BIRMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV will be the recipient of the Frank “Pig” House Award at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
The Frank "Pig" House Award is given to someone that the Hall of Fame considers has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama and the Board of Directors feels is worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s First Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.
A native of Birmingham, “Tubb” as he is affectionately known graduated from Wenonah High School in 1973 and earned a football scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, TN. Bell has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wenonah High School for the past 20 years. His overall record is 485-178. His girls’ basketball team has made it to the Girls State Final Four eight times and has won the state championship five times. They have won the state championship in Class 5A the past four consecutive years. During his 20-year career at Wenonah he has been honored as the Birmingham City School Coach of Year, Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year and the Alabama Sportswriters Coach of Year.
He formed a professional Women’s basketball team called the Birmingham Power. He also formed the Alabama Roadrunners AAU Girls Basketball program in 1995. It was a Nike Grassroots program for 10 years. He has coached three McDonalds All-Americans. Several of his former players either played or are now playing in the WNBA.
Former recipients of the Frank “Pig” House Award include Sammy Dunn (2004), Dr. Avalee Willoughby (2007) and Buddy Anderson (2014).
For ticket information to the May13th Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.