Gulfport has produced many outstanding athletes and coaches over the year and the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame will honor 12 new members in June.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame committee released the names of the new inductees and it will be another solid class.
Since I arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June of 1979 I followed many of the new inductees for this year's class.
Eddie Ladner was one of the top high school basketball coaches and guided the Harrison Central Red Rebels to a state championship. He went up against the likes of Bert Jenkins at Gulfport, Roland Ladner at Hancock, and Jackie Laird at Biloxi High School.
Gulfport Admirals track star Patrick Davis was a standout for head coach Prince Jones from 1986 to 1989.
Steve Smith was a standout pitcher and quarterback for the Gulfport Admirals in the late 1970's. He received a baseball scholarship to Mississippi College and later transferred to Baylor. In 1982 he led the Southwest Conference with a 1.72 ERA. He later became head baseball coach at Baylor and after 21 years he became the career leader in wins at Baylor with 744 victories.
Leon Regal captured two state football titles at Gulfport High in 1971 and 1972.
John Adams was an All Big 8 basketball player at Gulfport High in 1964.
Beverly Coleman was a standout basketball player at Harrison Central High School before graduating in 1978.
Roman Grace was a member of the Gulfport High 1978 football team. The offensive lineman played four years at Mississippi State and was named All-SEC.
Richard Harvey, Sr. graduated from 33rd Avenue High School in 1965 and played his college football at Jackson State. Harvey, a defensive back, played with three NFL teams, the Eagles, Saints and the Bills.
Here are the other inductees: 1959 Gulfport High graduate Ted Miller, 1973 Gulfport High graduate Frank Pilate, 1977 Gulfport High graduate John May and Jesse Harrison, who played football, baseball and ran track at Gulfport High from 1945-1950.
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