Montgomery resident Steve Steele is this year’s inductee to the Hooper Academy Hall Of Honor.
Steele was second on the team in scoring during a 49-4 season run under legendary coach George Cochran and named to the Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro team in 1973-74. He was also the first player from an all white private school to sign with an Historically Black College and University in the deep South.
He has been involved and worked in youth sports around Montgomery for many years. Among his services include two of his proudest, being East Montgomery baseball and softball park as a girls softball coach and board member for 19 years, and as a volunteer at the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
With East Montgomery, Steele started a postgame prayer after each game that also spread over to Dixie Softball state tournaments.
Steele, a Montgomery business owner for 38 years and his wife Jan, a Montgomery school teacher of 30 years, attend church at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.
“I have been blessed to have great role models in my life,” Steele said. Starting with coaches Pat Garner and Rich Rhoades at Floyd Junior High and on to Hooper Academy coach George Cochran, Tim Jennings, Bob Landers and of course God.”