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.”


2012 Class 1A Football Bracket

Home team in CAPS.
1st Round 2nd Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Super 6 Finals
Nov. 9 Nov. 16 Nov. 23 Nov. 30      Dec. 6
LINDEN  39                
  G-1  Linden 46            
Kinston  7                
      G-17  LINDEN  14        
KEITH  6                
  G-2  ST. JUDE 0            
St. Jude  20                
        G-25  BRANTLEY  46    
BRANTLEY 62                
  G-3  Brantley 48            
Fruitdale 0                
         Brantley  20        
LOACHAPOKA 26   G-18            
  G-4  BILLINGSLEY 0            
Billingsley  27                
                 BRANTLEY  33
MAPLESVILLE 55                
  G-5  MAPLESVILLE 41            
Winterboro 6                
      G-19  Maplesville  18        
ST. LUKE'S  42                
  G-6  St. Luke's 21            
Pleasant Home  6                
        G-26  McIntosh  0    
NOTASULGA  38                
  G-7  Notasulga 16            
Ellwood Christian  6                
      G-20  McINTOSH  28        
GENEVA COUNTY  7                                 G-31
  G-8  McINTOSH 32            
McIntosh  28                
MARION COUNTY  83           Champion
  G-9  Marion County 47            
Meek  6                
      G-21  MARION CO.  41        
COLLINSVILLE  15                
  G-10  R.A. HUBBARD 20            
R.A. Hubbard  18                
        G-27  MARION CO.  42    
RAGLAND  35                
  G-11  HUBBERTVILLE 42            
Hubbertville  42                
      G-22  Hubbertville  22        
SHOALS CHR.  36                
  G-12  Spring Garden 18            
Spr. Garden  39 (OT)                
CEDAR BLUFF  54           G-30  Marion County  0
  G-13  CEDAR BLUFF 0            
Phillips  20                
      G-23  PICKENS CO. 53        
PICKENS CO.  63                
  G-14  Pickens County 34            
Falkville  0                
        G-28  Pickens Co.  41    
HACKLEBURG  66                
  G-15  Hackleburg  14            
Donoho  42                
      G-24  Berry  32        
ADDISON  8                
  G-16  BERRY  44            
Berry  28