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The AHSAA inducts 12 members in the 2014 class


Twelve new members were inducted intothe AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame, on Monday, at the Renaissance Convention Center. The2014 class is the 24th group of athletic contributors to be inducted since1991.  

The twelve selected include football coaches Mike Battles andLarry Morris; administrators Richard Brown and James Garner; girl's basketballcoaches Donnie Roberts and Mike Smith; boy's basketball coaches Major Lane,Alvin Moore and Tony Stallworth; volleyball coach Nancy Shoquist; andcontributor Dr. James Robinson. Eugene Weatherly was selected in the "Old Timer"category.

A thumbnail sketch of each 2014 inductee:

MIKE BATTLES: The veteran footballcoach has compiled a 277-161-2 record in his long career that dates back to1970. He served as an assistant coach at Lincoln, Irwin County (Ga.) and PellCity, then had head coaching stops at Pell City, Irwin County, Walter Wellborn,Hueytown, Pascagoula (Miss.), Gautier (Miss.), Biloxi (Miss.) and Handley. He led Irwin County to a 13-0 record and theGeorgia Class 1A state championship in 1975 and directed Handley to a perfect15-0 record in 2011 to win the AHSAA Class 3A state title. His record is206-113-1 in Alabama and 71-48-1 at out-of-state schools. His 1996 Gautier teamwas 9-0 and his Wellborn teams had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1988-89. HisHueytown team reached the state semifinals in 1995. Battles, who turned 66 Jan. 1, coached in theAlabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2012. He is the winningest coach in schoolhistory at Walter Wellborn and Handley. His Handley teams rose from 1-9 in 2006to reel off 11-2, 10-3, 13-1 and 15-0 records the next four years. He attendedSylacauga High School and Southern Miss.

Beauregard's principal since 1978, Brown began hiscoaching career at Cleburne County in 1969 where he served as head baseballcoach for two seasons. He moved to Beauregard in 1972 and coached the baseballteam to a 66-25 record, the boys' basketball team to an 84-42 mark and servedas head football coach for five seasons compiling a 35-15 record. He moved into administration full-time after1978 and has gained the reputation as one of the state's top principals. He wasnamed Alabama Principal of the Year in 2006, was NASSP State Coordinator from2007-13 and also has served on the AHSAA Fourth District Board since 2000. Hehas been a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control since 2010 and theNASSP Board of Directors since 2012. He was named the AHSAA Class 4A Making ADifference Award recipient for 2013. The Beauregard High School Athletic Complex wasnamed in his honor in 2002 and the football stadium in 2006. A graduate ofSmiths Station High School, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in2006.

Garner started out as a teacher and boys basketballcoach in 1964 with stints at T.R. Miller, New Hebron (Miss.) and New Brocktonbefore becoming head coach at L.B. Wallace Community College from 1971-84. Hethen moved to his alma mater, Pleasant Home High School, and served asprincipal and athletic director from 1984-2008. He oversaw expansion of thePHHS athletic program to include girls' softball and volleyball and football in1998. The boys' basketball program, which has a rich history, has continued tothrive by winning back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. Garneralso oversaw vast improvement in the school's facilities to include a new fieldhouse, new football field and renovation and expansion of the gymnasium. He served on the AHSAA Second District Board andCentral Board of Control from 1997-2010. Garner is currently the mayor of theTown of Carolina.

Lane began his teaching/coaching career in 1982 as JVbasketball coach at Pike County High School where his team went 14-1. He movedto Ariton from 1984-87 before returning to Pike County as head boys coach from1987-93. He also served as defensive coordinator in football as the Bulldogswon state championships in 1988 and 1989. He moved to Goshen in 1993 where he coachedbasketball through 2002 and compiled a 187-46 record. He went intoadministration in 1997 as assistant principal, a position he currentlyholds. He graduated from Robert E. High School in 1976and Alabama State University in 1981. He earned his masters at Troy Universityand his EDS and a second masters in Theology from Birmingham TheologicalSeminary. Lane currently serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary BaptistChurch.


ALVIN MOORE: The veteranbasketball coach at Phillips High School and later Carver in Birmingham was thelongest tenured coach in the Birmingham City Schools where he served as headbasketball coach from 1974-2013. Moore won over 600 games with fourappearances in the Final 48. The Carver and Alcorn State graduate sawhundreds of his student-athletes receive scholarshipsin basketball, football and track. He coached in the Alabama North-SouthAll-Star Game twice (1975 and 2003) and was named Class 5A Coach of the Year in1993. He was All-City Coach of the Year in 1982. Inducted into the Alcorn State Football Hall ofFame in 2006, he was selected an All-Conference offensive tackle twice. He alsowas named USA Man of the Year by the National Baptist Convention in 2011.

Morris, a Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville Stategraduate, coached football at SHS from 1974-1991 as an assistant, then becamethe head football coach from 1991-2004 – the longest tenure in school history –and compiled a 90-66 overall record. He also served as head track coach foreight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10. He served as athletic director at Scottsborofrom 2005 until his retirement in 2012 and was named AHSAA Athletic Director ofthe Year in 2012. He also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board from 1999-2012and on the Central Board from 2007-12. Scottsboro teams captured 17 statetitles under his watch. Scottsboro named its new football field house inhis honor in 2013. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi football game in 2001and the AHSAA North-South game in 1998.

Roberts, a Mississippi native who graduated from TremontHigh School in 1968 and DeltaState University in 1972, just completed his 41st year coachinggirls' basketball. After spending his first 11 years at Tremont where hecompiled a 142-127 record, he has served as head coach at Red Bay since 1983with a 648-221 slate. His overall record is 810-348 is most wins by any girls'team coach in state history. His 2013-14 team finished 32-4 as runner-up inClass 2A. His teams won the Class 3A state championship in 1993 and 2A statetitles in 1997 and 2001. He also coached Red Bay to the girls state 2A tracktitle in 2001 and has coached softball since 1983 and served as a footballassistant coach. A member of the Franklin County Sports Hall ofFame, he coached in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi Game and was named Class 2ACoach of the Year in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2001.

A native of New Orleans and graduate of LSU'sSchool of Medicine in New Orleans (1985), Dr. Robinson has been an integral asa member of the AHSAA's important Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He hasplayed key role in forming AHSAA's medical health and safety policies andhelped to write the current Concussion Law that now governs all athletic eventsin Alabama. He serves as high school team physician forTuscaloosa County, Hillcrest, Northside, Sipsey Valley and Tuscaloosa-Centralhigh schools and is a consultant for another dozen schools in the Tuscaloosaarea. Dr. Robinson also wrote the AHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam Formused by all student-athletes since 1993 and revised in 2010. Also the University of Alabama football teamphysician, he has been a leader in developing health and safety practices forhigh schools in Alabama and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA SummerConference where he has addressed all member schools on the latest health andsafety issues as well as the latest good health and safety practices. He has a Family Practice in Tuscaloosa,supervises athletic trainers for Druid City Hospital and has operated the GoodSamaritan Clinic since 1995. He has served as Medical Director for DCH SportsMedicine since 1989 and is currently serving as Endowed Chair of SportsMedicine at the University of Alabama.

The volleyball coach is one of a handful in the state tohave won more than 1,000 matches in her prep coaching career with a 1032-372record prior to the 2013 season. Shoquist, a Fairhope High School and TroyUniversity graduate, served as volleyball coach at St. Paul's Episcopal Schoolfrom 1982-2003 before moving to Murphy where she continues to coach. Her teamswon volleyball state titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995 and finished asrunner-up in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. She also coached five St. Paul's tennis teams tostate titles while seven others finished second. Named the AHAHPERD VolleyballCoach of the Year in 2000, she was the first female inducted into the FairhopeHigh School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Hueytown native made his mark coaching girls' basketball atDecatur High School where he started the program in 1976 and remained for 28seasons through 2004. His teams compiled a 624-225 record with five statechampionships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000) and three more runner-upfinishes (1987, 1996 and 2001).  His 2000 squad finished 34-0. His teams also won 30 or more games in 1991,1992 and 1996 and he retired as the winningest girls' basketball coach in AHSAAhistory. He also coached volleyball for six years and softball for nine. His 1992 basketball team was ranked No. 2 in thenation and his star player, Yolanda Watkins, was named USA Player of the year.He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game three times (1992, 1995,2000). A member of the Morgan County Sports Hall ofFame he was outstanding in the classroom teaching advanced placement governmentand politics for more than 20 years.

Stallworth, currently serving as AssociateExecutive Director of the AHSAA, was a standout basketball coach at BrantleyHigh School from 1990-2005 where his teams compiled a 298-47 record and wonthree straight state championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was named 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and1994 and 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. He coached Brantley's junior high teamfrom 1988-90 to a perfect 48-0 record. Stallworth attended J.F. Shields High School inBeatrice and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He was inducted into theHuntingdon College Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Weatherly, now deceased, was selected in the "Old Timer"category. After a stint in the army in World War II, he returned to graduatefrom Gadsden's Carver High School in 1948 where he served as captain of thefootball and basketball teams.
He earned his bachelor's degreefrom Alabama State and his masters from Georgia State.
After college he was hired in Cherokee County in1953 at Hatcher High School where he became not only the first coach in schoolhistory but also the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach ofthe Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961and 1968). His 1961 boys' basketball team went undefeatedbefore losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston's Cobb Avenue High School basketball teamfrom 1971-74, then ended his coaching career with 21 years at the GeorgiaSchool for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament.

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