Hall of Fame - 1997

     
 
SUSIE DeMENT – 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). Susie DeMent
 
L. D. 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.
 
GLENDON 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. Glendon Gibbs
 
JAMES HARDY – 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.
 
ELIZABETH 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. Elizabeth Hatch
 
RONNIE 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.
 
JOHN JARMON – 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. John Jarmon
 
ADRIAN 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 Samford University). Adrian McKinzey
 
LARRY 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. Larry Patterson
 
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 Alabama. Max Ray
 
THOMAS "COTTON" 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.
 
ELLIOTT 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 Alabama. Elliott Speed
 
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. Leo Sumner
     
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