LIONS NAME NEW BASEBALL COACH
June 13, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
ASSISTANT COACH COLVIN NAMED HEAD BASEBALL COACH
Prattville High School’s new head baseball coach has paid his dues. Colvin is a baseball guy. He has played and had a love affair with the game since he was a small lad growing up in his native Oxford.
“I began playing baseball when I was a little kid on the parks and recreation fields in and around Oxford. I played basketball and football in junior high and high school but I realized early in life there wasn’t a real demand for a five foot seven inch point guard nor a 120 pound running back, so it was baseball for me.”
“I owe a great deal of my success to a gentleman named Bobby Fulton. When I was in junior high Mr. Fulton was a guy around the parks that taught me about how to be a catcher. He told me I had the physical tools to be behind the plate. By the time I was 12 or 13, I was playing in the Oxford summer leagues as a catcher.”
“I knew realistically I could not pitch; I did not have the arm or the control; I knew I couldn’t be a real slugger and certainly couldn’t run the bases and steal bases, too slow. Catching would be my forte if I wanted to play baseball.”
At Oxford High School Colvin began his career behind the plate as a freshman. He played for coaches Ken Mummah and Todd Nixon at Oxford High. The Yellow Jackets were good, not great, high school baseball team during his three years on the varsity.
As a sophomore the Jackets went 28-4, but did not make the playoffs dropping a three game series to Clay Chalkville during the regular season that eliminated them from post season play.
Oxford went to the quarterfinals during his junior year. The Yellow Jackets were ousted in a three game series with Lee of Huntsville. When Colvin was a senior Oxford was defeated by Tuscaloosa County 1-0 in the first round. Those years the first two rounds were one and done series.
It was at Tuscaloosa County that Bobby Sprowl the head baseball coach at Shelton State Community College took an interest in Colvin and invited him to the Buccaneers campus for a baseball camp.
Colvin accepted a scholarship offer from Sprowl. The Buccaneers won the Alabama JUCCO conference championships during his two years at Shelton State. Colvin was also named to the all-conference team as the catcher his senior season in 2002
Shelton State is a two year school. The AUM Senators scouted the JUCCO state tournament and offered Colvin a scholarship to the Montgomery school. During his playing time at AUM the Senators won the conference and played host to the Regional Tournament. Colvin was named to the all-conference team.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, and has later earned his Master’s Degree.
He began his coaching career at Goodwyn Junior High in Montgomery working as a volunteer and later as the head coach. In 2007 he joined the staff of Robert E. Lee High School as an assistant baseball coach and also coaching junior varsity football.
He became the head baseball coach in 2008 and remained through the 2009 season. Following the 2008-2009 school year, Prattville Athletic Director Jamey DuBose offered Colvin an assistant baseball and assistant football position at Prattville High School, where he would also teach essential math, algebraic expression and resources tutorial. Subjects that Colvin still teaches.
“It is a dream come true to be the head coach of a class 7A baseball program. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Mr. Dennis and Coach Anderson. My desire is to win, and I will win with class.”
"We will do some things different. I Like to run, we'll play more games. I hope Kerry (Jeffries) and JR (Walter Myers) stay with the program as coaches. We will have to wait and see after the new fiscal year for education begins this fall,
"I will continue the Alumni Game which will be on July 19th this year. We will add some new wrinkles to it. Also some new faces will be on the 2015 schedule such as Helena, Tuscaloosa County, and Oak Mountain."
Prattville's baseball team will compete in class 7A Area 3 with Enterprise, Jeff Davis, and Robert E. Lee.