2 Local Legends inducted into AL HS Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2018

Alabama HS Sports Hall of Fame  Inducts 11 into Class of 2018 

Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the 28th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday night at the banquet held at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center.       

Inducted were: (football coaches) John Mothershed, Deshler; Randy Ragsdale, Trinity Presbyterian; Jerome Tate, Loachapoka; (basketball coaches) Ricky Allen, Brewer; Obadiah Threadgill III, Notasulga; and Ed Wood, now deceased, who was elected in the “Old Timer” category from Carver-Montgomery; (volleyball coach) Ann Schilling, Bayside Academy; (baseball coaches) William Booth, Hartselle; Al Rauls, Buckhorn, who also coached softball; (administrator) Greg Brewer, AHSAA; and (official)long-time soccer official Joe Manjone.  

Jerome Tate

JEROME TATE: Tate, 58, has spent almost his entire high school  coaching career in East Central Alabama. After a one-year stint as head  football coach at Keith High School in 1982-83, Tate moved to Lanett  after two years as a college coach, and served the Panthers as head track coach and assistant football coach at Lanett  through 1995.    He became head football coach and athletic director at Loachapoka in  1997and remained in that capacity until he stepped down in 2017. His  teams compiled a 152-98 record with four regional titles and played in  the state playoffs in 17 of his 22 seasons, including 14 appearances in a row. Tate coached in the North-South All-Star Game  in 1997 and 2010 and in the Alabama-Mississippi Game in 2005.    He has been selected Opelika-Auburn News Coach of the Year,  Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year, Alabama Football Coaches  Association Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Alabama A&M  Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.    He received a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Lanett in  1995 and a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Huntsville in  2006.    He coached numerous players who went to excel in college and three  (Josh Evans, Kenny Sander and Tracy Brooks) that played professionally.  Tate graduated from Selma High School in 1977 and Alabama A&M  University in 1982, where he was an outstanding collegiate player.

Obadiah Threadgill III

OBADIAH THREADGILL III: Threadgill, 70, coached girls’ and boys’  basketball for 30 years including 22 at Notasulga High School – becoming  one of the few coaches in AHSAA history to coach both teams to the  state tournament. His boys won state titles in 1987 and 1992 and his girls’ team won a state title in 2001. He also coached  two state runner-up teams and had nine Final Four appearances –  including three in a row with his girls in 1995, 1996 and 1997. His  teams combined to win more than 900 games. The gymnasium at Notasulga is named in his honor.    He was named Class 1A State Coach of the Year for boys twice and for  girls once and received six Opelika-Auburn area coach of the year awards  for boys and girls.  He also had coaching stops at Tuskegee, D.C. Wolfe  and Tuskegee Institute high schools.    His family represents three generations in education and coaching  with his father and mother career teachers, his brother Kenneth a  teacher and coach and now his son, Obadiah IV serving as a teacher and  coach at LaFayette. Obadiah, at Notasulga, and Kenneth, at Livingston, became the first brothers to coach teams to the state  championship game (1992) in the same year.     Threadgill, who served in the Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam,  graduated from Sumter County Training High School in 1965 and Tuskegee  University in 1970. He completed his masters at Auburn in 1980.   


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