State College of Florida | Current coaches, Glenn Davis headline hall of fame class

jdill@bradenton.comJanuary 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Teammates was the theme of last year's State College of Florida Hall of Fame ceremony.

And while two of this year's inductees, Robin Flake and David Moates, played together, the major theme revolves around active coaches.

Inductee Meredith Headings, a former Manatee High and Manatee Community College softball star, is the SCF head softball coach. Moates, who dazzled on the baseball field at the then-Manatee Junior College, is an SCF baseball assistant.

Former Houston Astros slugger Glenn Davis rounds out this year's class. Davis gained the most notoriety after leaving the school, starring for the Astros in the late 1980s. His best year was 1986, when he hit 31 home runs and drove in 101 runs, finishing second in the National League MVP balloting.

The sixth annual ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the school's Korcheck building.

Headings led the Manatees to the 2012 JUCO national tournament for the first time in program history.

However, Headings is being inducted for her accomplishments as a player. She belted a program-record 23 career home runs, including a whopping 13 as a sophomore before continuing her playing career at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

"For me being only 31, it was a shock and a honor that anyone would have ever thought of me to be a nominee," said Headings, who will be the hall's youngest inductee. "And then to actually get in, it was just an absolute honor. I think it's even more special to me, because not only did I put two years of my career to this in

stitution, but I've chosen to return and put my professional and coaching career here. ... It's just an incredible honor."

Moates played in the 1968 Juco World Series, where the team, led by former longtime head coach Bob Wynn, finished runner-up in the country.

Moates held the program's single-season stolen base record for 25 years.

Flake, an All-American pitcher who went on to play at Florida State, played with Moates, who ended up at FSU and was drafted by the Washington Senators.

Ultimately, Moates went into coaching and served on Hall-of-Famer Tim Hill's staff as well as Manatee County high schools before landing at Lakewood Ranch High.

Moates led the Mustangs to a baseball state championship in 2003 with well-known players Lastings Milledge, Ryan Kennedy and Larry Cobb.

The latter two played at SCF when it was called Manatee Community College.

Moates, though, returned to his SCF roots last season.

"It was a total surprise," said Moates of learning he was inducted. "I'm not here at the school as an employee in any way, so I didn't know how the process went. I didn't know how they selected or nominated people for the award, and I was very pleased."

But the main theme is the coaching aspect with Headings and Moates.

"I think it's kind of special having two coaches going in," SCF athletic director Matt Ennis said, "because we like to invite some of the students to see this. And it's not just a name. Now they're actually seeing somebody that they see on a daily basis. And they're seeing that what they did here as a student-athlete was just awesome. They get to see their coach in a different light."

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