BROOKLET – It was a night for celebration at Southeast Bulloch High School as five former Yellow Jackets were honored at the 16th annual SEB Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Gene Eden (honorary inductee), David Miller (Class of 1973), Danny Tremble (1985), Beth Hopkins Brahn (1992) and Coretta Brown (1999) all received admission into the exclusive club while being recognized as some of the most talented and remarkable athletes to have ever roamed the halls of SEB. The group was welcomed into their new rank by over one dozen Hall of Fame inductees from previous years.
Eden first came to SEB from Effingham County in 1984. During his tenure, Eden has served as an assistant basketball coach, tennis coach and currently heads up the SEB golf team. He also has coached basketball and football for the middle school teams in the area.
“I couldn’t be more honored,” said Eden. “My heart is in this high school. My blood runs blue and gold. It has been a privilege to be a part of this community, and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this great school for the past 26 years.”
Miller led SEB to the state football title in 1972 – the Yellow Jackets repeated as champs in 1973 after Miller had graduated – and was named first team All-State quarterback for the ’72 season. During the Jackets’ run to the title, Miller completed 64 of 127 passes for over 1,000 yards and 13 total touchdowns.
Along with his accomplishments on the football field, Miller was a valuable member of the basketball and track teams.
“I’d really like to thank the selection committee for allowing me to become a part of this group,” said Miller. “It’s a humbling experience, because I know that it is the help and support of many others that allows me to be a part of this. I have a lot of fond memories of this school, and this is one more great one to add.”
Tremble also was a standout on the gridiron, toting the ball out of the Jackets’ backfield. He was named team MVP in his senior year of 1984, gaining over 1,000 yards on the ground.
Tremble also was a member of one of the first ROTC classes at SEB, in which he achieved the rank of lieutenant – the same rank he currently holds as a 15-year veteran of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department.
“I really appreciate the fact that SEB thinks so highly of me,” said Tremble. “It’s really an honor. I owe a lot of things to this school. Not only were there some great coaches here who taught me a lot about the game, but I learned a lot about life. The things that I was able to take from my time here have served me well and have helped me to become who I am today.”
Hopkins Brahn was a dominating force on the basketball court for the Lady Jackets.
She averaged a double-double throughout her career, earning a scholarship to Liberty University and gaining a spot on the North American Coaches Association All-America team.
Hopkins Brahn was equally talented in the classroom. She was honored as a scholar athlete every year of her career, was valedictorian of her class, and is still considered to be one of the highest achieving academic students in SEB history.
“I still remember my start,” said Hopkins Brahn. “Coach (Mike) Sparks saw me in the hall and told me that I would be running basketball and running track, so I really have to thank him for introducing me to athletics.
“I want to thank the Lord for putting me in the position to flourish during my time here at SEB and in my life since. It was always a privilege to represent SEB and to be a part of teams as closely knit as the ones that I was able to play on.”
Brown was and still is one of the most accomplished basketball players to wear an SEB uniform.
She still holds the career scoring record with 2,294 points, and also holds the Lady Jackets’ career marks for assists, steals, field goal percentage in addition to being the program’s winningest player, with 80 victories to her name.
Brown went on to play for the University of North Carolina and played professionally for four seasons. She now serves as an assistant at Tennessee Tech.
“This is such an honor,” said Brown. “I see everyone else who has been selected to be a part of this group, and I’m thrilled to be alongside them. I will always consider SEB home and I’m so proud to be able to say that I’m now a part of the Hall of Fame. It’s great to come back, but I’m jealous of all the new facilities here. Playing in this nice new gym would have been great compared to the sweatbox I used to run around in.”
Saturday’s group of honorees now joins previously inducted members to bring the total Hall of Fame enrollment to 82 in SEB’s 56 year history.
“This is such a great and special tradition to carry on each year,” said SEB principal Dr. Trey Robertson. “It’s great to see so many special people from this school throughout the course of time coming together to celebrate our common bond of being Yellow Jackets.”
Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.