The inductees to the 2014 Coahoma Community College Hall of Fame were inshrined on Saturday, January 18, 2014 during the colleges Basketball Homecoming Celebration. The former CCC athletes were selected by the Athletic Department and the Alumni Association for the stellar performances as athletes and students while attending Coahoma Community College.
Geoffery Williams, Sr.
Known as a hard-nosed defensive player and tenacious rebounder, Geoffery Williams, Sr. was a two-year starter at Coahoma playing under Coach James Washington. A two-sport star at Coahoma Agricultural High School, Williams was a three-years starter on both the Aggie football and basketball team before accepting a scholarship to continue his basketball career at Coahoma Community College in 1995. During his sophomore season in 1996, Williams was selected as a captain by his teammates because of his leadership skills both on and off the court. He earned his associates degree in Elementary Education at Coahoma before transferring to continue both his basketball career and education at Arkansas State University. In 1999, Williams was a part of the only team in Arkansas State history to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament. He graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Education and headed out overseas to play basketball professionally in both Norway and Venezuela. Currently, Williams is the Sales Manager of one of the largest Kia Retail Dealerships in the Tri-State area and a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Looking back at his time at Coahoma, Geoffery Sr. said, “Growing up, I did not have any siblings. During my time at Coahoma playing basketball, I formed a brotherhood with the guys that I played with that will last a lifetime.”
Marcus Torrell Metcalf
A shooting guard and prolific scorer, Marcus Torrell Metcalf played basketball at Coahoma Community College from 1996-1998 under Coach James Washington. He grew up in Clarksdale and graduated from Coahoma Agricultural High School and played basketball before being offered a scholarship to play at CCC. He averaged scoring better than 20 points per game at Coahoma and was elected to play in the Mississippi State All-Star game after his sophomore season. He earned his associate’s degree in General Education at CCC before transferring to Mississippi Valley State to play basketball, run track and continue his education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and taught computer classes for several years at the Shelby Training Center in Memphis before transitioning careers to work with special needs children in the Shelby County School District. Thinking back to his time at Coahoma, Marcus said, “Attending Coahoma Community College taught me leadership skills and allowed me to develop both physically and mentally. Playing basketball at CCC made me stronger and gave me the chance to mature on and off the court. For me, attending CCC was a great start and the right choice rather than jumping directly into a four-year college.”
Susie “Big Sue” Fudge
A native of Bonita, LA, Susie “Big Sue” Fudge made her presence known at Coahoma during the 1978 and 1979 basketball seasons. An intimidating presence in the paint, Fudge averaged 25 points per game under Head Coach Ella Stampley-Morris as a two-years starter for the Lady Tigers. During her time at CCC, the women’s basketball team had its most successful season carrying a No.2 national ranking. The team averaged scoring 102 points per game and won the Mississippi State title in 1979 and advancing to the regional tournament. The powerful lefty was an unstoppable and intimidating presence down low for Coahoma and her ability earned her a scholarship offer from Arkansas Northeastern College. Fudge graduated from CCC with an associate’s degree in Physical Education and attended college briefly before her commitment to her family called her back home to be a caregiver for her parents. Having always had a passion for hairstyling, she attended beauty school in Bastrop, LA and upon graduating opened her own salon and has been self-employed for the last 28 years. Fudge said she remembers her time at Coahoma fondly, “I loved my time at Coahoma. I made some lifelong friends, and I’m still in contact with many of the people I met while I was there. Although we haven’t seen each other in years, we still talk on the phone regularly. I am also still in contact with (Coach Ella Morris-Stampley). I remember her being a really tough coach, but she also cared about all of us!”
Another member of Coahoma’s memorable 1978 and 1979 teams, Ramona McCastle is hands-down one of the most talented athletes to ever wear a Lady Tigers uniform. A graduate of Sicily Island High School in Louisiana, she averaged 29 points per game before graduating and heading to Baton Rouge to play basketball at Southern University. After being cut from the Southern team, she was approached by CCC Coach Ella Stampley-Morris and offered a scholarship. During her career at Coahoma, McCastle averaged 20-plus points per game, nine steals and four assists. The Lady Tigers team earned its highest-ever national ranking (No. 2) with McCastle earning All-American honors, a selection to the Mississippi All-Star game where she was voted the MVP, a selection to the National Junior College All-Star Game, being named the nation’s best defensive player, and also a selection into the National Junior College Hall of Fame for the 1979 season. She graduated from CCC with an associate’s degree in Elementary Education and received 22 scholarship offers to major universities. She continued her career accepting an offer to play at Mississippi Valley State where she was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1982. She was an All-State and All-American selection at MVSU and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. McCastle was headed to play professionally for the New Orleans Pride of the Women’s Professional Basketball League but unfortunately it folded during her senior year. McCastle has gone on to coach basketball at the high school, junior college and university levels and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education.