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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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Schools Mark 9-11 Anniversary With Salutes To Heroes

 
Many AHSAA member schools are marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy with special salutes honoring the heroes and victims of that horrible event plus the current local community heroes that sacrifice every day for the good of others.
Schools reporting such plans are listed below. Other schools wishing to have their salutes included should email the details to ringram@ahsaa.com.
The AHSAA expresses appreciation to our schools for their outward display of gratitude and to the many heroes who serve our communities and our nation so sacrificially.
 
September 2
Bob Jones High School: We held our military appreciation night Sept. 2 because our football team will be on the road this week. We had fireworks at various times during the game and an Army team parachuted in with the game ball in the pre-game ceremonies. We also had some interactive exhibits set up prior to the game for kids and we had dinner for veterans prior to the game. Veterans also participated with game captains in the coin toss. The band played a military tribute with fireworks at halftime.
Jason Pitts, Assistant Football Coach, Bob Jones High School
 
September 2
Shoals Christian School: Since we were going to be on the road on Sept. 9, we had a program on Sept. 2 at our home game with Vina. Representatives from the Woodmen of the World made a presentation that night. At the conclusion of the third  quarter, new flags were presented  to both schools which are to be flown at their  respective schools .  As the public address announcer explained the significance of the ceremony, spectators stood as two SCS students lowered  the stadium flag which will be retired. It was a memorable event.
Tom Hughes, Shoals Christian School Headmaster
 
September 8
Sweet Water High School: Plans are to honor our local heroes during halftime of Thursday’s home game with St. Luke’s Episcopal.  We are going to have our local heroes on the field during halftime and have a short program to honor them.
Stan Stokley, Principal, Sweet Water High School
 
September 9
Clay County High School: Will honor the nation’s fallen heroes and victims of Sept. 11 with a flag-lowering ceremony at the end of the third quarter of Friday night’s home game with Leeds.
Billy Walker, Principal, Clay County High School 

September 9

Eufaula High School:
Will be honoring all military (active, reserve, retired) personnel and local law enforcement, medics, etc. with our annual Patriot Day Ceremonies.  This day-long recognition begins with a special program in front of Eufaula High School at 7:45 a.m. and concludes with special recognition during our home football game against Tallassee Friday night.
Steve Hawkins, Principal, Eufaula High School

September 9
Kinston High School:
The Kinston football team has been wearing the small decal flags on the back of their helmets since the season started. This is in reference to Sept.11. We also plan to make a Sept. 11 warm-up line with the players during pre-game Friday night (at Pleasant Home). This is a time all of us should show our gratitude and appreciation for the victims and their families during this time. I will also be addressing the team about the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. Some were small children and really might not grasp just how devastating this event was to our great country. 
Jason Wambles, Head Football Coach, Kinston High School

September 9
Glencoe High School:
Glencoe High School will honor and acknowledge the heroes and victims of September 11 prior to kickoff with a few words and a moment of silence.
Charlton Giles, Glencoe High School Principal

September 9
Hoover High School:
 Hoover High School plans to recognize its Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Hoover's Chief of Police and Fire Chief will be part of the ceremonial coin toss prior to Hoover's home game with Oak Mountain. All the city's police and firefighters in attendance will be honored right before the National Anthem.
Myra Miles, Hoover High School Athletic Director

September 9
Guntersville High School: Prior to the kickoff of our Sept. 9 game with Butler, we plan to have a moment of silence in honor of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001.
John Richey, Guntersville HIgh School Principal
 
September 9
Pleasant Home High School: The student council will be making a presentation prior to the football game at home Friday night against Kinston and will then release some red, white and blue balloons.
Debbie Godwin, Pleasant Home High School Bookkeeper

September 9
Shades Mountain Christian School: We plan to honor our firemen and policemen by having them participate in the lowerinf of the American Flag at the end of the third quarter of our game Sept. 9.
Joel Dunn, Shades Mountain Athletic Director

September 9
Scottsboro High School:
At our first home game on September 9 against Southside-Gadsden we are doing a couple of things. The Scottsboro High School Family and Consumer Sciences group will be having a balloon release for the disaster victims within the state, specifically North Alabama. This was a fundraising event to help “Respond, Rebuild and Recover” from the April 27 tornado devastation. We also will have a brief statement in memory of those who lost their lives, a blessing for those who were injured but survive, and a statement to honor all those firemen, policemen, first responders, EMTs and medical personnel who risked their lives for our fellow citizens and for doing this on a daily basis. We will also honor our military for defense of this great country. These recognitions will be followed by a moment of silence, then a student-lead prayer.
Larry Morris, Scottsboro Athletic Director

                                   

September 9
Mountain Brook High School: Prior to the game we will recognize and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States. There will be a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives on that horrible day and for those who have lost their lives in the defense of our country since that day.  Then we will show our appreciation to those who continue to serve us every day as firefighters, police personnel, emergency medial technicians and current active duty or reserve military as well as any veterans who have recently served in the war on terror. This will be followed by The National Anthem and the school alma mater.

Vic Wilson, Principal, Mountain Brook High School

 
September 12
Alexandria High School: Homecoming is planned the week of the Sept. 12-16, so we will have an assembly on Monday, Sept. 12 (the week before to start our selection process for the Queen and her court). The theme of our homecoming is celebrating our past -- Alexandria High School is 92 years old this year – and at this assembly we will be showing a film about the air planes hitting the Twin Towers, our senior history teacher  will talk about the events of Sept. 11, a local pastor will sing “I’m Proud to be An American (God Bless the USA)” and our school ensemble will sing our National Anthem and lead the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. Flag. This will be in conjunction with the introduction of our candidates for homecoming.
Ronald D.Chambless, Principal, Alexandria High School
 
September 16
Tuscaloosa County High School/Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School: Tuscaloosa County High School will be playing at Hillcrest. There will be a combined pregame show with both schools’ bands, color guards, dance lines, majorettes and cheerleaders participating together to remember Sept. 11.
Reba Caldwell, Principal, Tuscaloosa County High School