MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will pay tribute to two of the community's most respected coaches on Dec. 21 with a breakfast in their honor.
Longtime Moultrie High line coach Tom "Babe" White and former Packers varsity basketball coach and record-setting eighth-grade football coach Roy Saturday will be honored at the breakfast, which will begin at 7:15 a.m. at the First Baptist Church social hall.
Both White and Saturday are members of the Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame.
The guest speaker will be Mickey Andrews, the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for the Florida State University football team.
South-west Georgia FCA director Larry Poole said White and Saturday were selected for recognition by their long contributions to athletics in Colquitt County.
"These are two coaches who have done a lot for the community," Poole said. "It is a good time to honor them.
"FCA ministers to both athletes and coaches. I think people know FCA works with athletes. A lot of people probably don't know we work with coaches too."
The public is invited to the breakfast. Information and table sponsorships are available by called the Southwest Georgia FCA office at 890-3112.
Table sponsorships are available for $750, $500 and $300.
FCA is the nation's leading outreach to student-athletes on middle school, high school and college campuses. It offers alternatives to negative pressures on athletes through student-led "huddles," camps and the drug-use prevention program One Way 2 Play.
White, who played his high school football in Fitzgerald, came to in 1950 and was the Packers line coach for 15 years. He also was an assistant principal at Moultrie High from 1965-1979 and then was head of the attendance office until he retired in 1986.
He also was an avid runner and when the City of Moultrie developed the former railroad bed into an exercise trail, it was named the Tom White Linear Park.
White, who will turn 80 in February, remains an avid supporter of Colquitt County athletics and rarely misses a Packers football game, at home or on the road.
Saturday was a superb athlete in Springfield in Effingham County and was a successful junior high coach in Tift County before coming to Moultrie to take over the Packers varsity basketball team in 1969. He coached the Packers nine seasons. His eighth-grade football career lasted 32 years, including 27 in Colquitt County.
Saturday's coaching record at the junior high level was 130-57-16.
Colquitt County varsity football coaches have given Saturday credit for preparing his athletes well.
Saturday also ran the Moultrie Civitan Club's 10-kilometer Race of the South for 15 years and was himself an avid runner.
Andrews is in his 21st season at Florida State where he has consistently produced defenses that have ranked among the best in the nation.
A graduate of Alabama, where he was All-SEC in baseball and was second-team All America as a wide receiver/defensive back, Andrews was the recipient in 1996 of the first Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach.
In 1998, the Florida State defense was ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense and pass defense. In 2000, the Seminoles ranked among the nation's top 15 in every major defensive category.
Under Andrews' direction, Florida State has become the top producer of All-America and NFL-caliber cornerbacks.
Andrews coached two players - Deion Sanders in 1988 and Terrell Buckley in 1991 - who won the Jim Thorpe Trophy, given annually to college football's top defensive back.
The Seminoles had an All-American cornerback each year from 1987 to 1994.
Andrews and wife Diane have two children and four grandchildren.
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