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 6A 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
McGILL-TOOLEN  56                
  G-1  McGILL-TOOLEN 28            
Enterprise  33                
      G-17  AUBURN  7        
AUBURN  34                
  G-2  Auburn 29 (OT)            
Oak Mountain  10                
        G-25  Opelika  35    
DAPHNE  35                
  G-3  Daphne 17            
Blount  14                
         Opelika  8        
PELHAM  23   G-18            
  G-4  OPELIKA 24            
Opelika  49                
                 OPELIKA  0
CARVER-MONT.  16                
  G-5  Carver-Mont. 20            
Stanhope Elmore  13                
      G-19  CARVER-MONT. 26        
DAVIDSON  0                
  G-6  FAIRHOPE 16            
Fairhope  10                
        G-26  CARVER-MONT.  21    
SPAIN PARK  43                
  G-7  SPAIN PARK 39            
Central-P.C.  13                
      G-20  Spain Park  20        
FOLEY  30                                 G-31
  G-8  Foley 21            
Baker  28                
HOOVER  38           Champion
  G-9  HOOVER 49            
Shades Valley  7                
      G-21  Hoover  21        
PELL CITY  20                
  G-10  Pell City 26            
Austin  13                
        G-27  HOOVER  44    
VESTAVIA HILLS  44                
  G-11  Vestavia Hills 9            
Hueytown  28                
      G-22  VESTAVIA HILLS  7        
FLORENCE  19                
  G-12  HUNTSVILLE 0            
Huntsville  37                
CLAY-CHALKVILLE  45           G-30  Hoover  31
  G-13  CLAY-CHALKVILLE 47            
Decatur  14                
      G-23  Clay-Chalkville  30        
TUSCALOOSA CO.  38                
  G-14  Tuscaloosa Co. 24            
Gardendale  28                
        G-28  Clay-Chalkville  20    
BOB JONES  35                
  G-15  BOB JONES 13            
Gadsden City  30                
      G-24  MOUNT. BROOK  9        
MOUNT. BROOK  23                
  G-16  Mountain Brook 14            
Hillcrest-Tusc.  14