ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND
October 15, 2016
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ASD Hall of Fame inducts six athletes
Six noted former athletes and coaches were inducted by the Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) Alumni Association to the ASD Hall of Fame during the 19th biennial ceremony at the Alabama School for the Deaf Student Center in Talladega on October 15, 2016.
The inductees included Alfred Deuel, Renola Giles, Judy Green, Bert Haynes, Rocky Truman and Tonia Washington.
This year’s event featured speaker Wayne Mnich whose accolades include: Executive Director of the Kansas Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from 1984‐88; former Board of Directors of the Kansas Education Foundation and former Board of Directors of the Missouri/Kansas Telecommunications Co.; Teacher/Coach of the Year, 1964 in Murray County, Oklahoma; Hall of Fame of the Midwest Athletic Association of the Deaf; Herman G. Wells Award, 2001; and James Phillip Holland Award, 2006.
Alfred (Al) F. Deuel
Alfred (Al) Frank Deuel was born in Sedalia, Missouri in 1942 and attended the Missouri School for the Deaf. After high school, he attended Gallaudet University, graduating in 1966 with a degree in Physical Education.
Deuel began his coaching career at Alabama School for the Deaf in 1967 as the Assistant Football Coach. He went on to serve as Head Basketball Coach and Physical Education Director. He led the ASD football team, in 1971, to a National Deaf Football Championship. He served as Head Basketball Coach until 1974, and saw his team named the National Deaf Basketball Champions, as well.
Renola D. Giles
Renola D. Giles was born in Livingston, Alabama in 1975 and became deaf at the age of two due to a high fever. Her parents wanted the best for her and enrolled her at ASD at the age of six in 1981.
Throughout Giles’ high school years, she excelled in both basketball and volleyball. As a setter on the Lady Warriors volleyball team, she was named Deaf‐Prep All‐American Volleyball First Team in 1993. Also that year, the Lady Warriors won the area championship for the first time in school history.
On the basketball court as point guard, she led the Lady Warriors by averaging 16 points per game and was the first Lady Warrior to score over 2,000 points. She ended her career with a total of 2,137 points.
Giles won numerous accolades including Area 9 Offensive and Defensive MVP in 1991; Mason‐Dixon All‐Tournament Team in 1992, 1993 and 1994; All‐Area Tournament Team; All‐County Team; and Deaf‐Prep All‐American Basketball First Team in 1992, 1993 and1994. Coach Kay Hill has stated, “Renola truly was an All‐American. She cannot be replaced in the Lady Warrior basketball program for she was a dynamo on the basketball court.”
Judy A. Green
Judy A. Green, born deaf in Repton, Alabama in 1970, hails from Conecuh County and came to ASD in 1977.
Green was a stand‐out in volleyball and basketball, but is being honored for her accomplishments under Coach Kay Hill and ASD Lady Warriors Basketball. Serving as both guard and forward, Green led the Lady Warriors with an average of 16 points per game. At the end of her ASD career, she had 1,383 career points and was the second all‐time leading scorer in the history of Lady Warriors basketball.
Her awards are almost as numerous as her career points and include MVP, 1986‐87; All‐Area Team, 1987‐88; All‐County Team, 1987‐88; Mason‐Dixon All‐Tournament Team, 1987‐88; Deaf All‐American Team, 1987‐88 and 1988‐89; and Anniston Star All‐Area Team, 1988‐89.
Ronald (Rocky) Lee Truman
Ronald (Rocky) Lee Truman was born in 1964 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Deaf since birth, Truman attended the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for six years and in 1972, transferred to ASD.
During his time at ASD, Truman participated in the American Boy Scouts and Indian Dancing for nine years under Deaf Scout Master, Moran Colburn. Truman served as leader of the Indian Dancing team during his junior and senior year.
Truman was a three‐sport athlete playing basketball and track and field under Coach Bert Haynes, football from 1978‐1979 under Coach Moran Colburn and 1980‐1983 under Coach DeWayne Clark. Truman placed 2nd in the shot put at the state track and field meet in 1983. He was named to the Frat’s All‐American First Football Team as offensive line player in 1983. During his junior year, he was selected as the Player of the Week by the Daily Home and was captain of the football team his senior year.
After graduating from ASD in 1985, Truman began working at ASD as a night aide and then recreation aide and was here 15 years. He attended Bessemer State Tech School and Western Oregon University where he received his rehabilitation counselor for the deaf certification. He has been employed at Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) as deaf support specialist for 14 years and has received Employee of the Year from ADRS twice.
Tonia E. Washington
Born in Hale County in 1973, Tonia E. Washington was raised in Uniontown, Alabama in Perry County. She came to ASD in 1978.
Washington was a three‐sport star participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field. In volleyball, she was named to the All‐County Team in 1989, 1991‐1992.
As forward for the Lady Warriors basketball team, Washington was a leader both on and off the court. She established a new career scoring record of 1,709 points, breaking the scoring record previously held by Roxanne Dawes. She also set a new rebounding mark of 898. She was the only Lady Warrior to hold both the scoring and rebounding records.
For her basketball prowess, Washington was named to Frat’s Deaf All‐American Basketball Team, 1990 and 1992; Deaf All‐American, 1991 and 1992; Frat’s Deaf American Player of the Month, Dec. 1991; Birmingham News All‐State Team, 1992; Anniston Star All‐Area Team; 1990, 1991 and 1992; Talladega County All‐County Team, 1990, 1991 and 1992; Mason‐Dixon All‐Tournament Team, 1991 and 1992; Area 12 All‐Tournament Team, 1992 and Talladega County Female Athlete of the Year, 1989‐1990.
Washington also placed first in track in the Sectional Meet in the 400 meter run and 200 meter run, setting a new state time of 52 seconds flat. She was named to the All‐County Track Team in 1990 and 1992.
Bert C. Haynes
Bert Carvel Haynes was born in 1954 in Clay County, Alabama. After graduating college in 1976 and working one year for the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Department, Haynes found his way to a 37 year career at ASD holding many roles at ASD: Teacher/Physical Education, 1977—2011; 7th Grade Basketball Coach, 1978; Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach, 1979—2000; Head Jr. Varsity Basketball Coach, 1980—2000; Head Boys Varsity Track Coach, 1982—2006; Career and Technical Education Director, 2008—2011; and Driver Education, 2011—14.
Along with the numerous roles at ASD came tremendous achievements. As Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach, ASD won 7 Mason‐Dixon Championships and 6 National Deaf Prep Championships. And while these are incredible stats, his record as a track coach speaks for itself: 3 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State Champions (1992, 2005, 2006); 2 National Deaf Prep Champions (1992, 2003); 8 AHSAA Class 1A State Runners Up (1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004); 22 Class 1A Section Championships (19 in a row); 2 AHSAA Class 1A Section Runners Up; and 10 Talladega County Track Championships (1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,1996, 1999 and 2003).
With team titles came individual honors. Haynes has been Talladega County Boys Track Coach of the Year 10 times. In 1991, he was named National Deaf Prep Track Coach of the Year. He was named AHSAA Class 1A State Track Coach of the Year in 1992. In 1997, Haynes received National Deaf Prep Basketball Coach of the Year honors and was named Sorenson Communications Teacher of the Year in 2013.