Macon Sports Hall of Fame Members


Bobby Brown was a fixture in Macon and Bibb County sports for more than four decades. A 1952 graduate of Lanier High School, Brown lettered in four sports and took that prowess to Mercer University, where he lettered in baseball.

After graduating in 1957, Brown worked in the Bibb County Elementary League, and then coached high school sports at Willingham, Lanier, Mark Smith, Stratford and First Presbyterian Day School.

Brown’s gridiron squads compiled an impressive 131-41-2 record, with four state championships and eight region championships. His final state championship title was 1980 at FPD, defeating a strong Pinewood squad in overtime for the title. In addition, Brown produced two state runner-up finishes in football, as well as a state runner-up finish in girls basketball and two region baseball titles at Lanier High.


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The FPD standout experienced golf success at the competitive and coaching levels. After high school, Hester played collegiately at the University of Georgia. She helped lead Georgia to a pair of SEC team titles and a fourth place finish at the 1993 National Championship.

Hester was a second team All-SEC choice in 1994 and 1995 and a preseason All-American in 1995. Professionally, she played on the Futures Golf Tour in 1996 and 1997 and qualified for the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open.

Hester has served as a college head coach for Mercer University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas and the University of Arkansas since 2002. She has coached three All-Americans, one SEC Individual Champion and one Curtis Cup team member as a head coach at Arkansas.

She is currently the head women’s golf coach at Furman University.


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This former Florida Gator certainly ranks as one of the best tennis players Macon has ever produced. In Gainesville, McLemore was All-SEC first team in 1980, 1981, and 1982. He fashioned a career singles record of 79 wins and 29 losses (73 percent winning percentage) for the Gators.

He posted 20 or more wins twice playing No. 5 singles (21-6) as a freshman and No. 3 singles (23-4) as a senior. McLemore played No. 1 singles his entire junior year and part of his sophomore year.

His 79 singles victories ranks ninth all time in Florida history. As a junior, he was a top 10 performer in the Southern ranking (covers nine Southern states) in 1975, 1977 (#2 boys 16 year-old division) and 1978. From 1974-1978, the FPD graduate was no lower than eighth in the Georgia rankings with his highest coming in 1975 as the No. 2 boys 14s and the No. 1 boys 14 doubles.


When people describe Philip McLeroy, the word “fiery” is often used. Indeed, Coach “Mac” often exhibited a fiery temperament while coaching on the basketball court. Coach Mac had a passionate desire to win and to get the best out of his players.

Sixteen times McLeroy’s FPD teams won 18 games or more in a season. Coach Mac led nine teams to region championships and three teams to state titles, including the final team he coached – the 2008 Lady Vikings.

He was named the GISA Coach of the Year three times, was recognized by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club and received countless other regional and local awards.

Coach Mac’s coaching career started back in the early 1970s and spanned 36 years, culminating in a state championship his final year on the court. His final line showed 546 career wins, countless lessons taught and immeasurable influence in lives, on and off the court.


This 1993 FPD graduate walked on to the Georgia Southern football team and earned a scholarship for his final two collegiate campaigns in 1997 and 1998.

As an Eagle, he started a total of 23 games on special teams or at defensive back. His high school football jersey (No. 11) was retired at FPD in the fall of 1999. He still owns nine career Viking football records that include rushing (4,442 yards), touchdowns (52), points scored (322), single game rushing (257 yards) and single season rushing (1,984 yards in 1992).

He was a two-time All-State selection, and he was named the 1992 Macon Telegraph All-City Tailback and Macon Touchdown Club’s “Back of the Year.” While at FPD, he also excelled in track, setting school records in the 400m, 1600m relay, and 300m hurdles. In 1993, Wilson was chosen as FPD’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year.


Return soon for features on the latest inductees with FPD ties into the Macon Sports of Fame.