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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Thompson, Scottsboro, Susan Moore Cop Mat Titles

            Thompson set a Class 6A state record with 231.5 points to claim its second straight state championship, Scottsboro scored 159 points to win its sixth Class 5A title, and Susan Moore won the closest competition of the 2012 AHSAA State Tournament with 91 points to claim its first-ever Class 1A-4A crown Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

            Coach Andrew Holland’s Bulldogs edged out Oak Grove for the small-school title. The Tigers managed 86.5 points to take second place ahead of 2011 state champion St. Clair County, which finished with 86.


            Southside-Gadsden finished second to Scottsboro with 131 points and Arab was third with 107.

           Grissom finished second to Thompson with 142 points, an 89-point winning margin for Coach Shawn Weltzin’s Warriors.

            Brandon Womack of Scottsboro earned MVP honors for Coach Daryle Qualls’ Wildcats as he closed out his sophomore year with a state-record 85 wins, which also ranks second nationally according to the NFHS Record Book. He finished 85-2 on the year with 64 pins that set a single-season national mark for falls.

            Senior Dillan Campbell of Oak Grove won MVP honors in the 1A-4A division as the 220-pound division state champ for the third straight year. He finished 68-0 this season and 308-38 for his career.

            Class 6A MVP Brian White of Opelika captured the 113-pound state title to earn MVP honors. The senior finished a perfect 40-0.

            Piedmont’s Clay Dent (76-0), the 1A-4A 182-pound weight division champion, set a state record for most wins in an undefeated season.


Class 1A-4A

Susan Moore 91.0; Oak Grove 86.5; St. Clair County 86.0; Dora 70.0; Piedmont 69.0; Weaver 50.0; Leeds 49.0; Walter Wellborn 49.0; Holtville 45.0; Elmore County 43.0; Saint James 35.0; Deshler 30.0; Calera 28.0; Lincoln 27.5; Ranburne 24.0; Ashville 22.0; Cleburne County 21.0; Fultondale 20.0; Corner 18.0; Montgomery Catholic 18.0; Oneonta 16.0; Springville 10.0; American Christian 6.0; Saks 3.0.

Class 5A

Scottsboro 159.0; Southside-Gadsden 131.0; Arab 107.0; Muscle Shoals 76.0; Hayden 73.0; Tallassee 59.0; Pinson Valley 50.0; Athens 49.0; Mortimer Jordan 41.0; Fort Payne 34.0; McAdory 28.0; Russell County 27.0; Brookwood 19.0; Pleasant Grove 10.0; Shelby County 10.0; Moody 8.0; Center Point; 4.5; Hueytown 4.0; Chelsea 3.0; Hartselle 3.0; Walker 3.0; Lee-Huntsville 2.0.

Class 6A

Thompson 231.5; Grissom 142.0; Vestavia Hills 119.0; Hoover 111.5; Oak Mountain 106.5; Oxford 83.5; Benjamin Russell 83.0; Bob Jones 77.5; Hewitt-Trussville 77.0; Spain Park 64.0; Opelika 54.5; Buckhorn 53.5; Prattville 52; Smiths Station 52.0; Mountain Brook 47.0; Stanhope Elmore 43.0; Huntsville 36.0; Auburn 31.0; Central Phenix City 31.0; Pell City 29.0; Carver Montgomery 23.0; Pelham 23.0; Gardendale 21.0; Homewood 20.0; Clay-Chalkville 13.0; Tuscaloosa County 11.0; Lee-Montgomery 9.5; Minor 7.0; Wetumpka 6.0; Sparkman 4.0; Austin 3.0; Jeff Davis 3.0.


Class 1A-4A

106 pounds: Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (41-9) dec. Christian Cortez, Weaver (54-4), 3-2.

113 pounds: Steven Lindsey, St. Clair Co. (52-5) dec. Josh Rodie, Elmore Co. (25-5), 6-2.

120 pounds: Joseph Weaver, St. Clair County (50-10) dec. Stephan Kwan, Saint James (25-6), 9-2.

126 pounds: Jamario Howard, Lincoln (35-10) dec. Austin Goss, Piedmont (55-25), 17-10.

132 pounds: Blake Boshell, Dora (51-1) major dec. Mathew Smith, Walter Wellborn (51-5), 9-1.

138 pounds: Mason Ellis, Dora (49-1) dec. Stephen Haynie, Elmore Co. (21-8), 4-0.

145 pounds: Zachary Cummings, Fultondale (52-19) dec. Dylan Bishop, Susan Moore (36-10), 7-2.

152 pounds: Brian Shockley, Leeds (49-5) dec. Dalton Carroll, Walter Wellborn (54-2), 5-4.

160 pounds: Coby Mize, Calera (52-3) pinned Kory Spivey, Holtville (35-5), 2:39.

170 pounds: Josh Wood, Oak Grove (50-8) dec. Freddie Hernandez, Susan Moore (40-6), 2-1.

182 pounds: Clay Dent, Piedmont (76-0) dec. Robbie Cannon, Oak Grove (59-4), 6-4.

195 pounds: Cody Self, Susan Moore (40-3) pinned Josh Hardin, St. Clair Co. (44-5), 3:38.

220 pounds: Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove (68-0) pinned Matthew Smith, Ranburne (52-3), 1:21.

285 pounds: Richie Boley, Ashville (28-3) dec. Cody Deason, Corner (31-9), 5-1.

Class 1A-4A MVP: Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove.

Class 1A-4A Most pins: Cody Self, Susan Moore (3 pins, 5:41).

Class 1A-4A Best match: 152-pound finals: Brian Shockley, Leeds vs. Dalton Carroll, Walter Wellborn.

Class 5A

106 pounds: Arick Shankles, Scottsboro (71-15) dec. Kennon Reese, Tallassee (42-9), 7-4.

113 pounds: Titus Worthen, Scottsboro (54-11) pinned Morgan Franks, Pinson Valley (59-5), 0:50.

120 pounds: Josh Epperson, Tallassee (46-1) dec. Joshua Jamieson, Russell Co. (38-6), 7-2.

126 pounds: Brandon Womack, Scottsboro (85-2) dec. Trey Norris, McAdory (51-3), 7-0.

132 pounds: Haden Ryals, Southside-Gadsden (63-6) pinned Elliott Conn, Mortimer Jordan (46-6), 5:33.

138 pounds: Brandon Brindley, Mortimer Jordan (54-0) major dec. Adam Pierce, Southside-Gadsden (43-25), 13-1.

145 pounds: Trey Howse, Hayden (58-5) dec. Brannon Estes, Southside-Gadsden (60-8), 5-4.

152 pounds: Chase McClure, Scottsboro (71-9) maj. dec. Kade Kitchens, Southside-Gadsden (56-8), 12-3.

160 pounds: Chandler Sartain, Muscle Shoals (41-3) dec. Nick Boyett, Scottsboro (71-13), 5-3.

170 pounds: Chase Matthews, Southside-Gadsden (61-10) dec. Chase Johnson, Hayden (53-13), 10-4.

182 pounds: Anthony Scott, Hayden (52-7) pinned Clay Birch, Athens (19-8), 6:45 (OT).

195 pounds: Deven Sullivan, Muscle Shoals (25-5) dec. Trey Fields, Arab (27-6), 12-11.

220 pounds: Cary Pierce, Arab (33-4) pinned Matthew Franko, Scottsboro (52-29), 2:47.

285 pounds: Trey Tidwell, Muscle Shoals (29-2) dec. Jesse Rowlen, Tallassee (37-4), 11-9.

Class 5A MVP: Brandon Womack, Scottsboro.

Class 5A Most pins: Titus Worthen, Scottsboro (3 pins, 4:53).

Class 5A Best match: 195-pound finals: Deven Sullivan, Muscle Shoals vs. Trey Fields, Arab.

Class 6A

106 pounds: John David Henderson, Grissom (60-4) dec. Conner Gilson, Thompson (50-10), 3-0.

113 pounds: Brian White, Opelika (41-0) dec. Payton Garlington, Hoover (53-13), 8-2.

120 pounds: Jake Smith, Pell City (63-3) dec. Tommy Bostany, Spain Park (61-3), 4-3 (ultimate tiebreaker).

126 pounds: Jordan Simpson, Oxford (62-0) major dec. Jared Godfrey, Oak Mountain (43-10), 20-6.

132 pounds: Ben Smith, Buckhorn (64-2) dec. Brewer Gilliland, Thompson (44-4), 11-3.

138 pounds: Mark Garlington, Hoover (51-4) dec. Cody Albarado, Thompson (30-6), 3-1 (2 OT).

145 pounds: Nick Hall, Thompson (49-5) dec. Jackson Poe, Hoover (61-7), 4-2 (OT).

152 pounds: John Austin Jones, Thompson (63-0) dec. Connor Clark, Benjamin Russell (56-4), 5-2.

160 pounds: Josh Gillaspie, Thompson (54-3) pinned Killian Hoyt, Grissom (51-9), 4:20.

170 pounds: Tim Hester, Smiths Station (53-0) dec. Marcus Elkins, Hewitt-Trussville (57-6), 9-6.

182 pounds: Jesse Masters, Thompson (45-4) dec. Hayden Henderson, Grissom (28-2), 9-2.

195 pounds: Brian Walker, Grissom (59-3) dec. Justin Woodall, Oak Mountain (68-1), 9-7 (OT).

220 pounds: Luke Wilson, Central Phenix City (51-0) dec. Ryan Stenger, Bob Jones (35-4), 5-4.

285 pounds: Jameson Hicks, Hewitt-Trussville (53-2) dec. Darius Preyer, Carver-Montgomery (30-5), 4-3.

Class 6A MVP: Brian White, Opelika.

Class 6A Most pins: John Austin Jones, Thompson (3 pins, 3:04).

Class 6A Best match: 138-pound finals: Mark Garlington, Hoover vs. Cody Albarado, Thompson.