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. 


Daleville Back 'Runs' Into Week 1 Spotlight

Daleville High School senior running back Brandon Burks opened the 2011 prep football season in style Friday night with a 411-yard rushing performance, the first 400-yard effort in the AHSAA since 2008. Burks also scored seven touchdowns in his 26-carry effort to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1.
Burks had touchdown runs of 13, 69, 1, 4, 26, 42 and 71 yards as the Warhawks beat Bullock County 53-23. In the process, Burks wrote his name in the AHSAA Record Book with the seventh best rushing effort in state history and the first 400-yard performance since 2008 when Tommy Haley-Ricks rushed for 420 yards and a state-record nine touchdowns in a 76-52 Hubbertville win over Vina.
            Tony Dixon of Parrish set the state record with 531 yards on 21 carries in 2003 to lead the Tornadoes past Hubbertville 81-58. 
            The 42 points scored ties Burks with three others for the 10th most points scored in a game.  Haley-Ricks set the mark with 58 points (including two 2-point conversions) in the 2008 win over Vina.
            Burks’ seven touchdowns is seventh best all-time and ties him with 14 others. The most recent was Kendarius Fitts of Linden in an 82-0 win over A.L. Johnson in 2010.
            Ranked behind Haley-Ricks’ nine TDs with eight touchdowns in a single game are Demont Buice of Gaston (2007), Dixon (2003), John Tucker of Frisco City (1998), Golinsky  Smith of Sylacauga (1997) and original record holder Jack Golson of Lowndes County (Fort Deposit). Golson had eight TDs and seven PAT kicks in a 61-13 win over Loretto in a 1950 game.
           Burks’ performance edged out another record-tying night by Geraldine junior Michael Davis, who returned a record-tying two kickoffs for touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-21 win over Randolph.  He sped 91 yards in a second quarter return and added a 94-yard TD scamper in the third period. He also rushed for 124 yards on nine carries with TDs covering 3 and 7 yards.
           Davis tied the record held by five players, including two from his home county of DeKalb — Fort Payne’s Randy Posey against Etowah in 2006 and Jeff Pitts of Fyffe against Oakman in 1995.

 Other top performances reported this week include:

·         Jacob Kennedy, Berry: The senior quarterback led the Wildcats to a 62-19 win over Northside with 421 total yards. He also accounted for five touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. He was 16-of-27 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 149 yards and three scores on 15 carries. He returned one kickoff 18 yards and registered four tackles on defense as a member of the secondary.

·         Luke Bailey, Fairview: The junior completed 16-of-27 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-20 win over Vinemont. Bailey also ran 10 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 392 total yards while accounting for five TDs.

·         Dillon Campbell, Oak Grove: Registered 11 tackles, blocked two extra-point kicks and recovered a fumble in the Tigers’ 33-26 win over West Blocton.

·         Kaleb Harris, Pinson Valley: Was 13-of-14 passing for 223 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Indians past Mortimer Jordan 69-42.

·         Ladarius Rodgers, Leeds: Needed just 13 carries to rush for 204 yards and three touchdowns (20, 41 and 94 yards) as the Green Wave beat Alexandria 33-14.

·         Maurice Crews, Eufaula: The Tigers’ senior running back rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries in a 55-27 win over Abbeville. Crews scored on runs of 25, 5, 33, 57 and 15 yards.

·         Zach Walker, G.W. Long: The Rebels’ standout rushed for 191 yards on 11 carries with a 45-yard TD run and added a 90-yard kickoff return for another score as G.W. Long downed Goshen 58-20. Walker also had non-scoring runs of 42 and 44 yards that set up touchdowns.

·         Sam Gillikin, Hoover: The Bucs’ quarterback rushed 14 times for 86 yards and completed 20-of-33 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns as Hoover beat nationally 12-ranked South Panola, MS, 24-13 Saturday.

·         Zac Cooper, Cullman: In his first varsity start, the Bearcats’ junior quarterback was nearly perfect completing 16-of-18 passes for 183 yards in a 41-13 win over Sparkman.

·         Zack Reneau, Calera: Completed 18-of-27 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Eagles’ 61-14 win over Montevallo.

·         Jameis Winston, Hueytown: The senior rushed for 51 yards and completed 18-of-27 passes for 238 yards in the Gophers’ 27-6 win over Pelham.

·         Demetrice Vaughn, Blount: The freshman rushed for 205 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns as Blount defeated Craigmont, TN, 60-56 Saturday night.

·         Jeffrey Moss, Bob Jones: The Patriots’ quarterback was 11-of-15 passing for 222 yards and four TDs (12, 23, 27 and 35 yards) and rushed twice for 32 yards in less than two quarters of a 66-13 win over West Creek, TN.

·         Carr Tigner, Hewitt-Trussville: Rushed for 131 yards and completed 11-of-13 passes for 221 yards as the Huskies beat Gardendale 28-14.

·         Cassanova McKinzy, Woodlawn: The senior linebacker had 10 tackles as the Colonels opened the season with a 20-9 win over Faith Academy.

·         Ladarius Mandson, St. Jude: Recorded six sacks as the Pirates downed Montgomery Catholic 54-7.

·         Ryheem Dixon, Flomaton: The quarterback rushed for 202 yards on 14 carries, with TD runs of 45, 4 and 60 yards, and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass in a 47-14 victory over W.S. Neal.

·         Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller: The junior QB, in his first career start, led an 83-yard drive in the final 1:02 and scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard sneak with 0.4 seconds to play as the Tigers beat Escambia County 37-31.  He threw for 202 yards and a TD and also kicked a 40-yard field goal.

·         Josh Carroll, Gulf Shores: A running back by trade, he kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2:41 to go to lift the Dolphins to a 9-6 victory over Robertsdale. He added 121 yards rushing on 16 carries.

·         Christopher Mitchell, Theodore: The Bobcats' defensive back grabbed 2 interceptions, including one returned 26 yards for a TD, in a 21-0 victory over Baldwin County.

·         Darrin Abrams, McIntosh: Had 11 tackles 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in a 39-7 victory over Cottage Hill Christian.

·         Joseph Johnson, Marion County: The defensive back swiped three passes to spark the Red Raiders to a season-opening 35-7 win over county rival Hackleburg.