Open House April 19, 2018 for Encore Rehabilitation- Lillian

Encore Lillian Open House Invite

Encore Rehabilitation – Lillian
12831 6th Street, Unit C, Lillian, Alabama 36549



Coach Ann Schilling

The following is an excerpt from: Perseverance and Passion Has Highlighted Ann Schilling’s Journey to Hall of Fame, by Bill Plott, AHSAA Historian. To read the complete article, click here.

Ann Schilling’s journey to the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame started at the hands of a master. The Class of 2018 inductee played under the renowned Coach Becky Dickinson at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Coach Dickinson was in the very first class of inductees in 1991.

In a letter nominating Schilling to the Hall of Fame, Coach Dickinson wrote: “Before her high school tenure with me even began, Ann fell during summer team camp and broke her right arm. Other athletes might have let that discourage them, but not Ann. She stayed at summer camp and continued to work out. She came to every volleyball practice and game, taking statistics and stepping in wherever she could. She even taught herself to shoot a basketball left-handed.”

A native of Mobile, Schilling went from McGill-Toolen to Auburn University where she played basketball for four years, walking on and earning a scholarship by her sophomore year. She stayed a fifth year at Auburn to play volleyball when the program was reinstated.

With college-level varsity experience in basketball and volleyball under her belt, she accepted the position of physical education teacher, basketball and volleyball coach at Bayside Academy in 1987. It was a perfect union. Schilling is now in her 31st season of teaching and coaching at Bayside.

That career, by the numbers, includes the following:

  • 23 state volleyball championships, four runners-up
  • 16 consecutive state champions 2002-2017, an Alabama record and second in the nation, and 19 in 20 years since 1998
  • More than 1,400 wins, first among state active coaches and second in the state all-time
  • 6 Mobile Press Register Super 12 Coach of the Year awards
  • 5 Birmingham News Coach of the Year awards
  • 7 selections as AHSAA all-star coach
  • National Federation of High Schools Volleyball Coach of the Year award in 2010

Additionally, Schilling has received two John L. Finley Awards for Superb Achievement as a coach and an R. L. Lindsay Service Award for club volleyball. She is founder and director of the Eastern Shore Volleyball Club.

She was elected to the Bayside Academy Hall of Fame in 2004 and to the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Coach Dickinson said she saw Schilling develop and grow into a superb leader. “Looking back at her outstanding career, it may come as a surprise that Ann was not a born leader,” Dickinson said. “During her senior year, the captain of the volleyball team missed one of our tournaments, and I watched as my team floundered, leaderless.   A few timeouts later, when I asked Ann and her fellow senior to take charge, I watched her step onto the court and step into her own. After that, nothing Ann did surprised me.

“I was not surprised when she started and didn’t stop winning state championships. I was not surprised when Ann’s peers repeatedly recognized her coaching ability by voting her Coach of the Year. I was not surprised that she learned to take relatively unskilled young women and teach them game skills while building their confidence and leadership skills.”

And it is no surprise that Ann Schilling has now been inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Coach Ann Schilling is one of 11 inductees to the Alabama High School Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. For a complete list of other 2018 inductees, please click here.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to provide Sports Medicine Coverage for the Bayside Academy Admirals and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. 
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Rachel Johnson – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

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Congratulations to Rachel Johnson, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula!

Rachel is a Senior at Eufaula High School where she plays Basketball for the Tigers. She has been recognized on the Regional All-Tournament Team, 2018 Team Captain, Alabama All-State 3rd Team, and Super 12 Honorable Mention. Her post-graduation plans include playing basketball in college and pursing a Physical Therapy degree. (Great career choice!)

In her free time, Rachel likes singing at church and doing yoga. She is the daughter of Sonya Johnson.

Way to go, Rachel! We wish you the best!

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula
1228 S. Eufaula Avenue, Eufaula, Alabama 36027

Coach Ricky Allen to be inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

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The following is an excerpt from: Ricky Allen Built Girls’ Basketball at Brewer with a Solid Foundation by Bill Plott, AHSAA Historian. To read the complete article, please click here. 

When most people might while away slow time doodling, Ricky Allen found himself drawing house plans. He once mused that perhaps he should have been an architect.

Some say he was an architect in the way he built the girls’ basketball program at Albert Brewer High School in Morgan County. Over a 30-year career he constructed a program that produced more than 600 wins, a state championship – and an enthusiasm amongst his students that has created a passion for the sport at all levels of the community.

A native of Hartselle, Allen, who is being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center March 19, was in the first group of seniors at Brewer in 1973. He played on the school’s first basketball team, a squad that made it to the state tournament.

After graduation he went to Auburn University, first studying business, then education as he realized that teaching and coaching would be his calling. With a degree in hand, he returned to his alma mater as assistant football and boys’ basketball coach.

From 1978-81 he was girls’ basketball coach at Cotaco Junior High, compiling a record of 53-9. Then he spent two years at Union Hill Junior High, coaching the boys to a 23-11 record. Returning to Brewer in 1982, he coached JV basketball as well as volleyball and softball, leading the school to its first county championship in both sports. In 1985, he took over varsity girls’ basketball. Over the next 30 years it became one of the top programs in the state. Among the accomplishments:

  • A record of 604-272
  • One 5A state championship and one runner-up finish
  • Five Region championships, 15 Area championships and 17 Morgan County Championships
  • Nine All-State players and the 2012 5A state Coach-of-the-Year award.

Allen built the Brewer program by attracting elementary school girls to his basketball camps.  He would go to their junior high games, watching the teams that fed into the high school and always standing under the goal rather than favoring one side or the other.

“I was like all the girls that played basketball at the feeder schools,” recalled Christy Thomaskutty, who went on to become a four-time All-State player. “We all wanted to be good enough to play at Brewer for Ricky Allen.”

Thomaskutty went on to play at Tulane, graduating magna cum laude in management. She is currently in her 14th year of coaching at NCAA Division II Emory University in Atlanta.

Mark Edwards, sports editor at The Anniston Star, covered Brewer High School when he was at The Decatur Daily earlier. He wrote that what he was most impressed with in Ricky Allen was not the wins and losses but the coach’s character.

“He began coaching Brewer girls’ sports in the early 1980s when it wasn’t necessarily considered cool to coach girl sports,” Edwards said. “In North Alabama he helped make it cool. He never let a single one of his players think for an instant that their team and their games were any less important than the boys’ teams and games.

“He worked his players hard, but he treated them fairly. At a time when it seemed as if so many male coaches screamed theirs heads off at their players, Coach Allen did the opposite. I noticed he almost never yelled during games. When he did, it was because he needed to be heard over the noise of the large crowds that came to see his teams play. He managed with a caring, firm hand – not insults and derision.”

Morgan County has always been a basketball hotbed. Allen retired as No. 4 on the list of winningest coaches. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Ricky Allen is one of 11 inductees to the Alabama High School Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. For a complete list of other 2018 inductees, please click here.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to provide Sports Medicine Coverage for the Brewer High School Patriots and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. 
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Elsee Peoples-On the move with spina bifida

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Elsee was born with spina bifida. Due to her condition, she has physical disabilities and requires physical therapy. Elsee and her mother, Jessica, come to Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield to work with Physical Therapist Rachel Jones.

Jessica shares, “We absolutely love the staff at Encore! We are so blessed to be a patient at the Winfield office. They have helped Elsee in so many ways.”

Thank you, Elsee and Jessica, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation as your rehabilitation provider!

Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594

Ann Hagood -“My shoulder mobility has immensely improved!”

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After dislocating her shoulder and suffering a hairline fracture, Ann Hagood  came to Encore Rehabilitation-Gulfport Downtown for her physical therapy. Following a program that included exercises, stretching, and manual therapy, she is doing great!

Ann shares, “My shoulder mobility has immensely improved! The entire staff-from the front desk receptionist to the techs to the physical therapists-provided a very welcoming, positive environment. They are very knowledgeable, encouraging, and patient. They are all truly assets to your organization!”

We thank you, Ann, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Gulfport Downtown to be your rehabilitation provider! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Gulfport Downtown
2A Pass Road, Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

Jean Stevenson – Feeling Better

Jean Stevenson shared her recent experience with Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana:

“I was having sharp pain in the left leg and it was hard for me to walk and get around. After therapy, the pain is almost gone and I can move a lot freer. I can also do my work easier. Therapy has really helped me feel better.” – Jean Stevenson

Thank you, Jean, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana as your physical therapy provider! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100, Columbiana, Alabama  35051


Jonathan Gettys – MLB bound!

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Jonathan Gettys, a left-handed pitcher from Wallace Community College-Dothan, has been chosen as Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!

In this year’s season, Jonathan has started 5 games and is tied for 4th in the ACCC for strikeouts with 33. He has only allowed one home run and has an earned run average of .354, while batters have a .198 batting average against him. In addition, he has allowed 16 hits, 11 runs (8 earned), 10 walks, and 33 strikeouts.

His future plans: to be drafted to MLB! 

A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Jonathan has been playing baseball since he was a toddler. When not on the field, he enjoys lifting weights and watching movies.

Congratulations, Jonathan! We wish you all the best in your pursuits of  MLB!


Jonathan Gettys of the Wallace Community College Govs with Lillie Morgan, Athletic Trainer with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive, Dothan. AL 36303


Coach William Booth to be inducted into AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

Coach William Booth
The following is an excerpt from: Math Teacher William Booth’s Baseball Coaching Career Adds Up to Hall of Fame, By Bill Plott, AHSAA Historian. To read the complete article, click here. 

Coaching baseball was not William Booth’s first calling. A glance at his resume shows first choices as math teacher, assistant principal, advanced placement coordinator, transportation coordinator, and he also coaches baseball.

It can be said that he excelled in all of them. His baseball coaching has added up to an Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame selection for Booth, the state’s all-time prep baseball wins leader. The Class of 2018 will be inducted March 19 at the banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

“At the age of 42, he was called on to help out Hartselle High School’s baseball team. Without any previous experience in (high school) coaching, he walked on to the field and immediately started winning,” recalled his friend Don Logan, owner of the Birmingham Barons and B.A.S.S.
Despite his late start, Booth’s 30-year career as baseball coach at Hartselle has resulted in the following accomplishments for his storied program.

  • A won-lost record of 1,025-431 through 2017, making him the all-time winningest coach among Alabama high school baseball coaches.
  • Eight state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999. 2000, 2009, 2013) and three runners-up (1993, 1998, 2010).
  • Seven AHSAA final-four finishes, two final eight and six final 16.
  • 20 Area championships and nine runner-up finishes.
  • The 2009 team finished with a record of 50-9. Five other teams won 40 or more games while 15 won more than 30 games. There has only been one losing record (20-27) during his career.
  • 101 players have received college baseball scholarships, including eight who went into professional baseball. Two of them, Steve Woodard and Chad Girodo, made it to the major leagues. Others have gone on to coaching careers.

He was also a Little League baseball coach for 10 years, winning two state championships and finishing second once. Booth was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.

A native of Hartselle, Booth graduated from Morgan County High School in 1962. He attended Athens College and Alabama A&M, earning degrees in math and administration.

Don Logan pointed out that Booth’s accomplishments have not been limited to the baseball field. “He has also excelled in the important role of developing boys into men, and he has helped many earn college scholarships and quite a few more to sign contracts to play professional baseball,” Logan said. “Outside of baseball, he set what might be another record, teaching thousands of students subjects such as calculus and higher mathematics for 50 years. He recently retired from the classroom, but at age 73 he hasn’t quit working with young people, on and off the field.”

Dr. Dee Dee Jones, superintendent of Hartselle City Schools, calls Coach Booth “the finest example of how to coach students on all levels – mentally, academically, athletically and personally. “He continually goes beyond expectations to equip the students of Hartselle in whatever capacity he serves,” she stated in her nomination letter for his Hall of Fame selection. “During his 52 years in education – yes, I said 52 years – he has served as an advanced math teacher (49 years), Federal Programs Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Transportation Coordinator, Director of School Operations, and now as Assistant Superintendent. Over the past 30 years he has also served as the high school baseball coach. Mr. Booth has the distinct honor of being the winningest coach in Alabama.”

Coach William Booth is one of 11 inductees to the Alabama High School Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. For a complete list of other 2018 inductees, please click here.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to provide Sports Medicine Coverage for the Hartselle High School Tigers and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. 
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