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Seabrooks to be inducted into GADA Hall of Fame

Dougherty County AD will be honored in Savannah on Sunday

Dougherty County athletic director Johnny Seabrooks is being inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame on Sunday. (Herald file photo)

Dougherty County athletic director Johnny Seabrooks is being inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame on Sunday. (Herald file photo)

ALBANY — To get an idea of the accolades Dougherty County athletic director Johnny Seabrooks has received, allow Westover High School athletic director Harley Calhoun to put it into perspective.

“Most men and women who coach, it’s remarkable to be inducted into one Hall of Fame,” Calhoun said. “He’s now done it four times. That’s big man.”

Seabrooks’ fourth Hall of Fame induction will come Sunday afternoon in Savannah where he will be inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Hall, adding to an impressive resume that includes Hall of Fame inductions into the Albany Sports, Albany State and Georgia Track and Cross Country.

Last season, he was inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame. But for the humble Seabrooks, this weekend’s honor is just as big.

“It’s always an honor, especially when your peers think you’re worthy of the work you’re doing,” he said. “I am blessed. When I started as an athletic director, I just wanted to make a difference in the lives of coaches and student-athletes. That meant going to work every day and making a difference.”

He spent 28 years coaching track & field and football at Monroe and Dougherty High Schools, and he’s been the Dougherty County AD since 2001. In the last 40 years, he’s touched countless lives and continues to touch even more.

“Johnny is one of the most deserving people of the accolades he’s received over the years,” Calhoun said. “From the Albany State Hall of Fame to Albany Sports Hall of Fame and now this with the GADA, what else can you say?

“He’s earned the recognition he’s received as a teacher, a leader, an athletic director, a meet director … he’s done it all.”

If Seabrooks continues to be honored, he’ll likely have to get a bigger office. He keeps his awards at his Hugh Mills Stadium office in honor of those he says helped him get there. Seabrooks said it’s a small way he can thank those who have helped him.

“I always leave them in my office as a way to inspire others to work hard,” he said.

His latest honor will cause him to miss the L.C. Smith and Winfred Benson Relays that are being held today.

The longtime coach and athletic director wouldn’t say how much longer he will serve before retirement. One of his biggest projects — converting the Hugh Mills Stadium turf to a synthetic surface — may be coming into fruition, something he said he’s wanted to have done for quite a while.

“But I enjoy going to work and watching student-athletes and watching what coaches do,” he said. “But if there comes a time where I’m not happy, there will be an opportunity to walk away knowing that I helped make a difference.”