Coaches Rhett Harrelson of Enterprise High School and Darren Golson of Autaugaville High School have been selected to coach the Alabama All-Star Boys basketball team that will face Mississippi on March 11, 2023 in the 33rd Annual annual Alabama-Mississippi Basketball All-Star Classic. Harrelson led the Wildcats to a 25-6 record and the school’s first Class 7A state basketball championship last season. Golson guided Autaugaville to a perfect 30-0 season en route to the Class 1A state championship in 2001 and brought the Eagles back to the state tournament in 2022 – finishing 27-3 after falling to the eventual state champion Covenant Christian in the semifinals.
Guntersville head coach Kenny Hill and Saint James head coach Katie Barton are named to coach the Alabama Women’s Stars. The Hill Wildcats broke a 30-5 record last season and won the Class 5A state championship. Barton’s Trojans (25-7) reached the Class 4A State Tournament Finals by losing to Deshler in the championship game.
Brandon Dean, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), made the announcement Thursday. Dean said the teams will be announced next March. Each team is made up of 15 seniors selected by the AHSADCA Star Coaches Committee from nominations submitted by the schools. The games will be broadcast live on the NFHS network and televised on the AHAA TV network with WOTM TV producing the contests. The AHSAA radio network will also broadcast the games live on its extensive network of radio stations and internet links.
“We’re grateful to have these coaches leading these star teams,” Dean said. “Each of them has done an exceptional job with their respective programs. We are confident that they will show the same leadership and energy with this year’s group of student-athletes.
Alabama swept Mississippi last year in the 32nd Alabama-Mississippi Classic. The Alabama Girls increased their series lead (18-14), which began in 1991 with an impressive 89-81 win at Clinton (MS) last March. The Alabama girls are riding a five-game winning streak since 2018. The Alabama men’s team beat Mississippi 96-89 last March and now hold a slim 17-15 series lead. The Alabama boys have won three of the last four games – losing 93-81 in the 2021 game.
Harrelson, a graduate of Enterprise High School and Western Carolina University, will serve as head coach for the Alabama boys, and Hill will serve as head coach for the Alabama girls, Dean said. Harrelson compiled a career coaching record of 103-46 heading into his sixth season this winter. The Wildcats have earned berths in the AHSAA State Basketball Tournament each of the past two years.
Golson, a graduate of Autaugaville High School and Auburn-Montgomery University, compiled a career coaching record of 369-138 in 18 seasons. The Eagles have also appeared in the last four state tournaments over the past two seasons. Their 57-3 record over that span is the best winning percentage of any AHSAA men’s team over that span.
Hill, who graduated from Scottsboro High School and Athens State University, is 206-127 in 11 seasons. He was previously a coach at Enterprise High School. Barton, who attended Prattville High School, is also an AUM graduate. She has a career record of 413-192 in 21 seasons.
AHSAA and AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Coaches Association (MAC), administer the All-Star Games each year. The games rotate annually between each state. Alabama will host the 32nd edition of the Alabama-Mississippi Classic. The site will be announced in the coming weeks, Dean said.
The 36th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic will be played Dec. 10 at Mobile’s Hancock Whitney Stadium located on the University of South Alabama campus. Auburn High School’s Keith Etheredge was named head coach of the Alabama All-Stars earlier this month.