Building anything successfully from the ground floor up requires a lot of teamwork, time, work ethic and patience.
Kathy Johnson defied the odds by competing for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
When Tom Dooley was hired by Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee Mike Riazzi 29 years ago to coach the Melbourne Central Catholic (MCC) baseball team, Ronald Reagan was President and Cal Ripken Jr. was heading to spring training preparing for year five of a consecutive games streak that would go on for 11 more seasons.
Paul Azinger won 11 tournaments in a seven-year span on the PGA Tour, which included his one major title – the 1993 PGA Championship at the Inverness Club in Ohio.
Wilbur Marshall’s performance on the high school football fields of Central Florida was a harbinger of things to come in the Hall of Fame career of the man who is clearly one of, if not the Space Coast’s greatest football player ever.
Who would have thought that the gifted athlete that led his Hoover Middle School football team to two Brevard County Championships in the mid-70s would go on to a brilliant college and professional football career and become a sports icon in two countries?
Meghan Cornett starred for the Lady Mustangs as they dominated the Space Coast in the early 2000s.
A long time member of the Florida Aquatic Combined Team, Cederlund, a truly iconic Masters swimmer and inspiration to us all as we age, was a great swimmer in her youth and returned to competition in the late 1980s.
Zundra Feagin, now Dr. Zundra Aubrey, won seven individual state track titles as a sprinter at Cocoa High School.
Rick Stottler guided two Florida Tech men’s soccer teams to national titles, but that’s not his only legacy in Brevard County, as he has been honored with a posthumous induction into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
David Jones served as the primary University of Florida and SEC beat reporter not just for Florida Today, but also for all Gannett papers in the Sunshine State, as well as USA Today, from 1994 until 2014. He earned 14 national awards, including three top five finishes for sports news reporting and two top-five finishes for enterprise reporting in the Associated Press Sports Editors national competition.
Will Perdue’s drive for success in basketball leads to four NBA championship rings and a respect for his determined work ethic.