Two girls’ basketball coaches reached milestone victories this week with Brewer’s Ricky Allen and Deshler’s Jana Killen each notching career win 600.
Killen, who became the girls’ head basketball coach at Deshler in 1989, watched her Lady Tigers (6-1) beat East Lawrence 66-44 on Dec. 15. Killen’s team won four straight Class 4A state titles from 2003-06 and finished runner-up in 2002, 2008 and 2010.
Allen’s 600th win came one night later when Brewer’s Lady Patriots (12-3) downed Morgan County rival Priceville 68-53. Killen’s program produced four straight Class 4A state championships from 2003-06.
Allen, who attended Priceville for 11 years as student but moved to Brewer as a senior when the schools were consolidated, is in his 30th year as a girls’ head basketball coach. His team won the Class 5A state championship in 2012.
Allen now ranks fourth in wins all-time in basketball-rich Morgan County and is the current active leader. Wayne Bowling notched 683 wins as Danville’s boys’ coach. Mike Smith won 624 games as Decatur’s girls’ coach, and Joe Jones won 606 as a boys’ coach with stops at Danville, Austinville, Decatur and Austin.
The AHSAA’s all-time leader in girls’ basketball coaching wins is Donnie Roberts of Red Bay (6-2). Roberts is currently 821-340 eight games into this season. His team went 32-4 last season was Class 2A state runner-up.
Lauderdale County (11-0) also extended the state’s longest current win streak to 56 games with a 53-36 win over West Limestone Monday. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers play again on Dec. 22 at Clements.
Deshler’s next game is set for tonight versus Central-Florence and Brewer doesn’t play again until Dec. 27 in the DOC Classic versus Holly Pond. Red Bay is at home tonight against Mississippi rival Belmont.
New Auburn University men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl will tip off the 2014-15 AHSAA Sports Mini-Clinic series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
Pearl, who will be addressing the AHSAA basketball coaches for the first time as Auburn’s head coach, will be speaking at the Basketball Mini-Clinic Wednesday, Sept. 3. The basketball mini-clinic will be the first of 12 sports-specific mini-clinics hosted by the AHSADCA, said Director Alvin Briggs.
| “We are very excited to have Coach Pearl open this school year’s mini-clinic series,” Briggs said. “We know he will be a very popular clinician, so we encourage our coaches to go online and register as soon as possible because the space will be limited. This is a tremendous opportunity for our coaches to learn from one of the top college coaches in the U.S.”
The Basketball Mini-Clinic will be limited to the first 150 registrants due to space.
Pearl, one of the most popular coaches in Division I, was hired at Auburn University after last season. The former University of Tennessee and Milwaukee head coach owns a 231-99 career coaching record over 10 seasons heading into his first season with the Tigers. His teams have reached the NCAA Tournament eight times in that 10-year stretch.
Briggs said that bowling will be offered for the first time as an emerging sport this coming winter and is expected to become a championship sport in 2015-16.
“There has been a lot of interest by the schools in starting a bowling program,” he said. “We know the Bowling Mini-Clinic set Wednesday, Sept. 17, will provide an excellent opportunity for schools to learn more about the sport.”
The mini-clinic series will also include the sports of golf, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, volleyball and football. The football mini-clinic will conclude the 2014-15 series March 11.
AHSADCA 2014-15 Mini Clinic Series Schedule
BASKETBALL SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
BOWLING SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
GOLF OCTOBER 2, 2014
TENNIS OCTOBER 9, 2014
WRESTLING OCTOBER 15, 2014
BASEBALL NOVEMBER 19, 2014
SOFTBALL JANUARY 14, 2015
SOCCER JANUARY 28, 2015
TRACK & FIELD FEBRUARY 4, 2015
VOLLEYBALL FEBRUARY 11, 2015
FOOTBALL MARCH 11, 2015
Super Sectional Wrestling Tournaments will be start Friday according to the regular schedule with weigh-ins at 7 a.m.
All Area Basketball Tournament games cancelled must be rescheduled for the next day, excluding Sunday. All games scheduled Thursday must be played Friday.
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