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Broncos retire long-time coach Windham's jersey

SNELLVILLE - Brookwood retired longtime baseball coach Joe Windham's No. 62 jersey during a Friday night scrimmage against Mill Creek.

Windham, who has coached for 48 years at Brookwood, Parkview, Towers and Henderson, isn't retiring as a coach this season, but the Broncos wanted to surprise him while he was still a coach.

"We did it now because (Windham) won't ever come back (for a ceremony) once he does retire," Brookwood baseball coach Rick Howard said.

"That's serious. He doesn't like the attention. He's obviously a very deserving individual. To coach 48 years says a lot. He loves kids. He does everything the kids do. If we go whitewater rafting, he goes whitewater rafting."

Howard calls Windham the director of baseball operations for his many roles with the team. But the veteran coach's primary duties are working with Brookwood's catchers and maintaining the Broncos' field and facilities.

Windham, a native of Smithville, Tenn., came to Brookwood in 1987, but spent the next four seasons at Parkview, where his son, Punt, was an athlete. He has coached at Brookwood since 1991, when he returned from the stint at Parkview.