J.I. Clements
J.I. Clements
Organization: Georgia Southern College
Year: 1985 Inductee

J.I. Clements served as coach, athletic business manager and athletic director at Georgia Southern College from 1948 until his death in 1984. Clements was also an assistant basketball coach from 1948-62.

Clements had a career record of 320-205 and led Georgia Southern to four NAIA District 25 championships. The 1962 squad that won the national title was the first ever for a Georgia Southern team. He also led GSC to second place finishes in 1960 and 1968, and a third place standing in 1964. He was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1963.

From 1962-64, Clements served as president of the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Baseball Committee in 1964. He is a member of the U.S. Baseball Federation Hall of Fame.

As an administrator, Clements led Georgia Southern from NAIA to NCAA Div. II status in 1970 and to Division I a year later. Eagle baseball, golf and tennis all represented GSC at NCAA Div. I championship events during 1973-74 season. He was named 1974 Georgia Sports Administrator of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame.

The GSC baseball stadium was named in his honor in 1985.