Al Austin  Induction - March 2006

A native of Jacksonville, Alfred Austin is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Florida.  He began his coaching career in 1974.  He moved to Ribault Senior High in 1975 where he has coached soccer, football, boys and girls track, boys basketball and for 26 years served as Head Girls Basketball Coach.  His Girls Basketball team have a win-loss record of 721-60 (.925 winning percentage) (never losing more than five games a season) with 8 State Championship, 5 consecutive state championships; 1998-2003 (the Lady Trojans holds the Florida record) and 13 Florida Final Four Appearance. His team have won 17 Conference, 23 District, 18 Regional Championship, and 68 state tournament games (current state record).  From 1992 to 1995 his teams had a state record 101 games winning streak.  He also has served as Athletic Director for 15 years at Ribault Senior High where during his tenure state championships have been won in boys basketball, and the boys and girls track.
      From 1959-1963 Alfred Austin was a member of the Rattler track team during its' zenith, when it produced numerous conference, national and world records and one Olympian, fellow Jacksonvillian Bob Hayes.
     Austin was a member of the world-famous 440 relay team, where he teamed with FAMU Sports Hall of Famers Bob Harris, Bob Paremore and Bob Hayes.  The 1962-63 season saw the scintillating 440 combo turn in the fastest time in the nation.  Austin also participated in several high profile national and regional meets including Drake Relays, the Miami Relays and the L.A. Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles, Calif.  A three-time conference champion in the Javelin, setting a conference record one season Austin threw a toss of 213 feet, 10 1/2 inches.  He also threw discus and ran on the 880 relay team.  Thanks to his exploits, the Rattler track team won four consecutive SIAC track titles. 
     Coach Austin won numerous awards and accolades including (1)FACA Coach of the year three (3) time, (2)1994 coached the North team in North-South All Star game in Tampa, Florida, (3)served as FACA District Girls Basketball Chairman for eight (8) years, (4) FACA Life Membership Award for his outstanding contribution to high school athletics and the coaching profession, (5) Recognized at the national level from January 2000 to January 2003, (6) Ranked second in the nation in 2002, (7) Ranked twelfth in the nation in 2003, (8) Name coach of the Year in Jacksonville Gateway Conference 21 times, (9) USA Today and Student's magazine 2002 National Coach of the Year, (10) Four-time state of Florida Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, (11) Three- time JASPER award winner,  coach of the year, (12) Three-time JASPER award winner, girls basketball team of the year, (13) Tony Bosselli Foundation teacher\coach award winner, (14) Coach of the East team in the McDonalds All American High School Game, Oklahoma City, OK (2004), (15) Coach of the South Team in the National Youth Development Tournament, Olympic Village, Colorado Spring, CO (2003), (16) Coach of the Florida Team in the Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina All Star Shoot Out (1998), (17) (1999) Induction into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and (18) (2000) Induction into the Florida High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, (19)  (2003) Inducted into the State Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame, (20) (2003) Inducted into the Florida High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
     Coach Alfred Austin has been married to the former Wilma Jean Small for over 35 years.  They have two adult children, Andrea and Alfred Jr.