Montgomery, Ala. Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday night at the 25th annual induction banquet .
Inducted were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen.
The 2015 class, which included coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” were inducted at the special Silver Anniversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event. The Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center hosted the event sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Media, Encore Rehabilitation, Farmers Insurance, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Miles, who retired in 2014 as athletic director at Hoover High School, made the acceptance address for the class. Approximately 1,000 guests attended the banquet including several past inductees as part of the Silver Anniversary celebration.
A total of 309 members are now enshrined in the Hall of Fame, which is housed at the AHSAA Office at Halcyon Summit Drive in Montgomery.
His head-coaching career produced two state champions at Birmingham-Hayes in 1981 and 1982 in his first two seasons as a head coach. His teams won five at Butler in Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He has been at J.O. Johnson three seasons reaching the state finals each year.
Doss (749-320) is one of only two coaches to win state basketball titles at three schools.
He has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS Sports, and he has coached three players that were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama. His teams have produced more than 30 Division I players, including former NBA standout Buck Johnson. He also coached future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Ennis Whatley in the North-South All-Star Game and Eric Bledsoe in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
He has been inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, named Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and selected to coach in the AHSAA’s two all-star games four times.
He graduated Oxford High School (1965) and after a stint in the Air Force, earned his college degree at Jacksonville State University.
Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three different schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakefield) during his 27-year head-coaching career. He is the father and high school coach of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and quarterback Stephen Rivers, who played three years at LSU, graduated and played at Vanderbilt while in graduate school in 2014.
Coach Rivers led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an assistant in his first coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb.