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AlaBCA Hall of Fame Banquet
January 12, 2013By Redd Rider of Good Hope High School
AlaBCA Hall of Fame Banquet Set for January 18
Five active coaches will be inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 18, at a banquet set for 6:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Mariott Hotel, AlaBCA executive director Barry Dean announced today.
The inductees include Hoover High School baseball coach Rick Davis, Satsuma High School baseball coach Mike Szymanski, Samford University assistant coach Gerald Tuck and Southern Union Community College coach Joe “Jabo” Jordan and high school coach Dick Steed, who will receive the AlaBCA’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award for 2013.
“All five men have had a major positive impact through their passion for baseball and teaching,” said Dean. “They have touched the lives of hundreds of student-athletes as result.”
A press conference will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m., followed by a reception for the inductees at 5:45 p.m.
The Hall of Fame banquet highlights the 18th annual AlaBCA Convention and Clinic which begins Thursday, Jan. 17 and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Marriott.
In addition to the Hall of Fame induction, the awards dinner will also recognize prep coaches of the year in each classification for 2012vas well as prep players of the year, JUCO players of the year, JUCO and college coaches of the year among several other special awards including the prestigious Sammy Dunn Memorial Award.
THE INDUCTEE BIOS
RICK DAVIS:The longtime Hoover coach has a career 629-303 career prep baseball coaching record in 23 seasons including a 532-236 record for the Bucs since taking over the program in 1994. His Hoover teams have reached the state playoffs 14 times with one state title. The Chilton County High School graduate’s father Richard Davis received the AlaBCA Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Davis’ Hoover teams have averaged 29.5 wins per season.
MIKE SZYMANSKI: Szymanski is beginning his 30th season as a baseball coach in 2013 including 28 years as head baseball coach at his alma mater Satsuma. His teams hav compiled a 546-266 record since 1988. His teams have reached the state playoffs 20 times with 16 area championships, four region titles, one state baseball title and one runner-up finish. His .672 winning percentage is among the best in the state. He has served as a coach in the East-West series and served as a coach in the AHSAA’s 2001 North/South All-star game. Szymanski played collegiately at Wallace-Selma Community College and at William Carey College.
JOE “Jabo” JORDAN: The Mobile native has compiled a 966-429-1 career coaching record at Southern Union Community College in Wadley since becoming its head coach in the 1987-88 school year. He began his coaching career at Newnan (GA) High school in 1983 compiling an 80-24 record including a perfect 24-0 season in his final campaign in 1987. Jordan played collegiately at Lurleen Wallace Community College in Andalusia and at Jacksonville State. He served two seasons as a graduate assistant at JSU including serving on the 1983 staff that led the Gamecocks to a runner-up finishing in the NCAA Division II World Series. Jordan’s Southern Union teams have won division titles eight times and the Region XXII title three times. His 966 wins ranks him in the top 15 NJCAA active coaches. In 1991 he coached a U.S. JUCO All-Star team in a 10-day tournament in Cuba and coached the South team at the USA Baseball Championships in Boise (ID) in 1992.
DICK STEED: A high school and college baseball coach for 35 years, Steed is receiving the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership as president of the Jefferson County Baseball Coaches Association and as a charter board member of the AlaBCA and for his passion and leadership of the Alabama East-West Baseball All-Star competition. He served as the Jeffco coach for a decade. Steed, currently the head coach at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fl., spent 16 years coaching and teaching in the Birmingham area with head coaching stops at Huffman and Shades Valley high schools. He was also an assistant at Samford University and Hoover High School. The former Florida State standout also had coaching stops at DeKalb Junior College in Atlanta and at Rochester, N.Y.
Provided by the AHSAA