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North Sweeps Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star Soccer Matches

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls beat the South 3-2 and the North boys won 4-2 Tuesday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star Soccer matches at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex.
    The North, coached by Albertville’s Julie Little and Indian Springs’ Hunter Gray, fell behind 2-1 in the girls’ contest midway through the second half but rallied with two goals just 3 ½ minute apart from 62:48 to 66:29 to pull out the win.
      North MVP Walker Poe of Mountain Brook gave her team a quick lead scoring the match’s first goal on an unassisted kick just 33 seconds into the game. Mallory Messer of St. Paul’s Episcopal tied the match with a goal at 8:27. Maggie Chambers of Montgomery Academy got the assist. Chambers, the South MVP, gave the South the lead 2-1 at 58:50 in the second half on an assist from Cameryn Rogers of Prattville.
    The North tied the contest at 2-2 in unlikely fashion when the South planted the ball in its own goal just four minutes later.  Jordan Richmond of Holy Spirit Catholic got the game-winning corner kick to seal the win as the North improved to 12-2-1 in the annual series.

     South goalkeeper Dora Eskridge of Montgomery Academy had two saves and Alyssa Vess of Oak Mountain had five saves for the North.
     South coaches were Analyn Coker of Trinity Presbyterian and Dennis Jones of Smiths Station.

North Boys 4, South 2
   
North MVP Jose Moreno of Tanner scored two goals, one in each half, as the North posted its 10th win in the all-star series. The South has four wins and the two squads have had one tie in the annual competition since 1998.
     Cole Gerding of Cullman opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first half with an unassisted goal for the North. Cole Grogan of Benjamin Russell tied the match with an unassisted goal of his own at 13:15, but Moreno’s first goal at 32:24 put the North ahead for good.  Cole Williams of Hoover got the assist.  Kennedy Davis of Oak Mountain added an unassisted goal early in the second half, and Moreno scored on a feed from Helena’s Gaskins at 65 minutes to ice the win for coaches Casey Harbin of Cullman and Matt Hall of Spain Park.
    Noah Harrelson of St. Paul’s Episcopal scored the South’s final goal just 14 seconds before the match concluded.
     North goalkeepers Kyle Oswalt of Guntersville and Seth Torman of Pelham had four and two saves, respectively. The South, coached by Joe Nelson of Northview and Wilfredo Navidad of Montgomery Academy, got strong goal play from Michael Kelly of Montgomery Academy and Houston Barnett of Citronelle. Each had four saves.

2016 Summer Conference in Full Swing Players Added to North-South All-Star Rosters Monday

    MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes were made Monday as players from across the state reported to the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Seven players were added to the South All-Star football squad and two were added for the North. South head coach Eric Collier of Theodore saw Park Crossing wide receiver Steve Hodges, Wetumpka defensive back Rod Thrasher, Lee-Montgomery linebacker Quantravis Kelly, Carver-Montgomery defensive lineman Demontrae Haigler and a trio of of offensive linemen, McGill-Toolen’s Brock Gould, Dothan’s Javion Leake and Opelika’s Bryant Norrell, join the squad.
     North head coach Frank Tucker of Alexandria added two players, Oakman defensive back Austin Caldwin and Brooks defensive lineman Jake Whitehead, to his team’s roster. All players in the Thursday night’s 57th annual North-South Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl are 2016 graduated seniors. Student-athletes in the other all-star venues are rising seniors.
     Dropping off the North roster were Russellville defensive lineman Austin Bohannon and Florence defensive lineman Kyler Madden. No longer on the South squad are running back Bennie Smith of Stanhope Elmore, linebacker Justin Hosea-Williams of Theodore, defensive lineman Colby Smith of Charles Henderson, offensive lineman Shonye Reams and defensive lineman Manuel Johnson, both of Dothan.
     The South also made one change to its basketball roster adding LaFayette’s 6-foot-7 guard Mykale Trammell. Dropping off the roster are 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson of Monroe County and 6-7 guard Herbert Jones of Hale County. The changes leave the South, coached by Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill of LaFayette, with just nine players. The North, coached by White Plains’ Chris Randall and Geraldine’s Cale Black, will have 10 for Wednesday night’s North-South Boys Game at Alabama State University.  Two players dropped off the North squad Monday: Spain Park guard Jamal Johnson and Winfield guard Payton Stovall.  The North is anchored by U.S. National Team member Austin Wiley of Spain Park. The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation.
     Decatur Heritage pitcher/infielder Chandler Sparkman did not report Monday for the North softball team and will not be replaced. The South had two players, Alex Wilcox of Brantley and Reagan Watkins of LAMP, report but are injured and are not expected to play in Tuesday’s North-South Softball All-Star Games at Lagoon Park.  Not reporting for the North soccer team was Randolph midfielder Abby Harper. She is not expected to be replaced for Tuesday night’s North-South Soccer All-Star Game.
    North and South baseball squads reported at full strength. The North, led by 6-4, 225-pound Cullman outfielder Owen Lovell, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2016 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, also has a strong pitching staff led by 6-5 Caden Lemons of Vestavia Hills and Randolph closer Carson Hall, who had 10 saves as a junior.
    The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be the first of eight all-star venues this week with the first pitch set for Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
     The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE AND COACHING SCHOOL
   
 The Summer Conference and Coaching School got underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center with bowling and golf. Tuesday’s schedule includes C2C Training, Coaches Education Courses and Coaching Schools for the sports of baseball, soccer and softball. Football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and cheerleading schools get underway Wednesday and Thursday. The Officials Conference will also get underway Thursday.
    The week will conclude Friday with the AHSAA’s mandatory Medical Advisory Session and the Principals and Athletic Directors’ mandatory session.
    Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet will honor coaches winning state titles in 2015-16 as well as the Section III Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball). 
      NFHS State Coaches of the year are also set to be honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference

 

ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE at MONTGOMERY
North-South Baseball (doubleheader)        Tuesday, 4 p.m.            Riverwalk Stadium
North-South Soccer (Girls)                          Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Soccer (Boys)                          Tuesday, 7 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Softball (doubleheader)         Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Lagoon Park
North-South Basketball (Girls)                   Wednesday, 6 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Basketball (Boys)                    Wednesday, 8 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Volleyball                                Thursday, 4 p.m.            Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football                                   Thursday, 7 p.m.            Cramton Bowl


AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Monday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week (July 18-22) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 20th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    The conference is expected to have 4,000 in attendance and will include eight all-star competitions, more than 300 all-star student-athletes and coaches, 86 professional development sessions, eight rules clinics, three luncheons, one night banquet, 92 speakers, 51 moderators and a golf tournament and cookout hosted by the AHSADCA.
     Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  Other college coaches scheduled are UAB’s Ron Ehsan, Mississippi State’s Ben Howland and Iowa’s Steve Prohm.
      The Football School, which also gets underway Wednesday, will include a special Legends Panel including former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, University of Alabama head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, former Troy University Coach Larry Blakeney.  Atlanta Falcons representatives present “Practice Like A Pro,” and New Orleans Saints representatives will present “Heads Up Football,” as AHSAA member coaches have the opportunity to become certified through the Heads Up program.
       Bowling and golf kick off the Coaching School sessions Monday, followed with baseball, soccer and softball on Tuesday.  Sports Schools beginning Wednesday include track, wrestling and cheerleading – in addition to basketball and football. Rollcall will join baseball and football on Thursday’s schedule.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address principals and athletic directors Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon will be Thursday, and the AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
   ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: Football teams reported Sunday to begin preparations for the 57th annual North –South All-Star Game set for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.    And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m. 
      The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tine Davis Gym on the Faulkner University campus.
     All-Stars in coaches in those sports report Monday except volleyball, which reports Tuesday.
   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference


Raycom Announces Raycom/AHSAA TV Game of the Week Slate

       Raycom Media announced Thursday the slate of high school football games lined up for the 2016 Raycom/AHSAA Thursday Night Game of the Week series. 
     Raycom, the AHSAA’s TV Partner for the Super 7 football championships and State Basketball Tournament, will show 11 football games beginning with three Champions Challenge games Aug. 18-20, four regular season games and one playoff game over each of the first four rounds of the 2016 state playoffs. Raycom will also televise live all seven 2016 Super 7 state championship games set to be played at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
      The slate kicks off with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Demopolis on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The 7 p.m. game will be the first of three games played in the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     Class 7A powers Hoover and Central-Phenix City will play in the second game of the Champions Challenge on Friday, Aug. 19, and Andalusia takes on Brooks in the third game on Saturday at Cramton Bowl. Each game will kick off at 7 p.m. with a veteran broadcast team returning including Montgomery radio personality Graham Dunn handling play-by-play, Mike Peacock doing color and sideline announcer Christina Chambers, sports reporter for Raycom affiliate WBRC TV Fox 6.
       The regular-season Thursday Night Game-of-the-Week schedule includes: Oct. 6: Spain Park at Thompson; Oct. 13: Cordova at Hamilton; Oct. 20: Lee-Montgomery at Enterprise; and Oct. 27: James Clemens vs. Austin at Decatur’s Shorty Ogle Stadium.
       Raycom’s four playoff games will be Friday night games Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and will be selected each week.
       “We have an outstanding lineup of games for this first year,” said Broadview Media’s Rich Michaelson, Raycom executive producer for the telecasts. “The games selected should be very competitive.”
             Raycom, which plans to broadcast all three Champions Challenge contests at Cramton Bowl Aug. 22-23 over its network of six stations as well as its internet site, will also make the games available through its mobile link each week.
       Stations in the network include Raycom stations WAFF TV 48 (Huntsville), WBRC Fox 6 (Birmingham), WSFA TV 12 (Montgomery), WDFX TV 34 (Dothan) and WTVM TV 9 (Columbus, Ga.).
      More information will be available about the Thursday Night Game of the Week package at www.pathtotheplayoffs.com.

High School Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Changes Include Assisting Injured Competitor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.

The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.

            Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.

            “The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”

            In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.

            The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.

            “The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.

            For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.

            In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.

            The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).

            Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.

            In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”

            Other changes approved by the committee include:

·        The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.

·        Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.

·        Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.

·        Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.

·        Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.

·        Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.

·        Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.

A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.


Pitching Restriction Policies in High School Baseball to be Based on Number of Pitches

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 12, 2016) — High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game.

The revised pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 was one of six rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

              Each NFHS member state association will be required to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during a game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.

              “We’re pleased that the rules committee worked in conjunction with the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to find an acceptable and reasonable modification to this rule in order to emphasis the risk that occurs when pitchers overuse their throwing arm,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball.

             The AHSAA Central Board of Control, in a proactive move at the recommendation of the AHSAA Baseball Coaches Committee and Medical Advisory Committee, approved a pitch count policy for its member schools last fall. The AHSAA Pitch Count Rule, which has been lauded by baseball groups across the nation, will be implemented in the 2017 season. The previous policy was based on innings pitched per week. The AHSAA Pitch Count Rule can be found on the Baseball Page at www.ahsaa.com.
         The Baseball Rules Committee also revised Rule 2-32-2 regarding sliding into home plate. The revised language states: “At home plate, it is permissible for the slider’s momentum to carry him through the plate in the baseline extended.” The committee altered this rule since the physical design of home plate makes it difficult for a runner to break momentum on a slide – as opposed to the other three elevated bases which are elevated. 

              The committee also revised Rule 3-3-1, which states the umpire has the ability to give three warnings to a coach or player before he or she is removed from the game.

              “Officials now have the opportunity to provide a tiered warning system for coaches or players,” Hopkins said. “It provides the coaches or players with a teachable moment to change their unsportsmanlike behavior in order to stay in the game.”

              A new article 6 was added to Rule 8-3 to provide a rules reference for an existing ruling in the Baseball Case Book. The new article reads: “When a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pickoff play, if an out is not made at the end of the catcher’s initial throw, the ball shall be dead and all runners shall return to the bases occupied at the time of the interference.”

              The rules committee also approved an addition to Rule 8-4-2, which states that any runner is out when he is physically assisted by a coach. This rule change supports a revision in Rule 3-2-2 Penalty, which states that the runner shall be called out immediately when he is physically assisted by a coach.

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Baseball.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 486,567 boys participating in baseball at 15,899 schools across the country, and 1,203 girls playing the sport in 260 schools.


Andalusia Coach Richard Robertson Among 12 High School Leaders Honored at 97th NFHS Summer Meeting at Friday

     RENO, NEVADA —  Highly respected retired Andalusia High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Robertson was among 12 high school leaders across the United State honored Friday with the prestigious National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citation Award at the 97th annual NFHS Summer Meeting being held in Reno.

      Robertson, selected as recipient of the NFHS Coaches’ Citation, was chosen from a pool over more than 150,000 coaches at more than 19,000 high schools that make up the NFHS membership.
     The Citation Award is designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs and is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.
     “Richard Robertson’s leadership has been very important for the AHSAA and our state,” Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Coach Robertson played a key role in helping Alabama move through the difficult time of integration as the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its black counterpart – the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association merged in 1968-69.
     “Through the years he became a mentor to hundreds of coaches, remained in his home town of Andalusia where he served as the school’s athletics leader and made a difference in the world around him. We are very proud of Coach Robertson and thank him for his many contributions.”
     Robertson, a humble “old-school” coach and teacher who reached kids in his 2014-15 just as effectively as he did 50 years ago, said the Citation Award “is not about me as a coach but about the many students who participated in our program at Andalusia throughout my career and all the coaches in our state who understand what a high school coach’s mission really is.  I have loved teaching and coaching. We had a lot of successes on the basketball but the really successes are the young people who grew up to be outstanding adults.”
Others recognized Friday included: NFHS Section Citation Award recipients   Nina Van Erk, retired executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association; Butch Cope, associate commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association; Gene Menees, assistant executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association; Gina Mazzolini, assistant director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association; Kevin Merkle, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League; Peter Contreras, retired assistant athletic director at the Texas University Interscholastic League; Marc Ratner, Southern Nevada commissioner of officials for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association; and Brad Garrett, assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association.
     Mississippi basketball, football and baseball contest official Harold Cooper received the NFHS Officials Citation. Jay Dunnahoo, executive secretary of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, received the Music Citation, and Pam McComas, retired director of forensics, Topeka (Kansas) High School, received the Speech/Debate/Theatre Citation.
     Robertson retired as the boys basketball coach at Andalusia following the 2014-15 season after 40 years at the school and 50 years in interscholastic athletics. Robertson’s association with his hometown spanned 57 years dating back to his own years as a high-school athlete at Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia. During his remarkable career, Robertson compiled a 749-357 win-loss record.  Among his coaching achievements, Robertson’s 2010-11 team registered a 31-3 record, and his 1996 squad won the AHSAA Class 5A state championship.

      Despite these outstanding accomplishments, his “victories” off the court were even more impressive. “Coach Rob,” as he was affectionately known, was a tremendous leader who was a second father to many of his players and an only father to other boys during his coaching days. Among the many individuals who played for Robertson was Robert Horry, who was a part of six NBA championship teams during his professional career. Horry said of his high school coach: “Coach took a skinny kid in 1984 and turned me into the player and man I am today.”

      Robertson played a key role in helping Alabama move through the difficult time of integration as the AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968-69. Through the years, Robertson became a mentor to hundreds of coaches as he remained in his hometown of Andalusia throughout his career.

     Robertson was a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control for many years, including a term as president. He was granted Central Board Emeritus status in October 2015. In 1996, Robertson was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame, and, in 2012, he received the AHSAA’s highest honor, the “Making a Difference Award.”