Hall Of Fame - 1999


SHERRY AMMONS - A pioneer for girls athletics in Huntsville City schools for 31 years as a coach and teacher. She was a catalyst in rejuvenating girls athletics at Huntsville High School where she coached volleyball for 23 years with an overall record of 802-211, including a state championship in 1994 and seven other top four finishes. The city female athlete of the year scholarship award was named in her honor. Also a leader for girls athletics statewide, she was instrumental in the reinstatement of the girls state basketball tournament that she hosted in 1978. She served on the AHSAA volleyball and basketball committees. A graduate of Vigor High School and the University of Montevallo.


BILL BACON - Spent 25 of his 34 years in coaching football at Enterprise High School with a record of 202-74-1, state championships in 1979 and 1982 and 16 playoff appearances. He has the longest coaching stint and the most wins in school history and was named state coach of the year twice. His five-year tenure at B. C. Rain put his career record at 232-87-5 with only one losing season. He served as president of the coaches association and coached in the state and Alabama-Mississippi all-star games. A graduate of Aberdeen High School (Miss.) and Mississippi State University.

BILL FARRELL - Is a legend in Calhoun County football. After successful coaching stints at Ohatchee and Piedmont high schools and 10 years in administration, he returned to coaching and restored the winning and tradition at Anniston High School with a 62-28-2 record, including the first undefeated regular season (1973) in 19 years and a runner-up state finish (1974). His overall record in 22 seasons was 137-67-6. He won several coach of the year honors. A graduate of Jacksonville High School and Jacksonville State University.

JOE HUBBERT - Coached football for 28 years, 20 of those at Winfield High School where his teams posted a record of 132-81-1. He also coached at Marion County, Eufaula, Deshler and Cochran (Ga.) high schools and compiled a career record of 201-123-6. He was a member of the first class of the Marion County Hall of Fame. Known as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach, he was always committed to the growth and development of the youth at school and in the community. A graduate of Winfield High School and the University of Chattanooga.

BOBBY JOE JOHNSON - Reached the elite group of football coaches with 200 career wins during his 30-year career—26 of those at Cherokee County High School where his teams posted a 198-80-3 record and made the state finals in 1984. He climaxed his career by rebuilding the Saks program from an 0-10 record the previous season to the state finals (1996) in four years. He was the state coach of the year twice and coached in the state all-star game. A graduate of Cherokee County High School and Jacksonville State University.

LARRY McCOY - His name is synonymous with football at Athens High School where he was head coach for 10 years with a 70-31-3 record, a state championship in 1975, and the only undefeated regular season in school history (1972). His track team won a state title in 1973. He also coached at Dothan and Huntsville during his 16 years in coaching. Now president of Shoals Community College, he serves as chairman of the Alabama-Mississippi high school all-star games committee, a concept he helped initiate. A graduate of Tuscaloosa High School and the University of Alabama.

JOE MOOTY - Built the basketball and baseball programs at Montgomery Academy during his 28 years of service as athletic director, coach and teacher. He started the basketball program from scratch, even without a gym, and won the area title the third year. His 18 teams posted a 275-161 record and the 1981 teams reached the state semi-finals when he was state Coach of the Year. He also started baseball and compiled a 13-year record of 127-72 with a state championship in 1981. The school’s top athletic award is named in his honor. A graduate of Perry County High School and Centenary College (La.).

WILLIE SCOGGINS - Is the state's winningest active basketball coach with over 800 victories during his 38 years of service to the Birmingham City schools. He coached 13 years at Hayes High School where he won a state championship in 1974. He has had only two losing seasons during his 25 years at Ramsay High School. He served on the first integrated AHSAA Central Board in 1968 and later served as president of Fifth District Board. A graduate of Parker High School and Miles College.

ROBERT SHAW - Served Mobile County schools for 31 years—21 as a coach at Murphy and Mobile County high schools and 10 in administration, the last three as athletic director. He headed the Murphy football team for 13 years, compiling a 111-34-2 record without a losing season, and advanced to the playoffs 10 times, including the finals in 1976. He was the county coach of the year nine straight years and coached in the state all-star game twice. A graduate of Magnolia High School (Miss.) and Mississippi State University.

SHANNON SLOAN - This legendary basketball coach at Albertville High School for 35 years compiled a 564-349 record for a winning percentage of .618. His 1960 team had the best record, 30-6, and finished third in the state. His teams won 10 Marshall County tournaments and he received numerous coach of the year honors. The school’s Thanksgiving tournament is named in his honor. He also coached football, track and golf. A graduate of Waynesburg High School (Ky.) and Union College (Ky.)

C.B. "RED" STRICKLAND - Coached basketball for 34 years at Skyline, Section, Geraldine and North Sand Mountain high schools with a career record of 705-264 and seven Sand Mountain championships. During his 20 years at Section he won a state championship in 1969 and reached the finals another year. He also guided two other teams to the state tournament. He coached in the state all-star game and received many coach of the year awards. A graduate of Pisgah High School and Jacksonville State University.


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