EASLEY — Easley High School will induct five new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 6 during half-time ceremonies of the Green Wave Football Game versus Westside. This year’s class includes four former athletes and one former coach.
A 2007 graduate of Easley High School, Black played baseball for the Green Wave. He was selected to play in the 2007 South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association North-South All Star Game. After graduation, Black continued his baseball playing days at Charleston Southern University, Spartanburg Methodist College and the University of Kentucky.
After his junior year at Kentucky, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals but returned to play his senior year. Following his final year at Kentucky, Black was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Baseball Coach at N.C. State University.
A 1972 graduate of Pickens High School, Beasley began his coaching career at Easley upon graduation from Central Wesleyan College in 1982. He coached football from 1982 to 1997, track from 1983 to 1997, junior varsity boys basketball from 1982 to 1989, varsity girls basketball from 1989 to 1997, varsity boys basketball from 1997 to 2011, and cross country for five years.
In total, Beasley coached more than 60 different teams in more than 60 different sport seasons. He also was an assistant coach in the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Girls North-South All Star Basketball Game. He was named a Region Coach of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2017.
In 2017 he led the Southside High School Boys Basketball Team to the AAA State Championship while being named the High School Sports Report and SCACA State Coach of the Year along with being named the Greenville News Upstate and Greenville County Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
He currently serves as a teacher and varsity boys basketball coach at Southside High School in Greenville.
A 1993 graduate of Easley High School, Cannon played football and ran track at Easley High School. A two year letterman in football, he was a state qualifier in the state track meet in 1991, 1992 and 1993 competing in the triple jump. In 1993, he was the state runner-up in the triple jump earning All Region as well as All State honors. After high school played football at Newberry College and later became a member of the 1999 Oakland Raiders practice squad. Cannon also played Arena Football for the Portland Forest Dragons, Orlando Predators and the Indiana Firebirds.
A 1986 graduate of Easley High School, Mason played basketball and tennis along with running cross country and track, lettering in all four sports including basketball, track, cross country and tennis. She was a participant in the state track meet in the shot put and placed second in doubles in the state tennis tournament.
She was recognized as All Region in basketball and track and field while being awarded Most Valuable in basketball and the field events for the track team. She was named Most Athletic Senior in the Class of 1986. Following high school, Mason received a basketball scholarship and played basketball at Winthrop College.
A 2008 graduate of Easley High School, Haley played volleyball and softball at Easley High School. She began her varsity volleyball career as a ninth grader and her varsity softball career as a seventh grader. She was selected to play in the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association 2008 North-South All Star softball game while she was named All Region and All State. Following high school, Workman continued her softball career at Chattanooga State and then the University of Nebraska.