Former Trinity coach Ragsdale to be inducted in 2018 HOF class
By Tim Gayle
Longtime Trinity Presbyterian football coach Randy Ragsdale, who retired at the end of the 2016 season, is one of 11 high school coaches and officials who will be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.
The 28th class, which includes former G.W. Carver coach Edward L. Wood, will be honored at a banquet at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on March 19, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
Ragsdale said he was “absolutely overwhelmed and truly humbled” when he was told of his induction and said it would not have been possible without the support of Trinity administrators and assistant coaches over the years as well as the parents and players.
“My first influence was my daddy, Randolph Ragsdale,” he said. “The first thing he did was introduce me to Jesus Christ. He was a high school industrial arts teacher and a high school football coach. One of the things he taught me and my brother (Scott) was that when you start something, you finish it.”
In addition to Ragsdale and Wood, the other nine inductees include football coaches John Mothershed and Jerome Tate, basketball coaches Ricky Allen and Obadiah Threadgill, baseball coach William Booth, softball coach Alvin Rauls, volleyball coach Ann Schilling, soccer official and rules interpreter Joe Manjone and former AHSAA assistant director Greg Brewer.
Ragsdale, 60, coached the Wildcats to a 242-86 record during his tenure that started in 1989, including a 45-game regular-season winning streak from 2000-05. His 2003 team won the Class 4A state championship with a 15-0 record. His Trinity teams reached the state playoffs in 25 of his 28 seasons and compiled a 116-23 region record.
Ragsdale began his coaching career as an assistant coach in Georgia and joined Harry Wayne Parrish’s Northview staff in 1985, helping the Cougars win the Class 6A championship in his first season as defensive coordinator.
Ragsdale coached in the 1997 and 2004 North-South All-Star Games, was head coach in 2010 and was named ASWA Coach of the Year in 2003. He currently serves as a board member of the District 3 Fellowship of Christian Athletes and received the Herman L. Scott Distinguished Service Award in 2017 for his faith-based coaching leadership.
He coached a team of Alabama all-stars in the Down Under Bowl in Australia in 1999 and 2000. As a player he earned All-America honors as an offensive lineman at Jacksonville State for three straight years and was named the MVP of the NCAA Division II championship game in 1978.
The Rockdale County (Ga.) graduate attended Jacksonville State University on football scholarship graduating in 1979. He earned his masters from JSU in 1984. He and his family attend Ray Thorington Road Baptist Church where teaches bible study.
Since the inaugural class induction in 1991, these 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 343.