The Newnan Times-Herald


Coweta Sports Hall of Fame to induct new class

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Dec. 31, 2016 - 7:06 AM

When the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame inducts its new class in February, four people who made an impact on the local sports scene will be honored.

The new class includes long-time Newnan athletic trainer James “Radar” Brantley, Newnan and former University of Georgia football player Kim Stephens, Warner High School football player Isaac Aycock and multi-sport Newnan athlete Jerome Dunson.

Brantley spent 35 years tending to Newnan High School athletes after he graduated from Troy University where he served as the long snapper on the football team.

In 2011, Brantley was honored for working 350 straight football games on the Newnan sidelines.

In 2013, Brantley was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. 

The long-time trainer also helped start the “Bumps and Bruises Clinic” on Saturday morning to aid local high school football players who suffered minor injuries in football games on Friday night.

Stephens was a four-sport athlete at Newnan. In addition to lettering in football, he also excelled in basketball, track and wrestling.

Stephens went on to a stellar football career at Georgia beginning in 1984 where he was a starter at offensive guard with the Bulldogs all four years. 

The former Newnan football player was named to the All-SEC Team his senior year. He also excelled in the classroom, and was named to the All-SEC Academic squad in 1986 and ‘87.

Before Coweta County Schools were integrated, Aycock was a standout athlete at Warner High School where he lettered in football, track and basketball in the 1950s.

His success on the football field earned him a scholarship to Fort Valley State where he was named to SIAC All-Conference three years in a row from 1957-59.

After college, Aycock had an invitation to try out for the Green Bay Packers, but he passed because of a nagging injury.

Aycock went on to get a master’s degree in math and science and spent the bulk of his teaching career in the Baltimore Public School System until he retired in 1994.

Jerome Dunson played football, basketball and ran track at Newnan High School in the late 1960s.

During his time at Newnan, he was named captain of the football team and was named the team’s best defensive back. 

Dunson was part of some athletic history at Newnan when he became the first African-American athlete to play football, track and basketball under legendary coach Max Bass in the same year.

He earned a basketball scholarship to Miles College in Alabama.

After a career with Delta Airlines, he retired from the courier business.

The annual Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held Feb. 11 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.