New ASHOF director sets goals

Published Sunday, August 2, 2009
by Jon Johnson

Scott Myers was in Dothan last week to get the ball rolling on the third annual “World’s Largest Shotgun Start” championship team golf tournament to benefit the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Highland Oaks in Dothan will again be one of nine courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail which will host a one-day tournament on Oct. 5. The net and gross winners at each Trail site advance to play for a state championship at Ross Bridge in Birmingham on Oct. 19.

But besides talking golf, Myers quickly impresses with his enthusiasm for his new job as the executive director of the ASHOF, which is located in downtown Birmingham.

“One of my long-term goals is to have a traveling museum, as opposed to people just coming to Birmingham,” Myers said.

The former Samford football player, general manager of the Birmingham Bulls hockey franchise and managing partner of the Birmingham Steeldogs arena football team, attacks his new challenge like a defensive back hitting a wide receiver or a hockey player throwing a body check.

Myers became just the third executive director in the history of the museum when he took over in March for Bill Legg, who retired after spending 23 years in the position.

“No. 1, I want to make sure we’re utilizing the technology out there today — make sure our Web site is very interactive,” Myers said of his immediate goals. “One of the things you’re going to see up on our Web site is a virtual tour.

“And we’re going to utilize Facebook, and Twitter — things like that.”

Myers calls the ASHOF, “One of the top hall of fames in the country.”

He’s right.

It’s a gem of a museum which has few rivals. I’ve been to it a number of times, and each time marvel at the exhibits displaying our state’s sports history.

Besides drawing in people from Alabama, Myers hopes building a stronger Web site, along with utilizing the likes of Facebook and Twitter, will make the museum more a destination from travelers outside of Alabama.

And he knows another area which must be improved on is making it more child friendly.

“The long-term goal is based on family,” Myers said. “I want it to be more interactive for kids. Whether it means giving them a chance to hit a baseball, or putting your hand on (a replica of) Charles Barkley’s hand to see that it’s not that much bigger than yours — things like that.”

Getting the word out about our state’s sports hall of fame is Myers top priority now.

The golf tournament is another avenue to spread the word. Dothan’s Steadman Shealy, who is on the ASHOF board of directors, is leading the charge for the event at Highland Oaks.

For information on the tourney, check out http://www.ashof.org or give the folks over at Highland Oaks a call.

And I strongly suggest you check out the museum the next time you’re in the Birmingham area. It’s really something worth seeing.