Dana, Ricky Austin
Named HPER's Female, Male Alumni of the Year
2005 — The Jacksonville State University Department of Health, Physical
Education and Recreation has named Dana and Ricky Austin as its 2005
Outstanding Female and Male Alumni of the Year.
Austin is a 1987 Spring Garden High School graduate. She received a
bachelor's in physical education at JSU in 1991, a master's in physical
education at JSU in 1992, and an educational specialist degree in physical
education at JSU in 2004.
Mrs. Austin is now
the assistant basketball coach at Spring Garden after serving ten years
as the head women's basketball coach at JSU. Recognized as a Young Alumnus
of the Year at JSU, Mrs. Austin was named Trans America Athletic Conference
Coach of the Year. Her other accomplishments include a Division II All
- American award, being named to the Elite Eight at JSU, and achieving
a Class 1A state championship at Spring Garden.
Coach Ricky "Rat"
Austin graduated from JSU in 1995 with a bachelor's
in physical education. He has been coaching and teaching physical education
at Spring Garden for the past nine years. Mr. Austin's awards include
Elementary Teacher of the Year at Spring Garden, Anniston Star Area
Coach of the year, and Alabama Sports Writers' Class 1A State Coach
of the Year.
Coach Austin's volleyball
coaching accomplishments include: five times as volleyball area champions,
three times as volleyball regional champions, and five times as an Elite
Eight and a state runner-up. As head basketball coach, Mr. Austin's
team earned two county championships, six times as area champions, three
times as southeast regional champions, three times in the state final
four, state runner-up, and the Class 1A State Championship at Spring
The Austins are
married and have two sons, five-year-old Riley and two-year-old Cooper.
They coach together at Spring Garden.
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