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:
MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes have been made as North-South teams prepare to report Sunday for the 58th North-South All-Star Football Game to be played at Cramton Bowl next week. The game will kick off at 7 p.m., June 20, as the 2017 All-Star Sports Week competition concludes for the 21th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
A total of 20 players have been replaced on the South squad and 18 on the North squad from the original rosters announced earlier this spring. Both squads will check in Sunday at Auburn-Montgomery University. Andre Robinson of Birmingham’s Parker High School is the North head coach while Scott Horne of Skipperville’s G.W. Long High School will be coaching the South team.
All-Star competition is being held in seven different sports at various locations across the city of Montgomery. Baseball, basketball, softball and soccer squads report Monday with North-South competition set for all but basketball on Tuesday. Cross country and volleyball squads check in Tuesday.
The Baseball all-stars will play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m., girls’ and boys’ soccer all-star teams will play at 5 and 7 p.m., at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex and the fast-pitch all-star doubleheader will be at Lagoon Park starting at 5 p.m.
Cross country is being added for the first time with the girls’ race at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday at the cross country course on the AUM campus. The boys’ race will follow at 8 a.m. The girls’ and boys’ basketball competition will be Wednesday night at Auburn University-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m. The North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at AUM’s Complex. The basketball competition, originally scheduled for Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena, was moved earlier this week due to some facility issues.
The AHSAA Summer Conference gets underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with sessions for bowling and golf. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators, contest officials, all-star players and others are expected to attend the conference, which will provide extensive professional development for AHSAA member schools.
The Summer Conference will conclude Friday, July 21, with two mandatory sessions for member schools as well as the 10th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring 107 schools that were fine and ejection free in 2016-17 and the 21st annual Coaches Awards Banquet Friday night. The Officials Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Robinson’s North football coaching staff includes Michael Robinson of Hokes Bluff, Bill Smith of Munford, Mark Heaton of Russellville, Richard Dutton of Lawrence County, Kelvis White of James Clemens and Scott Sharp of Madison County. Cedric Brown of Southside-Selma is the administrative coach.
Horne’s South staff lists Jason Massey of Leroy, Wesley Sims of J.U. Blacksher, Lee Carter of Jeff Davis, Pat Thompson of Sweet Water, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and James Lucas of LaFayette. Michael Summers of Alabama Christian is the administrative coach.
Horne has a 74-20 career record in eight years as G.W. Long’s head coach. His teams have compiled a 55-7 slate averaging 11 wins per season over the last five years. Long has reached the 2A semifinals each of the last two years going 12-1 each year and currently owns a 25-game region winning streak. Robinson, now in his second tenure as Parker’s head coach, is 64-55 overall in 15 years. He coached the Thundering Herd from 1997-2003 before becoming a college assistant coach, then returned to the high school ranks in 2013 at Birmingham Carver, moved back to Parker in 2014 and has guided the Herd to a 22-11 slate the last three years.
The South holds a 30-25-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-0 last year in a game called due to inclement weather in the second quarter.
The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.
NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be live-streamed 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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference
The updated numerical rosters for the 2017 North-South All-Star football game are listed.
2017 NORTH - SOUTH FOOTBALL GAME
NORTH ROSTER (Updated)
Lee - Huntsville
A. H. Parker, Head
Southside - Selma, Adm.
SOUTH ROSTER (Updated)
G. W. Long
Lee - Montgomery
Southside - Selma
J. U. Blacksher
B. T. Washington
G. W. Long (Head Coach)
Alabama Christian, Administrative Coach