Red Bay's Roberts Notches 800th Career Victory


                                                           By KEITH LETBETTER
                                              Red Bay News (Special to the AHSAA)

    Red Bay High School girls coach Donnie Roberts notched the 800th win of his long prep basketball coaching career Jan. 25 as the Lady Tigers beat Colbert Heights 64-37. The Lady Tigers improved to 22-2 this season with the win.
    Roberts, who has compiled an 800-346 overall record in his 41-year coaching career, is now the state’s career wins leader for girls basketball and the first in state history to win 800 games.  He will be inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame in March as a member of the Class of 2014.

   “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years Icoached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than Idid.

   After earning a Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater, Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state playoffs.
    “I came here and took over a team that was 9-11 the year before. We had a real good year that first year and we went 19-5,” Roberts said.

    Roberts, who owns a 658-219 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently directed Red Bay to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
     “It takes a combination of things to have a state championship program. It does take coaching, but it also takes pride in our program from our girls.”

      Roberts said that it also takes the involvement of the community.

“Everybody here is involved in it,”said Roberts. They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.

      Roberts said that over the years some of the best memories he has is that of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah.

“I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”


2010 Class 1A Football Bracket 

Home team in CAPS.
1st Round 2nd Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Super 6 Finals
Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Nov. 26      Dec. 2
 McKENZIE  51                
  G-1   McKENZIE  14            
 Marengo  12                
      G-17   LINDEN  45        
 LINDEN  48                
  G-2   Linden  47            
 Kinston  0                
        G-25   Linden  6    
  MAPLESVILLE  73                
  G-3   MAPLESVILLE  36            
 Notasulga  6                
          Maplesville  13        
 LOACHAPOKA  7   G-18            
  G-4   Pickens Co.  12            
 Pickens Co.  26                
                 Sweet Water  36
 SWEET WATER  48                
  G-5   SWEET WATER  48            
 Pleasant Home  0                
      G-19   SWEET WATER  47        
 BRANTLEY  20                
  G-6   McIntosh  0            
 McIntosh  23                
        G-26   SWEET WATER  20    
 ST. JUDE  35                
  G-7   ST. JUDE  15            
 Keith  0                
      G-20   St. Jude  15        
 AUTAUGAVILLE  33                                 G-31
  G-8   Autaugaville  12            
 Wadley  30                
                                Sweet Water
 RAGLAND  21                               Champion
  G-9   RAGLAND  7            
 Hubbertville  16                
      G-21   LYNN  30        
 LYNN  49                
  G-10   Lynn  21            
 Donoho  21                
        G-27   R.A. Hubbard  14    
 R.A. HUBBARD  52                
  G-11   R.A. HUBBARD  36            
 Gaston  20                
      G-22   R.A. Hubbard  34        
 CEDAR BLUFF  29                
  G-12   Cedar Bluff  29            
 Hackleburg  6                
 MARION CO.  49           G-30  R.A. HUBBARD  0
  G-13   MARION CO.  34            
 Jacksonville Chr.  21                
      G-23   PARRISH  25        
 APPALACHIAN  7                
  G-14   Parrish  64            
 Parrish  38                
        G-28   PARRISH  0    
COLLINSVILLE  14                
  G-15   Shoals Chr.  14            
 Shoals Chr.  38                
      G-24   Addison  15        
 ADDISON  35                
  G-16   ADDISON  35            
 Gaylesville  6