After decades of service as a coach at Huntsville High School, former coach Doug Shaw was honored before Friday’s game. Shaw became the ninth entrant into the Huntsville Hornet Hall of Fame.
“Being around these kids keep me young,” Shaw said. “I could not stand the thought of sitting in my La-Z-Boy all day long. I’ll keep going as long as I can stay here.”
Shaw began his teaching and coaching career in 1974 and then became a varsity football and track and field.
He was on the staff of Huntsville’s 1980 Class 4A football state championship team that was led by Hornets longtime coach Joe Clements. Also on that staff were fellow Hall of Honor coaches Jack Armstead and Trevor Fountain.
Shaw eventually moved on from coaching to accept a position at Mance Park Middle School.
Following a brief retirement, Shaw was lured back into coaching by former football head coach and athletic director Mitchell Coey. Shaw was on the staff for the 2007, ’08 and ’09 football teams that reached the state football playoffs.
Shaw eventually stopped coaching football and served as an assistant in soccer, golf and was the boys’ track and field coach last spring.
The longtime coach helped the girls golf team win a state championship and guided former Hornet Audie Wyatt to a state championship in the pole vault this past spring.
Throughout his career in coaching, Shaw was on the staff of more than 30 teams that advanced to the playoffs.
“Let’s make one thing clear, good kids make you look real good,” Shaw said. “We have had good kids in football, track, of course in golf. You wind up just guiding them, not really teaching them. You’ve just got to guide them in the right direction. I’ve just been so blessed with the kids I’ve gotten to work with all of these years.”
Marcus Evans, Huntsville High School golf coach and co-athletic director, presented Shaw with a plaque before Friday’s game.
Evans worked with Shaw firsthand over the past few years with the boys and girls golf teams.
“He’s an ideal coach because he can coach any sport,” Evans said. “Golf’s a good example of that because he’s not a true golfer. He knew what his role was and that was to let me deal with the technical coaching and give him instructions about anything connected with how I wanted them to play, what types of drills I wanted them to do.
“He was also very popular with the kids. He related to them very well and he was a good motivator. He had all of the intangibles a good coach needs to have. He did a wonderful job as an assistant coach of our golf program, just as he did with every other sport that he coached over the years.”
Also in the Hall of Fame are Paul Bohan, Nancy Hopper, Mance Park and Morris Johnson.
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