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Gerald Johnson Legendary MTSU coach Charles “Bubber” Murphy once called Gerald “Mama” Johnson (‘54) the best athlete he ever coached at MTSU. Among MTSU’s last three-sport standouts, Johnson particularly excelled at baseball, hitting .369 in 1950. An end in football, a forward in basketball, and a first baseman in baseball, Johnson went on to become a coaching legend himself. The Franklin resident died Nov. 14, 2010, at the age of 79 from complications of Alzheimer’s. A graduate of Battle Ground Academy and MTSU, Johnson served in the Marine Corps and went on to earn a master’s degree before beginning his legendary teaching and coaching career—one marked by his drill instructor coaching style. He is a member of the Hall of Fame at both MTSU and BGA. His career included two Tennessean Coach of the Year Awards, a 1980 baseball state championship, induction into the Nashville Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, and the College Hall of Fame’s Roy Kramer Contribution to Football Award. The list of high school athletes and coaches throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee who were influenced by Coach Johnson is a long one. A favorite quote? “You’re either moving forward or falling back; you’re never standing still.”  MTSU

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Marvin Moore (‘69), Lady Lake, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2010.

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1970s James Anderson (‘72), Charlotte, N.C., died June 14, 2010.

Larry Needham (‘68), Dahlonega, Ga., died Oct. 23, 2010.

Charles Bell (‘71), Chattanooga, died Nov. 17, 2010.

Carole Sims (‘62), Byron, Ga., died April 10, 2010.

Joseph Carson (‘72), Hixson, died April 7, 2010.

William Wells (‘65, ‘68), Columbia, died Nov. 8, 2010.

Kenneth Cobb Jr. (‘78), Waynesboro, died Dec. 23, 2010.

Louise Brooks Wilson (‘62), Tullahoma, died Dec. 8, 2010.

Peggie Reed Dill (‘72), Lebanon, died Nov. 6, 2010.

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Photo courtesy MTSU Athletics/Kennon Sports Hall of Fame

Barry McClure Barry McClure (‘74), a seven-time All-American athlete while at MTSU and a two-time national champion triple jumper in 1972 and 1973, died on Jan. 13, 2011. McClure was the first in a long line of nationally and internationally famous triple and long jumpers to train and compete under Blue Raider coach Dean Hayes. According to Hayes, McClure “has a legitimate claim to being one of the fathers of triple jumping in the U.S.” In most national meets during McClure’s career, the triple jump was up for grabs between MTSU and UCLA. McClure was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 1996.  MTSU

MTSU Magazine April 2011  
MTSU Magazine April 2011  

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