AHSAA News - 2010-11 Archive


MIKE BATTLES Graduated from Sylacauga High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. Beginning his football coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970, he became a head coach in 1973. His teams have compiled a 277-161-2 record (through 2013) in coaching stops at Pell City, Irwin County (Ga.), Walter Wellborn, Hueytown, Pascagoula (Miss.), Gautier (Miss.), Biloxi (Miss.) and Handley. He led Irwin County (Ga.) to a 13-0 record and the Georgia Class 1A state championship in 1975 and directed Handley to a perfect 15-0 record in 2011 to win the AHSAA Class 3A state title. His Wellborn teams had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1988-89. The winningest coach in school history at Walter Wellborn and Handley, he led his Handley teams from a 1-9 mark in 2006 to 11-2, 10-3, 13-1 and 15-0 records the next four years.


RICHARD ‘DICKIE’ BROWN - Graduated from Smiths Station High School and Jacksonville State University. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Troy University and an education specialist degree from Auburn University. Brown began his education career at Cleburne County High School in 1969 where he was head baseball coach for two seasons. He moved to Beauregard High School in 1972 and coached the baseball team to a 66-25 record, the boys’ basketball team to an 84-42 mark and the football team to a 35-15 record. Serving as principal at Beauregard since 1978, he was named Alabama Principal of the Year in 2006. He has served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was the Class 4A Making A Difference Award winner in 2013.He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and the football stadium and athletic complex were named in his honor.


JIM GARNER - Graduated from Pleasant Home High School and Troy State College. He started his career as a teacher and boys’ basketball coach in 1964 with stints at T.R. Miller, New Hebron (Miss.) and New Brockton before becoming head coach at L.B. Wallace Community College from 1971-84. He then moved to his alma mater, Pleasant Home, and served as principal and athletic director from 1984-2008. Garner oversaw expansion of the athletic program to include softball, volleyball and football. The boys’ basketball program won back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. Vast improvements were made in the school’s facilities, including a new field house, new football field and renovation and expansion of the gymnasium. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and District 2 Board from 1997-2010. Garner is currently the mayor of the town of Carolina.


MAJOR LANE - Graduated from Montgomery’s Robert E. High School and Alabama State University. He earned his masters and doctorate at Troy University and a second masters in Theology from the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1982 at Pike County High School as the junior varsity basketball coach where his team went 14-1. He moved to Ariton High School from 1984-87 before returning to Pike County as head boys coach from 1987-93. He also served as the defensive coordinator in football as the Bulldogs won state championships in 1988 and 1989. He became the head basketball coach at Goshen High School in 1993 where his teams compiled a 187-46 record through 2002. He went into administration in 1997 as assistant principal and continues in that role today. Lane currently serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.


ALVIN MOORE - Graduated from Birmingham’s Carver High School and Alcorn State University. He also earned a master’s degree from Alabama State University. He was the longest tenured coach in the Birmingham City Schools, serving as head basketball coach at Phillips High School and later Carver from 1974-2013. Moore’s teams won more than 600 games and made four appearances in the Final 48. Hundreds of student-athletes he coached received scholarships in basketball, football and track. He coached in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game twice (1975 and 2003) and was named Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1993. He was the Birmingham City Coach of the Year in 1982 and received the Coca-Cola Outstanding Service Award. An All-Conference offensive tackle, he was Inducted into the Alcorn State Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and also was named USA Man of the Year by the National Baptist Convention in 2011.


LARRY MORRIS - Graduated from Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville State University. Spending his entire teaching and coaching career in Scottsboro, he served as an assistant football coach from 1974-1991 and became head coach from 1991-2004–the longest tenure in school history. His teams compiled a 90-66 overall record and won five area or region titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi football game in 2001 and in the AHSAA North-South game in 1998. He was also head track coach for eight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10. He served as athletic director from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 and was named AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012. Scottsboro teams captured 17 state titles under his watch. He also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board from 1999-2012 and the Central Board of Control from 2007-12. Scottsboro named its new football field house in his honor in 2013.

DONNIE ROBERTS - Graduated from Tremont High School (Miss.) and Delta State University (Miss). The Mississippi native spent his first 11 years at Tremont, and then moved to Red Bay (Ala.) High School where he has been the girls’ head coach since 1983. His Red Bay teams have posted a 664-224 mark and his overall coaching record is 806-351 (through 2013). Under Roberts, Red Bay won the Class 3A state championship in 1993 and Class 2A titles in 1997 and 2001. He also coached Red Bay to the Class 2A girls’ state track title in 2001 and has coached softball since 1983. He has also served as a football assistant coach. He coached the Alabama team in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game and was named Class 2A Coach of the Year in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2001. He is a member of the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame

DR. JAMES ROBINSON - A native of New Orleans and a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Robinson has been an integral part of the AHSAA’s Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He has played an important role in the AHSAA’s medical health and safety policies and helped write the current concussion law that now governs all athletic events in Alabama. A family practice physician in Tuscaloosa, he serves as the University of Alabama football team physician and provides the same service for many high schools in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Robinson also developed the AHSAA pre-participation physical exam form used by all student-athletes since 1993. He has been a leader in developing health and safety practices for Alabama high schools and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA Summer Conference.  He supervises athletic trainers for DCH Health System and has been its Medical Director for Sports Medicine since 1989.

NANCY SHOQUIST - Graduated from Fairhope High School and Troy State University and also holds a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She is one of a handful of state volleyball coaches whose teams have won more than 1,000 matches with a career record of 1,067-386 (through 2013). Shoquist served as volleyball coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 1982-2003 before moving to Murphy High School where she continues to coach. Her St. Paul’s teams won volleyball state titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995 and were runners-up in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Her Murphy teams have reached the state semi-finals once and the quarter-finals four times. She also coached five St. Paul’s tennis teams to state titles and seven others finished second. She was the first female to be inducted into the Fairhope High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and has received numerous coaching awards for volleyball and tennis.


MIKE SMITH - Graduated from Hueytown High School and Jacksonville State University and also holds a master’s degree. He started the girls’ basketball program at Decatur High School and remained for 28 seasons. His teams compiled a 624-225 record with five state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000) and three runner-up finishes (1987, 1996 and 2001). Smith’s 1992 team was ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 2000 squad finished 34-0. He had three other teams that won 30-plus games and retired as the winningest girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game three times (1992, 1995, and 2000) and also coached volleyball for six years and softball for nine. An outstanding classroom teacher, he taught advanced placement government and politics for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame. 

TONY STALLWORTH - Graduated from J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice and Huntingdon College. He also attended Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lomax-Hannon and then at Monroe Senior High School. He moved to Brantley High School in 1988 and was the boys’ head basketball coach from 1990-2005 where his teams compiled a 298-47 record and won three straight state championships (1993, 1994 and 1995). He was named 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. He also coached Brantley’s Junior High team to a perfect 48-0 record from 1988-90. Stallworth served Brantley High School as its principal from 2005-08 and later worked in various roles with the Crenshaw County School System before becoming the Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA in 2011. He was inducted into the Huntingdon College Hall of Fame in 2013. 

EUGENE WEATHERLY - After serving in the Army in World War II, Eugene Weatherly returned to Gadsden’s Carver High School and captained the football and basketball teams before graduating in 1948. He graduated from Alabama State in 1952 and earned a master’s degree from Georgia State. He began his teaching and coaching career at Hatcher High School in Cherokee County in 1953. He was the first coach in school history and was the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961 and 1968). His 1961 boys’ basketball team was unbeaten until losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in 1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston’s Cobb Avenue High School basketball team from 1971-74 and ended his coaching career with 21 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament. 

Prep Tix

(5-27-11) AHSAA's Mitchell To Receive NFHS Citation
(5-23-11) 10 Coaches' Children Scholarship Winners Named
(5-20-11) Ragland, Mortimer Jordan, Pisgah Join Softball Champions List
(5-20-11) Spanish Fort Repeats; Huntsville Claims First State Title
(5-20-11) Rules Violations Result In Fines For Two Schools
(5-19-11) Gordo, American Christian, Shoals Christian, UMS Win State Crowns
(5-10-11) Pinson Valley Removed From Softball Playoffs
(5-10-11) 3 Schools Draw Fines For Rules Violations
(4-29-11) Schedules Revised For Track & Field, Golf, 6A Soccer
(4-29-11) Tornado Relief Fund Established For AHSAA Schools
(4-28-11) Upcoming Playoffs Are Halted Until Monday
(4-20-11) 3 Proposals Pass; Board Elects New Officers
(4-18-11) Baseball, Softball, Soccer All-Star Teams Are Named
(4-14-11) Three Schools Forfeit Baseball Games
(4-11-11) Washington, DeVoe Are Top Bryant-Jordan Winners
(4-10-11) 'Making A Difference' Award To Honor 6 Coaches
(4-8-11) North-South All-Star Football Teams Named
(4-8-11) Baseball Home Run Spree Includes State Record
(4-7-11) Pisgah's Holley Sets State Career Home Run Mark
(4-6-11) Lacey, Hamby Named 2011 Mr. & Miss Basketball
(4-3-11) Central-Hayneville Star Cops Slam Dunk Title
(4-1-11) Free ACT/SAT Prep Courses Are Available
(4-1-11) Elba, Walter Wellborn Forfeit Baseball Games
(3-22-11) North-South Basketball All-Stars Are Named
(3-21-11) Prep Hall Of Fame Inducts 12 As Class Of 2011
(3-19-11) 12 To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Monday
(3-18-11) Alabama Basketball All-Stars Are Swept Again
(3-10-11) 24 All-Stars Picked For Ala-Miss Basketball Classic
(3-5-11) Erwin, Hillcrest, Bob Jones, Greensboro, Madison Academy Win State Basketball Titles
(3-4-11) Butler, Brewbaker Tech, R.A. Hubbard Win State Crowns
(3-3-11) Pickens County, Both Tanner Teams Win Titles
(3-3-11) Washburn Selected To National Hall Of Fame
(3-2-11) Class 3A And 4A Teams Take Final 48 Center Stage 
1A And 2A Teams Open 2011 Final 48 Action
(3-1-11) Pennsylvania Team, Umpire Win NFHS Spirit Award

(2-19-11) Thompson, Arab, St.Clair Co. Win First Wrestling Titles
(2-18-11) Womack Sets State Wrestling Record For Wins
(2-18-11) Coaches Are Named For North-South Football Game
(2-17-11) Thompson Leads 6A As State Wrestling Meet Opens
(2-16-11) North-South Volleyball All-Stars, Coaches Are Named
(2-16-11) Boaz Girls Team Removed From Basketball Playoffs
(2-14-11) Six Teams Named For Champions Challenge
(2-7-11) Adcock Named Coach For Alabama Football All-Stars
(2-3-11) Licensing Program Nets Funds For Participating Schools
(2-3-11) NFHS Ban On Concept 1 Shoes Is Lifted
(1-27-11) 2011 Volleyball Rules Changes Primarily Administrative
(1-26-11) Board Reinstates Indoor Track For 2012
(1-13-11) Bayside's Schilling Is National Volleyball Coach Of The Year
(1-12-11) Wetumpka's Golden Named 2010 Mr. Football
(1-6-11) NFHS Defeats National Championship Proposal
(1-6-11) March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month
(12-21-10) Rules Violations Result In Fines For 2 Schools

(12-17-10) Two Schools Fined For Rules Violations
(12-11-10) Alabama All-Stars Clip Mississippi In 2 OT
(12-10-10) Three Schools Draw Fines For Rules Violations
(12-7-10) Four Schools Receive Fines For Rules Violations
(12-7-10) Alabama Football All-Stars Replace Two Players
(12-4-10) Bob Jones Boys, Hoover Girls Win Swim Titles
(12-3-10) Daphne, Leroy, Thomasville, Spanish Fort, Sweet Water, Leeds Win Grid Titles
(12-2-10) Leeds Wins 3A Crown To Open Super 6

(11-30-10) New Mentoring Program Is Expanding
(11-27-10) Hoover, Reeltown Defend Titles In Super 6
(11-24-10) Reeltown Coach Notches 200th Career Win
(11-22-10) 8 Varsity Squads Win In State Cheer Competition
(11-21-10) 12 Selected To Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011
(11-20-10) 3 Defending Champions Make Football Playoff Semis
(11-13-10) Mountain Brook, Scottsboro Continue Cross Country Domination
(11-13-10) Seven Region Champions Make Football Quarterfinals
(11-9-10) State Golf Tournament Set In Mobile
(11-6-10) 4 Defending Champs Alive In Football Playoff
(11-6-10) Handley Win Is 250th Of Battles' Career
(10-30-10) Football Playoffs Open With 6 Defending Champs
(10-28-10) St. Paul's, Bayside, Cottage Hill, Guntersville, Huntsville, Addison Cop Titles

(10-26-10) Wenonah Forfeits Two Football Games
(10-20-10) Ainsworth Joins AD/Coaches Association Staff
(10-26-10) Pleasant Home Back 'Rushes' Into Spotlight
(10-26-10) Wenonah Forfeits Two Football Games
(10-20-10) Ainsworth Joins AD/Coaches Association Staff
(10-20-10) Mayes Wins No. 1,000, Joins Elite Group
(10-19-10) 'Role Of Parent In Sports' Course Is Available
(10-19-10) Two Unbeaten Teams Live Up To Expectations
(10-19-10) Fruitdale Forfeits Three Football Games
(10-13-10) 7 AHSAA Coaches To Speak At ASAHPERD Conference
Record-Setting Receivers Enter Weekly Spotlight
(10-5-10) Alabama Squad Selected For Ala-Miss Classic

(10-5-10) Austin Wins Marathon Game At Shades Valley
(9-27-10) Horton Sparks Etowah To Remarkable Finish

(9-23-10) NFHS Coaching Basketball Course Is  Now Available
(9-21-10) Kickers Take Center Stage In Weekly Spotlight
(9-18-10) Tucker Now State's Winningest Prep Football Coach
(9-13-10) Linden Back Scores 7 TDs In Single Quarter
(9-6-10) Gardendale Back Ties Record With 6 TD Catches
(8-28-10) Fayette County Back Goes Into First Spotlight
(8-28-10) Tucker Reaches Milestone Coaching Victory

(8-26-10) AHSAA Mourns Death Of Hall Of Famer Ed Bruce
(8-21-10) Jackson, Opelika Post Champions Challenge Wins

(8-20-10) Young Coaches Featured In Champions Challenge

(8-17-10) 5th Champions Challenge Is Tripleheader
(8-12-10) AHSAA Mourns Death Of T.R. Miller Principal
(8-3-10) Eight Service Awards Highlight Officials Banquet
(8-2-10) AHSAA Will Mandate Heat Timeouts In Early Football Games
(7-21-10) Board Approves $1.2 Million Under Revenue Sharing Plan
(7-16-10) North Wins All-Star Football Classic

(7-16-10) Waivers On Composite Bat Ban Is Being Considered

(7-15-10) Saban Addresses Large Crowd; Coaches Honored

(7-15-10) North Stars Continue Basketball Success
(7-15-10) North Sweeps All-Star Volleyball Series
(7-15-10) Baseball Rules Change Puts Moratorium On Composite Bats

(7-14-10) North All-Stars Sweep Softball Doubleheader
(7-14-10) 132 High Schools Recognized For Sportsmanship
(7-12-10) North Boys, South Girls Open All-Star Sports Week With Soccer Wins

(7-11-10) Soccer All-Stars Open Sports Week Contests

(7-9-10) Alabama's Young Receives NFHS National NFHS Citation
(7-2-10) Some Track & Field Rules Changes Have More Lenient Penalties

(6-29-10) Penalty Created For Incorrect Softball Lineup Cards
(6-28-10) Spirit Rules Clarify Use Of Assisted Stunts
(6-6-10) Fairhope's Norris Selected 2010 Mr. Baseball

(6-5-10) Hueytown's Streetman Named 2010 Miss Softball