Class of 1990

Born: August 8, 1937 in Florence, Alabama

Category: Basketball

He attended Coffee High School and the University of North Alabama. In 1960, he became a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at the University of Alabama, and in 1961 he was made a full time assistant. He served in this capacity for 20 years until 1981 when he was named Alabama’s head basketball coach. In ten years as head coach, his teams averaged more than 21 wins a season, had an overall record of 218-100, and won four SEC Tournaments. They played in the NIT and eight NCAA Tournaments, making the Sweet 16 five times. He is the only coach in UA history to win 200 or more games in his first 10 years. He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990, and was the National Coach of the Year in 1987.