Calhoun-Gordon County Hall of Fame 2016 class features stars from different generations,
Athletes, coaches, contributors make up impressive group of 2016 inductees
The second-ever CalhounGordon County Sports Hall of Fame Class was announced this past week with seven former local legends earning induction after being nominated and voted on by the Hall’s Board of Directors.
Included in the Class of 2016 is Maude Chattam, Michael Durham, Helen Jane McDonald, Kenneth Moore, Mike Nance, Zeke McDaniel and Matthew Pitts.
Calhoun-Gordon County Hall of Fame President Dewayne Bowen said each member of this year’s class was incredibly deserving of the honor.
“Once again the Board is impressed with the inductees selected this year as well as the overall nominations,” said Bowen. “The sports accomplishments of these people are incredible and we’re looking forward to inducting these seven individuals on August 13. This year the Hall of Fame members (Class of 2015) voted as well as the Board so these people were top vote-getters from the 29 eligible ballots.”
The seven will be inducted during the Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 13 at Georgia Northwestern Techical College. To inquire about tickes, email email@example.com or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at www.cgcshf.com.
Below you will find more information on each of the inductees. Here it is in alphabetical order:
Chattam was a basketball star at Stephens High School from 1955-1959, where she scored a total of 2,300 points in four seasons. She helped lead the team to state championships in the 1957 and 1958 seasons and also two district championships, and was undefeated in 19 starts in 1958.
Chattam won top scoring honors in the 1955 season with 548 point and in the 1956 season with 689 points. She scored 123 points in one threegame stretch in the State Tournament as well as scoring 90 points in three games in 1957 during the District Tournament. She earned an award after scoring 66 points in two games in the 1958 State Tournament, and her singlegame high for her career was 53.
She also competed in track and field at Stephens high where she won awards for high jump, broad jump and the 440 relay. She went on to graduate from Tennessee A&I State University and went to work for the FBI, Woodward & Lothrop, Auto-Train, the University of the District of Columbia and retired from the Division of Finance at D.C. Public Schools.
She won first place in the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championship in 2011, and is a member of the Roland Hayes Committee and a trustee at Friendship Baptist Church.
Durham was a four-sport athlete at Calhoun High from 1975-1979, earning his biggest honors in track and field. He was a four-year letterman in track, which included being region runner-up in 1975 and 1976. He was the region champ in high jump and tri- ple jump in 1976-1977, and the region champ in high jump, long jump and triple jump in 1977-1978.
He set school records in all three jumps, placed in the top five at State all four years of his high school career, earned Stegeman High Point recipient at State Track and was Golden South Champion. His efforts earned him a track scholarship to the University of Georgia.
While at Calhoun, he also was a four-year letterman in basketball, twice earning recognition on the Rome NewsTribune All-Area Team and twice earning recognition on the Chattanooga Times TriState Team. Durham was also a four-year letterman and starter in football, and a oneyear letterman in baseball.
While at Georgia, he finished as high as third in the SEC Decathlon, that finish coming in 1982 when he was also third in the high jump. He finished fifth in the SEC Decathlon in 1980 and 1983 and fourth in the event in 1981.
After graduating from Georgia, he became a teacher and a coach and has served in that capacity at several schools. As a head track coach, he has coached state champions, including a female runner that ran a 10:51 in the 3200 meter, which was the fastest time ever in Georgia. He also coached a state champion who went on to be a five-time NCAA high jump champion and placed fifth in the 1996 Olympic Trials. Durham also has been Atlanta Track Club Coach of the Year.
He has served as a head basketball coach and assistant coach in football and softball. He is currently the head track and field and head girls basketball coach at Southeast Whitfield.
McDaniel was a basketball standout at Stephens High School, which he attended from 1948-1952. He helped lead Stephens to the 1952 state championship.
After graduating from Stephens, he went on to Savannah State University, where he played four different sports. He was a team captain and four-year letterman in football, started as a freshman in basketball, and also lettered in baseball and track and field during his time there.
McDaniel became a teacher and coach after graduating from college. He was the head basketball coach at Stephens High, where he led the team to the 1961 state championship.
He was also the head track and field coach as his team won state championships in 1960 and 1961.
He then became head basketball coach at Georgia School for the Deaf where he served from 1963-1986, leading the Tigers to the Mason-Dixon Championship five times.
McDaniel is a member of the GSD Hall of Fame and Rome/Floyd County Hall of Fame and has also won Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Atlanta Tip Off Club Coach of the Year, Rome News-Tribune Coach of the Year and MasonDixon Coach of the Decade.
Helen Jane McDonald
McDonald was a four-year letterman in basketball at Calhoun High School where she holds the scoring record for a single game with 47 points. She led her team to a regional championship and berth in the State playoffs, was voted All-Region 7-A.
She averaged close to 30 points a game at Calhoun, where she is considered by many to be the best female basketball player ever at the school.
McDonald also lettered one year in softball at Calhoun before going on to attent college at the University of Georgia. She played intramural basketball at UGA where she averaged 33 points per game during her freshman and sophomore years. She also coached dormitory teams in intramural athletic activities her junior and senior years.
McDonald went on to teach at Calhoun High, where she coached for 29 years. She was instrumental in starting the girls track and field program, boys and girls volleyball programs and girls cross country program. She was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association for Region 7-A.
She was a founding member of the Calhoun High School Tip Off Club and also coached at the Calhoun Recreation Department for 29 years. She co-founded the American Red Cross Swim Program for Calhoun and Gordon County, co-founded the Gordon County Ladies Golf League and sat on the rules committee for the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
Moore attended Calhoun High School from 1945-1949 where he was a four-sport standout. He was a four-year letterman in football and led the region in points (118) in 1847 and was All-Region Class C in 1948. He was named AllState and State 2nd-Team for all classes and won AllSouthern Honors. He scored the most touchdowns in one game with 10 and scored 384 points in his four-year career.
He was also a four-year letterman in track where he was All-Region and All-State in low hurdles, first in high jump and a record holder. Moore also was a four-year letterman in basketball and baseball.
He earned a scholarship to Clemson University where he set ACC Conference records for most yards on punt returns. He averaged 30.4 yards per return and scored on the longest punt return of 78 yards. He also ran track at Clemson, competing in the broad jump and pole vault.
Moore was also a member of the U.S. Marines from 19501951 where he was a 6 Naval District Champion and Little Army Navy Champion.
He is a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Nance went to Calhoun High School from 1977-1981 where he was a standout athlete in both basketball and tennis. He was a four-year letterman in basketball and is Calhoun’s All-Time top rebounder, is top-two all-time in scoring average and is top five in free throw percentage.
He helped lead the basketball team to a region championship, was named to the Rome News-Tribune All-Area Team twice, the Chattanoota Times Free Press All TriState Team once and was the Calhoun Times No. 1 Player in the Area twice. He broke the single- game scoring record with 51 points, was a two-year captain of the team, was voted MVP of the basketball team and voted Calhoun High School Male Athlete of the Year, was named Shoney’s Outstanding Player of the Year and nominated to McDonald’s All-American Team.
Nance was a four-year letterman in tennis as well where he won region in doubles, was runner up in State Tennis Finals, won two tennis Sub-State Championships, went undefeated in Regional singles, was a state quarterfinalist in doubles and was Sequoyah Open Singles Champion.
He earned a full basketball scholarship to Valdosta State College before transferring to Shorter College. He earned Covenant Invitational MVP, held all-time field goal percentage record and led nation in free throw shooting at half- way point of junior season. He missed two free throws his entire junior season.
Nance continued his athletics career after college playing softball, basketball, tennis and golf. In softball, he won seven straight church league titles while playing for First Baptist Church and won seven straight district championships and mumerous other league and tournament championships.
As a golfer, Nance has won three American Cancer Society National Championships, five American Cancer Society State Championships, a No Sandbagging Championship. He won 16 times on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour and won numerous league championships.
In basketball, he won 10 men’s open league championships, eight church league championships and once scored 67 points ina game with 20 3-pointers.
As a tennis player, he won the 1997 USTA Men’s State Championship, was a two-year state champion in the men’s open division won numerous USTA League and tournament championships.
Nance was a part of Calhoun/ Gordon County Leadership in 1989 and a Calhoun Recreation Board Member.
Pitts went to Gordon Central High from 1996-2000 where he was a three-sport standout, earning his biggest honors in wrestling.
He was a two-time state champion on the mat, won 15 tournametn championships during his high school career and was voted Outstanding Wrestler at five different tournaments. He was named to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps AllArea Wrestling Team, was the Dalton Daily Citizen’s Wrestler of the Year and earned High School All-American Honors by Wrestling USA Magazine. He was ranked No. 8 in the country in his weight class.
Pitts also excelled in football as a three-year letterman, earning Rome News-Tribune All-Area Team two consecutive years and earning the Golden Helmet Award. He was also a four-year letterman in soccer and was named to the All-Area Team.
Pitts earned a wrestling scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and while there, he was voted Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, earned three berths in the NCAA Championship and placed second at the Southern Conference Championships.
Pitts is the owner and head wrestling coach at Grindhouse Wrestling School, which he opened in 2011. He has been an assistant wrestling coach at Red Bud Middle since 2009.