Coaches Rhett Harrelson of Enterprise High School and Darren Goulson of Autojaville High School have been selected to coach the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star boys basketball team on March 11, 2023, in the 33rd Annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Tournament. Harrelson led the Wildcats to a 25-6 record and a first class 7A basketball championship for the school last season. Jolson drove Otojavel to a perfect 30-0 season en route to the Class 1A state championship in 2001 and led the Eagles back to the state championship in 2022 – and finished 27-3 after falling to eventual state champion Christian Covenant in the semifinals.
She was hired to coach all-star Alabama Girls coach Kenny Hill and St. James coach Katie Barton. Hill’s Wildcats rolled to a record 30-5 last season and won the Class 5A state championship. The Barton Trojans (25-7) reached the Class 4A State Tourney Finals where they fell to Deshler in the championship match.
Brandon Dean, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced Thursday. Dean said the teams will be announced in March. Each team consists of 15 seniors selected by the AHSADCA All-Star Coaches Committee from nominations submitted by the school. The games will be streamed live via NFHS and televised via AHAA TV with WATM TV producing the competitions. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the games live via its extensive network of radio stations and Internet links.
“We are grateful that these coaches are leading these All-Star teams,” Dean said. “All of them have achieved outstanding performance in their respective programs. We are confident that they will provide the same leadership and energy with this year’s student-athlete group.”
Alabama swept Mississippi State last year in the 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic. The Alabama girls consolidated their lead in the series (18-14), which began in 1991 with an impressive 89-81 win at Clinton (MS) this past March. The Alabama girls are riding a five-game winning streak dating back to 2018. The Alabama boys team defeated Mississippi 96-89 last March and now hold 17-15 bullets in the series. The Alabama Boys have won three of their last four games – falling 93-81 in the 2021 game.
Dean said Harrelson, who graduated from Enterprise High School and Western Carolina University, will serve as the boys’ head coach in Alabama, and Hill will serve as the girls’ head coach in Alabama. Harrelson collected a 103-46 career coaching record heading into his sixth season this winter. The Wildcats have earned anchors in the AHSAA State Basketball Championship each of the past two years.
Goulson, a graduate of Autogave High School and Auburn Montgomery University, compiled a 369-138 career coaching record over 18 seasons. The Eagles have also made trips to the last four games in the last two seasons. Their 57-3 record during that period is the best win percentage for any AHSAA boys team during that time.
Hill, who graduated from Scottsboro High School and Athens State University, is between 206 and 127 years old over 11 seasons. Previously, he worked as a coach at Enterprise High School. Barton, who attended Prattville High School, is also an AUM graduate. She has a career record of 413-192 over 21 seasons.
The AHSAA and AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Coaches Association (MAC), run the All-Star Games each year. The games rotate annually between each state. Alabama will be the host for the 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic. Dean said the location will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 36th Alabama-Mississippi Classic Football All-Star Game will be played December 10th at Hancock Whitney Mobile Stadium located on the campus of the University of South Alabama. Keith Etheredge of Auburn High School was named head coach for the Alabama All-Stars earlier this month.