Salem inducts inaugural Hall of Fame members (Jan. 18, 2014)
Salem High School inducted seven new members into its Hall of Fame in its second class of inductees. These honorees are former athletes and coaches who have contributed greatly to Salem's athletic programs and who have gone on to shine in their fields.
The seven members were inducted Friday night, after the Girls basketball game versus Cedar Shoals.
Those seven members are:
Coach Bill Roberts - Head Girls Basketball coach at Salem for nine years. Roverts is the winningest coach in Salem history with 176 wins in those years, including eight winning seasons, six straight 20-win seasons and five state tournament appearances. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has amassed over 200 career wins. His award was presented to him by current Salem Athletic Director Darren Wilkins.
Coach Bernard Dafney - Dafney served as a resource officer and assistant football coach at Salem for seven years. He loved the kids and community and loved sharing his knowledge of the game of football. Coach Dafney played college football at the University of Tennessee. He was drafted into the NFL in 1992 and had a seven-year professional career. Salem alumni will always remember Coach Dafney as a teacher, mentor, coach, officer, and a great source of strength. Accepting the honor on his behalf was his daughter Brianna Dafney. His award was presented to him by current Salem Athletic Director Darren Wilkins.
Bradley Moon - Track and Football, Class of 2010. Moon was a multiple-sport star at Salem. He had an outstanding high school career in football and track. At Shorter University, Bradley ranks third on the school's all-time rushing list and ran for 1,021 yards in 2012. In track at Shorter University, he has been a member of four National Championship teams. He is a member of Shorter's 4x100 school record holding relay team. Bradley serves as vice president of the Student Advisory Committee and is part of the Shorter University Ambassador team. His award was presented to him by Ian Moon.
Mandy Schneider Bennett - Soccer, Class of 2002. Bennett holds the Salem record for most goals in a single season and most goals in a career. After leaving Salem, Bennett was a four-year letter winner at Georgia State University and was team captain in her senior year. She led Georgia State to consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament appearances. Bennett has also served as an assistant coach at Salem, and on the college level at Jacksonville University, Georgia State University, and Georgia Gwinnett College. Mandy holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Georgia State University. The award was presented to her by school board chairman and former Salem coach and athletic director Jim McBrayer.
Tammy Jones Klemmer - Swimming, Class of 2001. Klemmer is a three-time state champion in swimming, winning the 100 yard freestyle and the 50 yard freestyle in 2000, and the 100 yard backstroke in 2001. She was team MVP for 3 seasons and earned an ESPN Athlete of The Week Award. After her high school career, she went on to swim at Michigan State University. In her four years there, Tammy broke three individual MSU records and was a member of four record -breaking relay teams. She is one of Michigan State's most decorated swimmers and a three- time Most Valuable Swimmer. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State. The honor was accepted on her behalf by her father Jerry Jones and presented by school board chairman and former Salem coach and athletic director Jim McBrayer.
Kentrell White - Basketball and Track, Class of 2010. White was a multi-sport athlete at Salem. She was a four-year member of the basketball team that compiled a record of 94 94 - 18. Three of those years she was a starter and team captain, winning 2008 and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. In track, she holds the Salem record for 100 meters, 200 meters, and the long jump. White is currently running track at Kennesaw. She was part of the 4x100 relay team that advanced to the NCAA Championships and won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. She was presented the award by former Coach Bill Roberts.
Tara Neff - Softball, Class of 1999. Neff was a four-year letter winner at Salem. She was team MVP from 1996-1998. Her jersey was retired and she held 51 school records when she graduated. She was the Rockdale County Player of The Year in 1999. Tara also earned four letters in basketball and played golf for a year. After Salem, Neff was a NJCAA all region selection at Young Harris College and a two-year member of the Dean's List. After graduating from Young Harris, Tara signed with Georgia Tech. In 2002, she started 33 games for the Yellow Jackets and ranked 5th on the team in batting average. She was presented the award by her father Art Neff.
These seven join the 11 members inducted last year in Salem's inaugural Hall of Fame class: Torell Troup, Football; Bill Buckner, Baseball; Courtney Hurt, Basketball; Jeff Blount, Coach; Frank Caputo, Coach; Jamil Hubbard, Track; Rebecca Hubbard, Basketball; Paul Jobson, Soccer; Jim McBrayer, Coach/Athletic Director; Zach Roddenberry, Basketball; Peter Yates, Wrestling.