A former McDowell High Titans basketball coach is being inducted into the athletic hall of fame of a Georgia college where he coached prior to taking over at MHS.
Vann Brackin, who led the Titans to the state championship game in their first season as a 4A school in 1975-76, will be inducted into the hall of fame as part of the 1968-69 squad at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday evening in Tifton, Ga., according to a release from the college.
Brackin’s 1968-69 ABAC team went 25-6 overall and won the championship of the Southern Conference of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association with a perfect 12-0 league record.
Perhaps more importantly, the club represented the first intercollegiate team at the school to include African-American players.
Brackin later coached the Titans for two seasons, going 34-18. The 1975-76 team was one of the school’s all-time greatest squads, going 24-6 and reaching the State 4A Championship before falling to South Meck in the title game.
That season, the Titans were Western 4A Conference co-champions and also won the West Sectional and District championships. Brackin was named Western North Carolina Coach of the Year. The club’s photo now hangs in Titan Gym.
Brackin later served as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth, according to the release, as well as coaching at Dekalb South, where his team won the GJCAA state title and at Eustis (Fla.) High School, where he earned Florida 3A Coach of the Year honors and won two district championships.