ALBANY — Dr. Wilburn Campbell Jr. described it as an impossible dream — but for him and four other distinguished sports figures Friday night, that dream turned into reality when they were inducted into the Albany State University sports Hall of Fame.
Joining Campbell were Dr. John I. Davis, Timothy Goff, Antonio Leroy, and Johnny Seabrooks as the ceremony took place in the heart of ASU athletics, HPER Gymnasium.
“This is a beautiful university and should be cherished by everyone involved,” Campbell said during the opening of his induction speech to the crowd on hand of about 200 distinguished guests. “This is very proud moment for me (and the rest of the inductees).”
Faces from ASU past and present were on hand to welcome the newest members into the Hall, -which only consist of 30 inductees and the undefeated 1960 ASU football team.
The ceremony itself included a setting of soft music from the ASU Jazz Ensemble, a catered dinner of roast beef, chicken, rice, salad and peach cobbler, and a musical tribute by ASU alum Robert L. Newton.
The induction was followed by a reception on grounds of the campus.
“(This honor) is second to having spent 42 years at Albany State University,” he said.
Dr. Campbell coached swimming at ASU from 1969 to 1982 and from 1975 to 1981 his teams were crowned SIAC champions. In addition, his swimming and diving teams became the first National Black College Champions in 1979. Campbell remains the only ASU coach to win a national championship.
Dr. Davis is credited with developing the ASU volleyball program in 1986 — but is better known for becoming the head coach of the women’s basketball team in 1982 and elevating the “Rammettes” to new heights. Dr. Davis continues to recruit student athletes to Albany State.
Seabrooks was a standout track athlete and football player for ASU. His accomplishments include being a member of the first SIAC track and field championship team ever, receiving the Brain and Bronze Award, being selected Second Team All SIAC Linebacker, the SIAC triple jump championship and being the runner-up in the long jump.
Goff was a highly decorated baseball athlete for ASU winning multiple MVP (1983, 1984) awards on his way to an ASU lifetime batting average of .362. Goff also spent time in the military where he achieved the rank of lieutenant Colonel.
Leroy was a dynamic player and set numerous records as a running back with the Golden Rams football team. Some of his records include all-time leading rusher at ASU with 5,152 yards and 60 rushing TDs and fourth all-time leading rusher in the history of Division II football.
More over, he was named Player of the Year for Division II and Athlete of the Year in 1995 and again in 1996.