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Albany's Seabrooks headed to Ga. track HOF

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Shocked, stunned and overwhelmed.

That's how longtime Dougherty County Director of Athletics Johnny Seabrooks said he felt Tuesday when he got the call, the one he never expected -- the one he'll never forget.

Seabrooks, a man who has dedicated his life's work to mentoring, coaching and molding student-athletes, has been elected to the Track and Cross Country Coaches of Georgia Hall of Fame.

"It was unbelievable,'' said Seabrooks, who coached in Georgia high schools for 28 years and has spent 37 years in one capacity or another overseeing high school athletes.

Seabrooks has been the Dougherty County A.D. since 2002, and has been the face for decades of the girls GHSA state track & field meet at Hugh Mills Stadium, which celebrated its 25th year of hosting the event this month.

He will be inducted at 6:30 p.m. on June 2 at Westminster High School in Atlanta. Maybe by then, Seabrooks will believe he's in the Hall.

"I really thought someone was pulling a joke on me,'' he said. "I kept asking them 'Are you talking about me?' It was stunning. I was in shock.''

Those who know him likely aren't. He is as respected an A.D. as anyone in the state.

"You try to go to work every day and put your mind and heart into it, and do the best you can,'' Seabrooks said. "When your peers do something like this ... It's humbling. I'm overwhelmed.''