Tuckerman's Gilbert Named to State, National HOF's

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Gilbert as his Tuckerman Bulldogs visited PHS for a basketball game with the Mohawks several years ago.

Tuckerman coach Morgan Gilbert, who became the first coach in national history to win 1,000 games in both high school basketball and baseball, will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this summer.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame will be held on July 2, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Mass. Meanwhile, the 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

Gilbert is the 10th NFHS Hall of Fame recipient from Arkansas. He will join Donnie Kessinger of Forrest City (1982, athlete), Sidney Moncrief of Little Rock (1992, athlete), the late Earl Quigley of Little Rock (1997, coach), Bill Mayo of Blytheville (1998, administrator), Oliver Elders of Little Rock (1999, coach), Keith Jackson of Little Rock (2001, athlete), Frank McClellan of Barton (2003, coach), Jerry Hall of Sherwood (2005, official) and Kevin McReynolds of Sherwood (2011, athlete).

Five outstanding former high school athletes, including legendary Cleveland Browns' tight end Ozzie Newsome from Alabama and pro basketball star Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway from Tennessee, will be among the 2014 class.

Joining Newsome and Hardaway as athletes in the 2014 class are Casey Blake, a four-sport star at Indianola (Iowa) High School, who had a 13-year professional baseball career; Michael Devereaux, a four-sport standout at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyo., who enjoyed an 12-year professional baseball career; and Suzy Powell, a basketball and track and field star at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif., who competed in three Olympic Games.

High school coaches slated for induction this year alongside Morgan include Bob McDonald, basketball coach at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School who is retiring this year after a legendary 59-year coaching career; Katie Horstman, who started the girls sports program at Minster (Ohio) High School in 1972 and led the girls track team to eight state championships; and Frank Pecora, who becomes Vermont's first inductee in the National High School Hall of Fame after leading Northfield (Vermont) High School to 15 state baseball championships.

Gilbert is the only high school coach in history to surpass 1,000 victories in both basketball and baseball and ranks among the top 10 all-time leaders in both sports. After concluding his remarkable 48-year career last year, including the past 40 years at Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School, Gilbert ranked sixth all-time in baseball coaching victories with a 1,030-396 career mark and seventh all-time in basketball with a 1,077-593 career record. His teams competed in the state basketball playoffs 38 times and the state baseball playoffs 39 times.

Gilbert will be inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday, July 11, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year's class increases the number of people in the Hall of Fame to 423.

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