Hall of Fame - 1993


IOLA B. BAYLOR - Coached basketball, track and volleyball at Brighton for 15 years where she became one of the state's first female athletic directors. She also was a cheerleader sponsor, coach and teacher for 21 years at five other schools. She was named the state girls basketball Coach of Year in 1989 and received a similar honor in Birmingham six times. A graduate of Dunbar High and Talladega College.


DUSTY CARTER - Coached basketball for 38 years-24 at Scottsboro and 14 at Paint Rock Valley-where he posted an outstanding winning percentage of 71 with an overall 714-303 record. His fast-break style of play produced seven state tournament teams with Scottsboro winning the title in 1967. He retired in 1975 but has served as assistant coach at Geraldine and Skyline for the last eight years. A graduate of Calhoun County High and Jacksonville State.

WOODY CLEMENTS - In 38 of his 40 years at Holt he was athletic director and coach where he compiled a football record of 218-148-6, his basketball record was 264-167 over 18 seasons. He was named Coach of the Year several times in the West Alabama and Warrior conferences. The Holt Stadium was named in his honor. A graduate of Holt High and the University of Alabama.

DAN GAYLORD - Served for 60 years as executive secretary of the Birmingham Football Officials Association, during which time he was an active official for 26 years. He also was an official in the Southern Conference and umpire-in-chief of the Alabama Umpires Association for eight years. He was inducted into the National Federation Hall of Fame in 1988 and served on the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board. A graduate of Central High (Phillips) and Howard College (Samford).

LEVAUGHN HANKS - Coached basketball for 28 years, 13 of those at Murphy, and carried 10 teams to the state tournament with a career record of 785-210. He coached football for 16 years with a winning record, coached in the 1954 all-star basketball game and served as president of the state coaches association. Although retiring in 1977, he has served as director of the state high school golf tournament for the last 10 years. A graduate of Frisco City High and Troy State.


AUBREY "SNAKE-EYE" HICKS - Spent more than 30 years--all but four at Addison--in the education field as a coach and administrator. His 18-year career record in football was 143-47-7. He received numerous honors, including Coach of the Year, and served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and the District Athletic Board and was president of the coaches association. A graduate of Central High (Phenix City) and Troy State.

MORRIS HIGGINBOTHAM - Coached 27 years in high school football with an overall record of 190-73-8 at Walnut Grove, West Blockton, B.B. Comer, Enterprise, Hueytown, Scottsboro and Hewitt-Trussville. He won five state championships--three at West Blockton, one at Walnut Grove and one at Enterprise. Named coach of the year twice, he had 24 players who went on to play in college. A graduate of Phillips High and the University of Alabama.

SAM JONES - Spent 39 years in education--34 at Sumter County High--as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. In 19 years as football coach his teams posted a 112-51-10 record with two state championships. His 1954 track team also won a state title. He was a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control for 16 years, serving two terms as president. A graduate of Moore Academy (Pine Apple) and Auburn University.

NOONA KENNARD - Of her 37 years in education, she spent 21 at Bradshaw High where she was a true pioneer in Alabama girls athletics. A coach of all girls sports at Bradshaw, she produced seven championships along with six runner-up finishes in volleyball, two titles in track, five in archery, three each in bowling and badminton and an overall basketball record of 150-82. A graduate of Starkville High (Miss.) and Mississippi State University

J.B. McCLENDON - Known for his basketball teams, he taught and coached 22 of his 35 years in the prep ranks at nine Alabama schools. He won a state championship at Fayette County in 1958 and had a career record of 749-228. His football teams compiled a 108-72 record, and he coached in both the all-star basketball and football games. His honors include induction into the Birmingham-Southern Hall of Fame in 1990. A graduate of Jackson County (Scottsboro) and Birmingham-Southern College.  

JOHN MEADOWS - Coaching football in Alabama schools for 24 of his 34 years, he compiled record of 185-47-7 and won a state championship at Scottsboro in 1965. He also won a state title during 11 years of coaching in Tennessee. His teams won over 75 percent of their games giving him an overall career coaching record of 271-76-7. He was state coach of the year in Alabama three years and in Tennessee two. A graduate of Falkville High and Jacksonville State.

BUD MILLS - He gave 41 years of service to Alabama schools as a coach, teacher and administrator. His greatest success came at Cherokee where his teams posted a 139-72-3 record in 20 years. His overall record is 152-80-3. He also had a basketball team in the state finals and a baseball team in the playoff. He was head coach in the all-star football game, received "Coach of the Year" honors several times and was honored by a special day in 1974. A graduate of Washington County High and Livingston University.

  EARL MORRIS - He became a household word in Morgan County basketball for 26 years. His teams compiled a 535-204 record with three consecutive state championships at Austinville and one at Decatur. His teams, known for their disciplined, fundamentally-sound, team concept, won numerous county, district and region titles while averaging 20.5 wins per year. He received state, national and international recognition for his coaching skills. A graduate of Union High and Jacksonville State.

  HANNIS "RED" PRIM - He spent 25 of his 33 years in education at Clarke County where he served as coach, teacher and principal. His 17-year football record of 110-58-10 at Clarke County put his overall career record at 148-75-12. He also coached basketball and baseball and compiled winning records in both. Highly respected as a gentleman and role model, the school stadium was named in his honor. A graduate of Jackson High and Auburn University.

CREIGH PURNELL - Coaching basketball at Kinston for 23 years, he compiled a remarkable 502-168 overall record against many of the state's largest schools. Two of his six state tournament teams (1966 and 1968) won championships in the largest of two classes. From 1953 to 1963, Class 1A Kinston was the only school in the state that played in Class 2A by request. He coached in the all-star game and his 1968 team won a national record 37 games for that year. A graduate of Red Level High and the University of Alabama.

WILLIAM SHELTON - He is known as "Mr. High School Sports" in Cullman County because of his 30 years of dedication to area schools as Sports Editor of the Cullman Times despite physical limitations after a childhood battle with polio. He won the state's top columnist award in 1990 for one he wrote from his hospital bed, where he has been confined for the last six years. The Cullman High baseball field and several individual awards have been named in his honor. A graduate of West Point High and the University of North Alabama.

SAM SHORT - Called a true professional, he is known primarily for his 42 years of officiating football, basketball and baseball in Alabama, but he was in education for 39 years as a coach and administrator. Since 1963 he has made invaluable contributions as an AHSAA rules clinician and interpreter for football and basketball and has served on national rules committees. A graduate of West End High (Birmingham) and Western Kentucky.

  EARNEST WASHINGTON - He has coached basketball for 30 years--25 at Tuskegee Institute High--with a career record of 534-218 and state championships in 1985 and 1991. He has produced 12 all-state players along with 75 who received college scholarships. He has coached in the state all-star game and was state Coach of the Year in 1991. A graduate of Cobb Avenue High and Alabama State.

EARL WEBB - Coached football 29 years and his teams compiled an overall record of 203-80-14 with one state championship at Lanett and one at Decatur. He was twice the all-star game head coach and was state coach of the year. Also he served as president of the state coaches association and served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control for five years. A graduate of Hanceville High and Florence State.

JOHN WHATLEY - He coached for 13 years at Midland City, Anniston, Phenix City, Holtville, Elmore County and Tallassee before serving the Elmore County schools as a principal and superintendent. He exhibited his leadership skills on the AHSAA District Board and Central Board of Control, which he served as president. He was the president-elect of the state superintendents association before his untimely death in 1987. A graduate of Eufaula High and Auburn University.

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