LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - Rudolph Sellers was hired as the first girls basketball coach at George County High School in 1964 and after 24 years, Sellers began coaching both the girls and boys teams for four years and spent the last 8 years coaching only the Rebels boys basketball team before retiring in 1996.
Sellers said,"I always told them to play hard, play smart and play together and I think we did that for the most part."
Sellers coached a number of outstanding athletes. Janice Lawrence went on to Louisiana Tech and was a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist.
"We had played some teams that had large players and they would put two or three on her but she would still get her thirty or forty points. She was really outstanding," Sellers stated.
Eric Moulds played both football and basketball and decided to play wide receiver at Mississippi State and four years later pro football in the NFL. Sellers says Moulds could have played in the NBA.
"No question." He added, 'Most people thought he was a better basketball player than a football player."
His girls teams won the State Championship in 1976 and were runners-up in 1979 and 1980.
Sellers guided the George County boys to three consecutive Division 8-4A Championships and won 42 consecutive division games from 1986 through 1988.
So what does it mean to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Sellers quietly said, "It's the ultimate highlight. It's something I really didn't expect. I guess the longer you wait the sweeter it is."
Sellers was named Coach of the Year in the division or conference 12 times and was listed in the 1988-89 first Edition Who's who of American High School Basketball Coaches.