50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1991

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017 12:00 pm

On April 28, 2018, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 50th Class.  In celebration of this milestone, we will be providing you with information on all of our Inductees beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and culminating with the Class of 2018.

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Class of 1991


Joe Cribbs

Joe Cribbs was born on January 5, 1958 in Sulligent, Alabama. He first came into the spotlight as a two-time "Parade Magazine" Prep All-American at Sulligent. Moving on to Auburn, Cribbs became the third all-time Auburn rusher, trailing only Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson and All-Pro James Brooks. A second round draft selection by the Buffalo Bills in 1980, Cribbs exploded on the NFL scene with an All Pro James Brooks. In 1984 Cribbs moved to the USFL in Birmingham where he was a unanimous All USFL selection and Running Back of the Year while leading Birmingham to the playoffs for the first time. Cribbs states, "One of the highlights of my career was getting to play two seasons in Birmingham." There he was able to perform brilliantly before his friends and family.


Cecil "Hootie" Ingram
Cecil "Hootie" Ingram was born on September 2, 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was a three-sport standout at Tuscaloosa High School, then a two-sport star at the University of Alabama. As a sophomore in 1952, he led the nation in pass interceptions with ten. He returned the interceptions for 163 yards, two of them for touchdowns. It is as an administrator that Hootie Ingram has become most prominent. For eight years he served on the Southeastern Conference staff, and nine years as athletic director at Florida State University. On September 13, 1989, Cecil W. "Hootie" Ingram returned to the University of Alabama as Director of Athletics.






Vaughn Mancha
Vaughn Mancha was born October 7, 1921, in Sugar Valley, Georgia and moved to Birmingham at age 6. He played high school football at Ramsay, making All-State and All-Southern in 1941, and in 1980 was voted to the All-Time Ramsay First Team. At the University of Alabama (1944-48) he earned All-SEC and All-American honors as a four year starter. He played in the Rose Bowl and two Sugar Bowls; was voted to the All-Time Sugar Bowl Team and played pro football with the Boston Yanks (NFL). He was head coach and athletic director at Livingston University, assistant coach at FSU and Columbia University, and director of athletics at FSU, 1959-71. From 1972-1992 he was a professor in media education at FSU, retiring as professor emeritus. In 1990 he was inducted into the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame; in 1992 was selected to Alabama's All-Century Team. He is deceased.

Jo Ann Prentice
Jo Ann Prentice was born on February 9, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama. Growing up in Roebuck, she became one of the state's outstanding amateur golfers. She was twice medalist and three-times runner-up in the state amateur, winning the championship in 1954. She joined the LPGA tour in 1957, playing regularly for 24 years. She captured one of the LPGA's major championships, the Dinah Shore, and won five other tournaments in her professional career. This Birmingham native, who was only the eighth golfer to be honored by the Hall of Fame, now resides in Tucson, Arizona, and with former LPGA pro Beth Stone owns and operates "The Golf Shop,” a full- service merchandising, club-fitting, and instruction facility.


Erskine "Erk" Russell

Erskine "Erk" Russell was born on July 23, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up playing football in Ensley Park and later at Ensley High School. The Ensley native was a four-sport letterman at Auburn University. After starting his coaching career at Grady High School in Atlanta, he went on to serve as assistant coach at Auburn and Vanderbilt before joining Coach Vince Dooley's staff at Georgia in 1964. It was at Georgia that he became famous for creating the Junkyard Dog defenses which led Georgia to a national championship in 1981. In 1981, Erk Russell was hired to build a football program at Georgia Southern University and build he did. Russell produced three national championship teams and was runner-up on two other occasions. This coaching legend will always be remembered for his ingenious means of motivating his players. He died in 2006.


Arnold W. Umbach

Arnold W. Umbach was born in the Oklahoma Territory in 1903, the son of Swedish immigrants. After coaching 14 years in Oklahoma high schools, Umbach joined the football staff of his former college coach, Carl Voyles, and accompanied him to Auburn in 1944. Beginning in 1946 and continuing for the next 27 years, Coach Umbach produced 25 championship teams in the Southeastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. Umbach's Auburn Tigers won 249 dual meets, lost only 28, and tied five. During this period, he coached 127 conference champions and four national champions. Umbach's career was highlighted by Auburn University hosting the 1971 NCAA Wrestling Championship. Even without his amazing coaching record, Umbach who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1981 would have been nationally recognized as one of the sport's most outstanding individuals. He passed away in 1993.