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. 

Prep Tix

Bayside Wins 11th Straight Volleyball Title, Joins 

Madison Co., Providence Christian, Huntsville, Hartselle, Donoho As Champs


    Bayside Academy captured its 11th consecutive state volleyball championship, its 21st overall, while Class 4A Madison County claimed its first state volleyball championship, Providence Christian its second straight 2A title and Huntsville its fourth straight Class 6A crown in the AHSAA Elite Eight state tournament at the Birmingham Crossplex. Earlier, Hartselle swept defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s for its first championship and Class 1A Donoho took its 10th overall state title.


Bayside Academy Wins In 3A For 11th Consecutive Title

    Bayside Academy (64-2) extended its state-record state championship streak with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-12 win over Cottage Hill Christian (37-12).
    Seniors Gabby Deshotel and Virginia Pittman closed out their five years together with the Lady Admirals as co-MVPs. Pittman had 16 kills and five blocks and Deshotel had 11 kills and three blocks. Pittman also had three service aces.
    Jhalen Caffey also had eight kills and six digs, and Sydney Chandler had 38 assists at setter.
    Coach Ann Schilling’s squad finished the season with 61 match wins in a row. The state title was a state-record 21st for Bayside.
                                                  Class 3A All-Tourney Team
    Gabby Deshotel and Virginia Pittman, Bayside Academy (Co-MVPs); Sydney Chandler, Bayside Academy; Hannah Wentland, Cottage Hill; Rachel Howell, Cottage Hill; Taylor Gill, Madison Academy; Montana Clark, Plainview.

Madison County Grabs Class 4A State Tournament Title

    Madison County defeated Jacksonville 25-18, 25-14, 25-7 for the school’s first state volleyball championship.
    The victory was the 42nd in a row this season for the Tigers (72-5). Syretha Pride had 20 kills, two blocks and four digs to earn MVP honors for Coach Dena Clemons’ team. Hannah Nichols also had 16 kills, four blocks and nine digs, Turi Marchant added five blocks and setter Riley Carter finished with 32 assists for Madison County, which finished second in Class 5A last season.
    Jacksonville (38-18) was led by Katie Neisler’s 11 kills and five digs. Setter Courtney Bowden had 18 assists.
                                                  Class 4A All-Tourney Team
Syretha Pride, Madison County (MVP); Riley Carter, Madison County; Hannah Nichols, Madison County; Katie Neisler, Jacksonville; Alex  Gamble, Guntersville; Kathryn Anderson, Guntersville; Lauren Van Peursem, Randolph.


Providence Christian Sweeps To 2nd Straight 2A Crown
    Providence Christian of Dothan swept Lexington 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-23) to capture the Eagles’ second straight Class 2A state championship.
    Elizabeth Dowd’s 17 kills and 19 digs sparked Coach Bill Oldfield’s team to their 41st match win in a row to close the season. The last loss was to Class 1A state champion Donoho at the MAC Attack tournament Sept. 1.
    Setter Emma Cary had 34 assists and four service aces, including an ace for the final point of the hard-fought third game.  Mary Palm and Lauren Hutto added eight and seven kills, respectively. Brooke Segler had 14 digs.
    Lexington (43-9) was led by Sydney Corum and Addie McGee, who had nine and eight kills each.  Setter Savannah Stults dished out 24 assists.
                                                        Class 2A All-Tournament Team
    Elizabeth Dowd, Providence Christian (MVP); Mary Palm, Providence Christian; Emma Cary, Providence Christian; Addie McGee, Lexington; Sydney Corum, Lexington; Morgan Cleveland, West End; Victoria Crumpton, Hatton.

Huntsville Captures 4th Straight 6A Championship
    Huntsville downed Vestavia Hills 3-0 to capture the Class 6A state volleyball title for the fourth year in a row.
    The Panthers (56-10) won 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 with strong play inside and superb defense anchored by middle hitter Jessica Lewis, who was named the 6A state tourney MVP. Lewis had 18 kills, three blocks, nine digs, three assists and five service aces.
    Sara Gwin Moore added 30 assists and 10 digs at setter and Briana Sandifer contributed seven kills, three blocks, seven assists, 13 digs and three aces for Coach Melanie Donahoo’s Panthers.
     Vestavia Hills (32-19), coached by Mandy Burgess, was led by Kate Trankina’s eight kills and setter Paige Phillips’ 17 assists. Cayman Crowder added 11 digs.
     Huntsville also defeated Vestavia 3-1 in the North Super Regional finals last week.
     Donahoo, completing her 11th season as Huntsville head coach, has guided the Panthers to 10 state championships and one runner-up finish in her incredible coaching tenure. Her teams won 5A state titles in 2002-2005 and 6A crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009-12.
                                                Class 6A All-Tournament Team
Jessica Lewis, Huntsville; Sara Gwin Moore, Huntsville; Briana Sandifer, Huntsville; Paige Phillips, Vestavia Hills; Danielle Harbin, McGill-Toolen; Kristy Bohan, Grissom; Tajawana Russell, Carver-Montgomery.


Hartselle Sweeps St. Paul’s For 5A Crown
     Hartselle (48-18) swept St. Paul’s 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 for the title.
     Outside hitter Taylor Dellinger had 14 kills, five blocks and 19 digs for Coach Tanya Lybarger’s squad to earn MVP honors. Hartselle teammates Taylor Lybarger and Haley Jared added 10 and five kills respectively. Lybarger, the daughter of the head coach, also had three blocks and 16 digs.
     Jared had a game-high nine blocks. Setter Melissa Paul Hill handed out 24 assists and served four aces. Sarah Ellen Battles also had 19 digs.
     St. Paul’ setter MacKensie Mosley had 28 assists, Shelley Spires had 12 kills and Lindsey Kendall had five for the Saints (48-19). St. Paul’s had won five of the last six Class 5A state championships.
                                                     Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Taylor Dellinger, Hartselle (MVP); Taylor Lybarger, Hartselle; MacKensie Mosley, St. Paul’s; Shelley Spires, St. Paul’s; Amber Treace, Spanish Fort; Adrien Coffey, Lawrence County; Riley Northway, Brewer.

Donoho Captures 10th Overall State 1A Title

     Donoho’s Falcons beat Addison 3-1 in the Class 1A finals, notching the school’s 10th state championship and second in a row.
     The Falcons (54-5) of Coach Janice Slay dropped the first game 25-19, then clawed back to win 27-25, 25-22, 25-21.
     Senior middle hitter Corey Phillis had 22 kills, 11 digs and a service ace to earn MVP honors. Peyton van Ekris added 11 kills, four blocks and 19 digs, and Adele Fine had eight kills and 21 digs. Setter Rylee Segrest turned in 28 assists and 18 digs. Jordan Ray served four service aces.
     Addison (56-5) got a big game on net from Jessy Taylor, who had 20 kills and 13 blocks. Chelsee Posey also had 10 kills and 23 digs, setter Holly Posey had 32 assists and Stora Gilliland had 21 digs.

                                                          Class 1A All-Tournament Team

     Corey Phillis, Donoho (MVP); Peyton van Ekris, Donoho; Adele Fink, Donoho; Jessy Taylor, Addison; Chelsea Posey, Addison; Blessing Dunn, Sacred Heart; Jackee Dodd, Lynn.