Pictured from left: Seated -- The late Scotty Perkins and Jesse Finch. Standing -- Larry Hinson, Jason Childers, Susan Cady Brooker, Mrs. George Cook, Eric Soderholm, Mrs. Vince Gibson, Pete Cox, and Bobby Bowden.
In 2012, South Georgia State College inaugurated the first class into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Ten former athletes and coaches were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The former players are as follows: Susan Cady Brooker, a two-time All American basketball player from 1977-1979; Jason Childers, a former Tiger baseball player in 1994 and 1995, won a national title at Kennesaw State University and later played with the Tampa Bay Rays; Pete Cox, who played football, baseball and basketball at SGC and later became one of the top amateur golfers in Georgia; Jesse Finch, a former baseball and football player who played with Team USA in an exhibition game at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics; Larry Hinson, a member of the PGA Tour who won the 1969 Greater New Orleans Open and has over 30 top 10 PGA finishes to his credit; and Eric Soderholm, an All American baseball player who won two state championships (1967, 1968) and played nine years in Major League Baseball.
Here are the former coaches: Bobby Bowden, who coached at SGC from 1955-1958, later won two national championships at Florida State University and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; the late George Cook, a four-time NJCAA Coach of the Year and back-to-back winner of the Southeast Coach of the Year Award, who led the Tigers to a pair of Junior College World Series Appearances (1969 and 1970); the late Vince Gibson, who served as Coach Bowden’s assistant and was later head football coach at Kansas State University, Louisville and Tulane; and Scotty Perkins, men’s basketball coach from 1959-1985 who was named Junior College Coach of the Year five times, GJCA Regional Coach of the Year two times and won six state championships.