Stallworth inducted into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame

Published 11:34 am Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coach Anthony “Tony” Stallworth was recently inducted into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame for his success in men’s basketball.

Other honorees included  Larry Hinds, Class of 1963, baseball and basketball; Tyler Jones, Class of 2008, baseball; Jim Meeks, Class of 1987, golf;Brandy Milstead, Class of 2008, women’s tennis; Bob Owen, Class of 1966, men’s basketball; Chris Saba, Class of 2008, men’s soccer; and Lorraine “Les” Stuedeman, Class of 1993, softball.

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The Monroe County native, who eventually built a successful basketball program at Brantley High School earned a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon in 1978.

Before attending Huntingdon, Stallworth was a standout basketball player for J.F. Shields in Beatrice, where he played on the 1972 state basketball championship team.

Stallworth’s athletic abilities landed him a basketball scholarship at Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville, and he went on to play basketball for Huntingdon College.

He averaged 13 point per game and four assists.

“While he had many memorable moments in key conference games, he was best known for his leadership and his ability to adapt,” a Huntingdon release said. “After an injury prevented him from playing his senior year, he remained the team leader from the bench and was praised by coach Neal Posey and his teammates for his attitude and spirit.”

Stallworth went on to earn a master’s degree in physical education from Alabama State University; a certificate of administration from Auburn University-Montgomery and his Class AA degree in education administration from Alabama State.

He began his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach at Lomax-Hannor from 1978 to 1983, while working as supervisor of parks and recreation for the Dunbar Center in Greenville.

In 1983, he accepted a position at Monroe Senior High School, where he served as assistant basketball and head track coach for five years.

Stallworth began his career at Brantley in 1988, where he compiled a 48-0 record as head junior high school and assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach for two years.

He served as Brantley’s head boys’ coach from 1990 to 2005, compiling a 298-47 record, including a three peat in state championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995, claiming two 1A titles and a 2A title.

He was also named 1A coach of the year in 1993 and 1994 and 2A coach of the year in 1995.

Stallworth also saw success off the court, building an administrative career beginning in 1997, when he became assistant principal, then served as principal from 2006-2008. He moved to an administrative position at the Crenshaw County Board of Education in 2008.

He currently serves as the associate executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

“Since graduating, the notoriety from Huntingdon has allowed me to enhace my career to the highest level,” Stallworth said. “To be recognized along with a list of well-deserving candidates is truly special. As always, I will continue to be a model of encouragement for those who are interested in being part of such a great educational family.”