Celebrating Sports Fellowship,
Spirit, and Community Pride
Important Note: All those planning to attend the next meeting,
please RVSP to Taylor prior to the meeting night.
This will insure proper food coverage for the meeting.
GCAC Donates $5,250
To Gulf Shores Middle School
The Gulf Shores Athletic Club presented the Gulf Shores Middle School football program with a check for $5,250.00 on Thursday, May 23rd.
Earlier Discussions with Head Football Coach Mel Stringfellow, revealed that the Gulf Shores Middle School football program was in dire need of
updated equipment, especially from a safety standpoint. As an example, Coach Stringfellow pointed out that all of their shoulder pads were in disrepair,
and were literally held together with string and tape.
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club made a decision to help. The donation from GCAC allows the school to purchase new shoulder pads for the entire team and help with the purchase of new uniforms.
This donation only helps Coach Stringfellow in his quest to update their equipment and the Gulf Coast Athletic Club would encourage other individuals or organizations to consider doing the same.
A strong Middle School program can do nothing but help the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins football program.
Thank You 2012-13 Guest Speakers!
Thank You 2011-12 Guest Speakers!
GCAC Donates $5,000
To Gulf Shores High School
Gulf Coast Athletic Club President, John McCormick, was pleased to surprise Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Ben Blackmon, with a check for $5,000 at Monday nights meeting. The funds will be used to purchase a much needed endzone camera for filming each game and practices.
The portable unit is needed to replace the previous method of borrowing a bucket truck, that was able to pull up to the endzone and raise a volunteer high enough to record the games. New renovations at the football stadium do not allow for a truck to be used in the this same manner.
Coach Blackmon seemed genuinely surprised by the donation and thanked the club for the very generous contribution to the needs of the football team.
Coach Kevin Steele, later added that this is how communities can make a difference in not only how the teams can prosper, but how individuals can be benifited by these types of technologies as well, to further their goals and ambitions.
GCAC Golf Tournament
We had a very successful Gulf Coast Athletic Club,
12th Annual Golf Tournament, held June 27th
here in Craft Farms. Below are the Net & Gross winners, and for the first time, Women's & Men's winners!
Click on the slideshow below to take you to
the tournament results and photos.
A huge thank you to Chairman John McCormick,
our Sponsors, and the many others who helped put this together, for another successful tournament.
Thank You 2013-14 Guest Speakers!
Welcome, Members & Guests!
We have a great speaker lineup to present below.
This looks to be a great GCAC season and we're glad to have you with us!
Voice of the
Rod Bramblett is in his 12th season as “Voice of the Auburn Tigers”. The Valley, Ala., native and 1988 Auburn graduate is a three-time recipient of the Alabama Sportscaster of the Year Award given out by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (2006, 2010, & 2013). In 2013, Rod was named Play-by-Play Announcer of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated writes: “Bramblett was given two once-in-a-lifetime calls in back-to-back games, and he delivered on both. Though his call of Chris Davis’s 109-yard dash in the Iron Bowl will be played for eternity, even better was his description of Ricardo Louis’s 73-yard catch of a tipped ball that gave the Tigers a 43-38 win over Georgia on Nov. 16: “A miracle in Jordan-Hare!”
Rod is very familiar to Tiger fans as the lead announcer for football, men's basketball and baseball radio broadcasts, while also serving as host of the weekly call-in show, "Tiger Talk". He is also host for the Auburn Football Review and Auburn Basketball Review television shows. As Director of Broadcast Services, Rod directs the Auburn IMG Sports Network's affiliate relations efforts with its 60-plus radio stations.
LSU Assistant AD
LSU Running Back
Justin Vincent, the former most valuable player of LSU's BCS Championship Game win over Oklahoma during the 2003 season, enters his third year as assistant director of player personnel for the Tigers in 2014. As assistant director of player personnel, Vincent has an active role in the off-the-field development of LSU football players.
A native of Lake Charles, La., Vincent returned to LSU after a four-year stint in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. Vincent won a Super Bowl title as a member of the Steelers in 2008. Vincent graduated in the spring of 2011 with a degree in communications studies.
A four-year letterwinner for the Tigers from 2003-06, Vincent capped his LSU career with 2,021 yards and 17 touchdowns. He recorded six 100-yard games, including an SEC Championship Game record 201 yards in LSU's 34-13 win over Georgia in the 2003 title game.
Vincent then followed that with 117 yards on 16 carries in LSU's 21-14 victory over top-ranked Oklahoma to claim the BCS National Championship in January of 2004. He played in 51 games during his career, starting 18 times.
Vincent finished his rookie season with 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns, which still stands as the most rushing yards by a true freshman in LSU history.
Photo's from our August 25th Meeting
From our August 25th meeting with Coaches Wimp Sanderson & Sonny Smith:
Coach Sanderson coached at the University of Alabama from 1981 to 1992 where in his 11 years as head coach his teams averaged 21.8 wins a year, with a 267-119 record, and winning 5 SEC tournaments. They played in ten NCAA tournaments making the "Sweet 16" six times. He is the only coach in Alabama history to win 200 or more games in his first 10 years. He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and was the National Coach of the Year in 1987. In 1990, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Smith coached Auburn University from 1978-1989, where he was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. In 1985, he coached the Auburn Tigers to their first SEC Tournament Championship in school history. He recruited and coached NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley. From 1984 to 1988, he guided Auburn to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 1985 and an Elite Eight berth in 1986. To date, he is the only coach in Auburn men's basketball history to have three consecutive 20-win seasons. In 2007, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
After retiring from coaching, Coach Smith & Coach Sanderson teamed up to host the radio program "The Sonny and Wimp Show".
We appreciate your continued support of the Gulf Coast Athletic Club & look forward to you joining us for our next meeting, September 8th!
See you then!
Photo's from our August 25th Meeting
From Our August 25th Meeting
Coach Wimp Sanderson & Coach Sonny Smith
Mobile Press-Register Sports Writer, Tommy Hicks was present for this meeting.
Read Tommy's piece at AL.com