David Dobbs named to AL HS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021

DAVID DOBBS (COACH): Recognized as one of the AHSAA's most outstanding track and cross country coaches, Dobbs, 64, grew up in Birmingham. He graduated from Banks High School (1975) and UAB (1990). He received his masters from UAB in 1995.   A man recognized by his peers and students for his kindness and humility, he has led by example on the track and in his own personal life. He has worked with several charities including the Firehouse Men's Shelter, Community Kitchens and Catholic Charities.    He has also been a leader in the AHSAA serving on the AHSAA Track Coaches Committee, Cross Country Coaches Committee and has been an AHSAA Summer Conference moderator on many occasions. In 2020, he was named the AHSAA Class 7A "Making a Difference" Award recipient.    A leader who has always been ready to lend an ear or a helping hand to fellow coaches, Dobbs served a head track & field and cross country coach for boys and girls at Hewitt-Trussville High School for 31 years - from 1990 - 2021. Named Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 1996 and Jefferson County Track and Cross Country Coach of the Year several times, he developed the Huskies' program into one of the state's elite programs.    His girls won state titles in indoor track and outdoor track in 1999, and his boys' and girls' teams each won the state crown in 2021. That same year, the two teams finished as runner-up in the Class 7A Outdoor Track championships.   More than 90 of his student-athletes signed college scholarships and currently hold 10 boys' and girls' overall or Class 7A state indoor track records and eight AHSAA outdoor state overall or Class 7A state records. His wife Anita has been working alongside him the entire way.