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Coach Loveard McMichael Inducted In GISA Hall of Fame
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Monday, July 30, 2018
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The GISA Coaches' Association held its annual summer banquet recently during the coaches' clinics at St. Simons Island.  This year's banquet was a special event for one very special member of the Southland Academy family.  Coach Loveard McMichael was inducted into the GISA Coaches' Hall of Fame.  

Coach McMichael was a graduate of Americus High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball.  As a junior, his basketball and baseball teams both won state championships.  After high school, Loveard received a scholarship to pitch for the University of South Carolina. He still holds two school records with the Gamecocks- fewest walks per nine innings in a season: 1.03- 1964 (9 BB, 78 1/3 IP) and in a career: 1.55- 1964-66 (36 BB, 209 IP; with is also an NCAA Record).

After college, Loveard entered the coaching profession with stops at Americus High, Treutlen County, Lee County, Southland Academy, and Schley County. He spent 39 years coaching. While at Southland, his teams won three state championships in football (1986, 1991, 1992). His overall record as the head football coach at Southland was 106-48. He also coached state championship teams in baseball- 1970 at Americus and back-to-back titles for the Raiders in 1991-92. He also won a championship in golf with the Southland team in 1998.

Today, Coach McMichael enjoys his days of retirement but can still be seen around campus watching his grandkids play for the Raiders. Congratulations to coach and his family for this well-deserved honor from the GISA.

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