Broadneck’s Barnard, Wizard’s Johnson, St. Mary’s Mealey and Annapolis’ Slade also to be inducted
A diverse and well-accomplished field of sports personalities represent the 27th annual Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. The five outstanding individuals to be honored on October 11 at a Michael’s 8th Avenue are former Mount St. Joseph baseball coach and longtime Lake Shore resident Dave Norton, former All-Metro Broadneck and University of Maryland and NFL kicker Brooks Barnard, longtime NBA Washington Wizards play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Johnson of Crofton, multi-sport athlete from St. Mary’s Tim Mealey and the late Kevin Slade, who was one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Annapolis High and Morgan State University.
Norton, who has gone from baseball coach to being the principal at St. Joe, had a career record of 603-264 (.696) over 31 seasons winning three MSA A Conference Championships in 1986, 1987 and 2004. Along the way, Norton coached 17 Gaels who went onto pro baseball including major leaguers Mark Teixeira, Gavin Floyd, Steve Clevenger and Mike O’Connor.
When the popular Crown, now Brooks Robinson All-Star Baseball game directorship was given up by Arundel’s legendary coach Bernie Walter in 1988, Norton took the reigns and ran it through 2011. Upon his retirement as Gaels’ coach after the 2013 season, Norton has served as the principal of his alma mater.
Barnard went from a stellar career at Broadneck and and Maryland setting all sorts of punting records and being named All-Metro twice with the Bruins and was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference and two-time All-American with the Terps. He went on to punt in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers before retiring in 2004 and taking a job with Under Armour.
Johnson, an Arundel High school graduate and resident of Gambrills and Crofton, has taken on numerous broadcasting positions since beginning his career behind the mic at WNAV in Annapolis in the early 90’s. In 1995 he became the Sports Director at WTOP Radio in D.C. and took on the role of play-by-play announcer with the Washington Bullets, now the Washington Wizards (politically correct) and will begin his 21st season with the NBA team this year.
A former soccer player for the Arundel Widcats, Johnson has also done high level play-by-play of that sport for ESPN and Fox Sports and has won numerous awards including an Emmy for his broadcasting a Washington Capitals NHL pre-game show and a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.
Mealey was an outstanding goalie at St. Mary’s under AA County Hall of Fame lacrosse coach Jim Moorhead before guarding the cage at North Carolina where he was a member of the 1982 National Championship team and an honorable mention and third team All-American for the Tar Heels in 1984 and 1985 respectively.
Inducted into the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame in 2009, Mealey has gone on to excel in marathons, dualathons and triathlons and is a five-time state champion in Maryland racquetball.
Slade, who will be inducted posthumously, died of a totally unexpected heart attack at age 25 in 1981 after an iconic career as an All-County performer at Annapolis in three sports –football, basketball and track and field. Going onto Morgan State, Slade was an honorable mention All-American in football for the Bears of the great coach, Papa Bear Earl Banks and starred in field events for Morgan’s track and field team.
In addition, Slade was a three-time MVP of the Annapolis Summer Basketball League at Truxton Park that is the NBA of the Cap City. His shocking death still remains a topic of conversation by Annapolis old timers.
Finally Terry Colebrook, who died in 2016, will also be honored posthumously with the 18th County Executive Award for his dedication to girls youth softball for 35 years. Colebrook was best known for coaching the Lake Shore Lightning.
For tickets to the banquet and official ceremony on Oct. 11, contact the honoree you wish to see inducted. Each inductee has a sponsor to purchase the $35 tickets or call AA County HOF president Chris Smith at 240-508-3568.
Fliers for the George Mills County Team of the Year (details for the award that will be presented at the 2018 banquet) and how to nominate someone to the AA County Sports HOF will be on the tables at the banquet.
WBAL Radio sports announcer Keith Mills and Varsity Sports Network and veteran sports reporter PatO’Malley will once again co-emcee the event as they have the majority of the years.