After year off, Coaches Clinic returns

Posted 12/11/2021

Members of the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame pose for a group shot at the annual GDC Coaches Clinic.

 

GDC Coaches Clinic makes its return

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The coronavirus pandemic shut down the 2021 Georgia Dugout Club Coaches Clinic. But the 2022 event made its return on Dec. 9-11, 2021 at a new location -- the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

The GDC inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 - Stan Davis, Dion Williams, Phil Williams, Craig Young and the late Jim Simmons and Carl Roland. Simmons' son, Crawford, and Roland's son, Brinson, accepted awards in honor of their late fathers.

Longtime coach Tommy Barber received the Ethics in Coaching Award, the highest honor given by the Georgia Dugout Club.

Barber, who was introduced by former Georgia State head baseball coach Greg Frady, was called a "great ambassador" for the game by Frady, who also chairs the Ethics in Coaching Award committee.

The longtime coach, who also served as the emcee at the awards ceremony, had fun with the honor. After giving a speech upon receiving the award, Barber stepped off stage for a brief moment, then returned.

"Wow, that was awkward," Barber quipped as the audience laughed.

Perhaps the most moving part of the ceremony was when GDC Hall of Fame member Steve Smith spoke of the Hall members who passed during the past two years. The members included former Executive Director Harvey Cochran as well as Eddie Ashley, Mike Hurst, Jack Martin, Simmons and Roland.

Martin, slated to be inducted into the Hall of Fame last year as part of the Class of 2021, passed away a few months before the induction ceremony. Roland passed away on October 18, 2021 just a few weeks shy of this year's ceremony after a courageous battle with cancer.

This was the first time the clinic was held in mid-December, a month earlier than usual. The event will continue to be held in mid-December.

Georgia baseball teams can hold their first practice on January 17, 2022 with first games to be played no earlier than Febriuary 14, 2022.