ALFCA » Lifetime Achievement Awards

In the Alabama high school coaching community, the moment you hear the name Jamie Riggs several thoughts flood your mind: You think of T. R. Miller, you think of championships, you think of class, and you think of that infamously familiar red neck tie, tattered and frayed by years of Friday night ba ...
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Robert Higginbotham’s father, Coach Morris Higginbotham, became the head football coach at Hueytown High School in the spring of 1963, bringing Robert along with him as the sophomore quarterback. He would be the starting quarterback for the next 3 years before attending the University of Alabama.R ...
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To say that coaching is in Jerry Elmore’s blood would be an understatement. The long-time football coach learned from the best, his father, Ferman Elmore, a 1996 inductee into the AHSAA Hall of Fame.Jerry Elmore was a great athlete during his playing days at Athens High School where he played for ...
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    Nolan Atkins could just plain coach.  His influence and coaching skill was so great that he made Sweetwater High School the model for small town high school football in the state of Alabama.      Nolan Atkins graduated from Lee High School in Columbus, Ms and earned a degree from Mississ ...
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    He was an assistant coach at Baldwin County High School when he took the head coaching job at Mattie T. Blount High School in Prichard in 1988.  The Leopards had won only 11 games in the 5 previous seasons. The first day of practice he had 6 players show up.  Blount had never won a playoff g ...
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    Football is about relationships and no coach in the history of high school football in Alabama mastered that as well as Tom Calvin.  The influence he has had on young people through his coaching has extended far past his storied career in football.    A native of Athens, al, Tom Calvin gr ...
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R.L. Watson – 2015 ALFCA Lifetime Achievement Award
All great football coaches seem to have one skill that sets them apart, It could be offense, defense, organization, motivating players or a dozen other things. In the case of R.L. Watson, he was a builder. He could take a down trodden program, one that few people wanted to be a part of, and build it ...
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Ivan Jones – 2015 ALFCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Foley High School has always had good football—successful seasons—great players. When Ivan Jones took over as head coach in 1955, he had pressure to win.  And he responded by doing one of the hardest things there is to do in coaching—he took a good football program and he made it great.  And ...
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Bobby Joe Johnson – 2015 ALFCA Lifetime Achievement Award
 If you leave Birmingham and head for northeast Alabama and the Appalachian foothills, you will probably stop for gas or something to eat. And chances are if you do, you will run into someone who played for Bobby Joe Johnson.  For 26 years he was football at Cherokee County High School.  He led ...
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Louis White – 2014 ALFCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Louis White loved teaching and coaching. He loved it so much that even after he retired from coaching he stayed on as athletic director and PE teacher until 2007.  “I just like encouraging them to do the right thing,” he said.  But as a coach he had no peer in North Alabama. He built the Court ...
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