Watts, Howard inducted into All Sports Hall of Fame

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

“This is for Laurel Hill.”

Howard, who started her coaching career at Laurel Hill in 1975, coached the Hoboes to six state championships in girls’ basketball and three more in volleyball. She was introduced by Laurel Hill’s Grover Hicks, who was at the school during Howard’s successful run.

“She brought a little class to Laurel Hill, and I mean that in a good way,” said Hicks. “She was always a team player, a person that really cared about the kids. She was a great coach on the court, but she really took a special interest in helping kids away from sports, too.”

For Howard, who now resides in Memphis, the hall of fame recognition is an honor best shared with those close to the Laurel Hill program.

“All of you know that it was about the players,” said Howard. “We made a lot of good memories at Laurel Hill, and I am so proud to come back to receive this.”

After Howard’s speech, emcee Tom Brassell turned the floor over to John Watts, who then helped induct his father into the All Sports Hall of Fame.

“He is a man that truly loves people,” said John Watts. “He sees the good in everybody. He’s like that at home, at the office, on the golf course…I’m proud to introduce him.”

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