Hall Of Fame - 2003


BUDDY ANDERSON – Has been involved with athletics at Vestavia Hills High School for 32 years, the last 26 as head football coach and athletic director. His football teams have compiled a 205-89 overall record with state championships in 1980 and 1998. He was named state coach of the year three times and served on North-South all-star staff. His golf team won a state title in 1994 and he also coached baseball. The school athletic program, which has won 43 state titles during his tenure, was voted “most outstanding” several times and ranked in the top 10 for last decade. The football field was named in his honor. He joins his father, D. F. Anderson, a member of the inaugural Class of 1991. A graduate of Thomasville High School and Samford University.


STOKELY BAZEMORE – Is a coaching legend and influential teacher at Wetumpka High School where he coached basketball, baseball and football and served as athletic director during a 30-year career. His nine basketball teams compiled a 187-57 record and won state championships in 1979 and 1980. His 22 baseball squads posted a 284-157 mark and a state title in 1982. He guided six football teams to the state playoffs, including the first in school history in 1981. After his retirement from coaching in 1999, he has continued to teach advanced math courses. The school’s new baseball facility is named in his honor. A graduate of Wetumpka High School and Auburn University.


 E. L. “Moose” GODWIN – An outstanding coach and teacher at Millry, Flomaton and Smiths Station high schools for 26 years. Averaging 7.2 wins per season, his football teams compiled a 190-82-2 record with his 1988 and 1989 Smiths Station teams finishing runner-up. His baseball teams posted a 113-52 mark in 11 seasons and his basketball teams were 175-62 over 10 years. He was named state coach of the year three times and coached in the instate all-star game. He served as principal at Wacoochee Junior High School for six years between two coaching stints at Smiths Station. A graduate of A. G. Parrish High School (Selma) and Mississippi Southern College. 


SANDRA HUNTER – Spent 20 of her 24 years in coaching at Pleasant Valley High School where her softball, volleyball and track teams won 13 state championships. Known for her phenomenal coaching and motivational abilities, she guided her 20 volleyball teams to a 798-160 overall record and five championships. Her 15 softball squads compiled a 546-93 mark with seven state titles. She coached three years at Weaver High School where her track team won a state crown in 1981. She also coached a year at Ohatchee. She was a member of the volleyball all-star staff twice, served on the All-Star Week games committee and was a member of two state coaches’ committees. A graduate of Weaver High School and Jacksonville State University.



 WADE LIPSCOMB – Has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an administrator in the Huntsville City School System where he has made a lasting impact on interscholastic athletics. He coached three years at New Hope High School and three years at Huntsville High before moving up as school athletic director. During his 19-year tenure, 41 Huntsville High teams won state championships and another 38 finished second. With his gift of organization and task achievement, he was instrumental in hosting the first three girls state basketball tournaments, beginning in 1978, and also the first state soccer tournament in 1991. He was the state volleyball tournament director in 1984. He currently serves on the AHSAA Central Board and District Board. A graduate of Macon High School (Miss.) and Livingston University.


HUBERT “Prof” LOCKHART – Spent more than 40 years as a teacher and coach of all sports at the Alabama State Lab School. His basketball teams won an incredible seven Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association championships during the 1940s when only nine tournaments were played because of World War II. His teams also participated in eight national championship tournaments. His overall record is incomplete, but his 1932 football team was 9-0 and his teams set the standard for success throughout the state and region. The gymnasium at Alabama State is named in his honor. A graduate of Stillman Institute High School and Talladega College.


BOBBY OVERTON – Gave 38 years of devoted service to B. B. Comer High School, the last 36 as head football coach and athletic director. His teams won 202 games, made the playoffs 14 times, reached the finals once and chalked up two unbeaten regular seasons. While serving as president of the Coaches Association, he help push through the Super 6 concept for the football championships, the innovative All-Star Sports Week during the summer and stricter guidelines for the facilities of schools hosting playoff games. He served on the AHSAA District Board and coached in two instate all-star games. A graduate of Childersburg High School and the University of Chattanooga. 


RUSSELL L. TAYLOR – Became a coaching legend during 17 years at Coffee County High School (Enterprise) and seven years at Dothan High School during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Establishing the rich athletic tradition at Enterprise as a one-man coaching staff for all sports, he guided the Coffee County football teams to a 101-42-10 record and two undefeated seasons. Six of his basketball teams went to the state tournament. His efforts resulted in the first night football game played in the area and bringing basketball indoors to the area’s first modern gymnasium. At Dothan he carried six of his seven basketball teams to the state tournament and won Dothan’s only state title in 1954. Called a “high school Bear Bryant”, he is a member of the Wiregrass Hall of Fame. A graduate of Wetumpka High School and the University of Alabama. 


LOUIS WHITE – Has been involved in high school athletics for 30 years and enjoyed an outstanding 24-year career as head football and track coach at Courtland High School. His football teams compiled a 186-80 overall record with four state championships in 17 playoff appearances and his boys track team won five state titles. He was state coach of the year four times and coached in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game twice. He also coached at Colbert Heights two years. He has served as president of the Coaches Association and on the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Committee and the Hall of Fame Committee. A member of the Lawrence County Hall of Fame, he currently serves as assistant principal, athletic director and science/health teacher. A graduate of Central High School (Courtland) and Alcorn State University.


JACK WOOD – Spent 19 of his 29-year career as football coach and athletic director at Hewitt-Trussville High School where he rebuilt its program to one of the finest in the state. His football teams made the playoffs 15 times, averaged 7.5 wins a season, reached the finals once and the semi-finals three times. He was state coach of the year in 1992 and head coach in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game twice. The first 10 years of his career were spent at Auburn High School. He served on the AHSAA Central Board, as president of the Coaches Association, and on the National Federation Coaches Association board of directors. He was a member of the original All-Star Sports Week Committee and a popular clinic speaker. The school football stadium is named in his honor. A graduate of Wetumpka High School and Auburn University. 



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