Red Bay's Roberts Notches 800th Career Victory


                                                           By KEITH LETBETTER
                                              Red Bay News (Special to the AHSAA)

    Red Bay High School girls coach Donnie Roberts notched the 800th win of his long prep basketball coaching career Jan. 25 as the Lady Tigers beat Colbert Heights 64-37. The Lady Tigers improved to 22-2 this season with the win.
    Roberts, who has compiled an 800-346 overall record in his 41-year coaching career, is now the state’s career wins leader for girls basketball and the first in state history to win 800 games.  He will be inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame in March as a member of the Class of 2014.

   “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years Icoached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than Idid.

   After earning a Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater, Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state playoffs.
    “I came here and took over a team that was 9-11 the year before. We had a real good year that first year and we went 19-5,” Roberts said.

    Roberts, who owns a 658-219 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently directed Red Bay to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
     “It takes a combination of things to have a state championship program. It does take coaching, but it also takes pride in our program from our girls.”

      Roberts said that it also takes the involvement of the community.

“Everybody here is involved in it,”said Roberts. They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.

      Roberts said that over the years some of the best memories he has is that of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah.

“I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”

Prep Tix

Service Awards Highlight Officials Banquet

     Nine contest officials with a combined total of 332 years’ experience were recognized to highlight the 14th annual AHSAA Officials Awards Banquet held this year at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center.

     Montgomery’s Max Bowdoin, with 54 years in officiating, headlined the group that included Davis Bazzell, Montgomery (31 years); Larry Grissom, Muscle Shoals (37); Eunice Knight, Dothan (33); Bobby Cooper, Gadsden (41); Hob Armstrong, Albertville (31); Chuck Mason, Mobile (33); Ollie Mingo, Prichard (38) and Ernest Shears, Selma (34).

     Each one received a plaque for Distinguished Service presented by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese, Associate Executive Director Joe Evans and Director of Officials Greg Brewer.

     Longtime NFL Official Ronnie Baynes, a Talladega High School product who came up through the high school ranks in Alabama to become the NFL’s Supervisor of Officials, was the banquet’s keynote speaker.

     Also honored were the 2010-11 State Officials of the Year as selected by the AHSAA’s officiating directors, District Officials of the Year and all officials who officiated in AHSAA state championship events during the past school year.

     Seven of the 225 officials selected for state championship events worked two different sports championships: Eddie Newell (football, softball); Andy Latham (softball, volleyball); Sonny Jackson (basketball, softball); Sonja Hard (basketball, volleyball); Stan  Dixon (football, basketball); Veronica Campbell (softball, volleyball); and Doug Baxter (baseball, wrestling).

     The honored officials for 2010-11:

State Officials of the Year

Baseball: C. J. Burdette, Birmingham; Basketball: Marshall Davis, McIntosh; Football: Randy Mummert, Decatur; Soccer: Doug Nelson, Montgomery; Softball: Henry Halbert, Tuscaloosa; Track: Bob Lambert, Troy; Volleyball: Kathy Odom, Boaz; Wrestling: Ken Nixon, Montgomery.


District Officials of the Year


Baseball: Oscar Powell; Basketball: Marshall Davis; Football: Robbie Hunt; Soccer: Dan Alidor; Softball: Michael Newberry; Track: Lemuel Rich; Volleyball: Jeannette Mangham.


Baseball: Jody Dorrill;  Basketball: Sam Gipson; Football: Cleveland Gavin; Soccer: Sean Fernandes;

Softball: Chris Kaminsky; Track: Bob Lambert; Volleyball: Athena Metcalf.

South Central

Baseball: Tony Harris; Basketball: William Taylor; Football: Bill Roberts; Softball: Charles Reed; Track: Tim McDonough; Volleyball: Dawn Dismukes; Wrestling: Ken Nixon.

West Central

Baseball: Don McNabb; Basketball: Parrish Bowlin; Football: Greg Kosloff; Soccer: Doug Nelson;

Softball: Henry Halbert; Track: John Solomon; Volleyball: Walter Kolis.

East Central

Baseball: Barry Ragsdale; Basketball: Brian Hagedorn; Football: Greg Bearden;

Softball: Henry Fountain; Volleyball: Kathy Odom; Wrestling: Brad Bentley.

North Central

Baseball: C. J. Burdette; Basketball: Bobby Stewart; Football: Steve Newton; Soccer: Ted Wiggins;

Softball: Veronica Campbell; Track: Jim Pugh; Volleyball: Teresa McGinnis; Wrestling: Trent Williamson.


Baseball: Larry Bradford; Basketball: Allen Cone; Football: Will Rasely; Soccer: Charles Stanley; Softball: Greg Hill; Volleyball: Jill Harbin; Wrestling: Anthony Adams.


Baseball: Bruno Black; Basketball: Mark Dearen; Football: Randy Mummert; Soccer: Pat Miller;

Softball: Mark Carruth; Volleyball: Anthony Gunn.


State Championship Contest Officials


Doug Baxter; Bruno Black; Butch Brackin; C.J. Burdette; Brandon Folks; Jesse Foster; Patrick Harris;

Gary Haynes; Chuck Maske; Joey Millican; Brien Phillips; Matt Raiti; Chuck Tonini; Lee Walker; Floyd White; Bill Wilder; Jeff Wilson; Philip Winslett.


Terry Anthony; Ken Barnett; Parrish Bowlin; Randall Bugg; Karl Burns; Elliott Carr; Nick Collins; Anthony Cureton; Stan Dixon; Marius Dockery; Theromiles Flowers; Mark Freeman; Brian Hagedorn; Sonja Hard; Darrell Hargreaves; Ron Harris; Sonny Jackson; Darrell Jordan; Janice Jordan; Wanda Jordan; Bruce Kimbrell; Joe Kyles; Vincent McCaskey; Alan McShan; Bill Meador; Mike Newman; Thomas Owens; Sharon Russell; Kim Salter; William Taylor; Ed Teague; Bobby Tindal; Norris Westry; Neonta Williams; Krissi Williford;

Faye Wilson.


Jay Amos; Ken Atkins; Greg Bearden; David Bell; Darrell Bowen; Jerry Burns; Matt Caldwell; Eddie Carr; Fred Cody; Ron Craddock; Brian Davis; Tracy Deal; Stan Dixon; Jeff Edmonds; Jason Elin; Don English; Bryan Everette; Freddie Frazier; Cleve Gavin; Allen Gilbert; David Hill; Preston Hillis; Jason Howell; Anthony  Jeffries; Pat Jordan; Kevin Kidd; Jay Logan; David Martin; Chuck McKay; Bud Moore; John Moriarty; Mark Myers;  Eddie Newell; Steve Newton; Karl Nobles; Frank Parsons; Victor Pettus; Garnett Ray; David Rogers; Abdul Salaam; Don Sasser; Mark Turner; Dustin Whitehead; Don Widner; Robert Willis.


Dino Andrianopoulos; Pete Dakis; Pete Gonzalez; Joe Kovacs; Jason Kuehl; Pat Miller; Pat Murray; Chris Oliver; Nathaniel Patton; Scott Peeden; Kevin Rose; Caleb Silver; Dale Thomas; Joel Turk; Gustavo Vargas; Steve Walker; Ted Wiggins; Ohannes Younanian.


Ken Allen; Marice Armstrong; Veronica Campbell; Jennifer Collins; Keith Durham; Donny Finlayson; Kim Guy; Allen Hardy; Greg Hill; Kenny Howell; Sonny Jackson; George Johnson; Andy Latham; Amanda Miller; Willie Moore; James Naramore; Eddie Newell; Stacy Newton; Tim Porter; Casey Rager; Franklin Reynolds; Ishmael Smittie; Melvin Snow; Tommy Wallace.


Mark Addison; Alan Ash; David Bahakel; Whitney Baird; Richard Bell; Carole Bentley; Stephen Bentley;

Jim Carlo; Kay Carlo; Rod Coleman; Sheila Crenshaw; Laura Ellis; William Evans; Cory Feliciano; Jamie Freeman; Terry Goldsby; Dawn Guin; Robert Hanson; Ryan Hardin; Shelly Holmes; Lauretta Horn; Samara Johnson; Wayne Kulakowski; Dylan Kyle; Joey Kyle; Teresa Kyle; Bob Lambert; James Lambert; Reid LaPorte; Bryan Lorge; Tim McDonough; Amanda Miller; Charles Miller; Bobby Mitchell; Albert Moore;

Doug Moran; Martha Moran; Jeanette Morgan; Cody Page; Karl Peterson; Jim Pugh; William Quina; Mitch Rector; Lemuel Rich; Tom Ritchie; Paul Roberts; Lynn Schatz; George Slone; Alan Smith; William Spear; Charles Thompson; Gene Tomlin; Kal-El Waters-Jones; Marcia Westry; Robert Wheatley; Chris Wisham; Darryl Woods; Randy Yarbrough; David York.


Patsy Burke; Veronica Campbell;  Nakesha Coleman; Clyde Cross; Ken Dawkins; Anthony Gunn; Sonja Hard; Andy  Lathan; Janet Lathan;  Harold Lockett; Kathy Odom; Jeanie Parker; Mary Ellen Pearson; Becky Randolph; Wanda Weeks; Walter Young.


Anthony Adams; Doug Baxter; Brad Bentley; Josh Bierman; Dwight Buzbee; Ryan Hagan; Justin Miller; Ken Nixon; Erick Pratt; Jeff Saxon; Willie Staggs; Mike Swinson; Steve Thomas; Tim Thomas; Williamson.