State award named for Alexander assistant coach

Alexander assistant football coach Monty Fountain had an award named for him this week, and he was surprised to be the first recipient.

The award, given by Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, was created to recognize teachers who have had a tremendous impact on the education and lives of others, according to Georgia’s department of education Web site.

Barge showed up at Alexander on Wednesday and presented the award to his former teacher and coach at an assembly at the school.

“Monty Fountain taught me that the road to success would be paved with persistence, hard work and a strong work ethic,” Barge said. “One of the first things I wanted to do after being elected last year was name an award after Mr. Fountain and give others the opportunity to nominate teachers who helped shape their lives for the better.”

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A Conservative Voice

September 30th, 2011
10:46 am

Hmmmmmm, a little biased I would say. I wonder who else was on the panel doing the selecting or was this a “I’m the King thing”. Sounds like something a certain “Annointed One” would do. I have no doubt he is a nice guy, but c’mon. Some of these things we do we regret… comes to mind…..”The Cynthia McKinney Parkway”.


September 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

Goodness. Can you guys keep the political commentary for the other part of the AJC. This coach got an award. @ A Conservative Voice: you do not even know this guy from Alexander HS. What on earth.

There is a statue of Eugene Talmadge and all of his shady baggage sitting on the ground of the State Capitol. If former Georgia (4 different times) Governor Talmadge has a statue at the State Capitol, it seems logical that perhaps…just perhaps the assistant football coach at Alexander HS may be worthy of a piece of paper and recognition from his former student.

When you see all of those ceremonies when Presidents (Democratic and Republican) hand out medals, honors and awards. Are you dumb enough to believe that all of those people really did something past writing a check for whatever political interest floated their fancy. Give me a break.

Talk about football or crawl into your hole with your gun and play with yourself. If you know Monty Fountain, please inform us about how he does not deserve recognition. Otherwise, stop comparing him to clowns like Cynthia McKinney. Say “congratulations” to the guy, talk some Georgia high school football or just be quiet!


September 30th, 2011
1:33 pm

FYI: I was raised in Warner Robins, GA. If I had the opportunity to name a highway after our distinguished US Senator (Houston County native) Sam Nunn, I would not hesitate. Within the next 50 years, I would be SHOCKED if a high school is not named after the guy. If they want to name a highway after Sonny Perdue, who is the first Warner Robins native to be Governor, I am all for it. If Robert Davis has a highway named after him, 2 National Championships is a perfect way to do it in Warner Robins.

We already have roads and highways named after Carl Vinson. I do not care what party they are from. If they positively represent our city, name a town after them.

Your kidding right

September 30th, 2011
2:53 pm

@eaglenationrising You would give an award to Sam “wants your gun” Nunn. If that man had his way only the government would be aloud to own guns. Ask Cuba and other similar countries how that is working for them. O.K. back to football talk for me. Just had to put that out there.


September 30th, 2011
8:38 pm

I have known Monty Fountain for nearly 30 years and could not think of another man who better deserves such an award. Coach Fountain understands the concept of not merely teaching a subject or sport but teaching a person. We would all be better off if we had more teachers and men of his character.


October 1st, 2011
9:53 pm

Coach Fountain was my Offensive Line coach while at Campbell. I cannot think of any other educator that deserves this award more the he does. Coach Fountain would not tolerate anything but your personal best, whether it be on the football field, in the classroom, or how you conducted yourself as an person. And there was no greater feeling than a complement from Coach Fountain. Well done, Dr. John Barge! For those who do not know Coach Fountain, trust us, he has more than earned this honor.

Richard Lanford

October 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

I went to Pebblebrook High School from 1978-1982 & coach Fountain was our JV football coach at the time, so when I was in JV football during my 1979-1980 year he was my coach. I knew when we as a team performed well & when we as a team would dissappoint him. He taught me teamwork, respect, honor, how to keep a good sense of humor under pressure & how to be a good person at heart. I’ve always considered him as a leader & a friend during my days in high school. Those are the qualities I try to extend to others as well, but these qualities have to be taught to the younger generations in order for them to become part of that person. Coach Fountain knows that & I’m proud of the fact that he has been acknowleged for this award & I’m a result of the kind of person that was touched by his life. I consider him one of my favorite people growing up. Bravo, Coach Fountain! You are a hell of a guy!


February 17th, 2012
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