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.”


National High School Record Book Goes Online

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--After 32 years as a print publication, the National High School Sports Record Book has officially moved online and can be accessed on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) web site at

The Record Book contains all-time records for boys and girls in 16 high school sports. Visitors to the site can select from the menu of sports and have the option to search for specific records across all sports in the book.

In addition, new entries will be posted in the Record Book on an ongoing basis once the record performances are verified. Previously, records were updated annually with the printing of the book.

“The National High School Sports Record Book  is a one-of-a-kind publication and has become a tremendous resource for many individuals across the country,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “At this point in time, given the advances in technology, we felt that we could reach thousands and thousands of individuals by moving this valuable publication online. Also, the option of daily updates makes this publication even more useful.”

National interscholastic records are maintained by the NFHS through a detailed system of verifying, recording and preserving the accomplishments of high school student-athletes. The approval of high school records rests with the NFHS member associations in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

The first edition of the National High School Sports Record Book was published in 1978 with 176 pages in a 5¼ x 8½ format.  By the final printing of the 5¼ x 8½ format in 2004, the book had grown to 448 pages. The 8½ x 11 format was adopted in 2005 and the final edition in 2010 was 248 pages.

In addition to the searchable aspect of the online publication, links will be posted soon that will take viewers to photos, videos and features of selected team and individual performances.