Category: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame

Rich Salick’s Spirit and Legacy of Hope Lives On, 37th Annual Surf Fest Underway This Weekend

Rich Salick received a kidney transplant in 1974, and although he was told that his surfing days were over, his love for the sport drove him to make a comeback. Perhaps Salick’s greatest work began when his pro surfing days ended. Along with his twin brother Phil, they began organizing small surfing events to benefit those on dialysis. The brothers built the annual NKF Surfing Festival into national prominence, and since its inception 37 years ago, the surf fest has raised millions of dollars for the fight against kidney disease. […]

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WATCH: Tim Wakefield Talks About His 2012 Induction into Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame

Legendary knuckleballer Tim Wakefield stood before a sold-out crowd of friends, fans and admirers at the inaugural Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction in 2012 and searched for words to describe his feelings at the moment. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Billy Stein Among Best Pinch Hitters In MLB History

Billy Stein, who played 14 seasons with four different clubs in MLB, played in all of the local leagues in Cocoa – Little League, Babe Ruth, Legion Ball and Connie Mack before going on to play for Cocoa High. Clutch pinch-hitting is an art in baseball, and good pinch hitters are hard to find, but if Stein could do anything in baseball, he could pinch hit. Asked to do it 179 times, he batted .282 with 36 pivotal RBI’s late in games in his career. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Leevan Sands Earned An Olympic Medal In 2008

In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Sands earned his place at the winner’s stand with a bronze medal and also achieved his personal best jump with 17.59 meters, a record that still stands as tops in the Bahamas. By 15, Sands was already on an international team. Schools from throughout the United States were knocking at his parents’ door, wanting their high-jumping son for their own, and Florida Air Academy (Now Florida Prep) was fortunate enough to attract him in his junior year. […]

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WATCH: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Hobgood Brothers Fearless, Fiercely Competitive

Among the general population, there is a three in 100 chance of having twins. The chance of having twins who both excel in surfing is considerably higher, but C.J. and Damien’s Hobgood’s mom achieved that rare feat in 1979. […]

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MIKE SOLIVEN: Celebrating One of Brevard’s Best Teachers, As Coach Won More Than 500 Games at Melbourne High

Melbourne Bulldogs boys’ basketball coach Mike Soliven is without a doubt the humblest, most self-effacing inductee in this year’s Hall of Fame class, and arguably in the five-year history of the ceremony. […]

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WATCH: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Joe Brinkman Was 34-Year Major League Umpire

As a major league umpire for 34 years, Joe Brinkman left an indelible – and sometimes controversial – mark on the game.From 1985 to 1998, he was the owner of the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in Cocoa, where he and other professionals instructed umpires who are currently making calls in major and minor league games. […]

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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME SPOTLIGHT: Tom Wasdin is Final Four Coach, Brevard Sports Ambassador

Wasdinisms – they flow from Tom Wasdin effortlessly as he talks of sports and life. In the book about his life – written by local journalist and fellow Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Peter Kerasotis – Once a Coach, Always a Coach – it said, “Wasdin appreciated the job and opportunity to impact lives at such a young age, when the clay is soft and moldable. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Ella Stephan Was 6-year Starter at Satellite High, Standout at FSU

As a senior at Satellite High, Ella Stephan was named Gatorade Player of the Year, All-Space Coast Player of the Year, a Parade All-American and received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. […]

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WATCH: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Billy Stein Among Best Pinch Hitters In MLB History

Billy Stein, who played 14 seasons with four different clubs in MLB, played in all of the local leagues in Cocoa – Little League, Babe Ruth, Legion Ball and Connie Mack before going on to play for Cocoa High. […]

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Greg Clayborne Has More Than 525 Wins in 27-Year Coaching Career, Including State Championship

ROCKLEDGE RAIDER COACH GREG CLAYBORNE reached his 500th career victory during the 2017 season, and in 27 years as a baseball manager, now has more than 525 career victories. Clayborne is a walking baseball mind filled with the right way to teach and play America’s pastime. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Mike Hoctor Literally Wrote the Book On Coaching Tennis

Mike Hoctor is such a great coach that, in fact, he wrote the book, literally, on coaching tennis. He is co-author of the USTA nationally-published book, “Coaching Tennis Successfully.” Even though the book was first published in 1994, it is still in print. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Willie ‘Ric-Rac’ Wright Magical On Field, Court

Many years have passed since Wille “Ric-Rac” Wright attended the African-American only Monroe High School in the early 1960s, but his former coach says watching Wright on the field and the basketball court was magical. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Charles ‘Phil’ Smith Was First Scholarship Athlete at Eastern Florida

Charles “Phil” Smith graduated From Cocoa High School in 1961 after earning a triple trifecta of nine varsity letters, three each in football, basketball and track. He was also named All State in football and basketball. […]

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VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s Kaitlin Shriver Donner Among World’s Best Triathletes

Kaitlin Shriver Donner began racing triathlon professionally while finishing her bachelors in Exercise Physiology, and starting Physical Therapy school at UF. Since then, she has graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and qualified for the USA Triathlon National Team. […]

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WATCH: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Bob Anderson Consensus All-American at West Point

SPACE COAST DAILY TV SPORTS HALL OF FAME SPOTLIGHT: Bob Anderson, a 1956 graduate of Cocoa High and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame 2012 inductee might have been Brevard County’s finest athlete. […]

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