The third, and final, episode in our series featuring excerpts from the 2012 Fork Union Sports Hall of Fame banquet features Coach Fletcher Arritt's acceptance speech. Arritt was chosen for the class of 2012 because of his 46 years of dedication to the Academy as a biology teacher and post-graduate basketball coach. As a coach, Arritt won 889 games and sent over 400 players to the collegiate ranks--a feat that will be hard to match at Fork Union, or any other school for that matter. 2012 was Arritt's last year as a teacher and coach at the Academy.
The other two episodes in this series are Jude LaCava's opening remarks and Shammond Williams' introduction of Coach Arritt. In addition to Coach Arritt, the 2012 class of inductees included longtime NFL All-Pro linebacker, Dexter Coakley; one of the nation's leading research experts on sports injuries, Dr. Frederick Mueller; and the late E.H. "Gus" Lacy, Jr., one of FUMA's legendary coaches and former athletic director. The event was held on June 14, 2012 on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy.
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Shammond Williams (FUMA 1994) is the featured guest in this episode of The Passing Game. Williams came to Fork Union for a post-graduate year out of South Carolina in 1993. He had no scholarship offers out of high school, but quickly got the attention of many top programs after a few months in Coach Arritt's program. Williams chose Dean Smith and the University of North Carolina. He played four years at UNC and graduated with school records in career 3-pointers (223), single-season 3-pointers (95), career free throw percentage (.849), single-season free throw percentage (.911).
Williams was the 34th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and played 13 years professionally. He played in the NBA for Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Orlando, New Orleans, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played internationally in Turkey, Russia, Spain, Cyprus, and Italy.
Williams is currently living in North Carolina and pursuing a career in coaching. He joins Phil Wall in this episode to talk about his experiences playing for Coach Arritt. It is an honor to have him as our guest.
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