach of the Year five times (1993, ’99, ’01, 02, ’12), NJCAA East Central District Coach of the Year four times (’01, ’02, ’04, ’09) and ABCA Region Coach of the Year five times (’99, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’06).
In 2012, he was awarded the NJCAA’s 20-year service award for his time with the association.