Meet Our Eight MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
This week the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Induction Committee honored eight outstanding men and women who have achieved success for their past athletic contributions while attending Metro Schools as well as their achievements in business and service to others in their communities. Learn more about our eight #MNPSMVPs below!
Madison High School
Class of 1966
Alex Beavers set the standard as a three-sport student-athlete in Nashville. Beavers excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, as well as in the classroom. Upon graduation, Beavers was named Nashville Interscholastic Leader Athlete of the Year, Most Valuable Player and All-State in all three sports. Beavers attended Vanderbilt University on an athletic scholarship in two sports. He graduated with his bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering. Beavers continued his studies at the University of Houston earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. Beavers has had an exceptional career in the fields of artificial intelligence, automation and enterprise systems. He is the author of on patent, two books and 25 papers in technical journals.
McGavock High School
Two Rivers High School
Mel Brown began his teaching and coaching career in 1966 at Two Rivers High School, where he served students in grades 7 through 12. Once McGavock High School opened in 1971, Brown became the school’s varsity baseball and assistant coach. During his 20-year matriculation as a coach, Brown has a winning season, won 18 championships, six region championships, finished second in the state and won three state championships over a collective span of six years. With Brown’s coaching skills and talented players, McGavock High was the first high school baseball program in the state to win 500 games and have 127 players and seven statisticians and managers to receive collegiate scholarships. Because of his success, McGavock High School’s named the baseball field the “Coach Mel Brown Field” in 1992.
Patti Sue Falls
Joelton High School
Class of 1951
Patti Sue Falls is noted for being an outstanding student-athlete Joelton High School. Falls led her high school to an undefeated basketball season and graduated as the class valedictorian. As an athlete, Falls was a four-year starter on the basketball team, was named as the first-team All-American, District Most Valuable Player, Region Most Valuable Player and played for the Gold Blooms Basketball Team in Texas. As a scholar, she was Beta Club president, received the Daughters of American Revolution Award, member of the yearbook staff, Chorus Club president and voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” After graduation, Falls attended the University of Tennessee and she finished her degree in education at Peabody College. She later taught at Dodson Elementary.
Madison High School
Class of 1972
Lonnie Sadler is recognized as one of the greatest running backs in the history of Nashville high school football. He rushed for more than 2,900 yards for Madison High, earning All Nashville Interscholastic League honors twice and was named All-State in 1971. Sadler was recently named of the all-time 50 greatest Nashville high school players. He went on to play college football at Vanderbilt University. During his collegiate career, Sadler rushed for more the 2,000 yards, named the first African-American football captain and remains one of the university’s top 10 career rushing leaders. Sadler is retired and currently lives in Goodlettsville, TN.
Tommy Dan Springer
Glencliff High School
Class of 1976
Tommy Springer moved to Nashville in 1972 and when he was 13-years-old played basketball for Litton Junior High. Springer took his basketball talents to Glencliff High School where he was a four-year starter. He received a basketball scholarship from Vanderbilt University. In 1979, Springer won a gold medal representing the USA in the world university game. In 1980, Springer was drafted to the Denver Nuggets in the seven-round. He later returned to the Vanderbilt University to complete his degree in Health and Physical Science. Now Springer gives back to the Nashville Community using his basketball skills. He helps develop athletes by teaching the fundamentals of basketball through spring and summer camps and provide training sessions. Springer helps develop athletes by teaching the fundamentals of basketball. He serves as the co-pastor/director of Basketball Outreach Ministry at Overflow of Abundance International Ministries, Inc., which he co-founded with his wife in Clarksville, TN.
Sandy Carter Tinnon
Stratford High School
Class of 1973
Nicknamed “Cat Quick” by the Tennessean, Sandy Carter Tinnon was a standout on the court at Stratford High School. Her junior and senior year, she was named to the All-District, All City, All-Tournament and All-Region teams 1972 and 1973. The Nashville Banner selected Tinnon as All Nashville’s player of the Year and The Tennessean named her the Nashville Interscholastic Leader Girls’ Most Valuable Player. Her all-around excellence led to her being named a Tennessee Ambassador visiting Austria, Germany, England, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, and France. After graduating from college, Tinnon returned to MNPS as a teacher and a coach at several schools. She later served as principal, executive director, assistant superintendent and, finally chief instructional officer. Collectively serving 33 years with Metro Schools. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University, Field Experience Advisory Team Chair and serves as a mentor with V.O.L.S.L.E.A.D through the University of Tennessee.
David Vaughn III
Whites Creek High School
Class of 1991
David Vaughn III was a standout basketball player at Whites Creek High School. As a sophomore, Vaughn assisted his alma mater to a 32-5 basketball season and a trip to the state tournament. Whites Creek won the Arby’s Classic Tournament held in Bristol and Vaughn was named tournament Most Valuable Player. He received Gatorade Player of the Year for the state and south region and was selected to play in the McDonald’s All American game. USA Today named Vaughn as a 1st team All American and Parade Magazine selected him as a 3rd team All American. Vaughn’s overall record Whites Creek High School was 100 wins and seven losses. He received a full scholarship to University of Memphis and was later drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round (25th overall). After leaving the NBA, he played in Europe, and then returned to Orlando.
East High School
Class of 1960
Junior Ward played basketball, football, and ran track at East High School. Ward's accomplishments have been recognized over the years with multiple honors, including the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s “Art Demmas Outstanding Official” award, the TSSAA Hall of Fame, Region VI Basketball Hall of Fame and the Legends Award from the Nashville Black Coaches Association. He is currently the President/CEO of the East Nashville Football Stadium Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame of Middle Tennessee Chapter. Ward founded the A.F. Bridges Cross Country Classic Meet, which celebrates 50 years this year. Presently, Ward is the football assigning officer for the Middle Tennessee Football Official Association, where he also serves as the supervisor.