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.”


AHSAA Central Board Approves Super 6 Audit

        The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of  Control approved the Super 6 Football Championship audit and the financial reports for the state volleyball, cross country and swimming championships at its Winter meeting Wednesday at the AHSAA State Office.
        The Super Regional Volleyball Tournament, making its debut last November in Huntsville and Montgomery, proved to be a major success, said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “The Super Regionals were well attended and a success financially,” he said.
        Savarese said 2012 cross country and swimming championships were the most successful ever financially, “and our schools did not have to pay any entry fee for either championship event which was an additional saving to our member schools,” he said.
        The Super 6 attendance was the best it has been in the last five years, the audit showed.
        The Central Board also heard a presentation from current AHSAA contributing partner Play On Sports, a digital internet streaming company.
        Central Board member Dr. Craig Pouncey of the State Department of Education also gave a report concerning a recent meeting with state legislators to discuss school safety and athletic events. Savarese reported that the AHSAA has had an emergency plan in place for more than two years requiring event hosts to have such plans in writing.
        In other action, the Central Board:
        - Approved the 2012 football playoff financial report (first four rounds).
        - Approved expenses for the upcoming 2013 Final 48 State Basketball Tournament.
        - Gave approval to the AHSADCA to explore options concerning the Alabama-Mississippi

           All-Star Football and Basketball Games.
        - Heard an update on the new AHSAA Compliance Officer school audit program which

           was instituted this school year.
        - Reviewed legislative proposals that have been submitted online thus far this month. The

           deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 31.
        - Was updated about the AHSAA’s C2C software program currently under construction.
        - Saw a highlight video from the 2012 Super 6 state football championships.