VIDEO: Reggie Hannah Starred at UF, Legendary at Titusville Where His Jersey Number Is Retired
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // July 16, 2017
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Under Titusville coach Kirk Stewart’s guidance, Reggie Hannah would arguably become the greatest basketball player to ever dribble a ball on a Brevard County court, leading the Terriers to two state basketball appearances in the mid-1970s. Hannah started immediately at UF and averaged double-digit points and nearly nine rebounds a game in his first two years. His junior season was even more impressive as he averaged 17 points a game. Hannah will be inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame on May 12. CLICK HERE for tickets.
2017 COLLEGE INDUCTEE
TITUSVILLE, UF GREAT
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Titusville Terrier, Florida Gator and professional basketball great Reggie Hannah’s around-the-world story begins and ends in Titusville.
He grew up without a father in the tough part of Titusville where not having a positive male role model can be a detriment to a young man in search of guidance.
Under Terrier coach Kirk Stewart’s guidance, Hannah would arguably become the greatest basketball player to ever dribble a ball on a Brevard County court, leading the Terriers to two state basketball appearances in the mid-1970s.
Hannah averaged an amazing 24 points per game, once dropping 53 in a contest for the Terriers. But it was his play above the rim that separated him from everyone else.
He is the all-time leading rebounder in Terrier history collecting 1,533 of them, good for nearly 18 boards per contest.
Hannah was recruited by all of the great basketball schools, but being a new father, he decided to stay close to home and attended the University of Florida where he would play for John Lotz.
Hannah started immediately at UF and averaged double-digit points and nearly nine rebounds a game in his first two years. His junior season was even more impressive as he averaged 17 points a game.
After Lotz was fired, Hannah transferred to South Alabama in hopes of playing for a winner and increasing his NBA draft stock.
Following his final year of college basketball, Hannah became the first pick in round four of the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Due to financial constrains on the Cavaliers that precluded Hannah playing in Cleveland, he decided to continue his career in Europe where he was able to realize his dream of playing professional basketball.
He was able to live the dream and according to one story told played pickup ball with Marvin Gaye, hung out with Tennis player Bjorn Borg and kicked it backstage with Prince at the famous Cafe Opera in Stockholm.
Hannah won titles and awards during his tenure overseas and he also, just as he had done back here in the in the states, won people’s hearts.
He was one of the most popular players on the European continent.
Hannah returned home to Titusville but, like many successful athletes in their prime, didn’t prepare for the future without the game. He fell in with the wrong crowd and spent much of his post basketball life battling the legal system and the demons of addiction.
Hannah would eventually find peace and salvation in his life, but not before he overcame his self-described shame, and reached out for help to his life-long best friend, mentor and the closest man he ever had to a father – former Terrier coach Stewart.
He continued to rebuild his life, getting to once again know his “first born,” as he called her, his daughter La Tasha Hannah. Hannah has seven children in all, and while his goal was to get to know them all again, time ran out on him as he passed away of pancreatic cancer in October 2015.
This outstanding athlete’s story of success, failure and redemption is an all too familiar one in the world of sports, but the man that Reggie Hannah was is what separates him.
THE LEGEND: UNFORGETTABLE ON AND OFF THE COURT
Part of the journey to be a Hall of Famer in anything one does is having so many great stories to tell. But rarely does a Hall of Famer come along that has so many great stories told about them.
Hannah touched so many people. Upon his death, a newspaper story about Hannah was written in the Netherlands by a sports columnist that idolized him when he was a kid growing up watching basketball.
A Facebook page was created where now over 500 people have joined to tell their stories about the former round ball legend
on the court, his play left you wanting to see him play again and again, off the court, you just wanted to be around him.
His orange and blue casket leaves no doubt Hannah will always by a UF man, the Facebook page allows you an opportunity to know he was a good man and let there be no doubt that Reggie Hannah is one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the hardwood courts of Brevard County, so congratulations Reggie Hannah on your induction, you are indeed a legend “The Legend.”
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THE 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 12.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT the 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME, call 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Announced, Induction Ceremony Set May 12
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced Thursday an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2017 Class of the Hall of Fame.
Dozens of nominees were considered for the 2017 class in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and has so far inducted more than 100 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.
Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, Assistant Editor Alan Zlotorzynski, local youth sports advocate and promoter Mike Cadore, Friday Night Locker Room Founders Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison, Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight and AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
“The list of inductees for 2017 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.
INDUCTION GALA & SPORTS AWARDS SET FOR MAY 12
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 12 at the Cocoa Beach County Club.
The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty, dinner and the induction proceeding which includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2017 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Community Credit Union, First Choice Medical Group, SOAR, Clear Choice Health Care, BioCellular Therapies, Savings Safari, Spectrum Sports, Friday Night Locker Room, Dr. Sangiv Patel, Dr. Mark Pinsky and Rock Paper Simple..
FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a reservation, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Tim Wakefield talks about his induction into the first class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Joe Kohlbrand, Football; and Cory Philpot, Football
• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jason Arnold, Baseball; Michael Coffey, Bowling; Reggie Hannah, Basketball; Paige Kearns, Swimming; and Charles Wilson, Football.
• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Kristen Gordon, Softball; Ray Herring, Jr. Football; Katie Jackson, Soccer; and Hunter Pingston, Football.
• AMATEUR/REC CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Richard Chapman, Little League; Todd Erickson, Softball; Al Genchi, Youth Soccer; and David Kilgore, Running.
• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Skip Arrich, Soccer; Tom Dooley, Baseball; Chuck Keener, Tennis; Steve Lamontagne, Golf; and Mike Soliven, Basketball.
• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEES: Jeff Carr, Eastern Florida State College; and Steve Englehart, Florida Tech.
• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES: Linda Anderson, Athletic Director; and Les Stafford, Volunteer
• SPORTS OFFICIALS INDUCTEES: Neely Dunn and Bob Walton.
• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Hillard Grossman.
• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE : Gary Gregory, PAL Boxing.
• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics – Coach Cindy Dropeski, Athlete Chuck Conway and Volunteer Kathi Madden.
• TEAM OF THE YEAR: Cocoa High School 2016 Football State Champions.
• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Jim Grimes, Basketball, Eastern Florida State College
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