MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — A World Series hero, the nation’s preeminent handicapper, and “the father of the Senior Bowl” are among this year’s inductees into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined by a national champion football coach, an All-American volleyball star, and a legendary soccer coach at the 2019 Induction Ceremony and Banquet May 2 at the Battle House Hotel.
Luis Gonzalez, Roy Patton, Nyla Shepherd, Danny Sheridan, Rick Trickett, and the late Rea Schuessler were selected by the MSHF Board as the hall’s 31st class of inductees.
Gonzalez, a Tampa native, played three years at the University of South Alabama where he was a collegiate All-American. He would go on to an 18-year major league career with seven clubs. Gonzalez played in five All-Star Games and had the championship winning hit for Arizona in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game-7 of the 2001 World Series.
Patton helped found both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at the University of South Alabama and helped grow the sport in the Mobile area. His Jaguar men’s squads won six Sun Belt Conference titles. He later coached successful men’s programs at the University of Vermont and the University of Mobile where his Rams appeared in two NAIA National Championship games.
Shepherd is one of the greatest athletes in the history of McGill-Toolen High School, winning four state volleyball championships, as well as a state basketball crown. Shepherd was a three time All SEC performer at LSU where she is still the Tigers career leader in kills. Shepherd was an All-American in 1990.
Sheridan is a top sports analyst and handicapper. His odds appeared in USA Today for two decades. He has written several books and his articles have appeared in numerous national publications. He also has appeared on all major television and radio networks. He is a graduate of Murphy High School and the University of Alabama.
Trickett just retired after more than four decades as a college football coach. The Mary G Montgomery graduate was an assistant coach at Southern Illinois, Memphis, New Mexico, Southern Miss, West Virginia, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn and Florida State. He won a national championship with the Seminoles and coached numerous players who went on to stardom in the NFL
Schuessler will be inducted posthumously. He was director of the Senior Bowl for the game’s first thirty years in Mobile, almost single handedly building the event into the preeminent college football all star game and forging a close association with the National Football League. Schuessler also managed Ladd Stadium for decades and served as media relations director for University of Alabama sports before moving to Mobile.
Tickets for the 2019 Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet are $100 and are available at MobileSportsHallofFame.net, or by calling 251-459-8702