Greenville High assistant coach Joey Hamilton to speak at AFCA convention

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 25, 2007

The second annual Alabama Football Coaches Association convention will take place February 1-3 in Montgomery at the Embassy Suites and Greenville High School wide receiver's coach Joey Hamilton has been selected as one of the four top assistant offensive coaches who will get speak.

&#8220It's a great honor (to be selected),” Hamilton said.

The three-day event will also feature Hoover High quarterbacks coach David Faulkner, Athens High offensive coordinator Cody Gross and Pinson Valley High offensive line coach Tony Johnson.

Each coach will speak about their position and duties.

&#8220Basically, I am hoping to share ideas,” Hamilton said. &#8220Hopefully, I can learn something from (the other coaches) and they can learn something from me.”

Greenville head coach Bryant Vincent said Hamilton did a tremendous for the Tigers this season and he is extremely worthy of the honor.

&#8220(Coach Hamilton) did a tremendous job this season of developing our younger, and older, receivers,” Vincent said. &#8220They play of our receivers improved every week.”

Hamilton, a 1996 Greenville High graduate, played on the 1994 State Championship team and went on to set seven school records, some of which still stand, during his playing days at Jacksonville State University.

&#8220(Coach Hamilton) does a tremendous job for us day in and day out and he plays a big part in what we are trying to build here,” Vincent said.

For Hamilton, he knows that just getting the opportunity to speak is something great, not for him, but for the city of Greenville..

&#8220It puts Greenville on the map and lets people know that Greenville football is back,” Hamilton said.

Also set to speak during the three-day event is newly hired University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Florida State University offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and Auburn University defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Fisher and Muschamp, coincidentally, worked under Saban during the LSU Tigers' 2003 BCS Championship season.

The college coaches will speak during the first day of the event, the prep coaches will speak on the second day and the convention will come to a close on the third day with the announcement of the Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year from each classification.

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The annual Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star football game will have some Greenville flare this year as Tigers head coach Bryant Vincent has been named as one of the offensive assistant coaches for the Alabama squad.

&#8220It's a tremendous honor,” Vincent said of being named an assistant. &#8220I've always gone to the game to watch it, but I think I'll have more fun this year.”

Bill Clark, head coach for the Class 6A State Champion Prattville Lions, will be the head coach for the Alabama squad.

&#8220It's just an honor to get to work with the best coaches and players in the state and to get to represent Alabama and Greenville,” Vincent said.

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The Greenville High football banquet will take place Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenville High cafeteria, but some changes have been made.

Prattville High head coach Bill Clark was slated to be the featured speaker but will not be able to attend due to his Lions being honored for their Class 6A State Championship.

Taking Clark's place will be the Lions' defensive coordinator, Duwan Walker.

Walker has served on Clark's staff at Prattville for the last eight years and was a huge part of the Lions' 35-21 win over the reigning champion Hoover Bucs.

Walker also played safety at Troy University and then served as a graduate assistant for the Trojans.