Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I only knew Jim Brown through Twitter posts about politics and sports, specifically conservative Christian beliefs and his ‘Bama fandom. “I do not apologize for either,” his Twitter bio stated. Amen. Brown, a teacher and coach at Briarwood Christian School for thirty-five years, was a must-follow for me on the … Continue reading Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

DAPHNE, Ala. – Bayside Academy rising senior Sam Koby doesn’t consider himself a “superior volunteer,” but a look at his extracurricular activities calendar shows otherwise. The president of the Daphne school’s student government association plays point guard for the Admirals’ basketball team and he’s a strong safety on the football squad. Koby is a member … Continue reading Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

A higher calling

The young coach keeps the text message as a reminder. It was sent to him by a basketball player from his former high school, where the coach was departing from to take a job at another Alabama high school. The text message, in part, reads, “I just wanted to let you know having you coach me this … Continue reading A higher calling

Eyesight vs. Mind-sight

At one of Alabama’s best high schools, a new coach took over for the 1998-1999 basketball season. He talked to players and parents, stating that the program would develop into one of the best in the state, and would eventually win a state championship. A freshman on that team remembers people in the room laughing. … Continue reading Eyesight vs. Mind-sight

In the bleachers

We have lived in this town for more than two years, and we had never set foot in the high school.That isn’t unusual, considering we are a handful of months past our ten-year reunion from a school in a different county. None of us has a kid that age, yet. But earlier this month, we decided … Continue reading In the bleachers