– Has been an institution in the athletic department at Montevallo
High School for 50 years where she has made numerous contributions
to all facets of the program as a faculty member. A sports
journalist who serves as sponsor for the student newspaper, she
attends every football, basketball and baseball game and keeps the
official statistics. Also, she coordinates all of the school’s
sports banquets. The school gym is named in her honor and the
Alabama Scholastic Press advisor of the year award will be
permanently named for her. A graduate of Montevallo High School and
Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo).
DOBBINS - Spent 29 of his 31 years in coaching basketball at
Collinsville High School with a career record of 511-311, a state
championship in 1975 and five county titles. He coached two years at
Southside High School (Gadsden). He was state coach of the year
twice and a nominee for national coach of the year by the National
High School Athletic Coaches Association. The Collinsville gym is
named in his honor and he is a charter member of the DeKalb County
Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. A graduate of DeKalb County High School
and Jacksonville State University.
GIBBS - Contributed to Brilliant High School athletics for 35
years as a coach and administrator. Coached basketball for 33 years
with 500 wins, carried three teams to the state tournament and
coached in the all-star game. He led 17 football teams to a
124-55-11 overall record. He served as school principal for two
years and has been a member of the Marion County Board of Education
for six years. A graduate of Brilliant High School and the
University of North Alabama.
– Was a respected coach and teacher in the Lanett City school system
for 30 years. His 15 football teams at Lanier High School compiled a
92-42-1 record with six district championships. He also coached
basketball and track and received a Coach of the Year honor in 1964.
After the school’s merger with Lanett High School, two of his seven
baseball teams made the state playoffs. He was a key assistant
football coach for seven teams which went 47-25-2. A graduate of
Southern Normal High School and Alabama State University.
HATCH – Known throughout the South for the high standards she
set for her cheerleading squads during a 12-year stint at Banks High
School where she also taught physical education and coached tennis
and swimming. She served 19 years as girls’ athletic director and
physical education supervisor for Birmingham City Schools. For 25
summers she served as co-director of the AHSAA cheerleading clinics
at several state colleges. Also, she coordinated AHSAA state
basketball and volleyball tournaments. A graduate of Tuscaloosa
County High School and the University of Alabama.
HAUSHALTER – Spent 25 of 34 years in coaching at Fyffe High
School where his football teams compiled a 162-109 record. His
55-33-3 record at Valley Head High School put his career total over
the 200-victory mark. He was named Coach of the Year several times.
The street leading to the Fyffe football stadium was named in his
honor. A graduate of McKees Rocks High School (Pa.) and the
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
– Coached track and cross country for 21 years at Mountain Brook
High School where his teams won 26 varsity state championships and
five junior high state titles. His teams finished in the top five in
102 meets and won 26 outdoor track section titles. A member of the
AHSAA state track committee for 15 years, he served as meet director
for the state cross country meet 11 years and directed the state
indoor meet three years. He organized the statewide track coaches
association in 1982. A graduate of Etowah High School and the
University of Alabama.
McKINZEY – Coached basketball at Tuscaloosa County High School
for 38 years with a 492-335 overall record and a state championship
in 1960. His 16 football teams compiled an 87-57-7 record and went
undefeated in 1946. "Coach Mac" was honored at the 1976 homecoming
for his years of faithful service and the gym was named in his
honor. A graduate of Oxford High School and Howard College (now
PATTERSON – Coached for 21 years at Susan Moore High School with
an overall football record of 168-71-2 and 12 playoff appearances.
He also coached six years at Arab High School with a 41-22 record
and the school’s first-ever state playoff appearances. The
successful first season snapped a string of 11 straight losing
seasons. He served as president of the AHSAA coaches association and
coached in the all-star game. A graduate of Cleveland High School
and Jacksonville State University.
|MAX RAY –
Served Hackleburg High School for 33 years—10 as coach and 23 as
administrator. His football teams posted a 69-28-3 overall record
and he coached track, baseball and basketball. During his 20 years
as principal the school’s program gained statewide respect. He
served 14 years on the AHSAA District Board and 12 on the AHSAA
Central Board which he served one term as president. The Hackleburg
stadium is named in honor of the Ray family. A graduate of
Hackleburg High School and the University of North
ROGERS – Coached basketball at Butler High School (Huntsville)
for 18 years and compiled a 376-122 overall record with four state
tournament appearances. His 1966 team was the first integrated state
championship team in AHSAA history. He coached at Southern Union
Junior College for two years and is a member of the
Huntsville/Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. A graduate of
Pisgah High School and the University of Alabama.
SPEED – He served 18 years as basketball, football and baseball
coach and also administrator at A. G. Parrish High School (Selma),
his alma mater. Nine of his 14 basketball teams went to the state
tournament where they were runner-up twice. Thirty-two of his
players received college scholarships and he coached in two all-star
basketball games. He was very instrumental in the administration of
the AHSAA outdoor track meet in Selma as well as the state indoor
meet. A graduate of A. G. Parrish High School and the University of
|LEO SUMNER –
He served Hale County High School for 18 years—11 as a coach and
seven as principal. Five of his 11 basketball teams reached the
state tournament, one finishing runner-up. His football teams posted
a 70-37-3 record and his baseball teams enjoyed 10 winning seasons.
He coached in the all-star basketball game in 1965. He had a
two-year coaching stint at Gorgas (Tuscaloosa County). A graduate of
Hale County High School and the University of Alabama.