October 24, 2017 10:09:55 AM
Columbus native and former Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer was named Monday one of six members of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.
Brewer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with former Jackson Murrah High School girls basketball coach Anna Jackson, Mississippi College basketball coach and current athletic director Mike Jones, world light heavyweight boxing champion Archie Moore, Mississippi Valley State basketball coach Lafayette Stribling, and Mississippi College track and field coach Joe Walker Jr. on July 28, 2018.
Brewer played football at Ole Miss for legendary coach Johnny Vaught. He played quarterback, defensive back, and punter and was the holder for the placekickers from 1957 to 1960. The All-Southeastern Conference defensive back was named a member of Ole Miss' "Team of the Century" in 1993.
Brewer went on to play professional football with the Washington Redskins and the British Columbia Lions before he moved into coaching.
Brewer had a 67-56-3 record in 11 seasons as coach at Ole Miss. He also was football coach at Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana Tech.
In 1983, Brewer's first season at Ole Miss, he led the Rebels to a 7-4 record, the school's first winning regular season since 1977. Ole Miss also received its first bowl game invitation since 1971. It lost to Air Force 9-3 in the Independence Bowl to finish with a 7-5 record.
Brewer led Ole Miss to five more winning seasons and four additional bowls, including Ole Miss' 1990 New Year's Day Gator Bowl appearance. The Jan. 1 bowl game was the program's first since 1969.
Brewer was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1986 (8-3-1 record) and 1990 (9-3 record).
The 1986 season saw the Rebels return to the national rankings for the first time in more than a decade.
Brewer also led Ole Miss to eight Egg Bowl victories against Mississippi State. He finished his career as the second- winningest Ole Miss football coach behind Vaught.
Jackson won nine Class 5A State titles at Murrah, including two separate three-peats. Her career record was 692-167. She was a McDonald's All-America Coach in 2004-2005.
Jones, the athletic director at Mississippi College, made three Division III Sweet 16's and won four American Southwest Conference Championships. He also spent four years at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where he is a Hall of Fame member.
Moore is the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion in boxing history. Climbing the boxing ranks as 'The Mongoose," Moore is the only athlete to fight boxing legends Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.
Stribling never had a losing season as a boys high school basketball coach, winning one state title with the South Leake High School boys and two with the girls. The Mississippi Valley State men won four Southwestern Athletic Conference championships under Stribling and made the NCAA tournament three times. He also coached at Tougaloo, where his teams appeared in the NAIA National Tournament five times.
Walker Jr. coached at Mississippi College and Ole Miss. He won three Gulf South Conference titles with the Choctaws and led the Rebels to 11 top-20 finishes. He also coached three-time Olympian Brittney Reese.
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