MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches, administrators and contest officials will gather next week (July 17-21) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 21th 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, approximately 100 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 on Wednesday are SEC men’s coaches: Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl, University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson, and Georgia’s Mark Fox. Also speaking are Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner, the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the year, Troy University’s Phil Cunningham and Scott Groninger, West Georgia’s women’s coach.
Among the list of other top clinicians set to speak are: (Baseball) Perry Roth, the hitting coach for UAB; (Softball) former University of South Carolina collegiate All-American Karen Johns, Wallace-Hanceville coach A.J. Daugherty, John Garris of Southern University and Carie Dever-Boaz of West Alabama; (Track) Troy University’s Mark Davis and Huntingdon College’s Dan August; (volleyball) Josh Lauer of Troy University and Ryan Roberson, Brooks High Schoo;l; (Soccer) Ged O’Connor of Troy University; (Golf) Matt Luther of South Alabama and Brendan Ryan of Golf Placement Services; (Wrestling) Craig Duncan, Huntingdon College and Jeremy Waters, Trackwrestling.
Football clinicians will be some of the state’s top high school head and assistant coaches, including: 2016 Class 2A state championship coach Paul Benefield of Fyffe, Phil Lazenby of Bayside Academy, Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian, Shawn Raney of Spain Park, Josh Niblett and Adrian Adams of Hoover, former college quarterbacks and current head coaches Patrick Nix of Pinson Valley and Jeff Kelly of Saraland, Smitty Grider of Park Crossing, Andro Williams of W.S. Neal, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright, Earnest Hill of McGill-Toolen, Chris Yeager of Mountain Brook, Caleb Ross of Opelika, Fred Riley of Davidson, David Faulkner of Enterprise and Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
The completing Coaching School schedule and list of speakers can be found at:
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 along with a host of high school administrators.
Former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves will be the key speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon on Thursday. The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. Russellville baseball coach Chris Heaps will address the 107 schools that were fine and ejection free at the Sportsmanship Luncheon, and State Senator Jabo Waggoner will address the Coaches’ Awards Banquet.
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 58th 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 5 p.m.
The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Auburn-Montgomery Basketball Complex at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at AUM.
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: