Hall Of Fame Adds Tide Team Doctor

Alabama team doctor Dr. James "Jimmy" Robinson was one of 12 contributors to prep athletics in the state who were enshrined Monday night into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Robinson was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletics Association honors hall as "integral as a member of the ASSAA's important Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He has played a key role in forming AHSAA's medical health and safety policies and helped to write the current Concussion Law that now governs all athletic events in Alabama."

Although probably most recognized as team doctor for Alabama football and men's basketball, he serves as high school team physician for Tuscaloosa County, Hillcrest, Northside, Sipsey Valley, and Tuscaloosa Central high schools, and is a consultant for another dozen schools in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Robinson also wrote the AHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form used by all student-athletes since 1993 and revised in 2010.

Robinson has been a leader in developing health and safety practices for high schools in Alabama and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA Summer Conference where he has addressed all member schools on the latest health and safety issues as well as the latest good health and safety practices.

He has a Family Practice in Tuscaloosa, supervises athletics trainers for DCH Regional Medical Center, and has operated the Good Samaritan Clinic since 1995. He has served as Medical Director for DCH Sports Medicine since 1989 and is currently serving as Endowed Chair of Sports Medicine at The University of Alabama.

He's a native of New Orleans and a graduate of LSU's School of Medicine in New Orleans.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the 24th class to be inducted since 1991, also included coaches, administrators, and an "old timer".

Selected in addition to Dr. Robinson were football coaches Mike Battles and Larry Morris; administrators Richard "Dickie" Brown and James "Jim" Garner; girls' basketball coaches Donnie Roberts and Mike Smith; boys' basketball coaches Major Lane, Alvin Moore and Tony Stallworth; and volleyball coach Nancy Shoquist. Selected in the "Old Timer" category was Eugene Weatherly.

Scottsboro's Morris, who served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control from 2007-2012, delivered the acceptance for the Class of 2014.

Stallworth is the current Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA. Dr. Robinson is co-chair of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Board while Battles, currently Handley's head football coach, has won 277 games in his prep career. Murphy volleyball coach Shoquist has over 1,050 career victories. Brown and Garner have served long tenures as principals at Beauregard and Pleasant Home high schools, respectively.

Red Bay's Roberts is the state's all-time wins leader in girls' basketball, and Smith, the former Decatur girls' coach, won over 600 games in his career. Alvin Moore won over 600 boys' basketball games coaching in Birmingham at Phillips and Carver. Major Lane has coached basketball and football at Pike County and Goshen, where he currently is assistant principal. Weatherly, now deceased, coached all sports at Hatcher High in Cherokee County and at Cobb Avenue in Anniston for more than 30 years before closing his career as basketball coach at the Georgia School of the Deaf for two decades.

The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.

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