Four Bulldogs Included in Newest Class of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
SOURCE: GEORIGA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Four former Georgia Bulldogs — two student-athletes, one administrator and one media member — highlight the Class of 2021 for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Longtime sportswriter, noted broadcaster and UGA alumnus Tony Barnhart, women’s basketball All-American Janet Harris, high school coaching legend and former UGA football staffer Ray Lamb, and football All-America lineman Matt Stinchcomb were among those chosen by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s Honors Court.
The additional members of the Class of 2021 are professional golfer Stewart Cink, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine, former Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, former dual-sport star Brian Jordan and women’s basketball player Maya Moore.
The 65th annual induction ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Macon City Auditorium. There are a number of related activities through the weekend, starting with the GSHF Burgess Golf Classic at The Brickyard Golf Club, followed by the annual Jacket Ceremony later in the evening at the Hall of Fame. On Saturday the annual Stifel FanFest autograph session will be at the Hall and will be open to the public at no charge.
Known as “Mr. College Football”, Barnhart is a Greensboro native and one of the most knowledgeable sports personalities working today. Tony spent 25 years as the national college football reporter for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and worked with CBS Sports before joining the SEC Network during its launch in 2014. He contributes on radio to 680 The Fan in Atlanta, has written multiple books on college football, and was named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year in 1999. Tony has been honored with the Bert McGrane Award from the College Football Writers Association and named a Grady Fellow by the Henry Grady School of Journalism at UGA.
The nation’s top prep women’s basketball player at John Marshall High School in Chicago, Harris became the first player in NCAA women’s basketball history to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds in her four years at UGA (1982-85). She led her team to two Final Four appearances. Representing USA Basketball, she garnered three gold medals in international play. She went on to play professionally throughout the world. Janet was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Lamb is one of Georgia high school football’s coaching greats. He started his 35-year coaching career at Warrenton High School, coaching his team to two state titles. Moving on to Commerce High School in 1967, Ray helped turn the Tigers into a winning team, eventually claiming a state title in 1981. In 1993, Ray was named Coordinator of High School Relations for the UGA football program. Holding the position until 2011, he was a liaison between UGA coaches and high school coaches throughout the state and region.
As an offensive lineman at Georgia, Stinchcomb was a consensus All-America first-team selection in 1998 and a two-time All-American in 1997-98. He was also named to the SEC First Team All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was honored with the prestigious NCAA Top Eight Award and he was a Lombardi Award finalist. A first-round NFL draft choice of the Oakland Raiders, Stinchcomb later played in the Super Bowl as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lilburn native current works as a broadcaster for ESPN and the SEC Network.