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 4A 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
UMS-WRIGHT  49                
  G-1  UMS-WRIGHT 38            
St. James  42                
      G-17  UMS-Wright  22        
DADEVILLE  70                
  G-2  Dadeville 24            
Corner  14                
        G-25  UMS-WRIGHT  35    
BEAUREGARD  12                
  G-3  Beauregard 36            
Andalusia  8                
         BEAUREGARD  19        
CALERA  34   G-18            
  G-4  HANDLEY 21            
Handley  41                
                 UMS-Wright  42
CENT. CLAY CO.  48                
  G-5  Central Clay Co.  0            
Jemison  18                
      G-19  CH. HENDERSON  21        
THOMASVILLE 22                
  G-6  CH. HENDERSON  13            
Charles Henderson 39                
        G-26  Dora  21    
DORA 56                
  G-7  DORA  41            
Childersburg  27                
      G-20  Dora  33        
TALLASSEE  17                                 G-31
  G-8  Tallassee  40            
Clarke County  14                
ALEXANDRIA  36           Champion
  G-9  ST. CLAIR CO. 20            
St. Clair County  44                
      G-21  J.O. JOHNSON  0        
J.O. JOHNSON  41                
  G-10  J.O. Johnson 48            
Haleyville  0                
        G-27  ONEONTA  40    
ONEONTA  47                
  G-11  Oneonta 48            
Anniston  0                
      G-22  Oneonta  33        
CENTRAL-FLOR.  35                
  G-12  NO. JACKSON 21            
North Jackson  48                
MADISON CO.  35           G-30  ONEONTA  14
  G-13  MADISON CO. 55            
Rogers  20                
      G-23  Madison County  35        
LINCOLN  49                
  G-14  Lincoln 42            
Sardis  34                
        G-28  Madison Co.  25    
BROOKS  52                
  G-15  Brooks 45            
DAR  20                
      G-24  BROOKS  23        
FAIRVIEW  27                
  G-16  MUNFORD 35            
Munford  41