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. 


Marion County Offense 'Runs' Into Spotlight 

            Marion County High School’s run-oriented offense isn’t behind the times. Quite the contrary. The Raiders of Coach Rusty Funk, despite the age of high octane, spread formation passing attacks, are on a pace to set a state total offense record after pounding Donoho 42-21 in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday night to advance to the AHSAA semifinals this week.
            The win also rushed the team from Guin into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 13 of the season.

            The Red Raiders (12-1) rolled up 469 yards on 64 rushing plays without attempting a single pass to beat the Falcons on the road. The offensive output raised Marion County’s average yards per game to 474.6, almost eight yards per game better than state record holder Sumter County’s 466.8 average set over 11 games in 1997. Deshler’s 1998 team ranks second with 439.6 yards per game over 15 games.
            Marion County has rushed for 5,069 yards on 572 tries this season. Add 1,101 yards passing and the total 6,170 yards is just 564 yards behind state record holder Cordova (6,734 yards in 15 games in 2008).

             Funk’s team currently has three running backs already over 1,000 yards rushing this season. Big 260-pound fullback Justin Sanderson is leading the team with 1,293 yards on 197 carries, followed by DeShawn Riebesehl with 1,191 yards on 133 carries and Sean Wallace with 1,037 on 96 carries. Another Red Raider is on the verge of surpassing 1,000 yards as Dorryl Swanigan has 941 yards on 100 carries.

            The Red Raiders, who host unbeaten Ragland (13-0) this Friday, have outscored opponents 627-314 on the year, an average of 48.2 to 24.2.

             Riebesehl has rushed for 20 touchdowns, Sanderson 15, Wallace 15 and Swanigan 11. Riebesehl also has five TD receptions. Swanigan has three TD receptions and three kickoff returns for scores.

             Already in the playoffs Marion County has rushed for 1,312 yards and has averaged 55.3 rushing plays per game. Wallace, the quarterback, has completed 54-of-89 passes on the year for 1,094 yards and 16 TDs with just four interceptions.

              Place-kicker Ben Riggs has made 76-of-80 PAT kicks and punter Jake Gann has had just five punts all season for a 32.8 average.

Other highlights reported from the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs include:


Michael Thompson, Sweet Water: Ran 27 times for 222 yards and TD runs of 19, 36 and 26 yards in a 38-36 Class 1A quarterfinal victory over Pickens County.


Dustyn Moseley, Jackson: Passed for 177 yards and 2 TDs and added TD runs of 11, 22 and 8 yards in a 49-28 victory over Bibb County in a battle of 4A unbeatens. His TD passes covered 3 and 47 yards.

Schyler Walker, Oneonta: Completed 9-of-18 passes for 137 yards and two TDs and rushed for 100 yards and two more scores as the Redskins beat Deshler 48-20 in Class 4A. Teammate Tyler Smith also rushed for 164 yards and one TD on 20 carries.

Caleb Sims, Hoover: Caught six passes for 124 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, including the game winner with 22 seconds lef,t as Hoover nipped Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 21-14 in Class 6A.

Jameis Winston, Hueytown:
Completed 12-of-16 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns (55, 35 and 20 yards) and rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries with scores of 1 and 16 yards in a 39-13 Class 5A win over St. Paul's.

Austin Grammer, American Christian:
Directed the Patriots to a 28-3 win over defending Class 2A state champion Leroy with a 13-of-18 passing performance good for 120 yards and a TD. He also rushed 16 times for 139 yards.

Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy:
Scored the first three times he touched the ball in a 35-14 Class 3A win over Lauderdale County. He scored on runs of 70, 24 and 36 yards. 


Kaleb Beck, Dadeville: The Tigers’ quarterback was 21-of-31 passing for 257 yards and a TD in a 28-21 loss to UMS-Wright in Class 4A. The loss ended the Tigers’ season at 12-1.


Julian Little, Linden: Ran 30 times for 140 yards and one TD in a 21-7 Class 1A victory over Maplesville.


Marlon Moore, Vigor:  Scored on a 14-yard run and caught a 54-yard pass to set up another TD in the Wolves’ 12-9 Class 5A victory over Spanish Fort.

Curtis Hunter, Lineville:
Ran 12 times for 139 yards and scored on runs of 14 and 24 yards as Lineville advanced to the Class 2A semifinals with a 38-26 win over Fultondale.

ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale:
Accounted for 408 yards in total offense in a 38-26 Class 2A loss to Lineville. Stewart rushed 27 times for 197 yards and a touchdown and was 5-of-12 passing for 211 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats (10-3) closed out their season.

Cameron Broadnax, Hueytown:
Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and had a 21-yard interception for a touchdown against St. Paul's.

Ben Craft, Briarwood Christian:
Was 16-of-25 passing for 149 yards and a TD in the Lions’ 19-0 Class 5A win over Muscle Shoals.

Dee Liner, Muscle Shoals:
The defensive lineman had 12 tackles, including three for losses, and also had three sacks in the Trojans’ 19-0 loss at Briarwood.

Chris Rabb, Hueytown:
Had three of Hueytown's six sacks in a 39-13 Class 5A win over St. Paul's.Mark Rector, Mountain Brook: Had 37 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns plus 35 receiving yards and another score in a 35-28, triple-overtime loss to Oxford.