2015 Hall Of Fame Class

 

 NANCY BECKER: One of the most successful girls’ tennis coaches in AHSAA state history, Becker began teaching at Jacksonville (FL) in 1962, moved to John Carroll High School in 1965 and then to Vestavia Hills High School in 1984. In her 23-year career there her teams won 10 Class 6A state championships, finished second or third 12 times, won over 200 matches and several prestigious tournaments.
    She was named NFHS State Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and was honored by the Birmingham Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Teacher/Coach in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach and help Vestavia Hills win the state championship. A 1957 graduate of Gadsden High School and 1961 graduate of Auburn University, Becker has been involved in many civic organizations.
 
 JAMES “J.D.” CHESTEEN: A long-time head football coach in the Wiregrass, Chesteen, is inducted in the “Old-Timer” category.  He compiled an 86-64-6 overall record over a 16-year head-coaching career at Coffee Springs, Samson and Geneva County.  He coached four teams to bowl games and two to the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference (1964) and AHSADCA vice-president (1962) and president (1963). He was head coach in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
    He retired in 1989 after nearly 39 years in the Geneva County School System.  
    He graduated from Brantley High School (1946) and Troy University (1951) and served three years in the Air Force (1946-48).
 
 JACK DOSS: One of the most successful boys’ basketball coaches in history, Doss became the first AHSAA coach to capture eight boys’ titles--Birmingham-Hayes (1981 and 1982), Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011) and J.O. Johnson (2015).. With a 749-320 record, he  is one of only two coaches to win state titles at three schools.
    Three of his players were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama and 30 became Division I players. The Madison County Sports Hall of Fame member was Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and coached in the AHSAA’s all-star games four times.
    He graduated from Oxford High School (1965) and Jacksonville State University. 
 
 DOUG GOODWIN: A member of the AHSAA’s 200-win club as a football coach, Goodwin began his head-coaching career at Marion County (1987-92), then at Lineville (1993-98), Demopolis (1999-2006), Russellville (2007-10) and Homewood (2011-13).
     With a career record of 234-91, he was the first AHSAA coach to guide three different schools to the state finals--Lineville (1996, 1998), state champ Demopolis (2004) which set a state single-season scoring record--761 points, and Russellville (2008, 2009).
    He received ASWA (2004) and Alabama Football Coaches Association (2004) coach of the year awards and coached in the Alabama-Mississippi (2005) and North-South (1998) all-star games. A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1980) and Auburn University (1984), he now serves on the  Auburn University athletic staff.
 
      RON INGRAM: The AHSAA Director of Communications since 2007, Ingram has served on the National Federation Hall of Fame Screening Committee and National Records Committee, currently as chairman.  Before joining the AHSAA, he  was sports editor of the Dothan Progress (1975-1981) and the Dothan Eagle (1981-1984). In 1984 he became prep sports editor of the Birmingham News where he remained for 24 years. He has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and sweepstakes writing award (1987 and 1994). He started and chaired the ASWA state football and basketball rankings and All-State teams (1978-2008) and also headed All-State selections for football, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.
    Ingram graduated from Pike County High School (1970) and the University of Alabama (1974). He is a member of the ASWA Sportswriters (2013) and Wiregrass (2009) halls of fame and has authored two books.
 
     STEVE JEFFERSON: The highly-respected boys’ basketball coach recorded over 650 career wins and two state championships (1978 and 1979) in his 31-year career at Carver in Birmingham. The 1978 finals drew the largest prep crowd in AHSAA state tournament history at Coleman Coliseum against Parker. His teams also reached the finals three more times (1983, 1997 & 1998).  He also coached at Conecuh County Training School (1965-68) and was head football coach at Birmingham’s Ullman High School for one year.
     He was named Birmingham City Schools Coach of the Year 10 times, the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year twice (1979 and 1998) and received the 1998 Frank Nix Distinguished Service Award presented by the Tip-Off Club. He was named Birmingham Times Coach of the Year four times.  Jefferson is a graduate of Escambia County Training School (1958) and Alabama State University (1962).
 
 MYRA MILES: Considered one of the top prep administrators in the nation, Miles served as athletic director at Hoover (2008-2014)and coached (2002-2007). During her tenure the school won over 20 state titles in 10 sports.
    Her career began at Haleyville (1984-88), then Brooks (1989-99), St. James (1999-2000) and Coffee (2000-02). She coached volleyball, softball and girls’ basketball with state titles at Haleyville (1987, volleyball) and Brooks (1994, softball). Her career records: 546-201 in softball, 355-152 in volleyball and 192-124 in basketball – a total of 1,062 wins.
     Miles served on the AHSAA Central Board (2012-14), was president of the AHSADCA (2013-14) and an officer for five years.  
     Miles is a graduate of Bradshaw (1979) in Florence and the University of North Alabama (1984).  She also taught and coached at North Alabama (1984).
 
 ALAN MITCHELL: The veteran AHSAA Assistant Director served as the association’s first Director of Publicity & Publications under three executive directors. He received the NFHS National Citation Award for Section 3 in 2011 and an AHSAA Central Board resolution honored his 32-year career with the AHSAA.
    Mitchell joined the AHSAA after spending 14 years as a newspaper journalist and five years in college public relations. The Robert E. Lee High School (1960) and Huntingdon College (1964) graduate was a sports writer for the Montgomery Advertiser (1959-66) while serving as college sports information director (1960-66). He was Publicity Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College (1966-71) before returning to Montgomery in 1971 as the Alabama Journal Sports Editor until joining the AHSAA staff. He has served in various leadership roles at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and currently directs the Praise Singers ensemble
 
 STEVE RIVERS: The veteran football coach had head-coaching stops at Pelham (1979-80), Decatur (1981-95), Athens (1996-99) and Wakefield, N.C. (2000-05). A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head-coaching record is 188-95.
    Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at Decatur, Athens and Wakefield during his 27-year career. He is the father and high school coach of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and quarterback Stephen Rivers, who played at Vanderbilt during graduate school (2014).
    Coach Rivers led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game (1967) and later coached in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
    Rivers was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. 
 
 JOHN TATUM: A graduate of Robert L. Lee High School (1964) and Troy University (1969), Tatum spent 16 years as athletic director, head football and track coach at Montgomery Academy (1984-2000). He also served as principal at St. James School for three years. He also coached at DeKalb County (GA), Norcross (GA) and Everitt Junior High (FL).
    His Montgomery Academy teams compiled a 170-95 record, including 24-17 in playoff games and an undefeated state champion in 1987. His overall record was 196-112-1 with 21 trips to the state playoffs in 27 years.    
    In 1987 he received coach of the year honors from the Montgomery QB Club and Birmingham Monday Morning QB Club. The 2005 AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year was also Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times. He coached in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game (1988) and as assistant (2007) and head coach in the North-South Game (1999). He is a member of the Jimmy Hitchcock Award selection committee and the Robert E. Lee Hall of Fame.
 
 BOBBY WRIGHT: The Central-Phenix City boys’ head basketball coach since 1989, Wright also served 26 years as defensive coordinator for the football team.
     His basketball teams had 24 winning seasons, averaged more than 20 wins per season and compiled a 546-185 record, including his 500th win in 2014. His teams advanced to 16 state tournaments, reached the semifinals five times and was runner-up once (1999).
     Central football teams compiled a 215-82 record during his coordinator tenure that included the Class 6A state crown in 1993. Those teams posted 59 shutouts and allowed only 10.8 points per game.
     Wright has won numerous coach-of-the-Year honors from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and Opelika-Auburn Daily News. He graduated from Buena Vista (GA) High School (1960) and Fort Valley State College (GA) in 1974.
 
 HOUSTON YOUNG: One of the top track officials in the nation, Young was awarded the NFHS National Citation Award as Track Official of the Year in 2010. And official since 1968, he has worked the state track meet for the last 48 years and now serves as a Meet Director. He was named AHSAA State and Southwest District Official of the Year (2008). An Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, he has also officiated at several regional and national college meets.
    The 1963 Uniontown High School graduate was a track standout at Livingston University where he holds the 100-yard dash record. He taught at Beatrice, Lowndes County Training and then Selma High School (1971-79). He moved into administration at Wallace Community College in Selma for 22 years.
    He is active in his community and church and was president of the Selma Jaycees (1971). A member of the Selma-Dallas County Red Cross Board of Directors, he received the Education Award from the Prattville Fire Department.