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 3A 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
T.R. MILLER  55                
  G-1  T.R. Miller 20            
Abbeville  20                
      G-17  MIDFIELD  13        
GORDO  14                
  G-2  MIDFIELD 22            
Midfield  35                
        G-25  STRAUGHN  14    
DALEVILLE  7                
  G-3  STRAUGHN 21            
Sraughn  35                
         Straughn  17        
TRINITY PRES.  34   G-18            
  G-4  Trinity Pres. 7            
Northside  13                
                 FAYETTE COUNTY  7
FAYETTE CO. 35                
  G-5  FAYETTE CO. 34            
B.B. Comer 16                
      G-19  Fayette Co.  24        
W.S. NEAL 66                
  G-6  W.S. Neal 6            
Slocomb 24                
        G-26  Fayette Co.  35    
LEEDS 61                
  G-7  Leeds 22            
Sipsey Valley 27                
      G-20  LEEDS  14        
DALE COUNTY  10                                 G-31
  G-8  BAYSIDE ACAD. 21            
Bayside Academy  50                
               Madison Academy
PIEDMONT  41           Champion
  G-9  Piedmont 6            
J.B. Pennington  6                
      G-21  Deshler  7        
HANCEVILLE 21                
  G-10  DESHLER 28            
Deshler  42                
        G-27  Lauderdale Co.  13    
GERALDINE 14                
  G-11  GERALDINE 10            
Glencoe 0                
      G-22  LAUDERDALE CO. 21        
LAUDERDALE CO.  49                
  G-12  Lauderdale Co. 33            
Vinemont  6                
HAMILTON 21           G-30  Madison Academy  31
  G-13  COLBERT CO. 14            
COLBERT CO. 42                
      G-23  Colbert Co.  28        
SAKS  10                
  G-14  Sylvania 7            
Sylvania  13                
        G-28  MADISON ACAD.  21    
MADISON ACAD.  58                
  G-15  MADISON ACAD. 42            
Winston County  19                
      G-24  MADISON ACAD. 66        
PLAINVIEW 62                
  G-16  Plainview 7            
Susan Moore 26