List of most state titles: Coaches Azar, Hembree, Martin, Geter, Jones chase history

Several head coaches have a chance to stamp their names in history this week during the state finals in Macon.

Weslayan’s Jan Azar can become the first girls coach to win 10 GHSA state titles. Only Selby Buck, Lanier boys coach, has won more state titles. The Macon legend won 12, the last in 1951.

Angie Hembree of  Norcross can become the fourth girls coach to win six titles, joining Azar, Norman Carter and N.P. Malcom. Hebree can become the first girls coach to win three titles at two schools. (Collins Hill was the other.)

Kathy Walton of Southwest DeKalb can win her fourth state titles. Only 13 coaches of girls teams have won four, and all of those coaches were men except Azar and Hembree.

On the boys side, Eddie Martin of Greater Atlanta Christian and Aaron Geter of Wilkinson County can win their sixth state titles. Only six boys coaches have won six.

David Jones of Greenforest Christian can win his fifth GHSA state title and set a state record for years between championships. Jones last won in 1990 with Southside. The record of 21 years between titles is held by Seth Vining, who retired this year. Jones also can become the second boys coach to win titles at three schools. David Boyd was the first.

Jones won with Southwest Atlanta (1973, 1974, 1979). No coach has won a state title 40 years after his first one in any sport.

Jones has won two other state titles that are not included here. He won  in the Georgia Independent School Association at First Presbyterian in Hinesville in 2010, and he won an all-class state title at Southwest Atlanta in 1974 in addition to the Class AA title that year. So Jones has six state titles overall, but only four in the list below, which counts only the GHSA’s traditional classification championships.  Don Richardson of Southwest Macon also won an all-classification state title that is not included in the list.

Thanks to Tifton Gazette reporter Becky Taylor and the Georgia Basketball Project for the data that allowed for the compilation of these lists about Georgia high school coaches and state championships. Please point out any errors.

Most state championships won:

BOYS

Twelve

Selby Buck (Lanier 1926, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1948, 1950, 1951)

Eight

Eric “Fesser” Staples (Perry 1947, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964)

Six

Willie Boston (Westover 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001)

David Boyd (Campbell 1982; Tucker 1996; Berkmar 2000, 2001; Milton 2010, 2012)

Anzy Hardman (Woodbury 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985; Taylor County 2001, 2002)

Don Richardson (Southwest Macon 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1989)*

*Richardson won an all-classification state championship in addition to the Class AAA in 1973. The all-class title is not included.

Five

Aaron Geter (Wilkinson County boys 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011)

Doug Lipscomb (Wheeler 1994, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009)

Eddie Martin (Norcross 2006, 2007, 2008, GAC 2010, 2011)

Phil McCrary (Columbia 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Rufus McDuffie (Mitchell-Baker 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000)

Joseph Williams (Clay County 1978, Randolph-Clay 1983, 1986, 2004, 2005)

Four

Wallace “Country” Childs (Irwinville 1947, 1950, 1951; Blackshear 1955)

Norman Faircloth (Cochran 1943; Fort Valley 1952, 1954, 1961)

David Jones (Southwest Atlanta 1973, 1974, 1979; Southside 1990)*

Harold “Hal” Scott (Nahunta 1958; Savannah 1972, 1974, 1976)**

John Varnedoe (Savannah 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937)

*Jones won an all-classification state championship in addition to the Class AA in 1974. The all-class title is not included.

**Scott also won a state championship as a girls coach.

Three

Ron Bell (Marist 1989, 1994, 2000)

Glenn Cassell (Vienna 1956, 1957, 1965)*

Elmer Morrow (Druid Hills 1953, 1954, 1957)

Bob Reinhart (Decatur 1970, 1980, 1982)

Dick Shrewsbury (LaGrange 1963, 1965, 1977)

Jackie Bradford (GAC 1971, 1972, 1977)

Jimmy Hires (Richmond Hill 1988, 1993, 1994)

Tyrone Johnson (Whitefield Academy 2003, 2009, 2012)

Kenneth Ross (Murray County 1960, 1962, 1969)

Kenneth A. Ross (College Park 1974, 1975, 1976)

Joe Jenkins (Vienna 1927, 1928, 1929)

John Penland (Hogansville 1971, 1972, 1974)

Sharman White (Miller Grove 2010, 2011, 2012)

*Cassell also won a state championship as a girls coach.

GIRLS

Nine

Jan Azar (Wesleyan 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Six

Norman Carter (Butler 1964 girls; Taylor County 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)*

N. P. Malcom (Seminole County 1956, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969)

*Carter also won a state championship as a boys coach.

Five

Alvin Copeland (Northeast 1975, 1981, 1982, 1985, 2002)

Bob Davis (Baxley 1947, 1948, 1949; Dodge County 1962, 1966)

Angie Hembree (Collins Hill 2001, 2002, 2005; Norcross 2010, 2011)

Matt Troutman (Taylor County 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003)

Four

D.B. Carroll (Jasper 1951, 1951, 1954; Forsyth County 1959)*

Jimmy Conner (Jeff Davis 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)

Charles Cooper (Lowndes 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)

Manson Hill (Gainesville 1994, 001, 2003, 2004)

A.C. McCullers (Morrow 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993)

Eddie McCurley (Hart County 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

*Carroll also won a state championship as a boys coach.

Three

Janet Allman (Baldwin 1986, 1987, 1988)

Charlie Bess (Cherokee 1967, 1968, 1969)

Bill Burton (GAC 1974, 1982, 1983)

Walter Daniels (Miller County 1977, 1979, 1980)

Stephanie Dunn (St. Pius 2004, 2006, 2007)

Gene Durden (Buford 2009, 2010, 2011)

Calvin Epps (Central Talbotton 1984, 1985, 1986)

George Lindsey (Pitts 1955, Dexter 1962, 1963)

Jesse McLeod (Seminole County (1984, 1987, 1989)

Mike Mitchell (GAC 2001, 2002, 2007)

Lois Myers (Coffee 1980, LaGrange 1983, 1984)

Jim Waller (Woodward Academy (1995, 1996, 1999)

Kathy Walton (Southwest DeKalb 2008, 2009, 2010)

Coaches who have won boys and girls state titles:

Seven

Norman Carter (Butler 1964 girls, Taylor County 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 girls, Taylor County 1966 boys)

Five

D.B. Carroll (Canton 1942 boys; Jasper 1951, 1951, 1954 girls; Forsyth County 1959 girls )

Four

Glenn Cassell (Vienna 1956, 1957, 1965 boys; Vienna 1967 girls)

J.L. Padgett (Jeff Davis 1958 boys; Jeff Davis 1958, 1961 girls; Osborne 1964 boys)

Seth Vining (East Hall 1979, 1980 girls; East Hall 2001, 2003 boys)

Three

Bill Ensley (Hart County 1963 boys, 1963 girls, 1969 girls)

R.T. Johnson (Bacon County 1959, 1965 girls; Bacon County 1973 boys)

Two

S.A. Driggers (1952 boys, 1952 girls)

Bill Hardin (Ashburn 1956 girls, Turner County 1963 boys)

Stanley Simpson (Berrien 1970 girls, Berrien 1971 boys)

Cleveland Stroud (Rockdale County 1984 girls, Rockdale County 1987 boys)*

*Rockdale County’s 1987 boys team was stripped of its title because of a player found to be academically eligible.

Longest time between state championships:

21 – Seth Vining (1980 East Hall girls, 2001 East Hall boys) girls/boys

18 – Joseph Williams (1986 Randolph-Clay, 2004 Randolph-Clay) boys

17 – Alvin Copeland (1985 Northeast, 2002 Northeast) girls

17 – Anzy Hardman (1984 Woodbury, 2001 Taylor County) boys

16 – Charlie Hood (1983 Marietta, 1999 Marietta) boys

15 – Don Dollar (1969 Eva Thomas, 1984 Douglass) boys

14 – David Boyd (1982 Campbell, 1996 Tucker) boys

14 – Charlie Givens (1997 Dougherty, 2001 Dougherty) boys

13 – J.B. Bearden (1963 Cass, 1976 Franklin County 1976) girls

13 – Bob Davis (1949 Baxley, 1962 Dodge County) girls

11 – David Jones (1979 Southwest Atlanta, 1990 Southside) boys

Coaches with state titles at more than one school:

4 – David Boyd (Campbell 1982; Tucker 1996; Berkmar 2000, 2001; Milton 2010, 2012) boys

3 – D.B. Carroll (Canton 1942 boys; Jasper 1951, 1951, 1954 girls; Forsyth County 1959 girls) girls/boys

3 – Harold “Hal” Scott (Nahunta 1958 boys; Cherokee 1964 girls; Savannah 1972, 1974, 1976 boys) girls/boys

2 – J.B. Bearden (Cass 1963, Franklin County 1976) girls

2 -Wallace “Country” Childs (Irwinville 1947, 1950, 1951; Blackshear 1955)

2 – Bob Davis (Baxley 1947, 1948, 1949 Baxley; 1962, 1966 Dodge County)  girls

2 – S.A. Driggers (Stilson 1952 girls; Stilson 1952 boys) girls/boys

2 – Don Dollar (1969 Eva Thomas, 1984 Douglass) boys

2 – Bill Geer (Damascus 1945, Baker County 1950) girls

2 – Anzy Hardman (Woodbury 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985; Taylor County 2001, 2002) boys

2 – Angie Hembree (Collins Hill 2001, 2002, 2005; Norcross 2010, 2011) girls

2 – David Jones (Southwest Atlanta 1973, 1974, 1979; Southside 1990) boys

2 – George Lindsey (Pitts 1955, Dexter 1962, 1963) girls

2 – Eddie Martin (Norcross 2006, 2007, 2008, GAC 2010, 2011) boys

2 – Lois Myers (Coffee 1980, LaGrange 1983, 1984) girls

2 -. J.L. Padgett (Jeff Davis 1958 boys; Jeff Davis 1958, 1961 girls; Osborne 1964 boys) boys/girls

19 comments Add your comment

athensbball

March 7th, 2013
10:48 am

i wonder who has the most wins without a state title?

Todd Holcomb

March 7th, 2013
10:52 am

Don’t know, AB. I don’t have a list of coaches with their victories or I’d be able to figure it out.

G-dub

March 7th, 2013
11:05 am

Todd…I thought White at Miller Grove had 4

Todd Holcomb

March 7th, 2013
11:16 am

G-dub – White was suspended for the 2009 season during a school system investigation. He was reinstated for 2010. Eddie Johnson, now at MLK, was the interim head coach in ‘09.

G-dub

March 7th, 2013
11:30 am

Oh yeah I forgot about that. Way to do your homework Bro.

Hubert Green

March 7th, 2013
11:36 am

Maybe the most amazing thing is that Azar has won all her titles since 2002. She is an outstanding coach; gets everything out of her players. For other private schools, study Wesleyan’s way, at least on the girls side.

Todd Holcomb

March 7th, 2013
11:55 am

Also impressive is that Azar built the program from scratch. She didn’t inherit it. She’s the only coach the Wesleyan girls have ever had. I once asked her what was the most important thing in getting the program to where it is. She said the foundation from the start was based on teaching girls to be aggressive and intense on the court, something that often was counter to their personalities or how they’d been taught to behave as girls. Always thought that was interesting.

Da Coach

March 7th, 2013
12:11 pm

Long Live Ron Bell!!

Hubert Green

March 7th, 2013
1:03 pm

@Todd; Jan also is a great evaluator of her talent. If you watch several of her games, you will notice that she keeps her best two in at all times, but platoons offense/defense for the other three spots, which gets you at least 8 players in every game. The Lanet match-up is worth my leaving early to watch. Kudos to Eddie Martin after losing his leading scorer and three year starter to grades, the team bounced back really well. A guy by the name of Cam Boyd stepped into that spot; he’s not bad for a sophomre.

Lakerman

March 7th, 2013
3:21 pm

Cam Boyd is Cal Boyd’s son and the nephew of David Boyd – strong family genes.

Ernest

March 7th, 2013
3:32 pm

Great trivia, Todd!!! There is a LOT of great memories looking at these coaches and schools. We should note this does NOT include coaches in the old GIA Ballard-Hudson (Macon) and Beach (Savannah) were powerhouses before integration.

Any insight on Eva Thomas, the team Don Dollar won a championship with in 1969. That is a school name I’m not familiar with.

Keep bringing it, we are eating this up…

athensbball

March 7th, 2013
4:55 pm

@todd: Not sure how official this is on coach’s wins but here is a start on gaprep site……
http://ga.prepcountry.com/?m=21131&w=1&file=/coaching_wins_basketball.htm

Black

March 8th, 2013
5:10 am

Mmm, not impressed

Norman Carter

March 8th, 2013
9:07 am

The Taylor County Girls 132 game winning streak(1967-1972 has stood for 41 years and has never been seriuosly challenged. Lowndes County won 123 straight ih tha 1980s.

john Schimon

March 8th, 2013
12:17 pm

Hopi Bruins from Keams Canyon AZ 21 state championships in a roll a national record at 18 and he keeps winning

john Schimon

March 8th, 2013
12:18 pm

Coach Baker is the coaches name look it up

tremell middlebrooks

March 8th, 2013
1:35 pm

It is very disrespectful to forget that Miriam Walker won three in a row in the early 90’s .. With Calvn Epps as her coach..

Athensbball

March 8th, 2013
9:34 pm

As an old school basketball fan and after watching this years playoffs I’m sad to see how little coaching affects high school basketball anymore. The teams with the best athletes/players win. Period. Some of these coaches don’t have a clue but are winning titles bc of the players they have and some of the great coaches are left just playing with what they got. The new AAU and “me first” society has produced players that just team up with each other to win state championships. It’s sad cuz high school basketball used to be something special.

swatguy

March 8th, 2013
11:33 pm

Coach Jones is a legend.