Georgia Dugout Club awards


Georgia Dugout Club awards


By Tim Morse

Georgia Dugout Preview

ATLANTA - Brookstone baseball coach Vince Massey was presented the Ethics in Coaching award at the Georgia Dugout Club's annual Coaches Clinic at the Atlanta Marriott hotel Friday.

Massey was presented the highest award, while the Dugout Club inducted four new members to its Hall of Fame - David Joiner (McEachern), Archie White (West Georgia), Tom Cantrell (North Georgia) and Jeff Rowland (Pope).

Massey was humbled.

"The biggest thing is that everything I do comes from people I've been around and have influenced me," said Massey, a 25-year coaching veteran who is entering his ninth season at Brookstone.

"A lot of my thoughts are not original thoughts. When I went into the awards ceremony, there were so many guys in there that have impacted me over the years."

Massey was an assistant at Columbus State before taking his first varsity head coaching job at Northside-Columbus in 2003. He coached for three seasons before taking over at Brookstone.

"It's a tremendous honor," Massey said. "I can't tell you how appreciative I am going home with this award."

Massey's assistant, Nate McConnell, was pleased that his mentor was honored.

"The coach I am today is because of him," McConnell said. "When I first came to Brookstone, I thought I knew everything but I really didn't know anything. I sit back and take it in on the bench. He's made me who I am today."

The Dugout Club also honored its state players and coaches of the year, while presenting plaques to coaches for milestone wins.

2016 High School Awards

Class A Public Coach of Year - Chuck Cheek, Schley County

Class A Private Coach of the Year - Dallas McPherson, Kings Ridge Christian

Class A Public Player of the Year - Brett Usry, Schley County

Class A Private Player of the Year - Austin Higginbotham, Kings Ridge Christian

Class AA Coach of the Year - Brian Krehmeyer, Wesleyan and Kent Harrison, Darlington

Class AA Player of the Year - Carter Hall, Wesleyan and Jay Shadday, Darlington

Class AAA Coach of the Year - Andy Harlin, Blessed Trinity and Tommy Knight, Jefferson

Class AAA Player of Year - Cody Roberts, Blessed Trinity and Micah Carpenter, Jefferson

Class AAAA Player of Year - Joey Bart, Buford and Jake Lee, Whitewater

Class AAAA Coach of the Year - Tony Wolfe, Buford and Rusty Bennett, Whitewater

Class AAAAA Player of Year - Nick Sandlin, Greenbrier and Michael Curry, Gainesville

Class AAAAA Coach of Year - Jason Osborne, Greenbrier and Jeremy Kemp, Gainesville

Class AAAAAA Player of the Year - Ryne Inman, Parkview and Zac Kristofak, Walton

Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year - Chan Brown, Parkview and Shane Amos, Walton

2016 High School Assistant Coaches of the Year

Adam Miller, Gainesville

Casey Law, Buford

Brandon Davis, Harrison

Billy McAdams, Jenkins

Brian Vance, Jackson County

Jeremy Turner, South Effingham

Vinnie Nasca, Lovett

Jean Guzman, Tift County

Nate McConnell, Brookstone

Kevin Johnson, Walton

Michael Mann, Wesleyan

Greg Tillery, Colquitt County

William Rooks, Schley County

Tim Trammell, Whitewater

Brent McGuire, Westminster

2016 Field of the Year

Class AAAAAA - Central Gwinnett

Class AAAAA - Gainesville, Northside-Columbus

Class AAAA - Marist, Cook, Whitewater, Buford, Carrollton

Class AAA - Cartersville, Pierce County

Class A - Whitefield Academy

100 Coaching Wins

Bruce Evans, Eastside

David Coffey, Veterans

Ron Womack, South Effingham

Rusty Bennett, Whitewater

200 Coaching Wins

Jason Lanham, Trion

300 Coaching Wins

Seth Gaspin, Jenkins

Chan Brown, Parkview

Ron Best, Cairo

Paul Glass, Jeff Davis

Billy Nicholson, Johns Creek

400 Coaching Wins

Dennis Jordan, North Paulding

Tony Boyd, East Paulding

500 Coaching Wins

Charlie Griffeth, Madison County

Chip Henderson, Calhoun

College Awards

NAIA Player of the Year - Ty Abbott, Georgia Gwinnett

NAIA Coach of the Year - Brad Stromdahl, Georgia Gwinnett

NCAA Division III Player of the Year - Jackson Wegg, Emory

NCAA Division III Coach of the Year - Mike Twardoski, Emory

NCAA Division II Player of the Year - Brendan Collins, Columbus State

NCAA Division II Coach of the Year - Tom Cantrell, North Georgia

NCAA Division I Player of the Year - Kyle Lewis, Mercer

NCAA Division I Player of the Year - Craig Gibson, Mercer

JUCO Player of the Year - Brooks Calvo, South Georgia State

JUCO Coach of the Year - Scot Hemmings, Darton State College