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 2A 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. 7
SWEET WATER  62                
  G-1  Sweet Water 54            
Samson  14                
      G-17  SWEET WATER  55        
ELBA  25                
  G-2  ALICEVILLE 7            
Aliceville  42                
        G-25  SWEET WATER  33    
G.W. LONG  27                
  G-3  G.W. LONG 19            
Southern Choctaw  0                
         Lamar County  20        
LAMAR COUNTY  39   G-18            
  G-4  Lamar County 41            
New Brockton  17                
                 WASHINGTON CO.  14
LUVERNE  25                
  G-5  LUVERNE  7            
Hale County  13                
      G-19 WASHINGTON CO. 33        
WASHINGTON CO.  42                
  G-6  Washington Co.  34            
Houston Academy  0                
        G-26  Washington Co.  41    
OAKMAN  25                
  G-7  Oakman 19            
Goshen  6                
      G-20  Mobile Christian  12        
PROVIDENCE CHR. 14                                 G-31
  G-8  MOBILE CHR. 28            
Mobile Christian  27                
REELTOWN  34           Champion
  G-9  Reeltown 35            
Vincent  8                
      G-21  REELTOWN  30        
NO. SAND MTN.  22                
  G-10  SHEFFIELD 12            
Sheffield  44                
        G-27  REELTOWN  14    
WOODLAND  22                
  G-11  WOODLAND 18            
Randolph County  21                
      G-22  Woodland  24        
RED BAY  14                
  G-12  Red Bay 15            
Westbrook Chr.  7                
FYFFE  33           G-30  Tanner  28
  G-13  Fyffe  28            
Lexington  21                
      G-23  FULTONDALE  0        
LANETT  13                
  G-14  FULTONDALE  49            
Fultondale  14                
        G-28  Tanner  35    
TANNER  55                
  G-15  TANNER  48            
Sand Rock  0                
      G-24  Tanner  14        
WALT. WELLBORN  54                
  G-16  Walt. Wellborn  0            
Horseshoe Bend  26