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 Third Round Football Playoff Scores

Class 1A
Brantley 20, Linden 14
McIntosh 28, Maplesville 18
Marion County 41, Hubbertville 22
Pickens County 53, Berry 32

Class 2A
Sweet Water 55, Lamar County 20
Washington County 33, Mobile Christian 12
Reeltown 30, Woodland 24
Tanner 14, Fultondale 0

Class 3A
Straughn 17, Midfield 13
Fayette County 24, Leeds 14
Lauderdale County 21, Deshler 7
Madison Academy 66, Colbert County 28

Class 4A
UMS-Wright 22, Beauregard 19
Dora 33, Charles Henderson 21
Oneonta 33, J.O. Johnson 0
Madison County 35, Brooks 23

Class 5A
Spanish Fort 28, Benjamin Russell 17
Saint Paul's 24, Briarwood Christian 3
McAdory 29, Cullman 22
Muscle Shoals 49, Hartselle 21

Class 6A
Opelika 8, Auburn 7
Carver-Montgomery 26, Spain Park 20
Hoover 21, Vestavia Hills 7
Clay-Chalkville 30, Mountain Brook 9