Athletics

Athletics Hall of Fame

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  • Honoring Rabun Gap

    Athletic Legends
    The Rabun Gap Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes former student-athletes, coaches, and others who have made a major impact on the success of athletics at Rabun Gap. 

    Honorees are celebrated each year during Fall Homecoming. 

    To nominate someone for the Rabun Gap Athletics Hall of Fame, please use the form on this webpage or contact Director of Athletics Dale Earnhardt or Director of Alumni Courtney Ledford '08. 

Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Bodie Bodenheimer

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021, Bodie was a Trustee from 2007-2015 and was instrumental in establishing the Rabun Gap football program.
  • Erica Williams '13

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021, Erika set school records in basketball and track during her four years at Rabun Gap (2010-2013).  She scored over 2700 points on the court and also won state championships for girls shot put three consecutive years.  Erica continued her education at Winthrop and had a wonderful career as a four-year starter.
  • Wayne Garrett '71

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019, Wayne played basketball from 1957-1961 and excelled on the court.
  • Mary Frank Yates

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019, Ms. Yates served as a Middle School Math Teacher for 40 years and was known as the "voice of Rabun Gap" as scorekeeper and announcer at basketball games.
  • Gail Hamby Coleman (1972), Basketball

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, Gail participated in both basketball and tennis 1968-1972 and excelled in both.  In tennis, Gail and her doubles partner won the region championship and went on to the state tournament in Macon.
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  • Maxine Hollifield Rogers (1948), Basketball

    Inducted in 2011, Maxine played basketball from 1944-1948 and excelled at Rabun Gap.
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  • Jean Kelly Lindstedt (1970), Basketball

    Inducted into the Rabun Gap Hall of Fame in 2010, Jean played basketball from 1966-1970 and was famous for her deadly accurate two-handed set shot.  Jean was a standout player during one of the most successful periods of girls basketball in Rabun Gap history.  Jean led the 1970 team to a 15-7 record and a third place finish in the sub-region tournament.  Jean continued her basketball career at Valdosta State University.
  • Sam Kelly (1947), Basketball

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Sam played basketball from 1944-1947 and started at guard for the 1947 boys basketball team that advanced to the state semifinals in Montezuma.  Remembered by his teammates as a great passer and defender.
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  • Dennis Spruell (1962), Basketball

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Dennis played basketball from 1958-1962.  He is believed to be Rabun Gap’s all-time leading scorer with 1420 points.  He was the last player to dunk in the old gym and the first person to dunk in the new gym.  Dennis continued to play basketball at Truett-McConnell College.
  • Joe Grist (1947), Basketball

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Joe played basketball from 1958-1962 and led the 1947 team to the state semifinals before losing 33-28 to Montezuma.  He played two seasons at ABAC before accepting a full scholarship to the University of Miami.
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  • Oscar Cook (1955-1971), Basketball Coach

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Coach Cook coached the boys and girls basketball teams before leaving coaching to become the principal at Rabun Gap Community School after the 1971 season.  From former players:  “…the greatest coach I ever played for;”  “He was tough but fair and always cared about us as individuals.”
  • Morris Brown (1937), Basketball Coach, 1945-1954

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Coach Brown coached Boys and Girls Basketball and drove the bus from 1945-1954.  He helped lead the 1947 boys team to the state semi-finals.  From those who knew him:  “He was a wise man;” “He was a great man.”
  • Don Arbitter (1958-1993), Tennis and Basketball Coach

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Coach Arbitter brought tennis to Rabun Gap in the mid-60’s and led several outstanding teams.  He also coached basketball.  The Rabun Gap tennis courts are named after him.  From a former player:  “Before Mr. Arbitter arrived, we didn’t know that there was another sport besides basketball.”
  • Jack Acree (1938-1941), Athletic Director and Coach

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, Coach Acree served as athletic director, dean of students, and coach from 1938 until he left in 1941 to serve his country as a CPO in the Navy during WWII.  He hated baseball but agreed to start a team when pressured by the students.
  • 1985 Cross Country Team

    The 1985 Cross Country Team won the State Championship title and included:  Eric Willis ‘87, Stephen Arbitter ‘86, Matt Hughes ‘86, Geoffrey Ives ‘86, Claude Dillard ‘86, Billy Banks ‘87, Kelly Wilson ‘88. Coaches Mark Coleman & Bob Bennett. Eric Willis:  “What made our team special was our synergy.
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  • Brian Vollmer (2007), Baseball, Soccer, Swimming

    Brian Vollmer graduated from RGNS in 2007 and competed in swimming, soccer, and baseball. A well rounded athlete, Brian was a four year starting forward on the soccer team and helped lead the team to two conference championships and four trips to the state playoffs.
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  • Barry Cook (1973), Basketball, Basketball Coach

    Barry Cook graduated from Rabun Gap in 1973 and played varsity basketball for four years. Barry was a dynamic guard who teamed with fellow hall of famer Claude Rickman to lead the 1973 team to the state playoffs after finishing runner-up in the region.
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  • Micah Seehorn (2005), Baseball

    Micah attended Rabun Gap from 1998-2005 and participated in soccer, basketball and baseball. Micah was a four-year starter in soccer and was named to the all-conference soccer team following his senior season which also included the Rabun Gap soccer team’s first state playoff appearance in eight years.
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  • Claude Rickman (1973), Basketball

    Claude attended Rabun Gap from 1969-1973 and his basketball career began in 8th grade.  He played on varsity from grades 9-12 and was always team oriented and a quick point guard.  The 1973 team placed 2nd in the region and secured a spot in state playoffs.
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  • Billy Kelly (1955), Basketball

    Bill is remembered by those who played basketball with him as one of the finest players Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School ever produced.  Bill was also a terrific teammate and leader as the teams of the early 1950’s were some of the best in the region.
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  • Barbara Cope Passmore (1962), Basketball

    Played guard on the 1558-59 region championship team that traveled to Roswell for the state tournament. Known by many as one of the nicest students at Rabun Gap, she was also a fierce competitor on the court.
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Hall of Fame Nominations

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.