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Community Contributors Recipients.

W.L. “Pug” Mabry

Community Contributor W.L. “Pug” Mabry was the City of Roswell’s Mayor for 31 years from 1967 thru 1997. As Mayor and the father of two former athletes from Roswell High he was the Hornets most enthusiastic booster. In the early days he could often been seen before Home football games stringing phone wire for the Coaches. During his tenure as Mayor he was passionate about Youth Sports in the City of Roswell. During his tenure the City of Roswell purchased land for the Roswell Area Park and the Roswell Parks and Recreation became a State and nationally recognized department under his administration. During Mayor Mabry’s tenure Roswell High School participated in 20 State Championships in 8 different sports winning 10 titles. Mayor Mabry may best be remembered for his succinct response at a public hearing chaired by the Fulton County School Superintendent on the naming of the then “new” high school on King Road. He stated “ I have 3 possible recommendations: # 1 Roswell High; # 2 Roswell High School and # 3 THE Roswell High School.”

 

*William “Bill” Hobbs

Community Contributor William “Bill” Hobbs participated in Roswell High School Athletics for nearly 45 years. He was a fixture at Roswell Football and Baseball games most notably as a Team Statistician and confidant for the Coaches. “Coach Hobbs” as he was affectionately known to the hundreds of athletes that came thru Roswell High was supremely loyal and volunteered countless hours towards the youth of Roswell as a long standing member of the City of Roswell Recreation Commission. If there was an equivalent of Mount Rushmore for Roswell High “Coach Hobbs” face would be on it. In the end we are all both Givers and Takers. We hope that we have given more than we have taken. No one has ever given more to the Youth of the City of Roswell and Roswell High School than “Coach Hobbs.”

 

*John Coen Sr.

Community Contributor John P. Coen Sr. participated in Roswell High School Athletics from 1968 until his passing in 2001.  Mr. Coen a native of Jersey City, N.J. was transferred from his office in Wilmington, Delaware to Roswell in 1968.  He became President of the Roswell All-Sports Booster Club for two years including the 1970-71 school year when Roswell High became the first Georgia High School to capture State Championships in football, basketball, and baseball all in the same year.   Mr. Coen coached in the City of Roswell’s Connie Mack Baseball program for over 30 years. He honed his coaching skills while serving in the U.S. Air Force as a member of Air Force base teams.  He coached youth football and officiated girls softball and girls basketball.  For over 25 years, he volunteered in the Roswell High School’s football press box and baseball dugout keeping statistics and/or announcing.  Mr. Coen was appointed by the Mayor of Roswell to serve on the City of Roswell Recreation Commission beginning in 1977.  In January of 2001, he was selected as the “State Volunteer of the Year” by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Society.  In his retirement years, Mr. Coen became known as “Super Sub” at Roswell High School, substitute teaching for over ten years. He could often be seen at numerous high school athletic and school events. Mr. Coen had a passion for Roswell High Students and Staff and was always involved while his four children attended and graduated from Roswell High in the 70’s.  Upon his passing in 2001, the Roswell High Senior Class of 2002 dedicated their Yearbook to his memory.  In 2005, the Roswell Athletic Department named the Roswell High Baseball facility “John P. Coen Sr. Field.”  Mr. Coen will fondly be remembered for his two favorite sayings, “anything is possible as long as you don’t care who gets the credit” and “All I need is a kind word and a smile.”

*Rick Hawkins

Community Contributor Rickard S. Hawkins Sr. enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Roswell High School athletics and the community as a whole. As a member of Roswell High School’s 1955 graduating class, Rick was extensively involved in the school’s athletic programs both on and off the field. Rick was the captain of the football team, a long-standing record holder in the pole-vaulting, and a member of the basketball team. Off the field, Rick planted the dogwoods that lined the drive to the high school and personally seeded, fertilized and maintained the football field. In addition to his participation in the school’s athletic programs, Rick also showed his support as a member of the high school band, playing at half time before returning to the field for the second half of the game. After high school, Rick attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in Animal Husbandry. Prior to his senior year, Rick married his high school sweetheart, and fellow Roswell native, Norma Fields. Following graduation and three years of service  in the Air Force, Rick and Norma returned home to Roswell to raise their three children: Rick, Tonya and Jade. Upon returning home, Rick and Norma were actively involved in the Roswell community. Rick became especially involved in Roswell athletics. In addition to coaching youth football, Rick was President of the Roswell Youth Football Association For over thirty years, Rick volunteered to film the Roswell High School football games and on occasion would film baseball and basketball games as well. He also resumed seeding, fertilizing, and maintaining the football field until the county took over maintenance duties. His contributions to the community extended beyond athletics and into the community. Rick was President of both the Roswell and Regional Jaycee organizations. The Roswell community has always been and continues to be a very important part of the Hawkins family history. Rick and Norma went on to see their children and grandchildren participate in Roswell athletics and graduate from their alma mater. The community was an essential part of shaping not only Rick but also his family, and in return, Rick Hawkins desired to give back to the community, school, and athletic programs that had given him so much.

 

Coach Fred Williams

Coach and Community Contributor Fred Williams coached for 15 years at Roswell High from 1967 through 1981. Coach Williams coached Receivers and Defensive Ends on two State Championship Football Teams. The Class B 1968 State Championship team and 1970 Class A State Championship team.  Coach Williams was the assistant boys basketball coach for the 1971 Class A State Championship Boys Basketball team giving him 3 State Championships at Roswell.  In 1975, Coach Williams was named the head girls basketball coach.  In five seasons he had 4 straight years of 18 plus wins including an undefeated regular season of 17-0 in 1977-78. His teams were in the Fulton County Tournament Finals 4 consecutive seasons.  In the season of 1978-79, Coach Williams took his team to a 20-9 overall Record and continued the streak of regular season wins to 24.  That team climbed to the 2nd Round of the State AAA Tournament losing to eventual AAA State Champion Cairo High School. That game was memorable as former UGA and Olympic Star Theresa Edwards and Roswell’s current Hall of Fame member and All Time leading scorer Lisa Parker Clock battled it out.  Coach Williams was a coach on and off the court for his players. He provided support for all his players not only as athletes but also as students. His players fondly remember him as a role model teaching them how to work toward goals, compete at the highest level while maintaining respect for each opponent along with the proper perspective to have of athletics in their lives. After leaving coaching for private business, Coach Williams continued his relationship with Roswell High volunteering countless hours fundraising, organizing events and supporting the Students and Coaches.    As a member of the City of Roswell Recreation Commission for 24 years and the Chairman for 18 years his leadership has impacted thousands of young people in the City of Roswell. During his time on the Commission the City of Roswell was recognized 5 times as the “Georgia Recreation and Parks Department Agency of the Year” and one time as a finalist for the Gold Medal Award given by the National Recreation and Parks Department.  In recognition of his contributions, the City dedicated a new Fitness Center in the Roswell Adult Recreation Center to Coach Williams and he continues to sit on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Department.  As the owner of Marietta Trophy and Engraving, Coach Williams has been a loyal partner to the Athletic Department at Roswell High School for over 30 years providing hundreds of awards, trophies and mementos for our student-athletes and coaches including the Roswell High Hall of Fame Display in our Gym Lobby that now bears his name.

 

*R.T. “Skipper” Hoke

Roland T. “Skipper/RT” Hoke moved to Roswell in 1967 where he became actively involved in the City of Roswell, the Roswell Recreation Department and Roswell High School.  Skipper’s involvement in Roswell athletics started as a volunteer coach for Little League Baseball upon moving to town and he coached for a number of years before the start of his own family.  Through his employer, Roswell Bank, and his civic duties as a Jaycee and Rotarian, Skipper became a fixture at helping the Roswell Rec and Roswel High School and its athletic teams.  Roswell Bank had one of the largest commercial grills back in the 1980’s and Skipper and a team of resident expert grillers would grill BBQ chicken for the annual Roswell Booster Club Kick Off Dinner.  Skipper was involved in the Roswell Relays track meet in the early years through the Jayvees, and over the last 20 years since its reestablishment in 1996.  Skipper was active with the Roswell Relays sponsored in conjunction with the school and Roswell Rotary.  Skipper was on an early steering committee to establish the Roswell Hall of Fame.  He and Coach John Coen made a trip to his hometown of Newnan, Georgia to Newnan High School to research their Hall of Fame and get some ideas on how to establish and run a high school athletic hall of fame.

Skipper enjoyed his close personal friendship with many of the long-time coaches and athletes of Roswell High.  More than a few whom he considered some of his closest personal friends.  As a resident for almost 50 years, Skipper loved everything about Roswell and Roswell High School and was one of the city and school’s biggest supporters.  He was very proud of the Roswell Hall of Fame and its inductees; and we all know he is honored to be named.  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”