Linda Crowe graduated from St. Clair County High School in 1966. She graduated from Samford University in 1974, and earned a Master’s Degree from UAB in 1979.
She was the cheerleader coach for Moody High School for over 20 years from 1969-71 and again from 1979-99.
During the years as cheerleader coach, the cheerleaders at MJHS and MHS participated in one day cheer camps, summer camps and competitions for the first time.
She was also a History, Social Studies and Physical Education teacher. She was the Jr. Varsity basketball coach in 1979.
In 1995, Crowe was named Teacher of the Year through Jr. Achievement.
Crowe is a member of the St. Clair County Educational Foundation and First Baptist Church Moody. She is also a Moody councilwoman.
Paul Kellogg graduated from Strawberry High School in 1962. He was an All-State basketball player in high school.
He earned a Masters and an AA from Montevallo in 1966. He was an All-First Team NAIA basketball player from 1964-66. He led the team in scoring in 1965-66, and was named team MVP in 1966.
Kellogg was in the Marines from 1966-71 where he was a captain, and a Vietnam veteran. He earned 12 ribbons and a Bronze Star.
He was a head basketball coach for 28 years at West Blockton, Pelham, St. Clair County and Moody. In 1993, he was the defensive coordinator for the SCCHS football team that went undefeated and won the Class 2A state title.
Todd Jones graduated from Osborne High School in Marietta, Ga in 1986. He attended JSU where he was a pitcher for the Gamecock baseball team.
Jones was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 1989 MLB draft. He made his major league debut during the 1993 season.
Over the next 15 years, Jones pitched for eight different teams. His best season came in 2000 with the Detroit Tigers as he made the All-Star Team, led the AL in saves, and was named the AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.
Today, Jones resides in Pell City, and is an advisor for the Pell City High School baseball team as well as the Detroit Tigers.
Brandon Moore graduated from Springville High School in 1990 and from Auburn University in 2004.
Moore was a standout baseball player during high school and college.
During high school, Moore was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 1990, and was named as one of the Top 25 baseball players in the nation his senior year.
At Auburn, Moore was named All-SEC, All-Region 10 and Third-Team All-American in 1994.
From 1994-2000, Moore was a member of the Chicago White Sox organization reaching AAA two different seasons.
He has been coaching pro baseball for the past 15 years, and is currently the hitting coach for the White Sox AAA team. He has coached in AA and AAA All-Star games.
Larry Touart graduated from Bibb Graves High School in 1964.
Touart played baseball for Southern Union in 1965 as a pitcher, and later transferred to JSU in 1968. He earned a B.S. in Science and a Master’s in Driver’s Education.
From 1969 to 1999, Touart was a coach at Ashville high school. He helped guide the track team to several state titles in the 1970’s, and helped the 1999 baseball team finish runner-up in the state.
Touart coached basketball for many years as well, and took over the varsity program with Coy Smith retired.
Mickey Venable was the heart and soul of St. Clair County High School athletics for over 20 years.
From 1993 until the day he died, March 30, 2013, Venable was the head team manager for the football team.
From the time he started, he went out and fired every coach from their managerial duties, and told them to never worry about it ever again – he would take care of it, and he did. He went to every football game through the years and was on the sidelines molding young boys about not only the game of football, but the game of life.
Venable treated everyone the same. He always had a smile and handshake for those he came in contact with.
He was responsible for preparing the field before each home game to sideline organization to cleaning and putting away equipment after each practice and game.
Venable was a member of New Lebanon Baptist Church and enjoyed singing Gospel music.
Maurice Woody graduated from Springville High School in 1988. While in high school, Woody played football, basketball, baseball and ran track, winning various All-County and MVP honors.
He walked on at Livingston as a football player, and earned a scholarship while there. He earned a B.S in 1993; Master’s in 2003 and an Education Specialist EDS in 2011 at Auburn of Montgomery.
His teaching and coaching career started at Ragland and then on to Opp.
In 1995, he made the move to Monroe County High School, and he is still there today. He coached football, track and baseball there, and is currently the principal there.