Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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 2018 Hall of Fame Class


 
RICKY ALLEN: Allen graduated from Brewer High School and Auburn University and then returned to Morgan County in 1977 as a teacher and coach for 34 years. After coaching stints at Brewer and also Cotaco and Union Hill junior high schools, he took over the Brewer girls’ basketball program (1985-2015). 
    He compiled a 30-year record of 604-272 with one state title (Class 5A in 2012) and one state runner-up (2009) finish. His teams reached the State Championships five times and the Northwest Regional tournament 15 times. His teams won 17 Morgan County championships. He also coached volleyball and softball.
    As a member of Brewer’s first graduating class, he helped the 1973 team reach its only state boys’ basketball tournament in history while averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds.
    A local church leader, he served on the FCA Board of Directors.

 
   
 WILLIAM BOOTH: Booth got a late start in coaching at Hartselle High School but made up for lost time quickly. Over the last 30 years he became the state’s all-time career baseball wins leader, compiling a 1,025-431 record with eight state championships.  
  He described his first on-field coaching a “cow pasture” and but now plays and practices at Sparkman Park, one of the finest prep facilities in the nation. Some 101 of his former players signed college scholarships. He was recognized by the Alabama State Senate and his hometown last May for his career achievements.
  He graduated from Morgan County and earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Athens State and Alabama A&M. 
He served 10 years as a little league coach.
  Booth now serves as assistant superintendent while continuing to coach baseball.
 
   
 GREG BREWER: Brewer rose from the ranks of officiating to become the AHSAA’s Director of Officials as an assistant director from 1985-2016. The Bradshaw High School and University of North Alabama graduate has a master’s from the University of Alabama.
   As AHSAA Director of Officials, Brewer served on various NFHS rules committees, including baseball (chairman), football (rules, manual and rules editorial).
  He developed the AHSAA district director program, the AHSAA Pitch Count Rule for baseball --lauded as one of the nation's best--and a high school officiating course now being used.
   He received the NFHS Section 3 Citation Award, the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award and co-founded the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation in 2016.
 
   
 JOSEPH “JOE” MANJONE: Manjone has been a soccer official for the past 58 years.  He has been the AHSAA’s soccer rules interpreter since 1991. His work with soccer officiating in Alabama has helped the sport flourish over the last 30 years.
   A member of the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee, he has been the AHSAA state soccer championships officials’ coordinator since its inception in 1991.
    He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for Officiating, was selected the NFHS Sports Official Contributor of the Year and is a NISOA Hall of Fame member.
   A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Black Creek Township High School and Penn State University and earned several post-graduate degrees from Penn State and the University of Georgia. He came to Alabama in 1980 and has spent most of his professional life working in college education.
 
   
 JOHN MOTHERSHED: Mothershed served as head football coach at Deshler High School from 1995-2013 and  athletic director from 1995-2007. His teams compiled a 201-53 record. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as assistant for eight years. 
   His teams won two state titles and reached the Super 6 state finals five other times. His teams compiled a 49-17 playoff record in 19 appearances and was 102-13 in region games. Eleven of his teams won 10 or more games.
   A graduate of Sheffield High School and the University of North Alabama, he has been active in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) as president and as a vice-president. He is a member of the Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame.

 
   
 RANDY RAGSDALE: Ragsdale was head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery from 1989-2017. His teams compiled a 242-86 record with a 45-game regular-season winning streak and a Class 4A state title in 2003.
   His teams reached the state playoffs in 25 of the 28 seasons and compiled a 116-23 region record. He also coached in Georgia and Northview 
   He coached in two North-South All-Star Games--once as head coach--and was named ASWA Coach of the Year in 2003.  A current District 3 Fellowship of Christian Athletes board member, he received the Herman L. Scott Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

   The Rockdale County (GA) and Jacksonville State University graduate earned his master's at JSU. He earned All-America honors as an offensive lineman at JSU.
 
   
 ALVIN RAULS: Rauls has served as a high school teacher and coach at Madison County and Huntsville city schools. As a baseball coach he guided New Hope to the 1992 Class 3A state baseball crown and his 1990 and 1994 teams finished runner-up. With stops at Sparkman, Butler and Bob Jones, his teams won over 350 games.
  He guided the Buckhorn softball teams to more than 300 victories over the last 11 years, including the state championship in 2017. He is only the second coach in AHSAA history to coach state titles in both sports.
  He coached American Legion baseball for many years winning many state titles.
  Rauls has also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board, Legislative Council and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control. He graduated from Monroe High School in Albany (GA) and from Florida A&M where he was on baseball scholarship.  
 
   
 ANN SCHILLING: Schilling has had an incredible run as head volleyball coach at Bayside Academy. Through the 2017 season, her teams won 16 straight state titles and 23 overall. She has more than 1,400 wins, which places her among the leaders in the nation, and has been named State Coach of the Year five times.
   The founder of the Eastern Shore Volleyball Club, Schilling, she is a member of the Bayside Academy Sports Hall of Fame and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. Among her numerous honors are NFHS Volleyball Coach of the year, the R.L. Lindsay Service Award for volleyball, the John L. Finley Award for Superb Achievement and the prepvolleyball.com Co-National coach of the year.
  Schilling is a graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School--playing volleyball for legendary coach Becky Dickinson--and Auburn University.
 
   
 JEROME TATE: Tate spent most of coaching career in East Central Alabama. After a one-year stint as head football coach at Keith High School and two years as a college coach, he moved to Lanett as head track and football coach.
  He became head football coach and athletic director at Loachapoka in 1997 until stepping down in 2017. His teams compiled a 152-98 record with four regional titles and played in the state playoffs in 17 of his 22 seasons, including 14 appearances in a row. Tate coached in the North-South All-Star Game twice and in the Alabama-Mississippi Game.
  He was named Coach of  the Year by two newspapers and the Alabama Football Coaches Association. He received certificates of commendation from Lanett and Huntsville.
  Tate graduated from Selma High School and Alabama A&M University.

 
   
 OBADIAH THREADGILL III: Threadgill coached girls’ and boys’ basketball for 30 years, 22 at Notasulga High School and became one the few coaches in AHSAA history to lead both teams to the state tournament. His boys won two state titles and his girls one. His teams combined won more than 900 games. The Notasulga gym is named in his honor.
   He was named Class 1A State Coach of the Year for boys twice and for girls once. He also had coaching stops at Tuskegee, D.C. Wolfe and Tuskegee Institute high schools.
   His mother, father and brother Kenneth were teachers and coaches and now his son, Obadiah IV, coaches at LaFayette. Obadiah (at Notasulga) and Kenneth (at Livingston), were the first brothers to coach teams in a state title game (1992). 
   Threadgill is a graduate of Sumter County Training School and Tuskegee University and earned his master's at Auburn.
 
   
 EDWARD WOOD (OLD TIMER Division): Wood coached Marengo County (Dixons Mills) and Carver-Montgomery and was in his coaching prime when he succumbed to cancer at 53.
   He coached all sports at Marengo County from 1954-59 with much success.
   He then moved to Montgomery as head boys’ basketball coach at Carver until 1979. He compiled a 209-99 record from 1959-69 and finished his 13-year span with 310 wins. His teams won district championships in the AIAA and reached the state tourney in ’64. After the AIAA-AHSAA merger in 1968, Wood continued his success with a trip to the state tourney in 1969 and four more times in the next five years. The gymnasium at Carver is named in his honor.
   The Montgomery native graduated from Alabama State Laboratory School and Alabama State University and earned his master's from ASU. 
 
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