Etheridge, Earl - 2003
Earl Etheridge came to Savannah in the early ‘60s to coach at Savannah High School. There, he was Assistant Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach. In 1967, Etheridge was appointed Athletic Director, Head Football and Head Baseball Coach at Windsor Forest High School. He had much success at Windsor Forest High School, winning many championships. During this time, he gained great respect as one of the finest coaches in the state. Earl Etheridge started the careers of several outstanding coaches in his program at Windsor Forest High School. He also coached several players who went on to play college and professional ball. He was the coach and manager of the renowned Thompson’s Sporting Goods Softball Team, winning many state, regional, and national titles. In 1995, he began working with the City of Savannah as a leader in the Leisure Services Department. He is also one of the top officials in the Georgia High School Association and his duties bring great recognition to Savannah and Chatham County. Honors for Earl Etheridge include: State Softball Hall of Fame, Savannah Softball Hall of Fame, GRPA District II James A. Colley Distinguished Professional Award, Sam Burke Award - in recognition of his interest in promoting high school athletics in Georgia, Savannah Sports Council Award - given to area individuals who best exemplify excellence through their achievements in sports in Savannah.