Tuesday, February 18, 2020






AHSAA Mourns the Death of High School Coaching Legend Tom Calvin

   The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame charter member Tom Calvin, 93. He passed away Tuesday.
    “Tom Calvin was a coaching legend in our state who made a major impact on those who played for him, coached with him or knew him,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
    A native of Athens, Calvin was an outstanding high school athlete who served in World Ward II, then returned to attend the University of Alabama where he played football. The fullback was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1951 but chose a career in coaching at Baldwin County instead. He eventually ended up in Pittsburgh playing football for the Steelers for four seasons before moving back south.
     In 1956, Calvin took the head football coaching job at Sylacauga High School where coached the Aggies for 21 seasons. In 1957, Calvin’s team was named state champions by The Birmingham News. The 1960 and 1961 teams were also  selected as state champions and his 1969 team won the Class 3A state title in just the third year of the AHSAA state playoffs. Calvin also was an outstanding tennis coach at SHS.
   Tom and his wife Lenette, who is also a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, were a part of the Sylacauga school system for 21 years. Calvin took the head coaching position at Austin High School in 1978 and retired there, finally stepping down in 1988 with a 201-130-11 career record. Calvin was a three-time Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He and Lenette are the only husband and wife team in the Hall of Fame. In 1985, a poll of Alabama high school football coaches, Calvin was voted “The Most Respected High School Coach” in the state.
    The Sylacauga High School fieldhouse at Legion Stadium is named in his honor.  Sylacauga City Schools released the following statement.
     “Coach Calvin was truly a legend at Sylacauga High School. His voice, his expressions, and his interaction with students and fellow teachers made a lasting impression on those he encountered. We are saddened by his passing and send our love and prayers to his devoted wife, Lenette. Together the Calvins set a standard for athletic excellence at Sylacauga High and created the rich heritage we now call Aggie Pride.”
     Calvin will be buried in his hometown of Athens. No arrangements were available at this time.


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