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 Tom Calvin 

A native of Athens, Alabama, Tom Calvin was born June 13, 1926 and grew up on a farm on the outskirts of town. After a stellar career at Athens High School and service in World War II, Calvin developed into a determined runner for the Crimson Tide teams from 1948-1950.

He was drafted in the 25th round of the 1951 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers refused to give him a guaranteed contact so he remained in school and took the head coaching position at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, leading the Tigers to a 7-2-1 record.

Several months later, Art Rooney, changed his mind and made a call to Calvin offering him a deal he decided to accept which was an $8,000 a year contract. He played fullback and returned kicks with the Steelers for four seasons (1952-1955).

Tiring of the cold weather, Calvin headed south and accepted the head coaching job at Sylacauga high school in 1956.


His 1957 team finished the season with an 8-0-1 record an won his first State Championship as awarded by the Birmingham News for Class AA District 3. The 1960 and 1961 Aggie teams won back-to-back state titles.

Calvin led the Aggies to 15 straight winning seasons, including the Class 3A State Championship in 1969. His Aggie teams also won 12 county championships.

Needing a new challenge, he moved on to Decaturs Austin High School in 1978 and quickly transformed the long underachieving Black Bears into winners. His 1983 team reached the Class 4A state finals. That squad finished the regular season undefeated and lost to Murphy 7-0 in the championship game at Legion Field.

Following the 1988 season at Austin, Calvin would retire from the day to day duties as a head coach. His overall record was 201-130-11 in 33 seasons.

He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and was named state Coach of the Year three times including 1982 by the ASWA.

He served as the President of the Alabama High School Coaches Association in 1991. He later returned to the coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant at West Morgan.

Calvins wife, Lenette is also in the AHSAA Hall of Fame for her career coaching girls sports.

He is a member of the Limestone County and Morgan County Hall of Fame.


Known Record:  201-130-11   60.7%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Austin
Austin1988 6A4-71512090-11420R142-15561
Austin1987 6A3-7138143R141-25834
Austin1986 6A2-7119155R141-22335
Austin1985 6A7-52121771-13835R16#2-16344
Austin1984 6A8-32371391-12330R16#3-06315
Austin1983 4A13-13691353-18949R12#4-013217
Austin1982 4A10-22371081-11314R123-16636
Austin1981 4A1-948177R121-42191
Austin1980 4A4-6169140R122-37957
Austin1979 4A6-4169141R122-29671
Austin1978 4A2-8100157R121-44993
 11 Years60-59194916816-517714822-20705554
    
Sylacauga
Sylacauga1976 3A4-6144167R83-28378
Sylacauga1975 3A4-6149161R82-37189
Sylacauga1974 3A3-7110166R8
Sylacauga1973 3A1-9101213
Sylacauga1972 3A8-1-122173
Sylacauga1971 3A5-4-1167156
Sylacauga1970 3A9-2-12651222-17042
Sylacauga1969 3A11-13801292-07826
Sylacauga1968 3A6-4131158
Sylacauga1967 3A7-3127101
Sylacauga1966 3A7-3226133
Sylacauga1965 3A8-223593
Sylacauga1964 3A8-2193106
Sylacauga1963 3A6-3-111166
Sylacauga1962 6-4136113
Sylacauga1961 9-120834
Sylacauga1960 7-2-116056
Sylacauga1959 6-2-212767
Sylacauga1958 7-2-118876
Sylacauga1957 8-0-125853
Sylacauga1956 4-5-116587
 21 Years134-69-10380223304-1148685-5154167
    
Baldwin County
Baldwin County1951 7-2-120556
 1 Year7-2-1205560-0000-000
    
TOTALS
 33 Years201-130-115956406710-632521627-25859721


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