The GCAC conducted its first meeting of the year on August 31st, 2015, which featured guest speakers Wimp Sanderson and Sonny Smith. Both Sanderson and Smith are retired SEC basketball coaches and each led their respective teams (Alabama and Auburn) to some of the best seasons in their school’s history.
Taylor Means, President, opened the meeting by greeting our guests and asking David DeMyer, membership chair, to provide his report. David introduced the new club members and asked them to stand for recognition.
Taylor introduced the new Athletic Director of Gulf Shores High School, Jamie Williams. Taylor then presented Coach Williams with a check for $9000 to fund sports team needs at the high school. Coach Williams, who is in his first year at GSHS and who is attending his first GCAC meeting, spoke for a few minutes about his coaching history, what brought him and his family to GS, and a bit about his coaching philosophy. Coach Williams brought the club up to date on the first two varsity football games of the season, and although GS lost both, he believes the team believes in themselves more than in previous years.
Taylor took back the podium and asked the ever-funny Kevin Corcoran to preside over the team reports and introduce our speakers. Kevin made several comments including noting the large turn-out (approx. 120 people) and he reminded members to RSVP so we have accurate counts for meals and tables. He also bantered back and forth with “Wimp” as Coach Sanderson came to the stage.
Coach Sanderson spoke for about 20 minutes and made several predictions including who Alabama would start as Quarterback. Wimp introduced Sonny, who also spoke for about 20 minutes. He was a “joke telling machine’ but also spoke on several serious items of interest including how coaches have difficulty removing star players from the team, and the benefits of the new rule fully compensating players for university costs.
Taylor closed out the evening by announcing the next meeting’s speaker, Danny Ford.
After the 50/50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.