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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. 

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12 Selected To High School Sports Hall Of Fame


            Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected to the 22nd class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

            The 2012 class, which will be inducted at a March 19 banquet at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery, includes coaches, an administrator, a contributor and an “oldtimer”.

            Selected were baseball coach Ken Whittle, football coach Jackie O’Neal; basketball coaches Louis Berry, Jimmy Golden, Ned Harbuck and Danny Petty; track coaches Angelo Harris and George “Snoozy” Jones; administrators Bill Marsh and Ronald Chambless; contributor Morris “Doc” Hodges; and football coach Roy Knapp, now deceased, who was selected in the “oldtimer” category.

            The 17-member Hall of Fame Committee made the selections from the more than 50 nominations on the Hall of Fame ballot. The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.

Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are al.com, Alfa Insurance, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation,  Russell Athletic, SouthPoint Bank, Teamip and Wilson Sporting Goods.

            To order tickets ($35 each), mail requests along with check or money order (payable to AHSADCA) to: Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, P. O. Box 242367, Montgomery, AL 36124. Additional information is available at 334-263-6994.


A thumbnail sketch of each 2012 inductee:


LOUIS BERRY –
The 1953 Covington County Training School graduate returned to his home county after earning his degree at Alabama A&M in 1959 and coached basketball at Carver Junior High in Florala through 1968 with an 88-26 record. He then moved to Woodson High School in Andalusia from 1968-70 and directed the boys basketball team to a 37-12 record. He became athletic director and boys basketball coach at Andalusia Middle School in 1973 where he remained until his retirement in 1996. His teams won numerous county and invitational tournaments while going 156-34 as the feeder program for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Richard Robertson during that span. Still active in Andalusia community programs, he was also praised as a leader of high integrity and an outstanding social studies and physical education teacher. Berry was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.


RONALD CHAMBLESS –
Alexandria High School’s principal since 1989, Chambless   graduated from Cleburne County High School in 1966 and Jacksonville State University in 1972, earned a master’s in 1976 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1982. He began teaching and coaching in 1973 at Fruithurst Junior High School, then moved to Bridgeport High School in 1976 where he remained through 1980. He moved to Talladega Middle School for two years and became principal at Bibb Graves High School from 1982-89. His last 22 years have been at Alexandria, presiding over one of the state’ most successful athletic programs that has won nine state championships in football, basketball, volleyball, softball and girls golf. He also instituted the AHS Principal’s Club which highlights students that maintain a 90 or higher average academically.


JIMMY GOLDEN –
Dothan High School’s head boys basketball coach from 1986-2005 has also been a called upon during his 36 years at the Wiregrass school to coach football and manage the school’s sports program as athletic director. The Ozark native graduated from Carroll High School in 1973 where he was a basketball standout. He played collegiately at Troy State University. He began his tenure at Dothan in 1975 as assistant football and assistant basketball coach, helping the Tigers reach the Class 4A state football finals at Legion Field during his first year. He coached the junior varsity basketball team to an amazing 162-18 record through 1984 and the freshman football team to a 43-5 record through 2000. He served as head football coach (23-17) from 1983-86 and then compiled a 327-155 record as head boys basketball coach for the final 20 years of his coaching career. His basketball teams were region champs in 2002 and 2004 and advanced to the Final 48 state tournament. He has been inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame, was named Dothan Eagle football coach of the year in 1985 and basketball coach of the year in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997 and 1992.

 

NED HARBUCK – A 1958 graduate of Enterprise High School and 1962 graduate of the University of Alabama,  Harbuck began his career years and compiled an overall record of 498-152, including a 26-game winning streak. His last team finished 26-3 and reached the Class 5A state semifinals. His teams reached the state tournament t six times in his last 10 years and averaged 26 wins per season. Harbuck played collegiately at Holmes Junior College in Mississippi before transferring to Alabama where he closed out his playing career as a member of Coach Hayden Riley’s Crimson Tide team. Harbuck also coached junior high football at JHS and served as head track coach and also athletic director from 1976-1985.

 

ANGELO HARRIS III – Harris, a 1966 McGill Institute graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1971 and a Master’s of Education in 1980 from the University of South Alabama. He has spent his entire high school teaching and coaching career at McGill and has served as the track coach since 1971. His cross country teams have won seven girls championships and five boys championships in the varsity or freshman divisions. His teams have also had three girls runner-up finishes and 13 second-place trophies in boys competition. In 1990 McGill-Toolen was the first team in AHSAA history to win three state cross country championships in one meet –freshman boys, freshman girls and varsity girls.  Harris’ teams have also won 17 varsity boys Mobile County championships and three girls titles along with two varsity boys and eight varsity girls state titles in track and field. Harris, who served one tenure as president of the Mobile County Track and Field Association,  has also had 73 all-state runners and 216 all-county runners. Harris had an outstanding high school career as a member of McGill’s 1963 state champion cross country team.  He was the 1966 individual state champion in the mile run and earned a full scholarship to Alabama where he won the SEC indoor two-mile run and set the SEC two-mile record (9:00.3) in 1968. He was named All-SEC three times while setting seven Crimson Tide running records. He was inducted into the McGill-Toolen Hall of Fame in 1980 and served as secretary of the Alabama “A” Club in 1969.

 

MORRIS “DOC” HODGES – Selected to the AHSAA Hall of Fame as a contributor, Hodges graduated from Amory (MS) High School in 1955, then attended the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1962. While he served as a dentist in the Birmingham area and also earned the rank of Colonel in the Alabama Army National Guard, his passion for fast-pitch softball helped the many pitchers he trained re-write the NFHS National Record Book and the AHSAA State Record Book. He served as head softball coach at W.A. Berry High School from 1987-89 and as pitching coach from 1990-2009 at Berry and then Hoover High, which won five state titles while he was coach. The Bucs also won 17 area championships, had 18 state tournament appearances and set a state record with a 63-1 record in 1997. That team also set a national record with 43 shutouts in ’97. Hodges’ hurlers pitched 407 shutouts, 63 no-hitters and 26 perfect games with an overall record of 1,108-257. He also coached 48 players who signed college scholarships from Hoover or his Amateur Softball Association teams, 15 of whom were pitchers. Doc served on the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry from 1973-2009.

 

GEORGE “SNOOZY” JONES – The Montgomery native graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1953, then majored in business at Virginia Tech and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Huntingdon College in 1958. He began his coaching career at Bellingrath Junior High in 1958 and compiled a 24-2 record over three years, then joined the coaching staff at Sidney Lanier in 1961 where he remained through 1969. As head track coach, Jones guided Lanier to one cross country, one indoor and two outdoor state titles. Among his standout runners was Richmond Flowers, who rose to become the fastest high school hurdler in the world. Jones was also an assistant football coach on five state championship football teams, including the first three in AHSAA state playoff history and two by newspaper rankings. He also was assistant basketball coach for four Lanier state championship teams. Jones,  co-founder of the Mid-State Officials Association, served as a football, basketball and track official in high school and in the SEC for 21 years. After moving to Birmingham, he served as assistant head coach for the UAB football team from its inception to 1997. A major supporter of UAB athletics, he also has served as a volunteer at the AHSAA state basketball tournament as a member of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club and at the football finals as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He attended Virginia Tech on football scholarship.  He is a member of the Montgomery Area Sports Hall of Fame.

 

ROY KNAPP – Knapp graduated from Gaylesville High School in 1936 and Livingston State in 1950 with an interruption while serving in the Navy during World War II. He received a master’s in Administration from Mississippi State in 1956. Knapp coached high school football from 1939-1981—a span of 42 years— at various schools in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. He served four years (1953-56) during that stretch at East Mississippi Junior College and won a state JUCO title in 1955. Among his coaching stops were Scooba (MS),  Midland City, Washington County,  Choctaw County, Gaylesville, McMinnville (TN), Ranburne, Randolph County, Macon Academy, Sand Rock, Spring Garden and Coosa Christian high schools. He also coached baseball and basketball at several of these schools. He spent 13 years as a player in the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization. While his won-loss record in not complete, he won more than 200 games in his prep coaching career. Knapp, who enters this Hall of Fame in the Oldtimers Division, died in 1992. 

 

BILL MARSH – The Birmingham native graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1950 and Samford College in 1957. He earned his master’s from the University of Alabama in 1962 and his doctorate in Education at Alabama in 1979. Marsh began a long career in education in 1957 as an assistant coach at Hewitt-Trussville High School for AHSAA Hall of Fame member Piggy Mitchell.  He then coached one year at Florida State before returning to Birmingham as head football coach at West End High School in 1964. He had brief coaching stops at the University of Tampa and Troy State University before returning to Birmingham  in 1968 where he moved into administration as principal at Comer and at Phillips from 1971-79. He served the Birmingham City Schools as Director of High Schools from 1979-86 and was City Schools Athletic Director from 1986-95. Under his tutelage Birmingham city schools won five state  boys basketball titles, two volleyball, one girls basketball and one girls track. Marsh played an integral role in bringing the Super 6 Football Championships to Legion Field where he served as game chairman for the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He also helped form the Kenny Morgan Scholarship Foundation and served as treasurer of the Alabama High School Football Foundation.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-53 where he received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Medal and Korean Service Medal.

 

JACKIE O’NEAL – The 1973 Reeltown High School graduate returned to his alma mater  in 1977 after his college career at Livingston State College. He served on the coaching staff of AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Duane Webster before moving up to head football coach upon Webster’s retirement after the 1987 state football championship season. Since then, he has led Reeltown to 210 wins, 92 losses and a playoff record of 46-19 with state championships in 2001 (1A), 2009 (2A) and runner-up finishes in 1991, 1992, 2000 and 2010. His teams have won 13 region titles. O’Neal was named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 2001 and was chosen the Alabama Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2008. O’Neal also coached boys basketball for seven years, baseball for three years and girls basketball for 25 years. His girls teams reached the State Tournament in 1991, 1992, 2007 an d 2008, the last two teams finishing as Class 2A runner-up. He coached as an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game in 1992 and 2002 and as head coach in 2007. He also coached in the North-South All-Star Football Game in 2008 and the North-South Girls All-Star Basketball Game in 2007. He has served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and Legislative Council.

 

DANNY PETTY – The 1968 Lee-Huntsville High School graduate has the unique distinction of being the only head basketball coach in AHSAA prep history to coach three different schools to boys state basketball titles. Petty, who helped Lee to the 1968 state title while earning MVP honors as a player, has compiled a 607-328 career coaching record with tenures at J.O. Johnson, Hazel Green, Madison Academy and Bob Jones. He was girls basketball coach at Lincoln County (TN) from 1997-2001 where the 29-7 record in 2000 was the best record in school history.  Petty’s J.O. Johnson team won a Class 5A state title in 1987, Madison Academy a 3A crown in 2006 and Bob Jones a 6A title in 2010. Petty, who played collegiately at Snead State and Athens State, was named to the Huntsville Times’ All-Decade Team for the 1960s. He also won more than 160 games as a middle school and freshman coach at Davis Hills and J.O. Johnson  from 1972-1981.  Petty was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and named Birmingham News and Huntsville Times Coach of the Year in 2006.

 

KEN WHITTLE – Whittle, who graduated from Port St. Joe (FL) High School in 1973, transplanted to Montgomery as a student-athlete at Huntingdon College where he graduated in 1978. As head baseball coach at Trinity Presbyterian School since 1981, his teams have compiled a 570-294 record with state championships in 1985 (1A), 1996 (2A) and 2000 (3A), a Class 3A runner-up finish in 2009 along with 15 area titles. Whittle also serves as an assistant football coach and head middle school/junior varsity basketball coach.  He was named Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times and served as a coach in the North-South All-Star Baseball Game.  A leader among his peers, Whittle is a member of the AHSADCA Advisory Committee and is a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Montgomery.