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Dr. Bruce Bowers acknowledges Metro football coaches as he inducted into Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame Induction 12/1/16

Mr. Barry Potts, of MNPS Central Office introduce inductee Bruce Bowers at the Metro Coaches Hall of Fame dinner, 12/1/16.

The sense of history is evident when one arrives on campus of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Along with many events, the Wilson Banquet Hall has been home to the Metro Coaches Hall of Fame dinner for many years, and the comfort in familiarity is almost overwhelming.

Current metro high school coaches, many of them graduates of Metro schools and who have known each other for a lifetime are shaking hands and greeting each other before they even enter the hall. Former Inductees of the 32nd Annual Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame dinner are trailed by this year’s class of players who are dressed in ties and suits and the armor of the uniform has fallen exposing handsome young men soon to be off on their own.

An Evening of All-City, All-Stars

Hall of Fame Induction 12/1/16

Mr. Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director of MNPS greets coaches as they arrive with Mr. Walter Overton, a MNPS grad and is currently the General Manager of  Nissan Stadium 

From opening remarks made by Walter Overton to o the last closing remarks made Roosevelt Sanders, it is a celebration of a school system that honors those who have devoted a life time to a district of young men, the game of football and the brotherhood that is built between players and coaches.

Walter Overton, a grad of Pearl High School, a current TSSAA football/basketball referee and the General Manager of Nissan Stadium, opened the evening with clever remarks that referenced who he might have made a call on the field for or against this past season.

Roosevelt Sanders closed the evening thanking all parties that participated in planning the evening. The thread that tied the entire evening together was gratitude.

Barry Potts, an administrator and Central Office introduced the his colleague of Dr. Bruce Bowers, the recipient of this year’s induction into the Hall of Fame. Both Potts and Bowers are names many in the room have known their entire career, and it was no surprise to anyone that Potts introduced Bowers as one of the hardest working men he knew.

Potts described a work history that was enviable as Bowers never missed a work day in 40 years as an employee of MNPS.

After receiving a sustained a standing ovation from an audience of coaches, players and administrators who were attending the 32nd  Annual All-City Metro Football Award Dinner. If “Thank you” was the phrase of the evening, it was strongly supported by an overwhelming sense of gratitude and love.

Dr. Bruce Bowers

“All I can say to everyone in this room is, thank you, thank you Metro Schools,” stated Bruce Bowers in his opening remarks.

Hall of Fame Induction 12/1/16

Dr. Bruce Bowers during his acceptance speech at the Metro Coaches Hall of Fame dinner, 12/1/16.

“Thank you to the coaches who have spent countless, unpaid hours with you (pointing to the players in the room), thank you to the players, (pointing now to each one in front of him) for giving us coaches a reason to be at school every day; thank to administrators for squeezing every little dime out of every single dollar to make it possible for all of us to do what we do, and thank you to the parents and teachers who aren’t here, (pointing at us, the media to make sure we have that statement) but support coaches and players day in and out.”

Dr. Bruce Bowers is a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame, the Metro Coaches Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Nashville’s Black Coaches Hall of Fame.

One of the most endearing is his ability to enable so many people to work at what they love to the highest of their abilities. Barry Potts stated as he introduced Dr. Bowers that he had a knack for getting secretaries to work willingly more than most because, he retired with over 500 sick days. To do this Bowers had to work 40 years without a missing a day of work.

As a member of the Lipscomb Hall of Fame is most well-known for twice scoring 52 points in a game during the NAIA era, a record that was broken in 1992 when John Pierce scored 54 points in game. Bowers first scored 52 points on Jan. 6, 1972. He would later equal the accomplishment, scoring 52 points again during his senior season, and finished as Lipscomb’s all-time scorer at that time with 1,650 career points.

Bowers has devoted his time to working with young people, serving as a high school teacher and coach and is an administrator with the Metropolitan Public Schools here in Nashville.

Bruce Bowers retired from the MNPS (Central Office) Human Resources Department (Minority Recruiting Specialist). “I recruit teachers. This is my specialty.”

Titan up with the gracious Coach Josh Corey

Youth and High School Services Coordinator, Josh Corey of the Tennessee Titans is the featured speaker at the Metro Coaches Hall of Fame dinner 12/1/16.

Each year the organizers of the dinner ask a prominent leader in the football community join the group of coaches, past inductees, 2016 All-City football players and two administrators to speak to the art of coaching, the brotherhood of being a team, and to the future of the sport.

The 2016 speaker this year was Josh Corey, who has since 2014 been the  Youth and High School Football Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. Working out of the Community Relations department, Corey oversees outreach programs that offered through the NFL and Titans organizations.

These activities include Play 60, NFL Flag, High School Media Day, community appearances by current and former Titans, and USA Football.

Corey spoke the language of coaches, and addressed the players who would be entering the work force or college arena and the perceptions young men leave on social media.

Hall of Fame Induction 12/1/16

He shared that no matter how much a player liked to think he “scrubbed his social media of negative posts, like cookies on a browsing history, it was nearly impossible to get rid of it all. “As a perspective pro player, one of the first steps to getting a job with the NFL is a check with your references, then the next is a thorough check of all your social media platforms. We want to know what a future Titan or employee of the NFL is going to look like on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are going to find out how you are going to look to our audience.

He went of further to share, that as a son of a coach who had been coaching 40 years, he understand what an honor it is to stand in front of coaches and alumni who are some of the best in the city. He had obviously done homework on many coaches, because he named specific accomplishments each had earned in their own careers, a honor that in recent memory no other guest speaker had done.

Following Coach Corey’s thoughtful words, and the emotional moments with Dr. Bowers, each special award was given, along with the honorable mentions, and All-City trophies for those players in attendance.

Roosevelt Sanders and Mr. Kevin Aigbe proceeded to handout the player awards finishing with the Most Valuable Players, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.

Below are the recipients of the most honorable awards. 

Below is the  complete lists for the

Metro Nashville 32nd Class of MVPs

 

6A/5A- Awards

 

 

     
MVP

D.J. Thorpe

Cane Ridge

Offensive MVP

Taveruis Travis

Overton

Defensive MVP

Theo Jackson

Overton

Lineman MVP

Julian Houston

Hillsboro

Special Team MVP

Jose Bravo

Overton

Athlete

Emari Barton

Cane Ridge

     

4A/3A

   

MVP

T.J. Carter

Stratford

Offensive MVP

Jimmyrious Parker

Pearl Cohn

Defensive MVP

Jacob Phillips

East Nashville

Lineman MVP

Chandon Page

Pearl Cohn

Special Team MVP

LaMarco Johnson

Maplewood

Athlete

Kendrick Gordon

Hillwood

Athlete

Jacob Frazier

Whites Creek

Lineman MVP

Jaalon Gupton

Stratford

     
Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods

Cane Ridge

Hall of Fame Administrator

Bruce Bowers

40 Year MNPS Employee

 

2016 Metro All-City Team

all-city

All District City Team – Antioch: Zach Vaughn, Blake Wiggins; Cane Ridge: Emari Barton, Jordan Bell, Blake Bradley, Troy Bradley, Jahsun Bryant, Brandon Lewis, D.J. Thorpe; East Nashville: Jayron Leatherwood, DeMarquez Trotter; Glencliff: Harold Jamison (not pictured); Hillsboro: Jon Beets, Julian Houston, Ben Hutch, JaVonta Payton; Hillwood: Kendrick Gordon, Kenneth Redd; Hunters Lane: Karon Moseley: Maplewood: Eric Carter, LaMarco Johnson, Roshawn Pointer, La’ Monz Ezell; McGavock: Ta’ Micus Napier; Overton: Jose BravoJohn Ford, Theo Jackson, Jacob King, Taveruis Travis, Chris Williams; Pearl Cohn: Jayden Harrison, Darius Hunter Jr., Edward Hyde, Chandon Page,  Jimmyrious Parker, Xavier Shepherd, Brayden D. Smith; Stratford: T.J. Carter, Jacelon Gupton,  Ladarius Haynes (not pictured), Winston Hooten, Artavus Kelly, Mohamed Muday, Rod Reed; Whites Creek: Jacob Frazier (not pictured)

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