The Board of Directors of the Alabama Football Coaches Association met Friday Morning, December 3rd in their annual Super 7 meeting. The meeting took place at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame right across the street from Protective Stadium in Birmingham.
All board members were present. The board was extremely complimentary about the new venue of Protective Stadium for the Super 7 championships.
President Terry Curtis called the meeting to order. Executive Director Jack Wood thanked Toney Pugh for his help with the annual ALFCA Social on Thursday night which was well attended by the membership. Coach Wood covered the new sponsors that had come on board since the last board meeting - Bryant Bank, Huddlbox and Pro Comm head sets. He covered the financial report of the association.
Coach Wood recognized board member Scott Goolsby, assistant coach at Auburn High School, for being named as the Alabama representative to the AFCA's Broyles Award banquet. The Broyles Award recognizes the outstanding assistant coach in NCAA football, and the group now gives a National High School Award. Coach Goolsby will be a nominee for that award.
The AFCA Convention is January 8th-11th at San Antonio. Coach Wood reminded all of the board members that the ALFCA will provide them with a $600 stipend should they wish to attend and represent the association.
Coach Wood also said that we have the option of having our ALFCA convention speakers once again to be streamed by a company and then archived. Coaches from all over the country can go on the site, pay the individual or staff fee and get access to over 500 clinic presentations. The ALFCA would then get a part of those fees. Coach Wood stated that last year the association made $1250 off of this streaming service.
The ALFCA Convention is scheduled for Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th with the ALFCA Coach of the Year Banquet to be held on Saturday at lunch once again. The convention will still be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery. The ALFCA Board meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday at the Embassy Suites.
Coach Wood said that 10 schools had applied for helmet grants. The number of grants to be awarded has yet to be determined. Board members voted on what they considered to be the most deserving schools to receive the grants.
Scott Meyers, director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame spoke to the board about how excited they were in Birmingham to be hosting the Super 7 and promised to do whatever possible to make it a great experience for the teams and all of the coaches in the state.
Coach Bill Clark of the UAB Blazers also spoke to the board about the pride that his program had to be able to host the Super 7. He talked briefly about some issues facing both high school and college football and pledged his support to help the ALFCA in any way he possible could. Coach Clark was one of the original founders of the ALFCA and served as vice president for the first three years of the association.
Coach Wood went through the lineup of speakers for the convention. He and Executive Assistant Jennifer Byrd enlisted board members to introduce each of the speakers. President Terry Curtis then started the process of electing the Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year awards for each classification. He then went through the list of nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the board elected those as well. Coach Wood suggested that before next year that the committees for the Coach of the Year awards be expanded to include one more board member to help with securing nominations.
There being no other business, the board adjourned.