R.A. Hubbard head football coach Mac Hampton and Hatton head girl’s basketball coach Chasta Chamness have been selected as the male and female Moulton Advertiser coaches of the year.
Both coaches had very successful seasons, winning over 70% of their games and leading their teams to the postseason.
In his second season, Hampton led the Chiefs from 2-8 to 8-3 and a home playoff game.
“There were times I was skeptical about having the kind of season we had,” Hampton said. “But these guys stayed the course, bought in and by the time we won the second or third game I knew it was going to be a special season.”
The Chiefs started the season 4-0 and it was during that run that Hampton realized what his team was capable of.
“We played Cherokee first and it was a tough game, they had routed us the year before,” he said. “After getting that win, and getting a few after that, the kids just started to believe and they stayed believing.”
Hampton has been preaching to his kids that they can’t be satisfied, and it’s something that he has to follow as well.
“That’s the thing, it’s not about what you’ve done, but instead it’s what you’re doing,” Hampton said. “It’s an honor to receive this award, but we can’t let up, we can’t quit working.”
At Hatton, Chamness took her team from a 14-13 season to 23-8 with an area title and a trip to Wallace.
“I knew we were capable. We ended the previous year on a higher note and the skill level, work ethic and determination of the girls was amazing,” she said. “They bought in and worked so hard to get there and once they got there, they realized that winning is fun.”
Chamness could pinpoint just when the tide turned for her team in the season.
“We played Falkville and won in a 3OT game and I had several young players step up after we lost starters to fouling out,” Chamness said. “The next night we lost to West Morgan, the only game we lost at home all year. I knew that that game was going to be a turning point, we were either going to step it up or be an average team. The girls really stepped it up.”
With all five starters back and all but one bench player back, the Hornets have chance at having an even more special season this year.
“We’ve already talked about not being satisfied,” Chamness said. “Last year, our goal was to make it to Wallace. This year our goal is to, not just win at Wallace, but make a run at that blue map. The girls are really buying into that.”