It’s been an offseason of total change in Lawrence County when it comes to boy’s basketball. Three of the county’s four teams have been looking for new coaches to lead their programs. Hatton announced the hire of former All State player Justin Henley and East Lawrence decided to go with former coach Baine Garner, who successfully led the team in the early 2000s and is now the principal of East Lawrence Middle School.
Now Hubbard joins the list.
The Chiefs put an end to the last vacancy in the county by officially hiring Bobby Winston as the new head coach of R.A. Hubbard basketball.
Finding a strong coach to take over was clearly a point of emphasis for R.A. Hubbard Principal Rosa Allen-Cooper.
The search included a list of seven coaches, with the two finalists being Winston and Coach Ralph Marshall.
Both will be coaching for the Chiefs this year with Marshall serving as an assistant to Winston. David Little also joins the Chiefs’ coaching staff as an assistant.
“Our main objectives were to hire coaches who would be positive role models and relate to Hubbard’s players both on and off the basketball court. We accomplished those objectives,” said Allen-Cooper. “Winston, Marshall and Little are all valuable pieces to our boys’ basketball program.”
For Winston, this will be his first head-coaching job at the high school level, but he’s hardly a newbie. Winston has spent the last three years as an assistant at two of the top basketball programs in North Alabama, Deshler and Muscle Shoals. The past two seasons he has been an assistant to Neal Barker at Muscle Shoals, arguably one of the best coaches in all of Alabama. Prior to that he was head coach of the North Alabama Stars.
Safe to say Winston has a bright future ahead in the coaching ranks of Alabama High School Basketball.
“I thank God and Principal Allen-Cooper for giving me an opportunity to serve as the head coach at R. A. Hubbard,” said Winston. “The school and community are awesome. The players are respectful and eager to learn the game. I am excited to be a part of the Chief Nation.”
Marshall also brings valuable experience to the assistant role, having served as the head coach of Shades Mountain Christian School and most recently as an assistant to the G.W. Carver girl’s team that went to the Final Four in 2019.
The hires give Hubbard a strong and deep coaching staff going into the 2020-21 season.
“It is an honor to work with the other coaches at Hubbard,” Winston said. “We have a young team but we are going to implement strategies to help them advance in basketball and in life.”
Allen-Cooper stated that when searching for a new coach she wanted someone that wasn’t just knowledgeable of basketball, but someone that could connect with the kids at R.A. Hubbard. She believes she found that in Winston. “Coach Winston has high expectations for our young men and our boys’ basketball athletic program. Winston’s coaching style is compatible to our athletes at Hubbard.”
While the announcement is just now being made official, the Chiefs’ community has known the hire for a little while now. The support has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Coach Winston and Hubbard’s new basketball staff have received out pouring support from the players, parents, communities and Booster Club,” said Allen-Cooper. “The Chief Nation is fired up and looking forward to our upcoming basketball season.”
Winston echoed her statements.
“The support and welcome I’ve received from Principal Cooper, parents, players and the community has been humbling. It is also a blessing to have my brothers PJ and Siran Winston supporting and working with me.”
With a young but talented squad returning for Winston, it’s shaping up to be an exciting 2020-21 season.
“Our current boys coaching staff is second to none. They are bringing years of experience and basketball knowledge to our school,” said Allen-Cooper. “It’s going to be an exciting year of Chief Basketball!”