Coach Briggs speaks to Civitan Club

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Alvin Briggs, Greenville High School’s new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, was the guest speaker at the Greenville Civitan Club meeting, and said he encourages community involvement with his team.

&uot;I learned a great deal from those that coached me while I was at Greenville High School, Auburn University, the Dallas Cowboys and my career at the University of North Alabama (UNA),&uot; Briggs told more than 35 members and guests at the Civic Club’s bi-weekly meeting Monday night. &uot;I learned a lot about God, and about respecting your fellow man.&uot;

Briggs, who graduated from Greenville High School as a star football player for the Tigers, went on to the Plains, and while there went down in history as the only Auburn Football Player to participate in and win two Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships.

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More than that, he was a part of the coaching staff at UNA for 12 years, and while there, saw his team through three national championships.

&uot;If the players get their minds and hearts focused and pull together, they can go all the way to the top,&uot; Briggs said.

&uot;I personally am satisfied that I was able to compete at the level I did,&uot; Briggs said. &uot;I was satisfied to be able to play in the National Football League (NFL), during what was Coach Landry’s last year.&uot;

While Briggs said he is right now concentrating on the football team and its progression, he plans to work very hard with all athletic venues at Greenville High School.

&uot;There is no reason why Greenville High should not have success, up to and including playoff competition in all of their athletic programs,&uot; he said. &uot;I am going to see that come true.&uot;

Briggs then invited all to come out and support the Tigers.

&uot;We have a scrimmage game planned for this Friday night, and also for Saturday night,&uot; he said. &uot;I want the team to start adjusting to playing in the nighttime humidity, and also under the lights.

&uot;I would also like to invite anyone who is interested to come out and watch us practice anytime they can, and certainly come to the games — show the team they are appreciated,&uot; Briggs said.