Seven coaches with local ties to be inducted in AHSAA hall of fame

Seven coaches with local ties to be inducted in AHSAA hall of fame

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Seven coaches with local ties to be inducted in AHSAA hall of fame

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Seven coaches with local ties are among the 2013 inductees for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s coaching hall of fame.

■ Denise Ainsworth won nine state championships at Alabama Christian (seven in softball and two in volleyball). She was a two-time state volleyball coach of the year and was ACA’s athletic director from 2001-12. Ainsworth now works for the AHSAA.

■ Arthur “Buddy” Davis, after playing three years with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, returned to Montgomery and coached 16 years for the Booker T. Washington Yellow Jackets. After BTW closed, he was an assistant coach at Jeff Davis. He attended Alabama State University.

■ Ben Harris, a 1980 Alabama State graduate, led the Blount football team to six state finals from 1990-97. Harris was the NFL high school coach of the year in 1998 and was a head coach in the 1991 Alabama-Mississippi all-star game.

■ Jim Hunter has been Calhoun’s boys basketball coach since 1986, is a former president of the AHSAA’s coaches association and is a two-time state coach of the year. He’s also previously served as Calhoun’s football coach. Hunter graduated from Billingsley in 1973.

■ Julie Sinclair has been Montgomery Academy’s volleyball coach since 1979. She has a 1,035-346 record and has reached the state quarterfinals every year but two. She has led the Eagles to three state championships and eight runner-up finishes. She graduated from St. James in 1974.

■ Jim Tuley retired as Trinity’s athletic director last summer. He graduated from Robert E. Lee in 1964 and was a coach for the Generals from 1971-95 before going to Trinity. He was part of five state championships with the Generals, and the Wildcats won 17 in his tenure.

■ Raymond White, an Alabama State graduate, has spent his entire 37-year boys basketball coaching career in Barbour County. He registered his 700th win and third state title last season. White is a two-time state coach of the year.

The 12-member class will be inducted at a March 18 banquet in downtown Montgomery.

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