BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Board of Directors of the Birmingham Athletic Partnership (BAP) is proud to announce the creation of a new award to honor longtime Wenonah High School Girls Basketball Coach Emanuel “Tubb” Bell.
The Emanuel “Tubb” Bell Coach of the Year Award will recognize a middle or high school coach from the Birmingham City School system that exhibits the character, courage, and compassion that Coach Bell displayed throughout his life.
“There have been a number of wonderful coaches we have worked with over the years and Coach Bell was surely one of the finest,” said Edgar Welden, Founder of BAP. “We are excited to have the opportunity to honor many great coaches in his name.”
Coach Bell graduated from Wenonah High School in 1973. In the 1990s he returned to his alma mater to coach basketball. He served as the head coach for the Wenonah girls basketball team for the past 20 years. Under Coach Bell, the team won four straight AHSAA Class 5A state championships between 2014-2017. Throughout his career, he made eight trips to the state semifinals and won five state titles. He earned many coaching awards from various organizations such as the Birmingham Tip-Off Club, Birmingham City Schools and Alabama Sports Writers Association. Bell was awarded the Frank “Pig” House Award from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In the fall of 2016, Coach Bell was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. On January 31, 2019, he passed away after a hard-fought battle with the disease. Bell lived life to the fullest each and every day and thanked God for his blessings. He is an inspiration to all those who knew him, played for him and simply had a chance to meet him. He lived by the motto, “Faith, Not Fear.”
“On behalf of the Birmingham Athletic Partnership, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Emanuel “Tubb” Bell Award,” said Toney Pugh, Executive Director of BAP. “I had the pleasure of working with Coach Bell and his presence will be missed in the Birmingham community. BAP is proud to honor his legacy through this award.”
The award will be presented annually at the BAP Scholarship Awards Night, held in late May. This year’s program will be held on May 15, 2019 at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum.
Birmingham City Schools District-Wide Signing Day was held on February 6, 2019 at the Birmingham Crossplex. BAP is proud to recognize the individuals who will be furthering their sports career at the collegiate level.
- La Darius Crenshaw | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Antone Davis | Gulf Coast Community College | Football
- Marcus Davis | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Kobe Gunn | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Corrie Hutcherson | Highland Community College | Football
- Kendarrious Jelks | Itasca Community College | Football
- Elgin Nabers | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- D’Anthony Threatt | Alabama State University | Football
- Travon Stutson | Jacksonville State University | Football
- Tyboias Jones | University of the Cumberland | Football
- Connie Clarke | Snead College | Basketball
- Christopher Dial | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Deshawn Finch | Point University | Football
- Katerrius Johnson | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Brevyn Jones | Mississippi State University | Football
- Michael Lockhart | Georgia Tech University | Football
- Isaiah Meadows | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Caleb Tillman | Miles College | Football
- Anthony Wiggins | University of the Cumberlands | Football
- Julia Whittaker | Miles College | Volleyball
- Jammal Abrams | University of Alabama at Birmingham | Football
- Vonta Bentley | Clemson University | Football
- Chris Hall | Miles College | Football
- Mike Mcfarland | Murray State | Football
- Keyon Pollock | Unknown | Football
- Treveon Pickens | Georgia Military | Football
- David Robertson | Unknown | Football
- Michael Scales | Unknown | Football
- AJ Toney | Samford University | Football
- Antwon Williams | New Mexico Military | Football
- Casey Buchannon | Alabama State University | Football
- Parisha Rowser | Miles College | Volleyball
- Terica Chambers | Miles College | Volleyball
- Terri Crawford | University of Central Arkansas | Basketball
- Jaylyn Sherrod | University of Colorado-Boulder | Basketball
- Aniya Smith | Alabama State University | Basketball
- Dhakirah Baraka | University of Alabama-Huntsville | Track
- Brandon Sanders | University of West Alabama | Track
- Savannah Williams | University of West Alabama | Track
- Joshua Adams | United States Naval Academy | Football
- Terrell Adams | United States Naval Academy | Football
- Todd Lee Battle | Unknown | Football
- Cedarius Doss | Tuskegee University | Football
- Jordan Embry | St. Olaf College | Football
- Bryan Richardson | Shorter University | Football
We are excited to share that University of Alabama nose guard and Wenonah High School graduate, Quinnen Williams, was named recipient of the 73rd Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home Depot College Football Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Williams, a redshirt sophomore at Alabama, graduated from Wenonah in 2016. During his time at Wenonah, the football team won a Regional Championship in 2015 and finished as AHSAA 5A State Runner-up in 2016.
Birmingham Athletic Partnership wanted to take a moment and highlight one of our exceptional coaches in the city schools, Coach Emanuel “Tubb” Bell from Wenonah High School. In 1973, Bell graduated from Wenonah. Bell has been the coach for the Wenonah High School girls basketball team for 20 years. Coach Bell has won four straight AHSAA Class 5A state championships while coaching the girls basketball team. He has made eight trips to the state semifinals and winning five state titles. He has achieved many Coach of the Year Awards from various organizations such as the Birmingham Tip-Off Club, Birmingham City Schools and Alabama Sports Writers Association. Bell was awarded the Frank “Pig” House Award from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Coach Bell was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in the fall of 2016.Birmingham Athletic Partnership recognizes his positive leadership throughout his life and career as a coach. Birmingham Athletic Partnership continues to help and support Coach Bell and his team at Wenonah. Bell lives life to the fullest each and everyday and thanks God for his blessings. He is an inspiration to those who know him, play for him and just meet him. He continues to live by the motto, “Faith, Not Fear”.
“Birmingham Athletic Partnership would like to thank all of the city schools who continue to partner with us to make this program successful. Our goal with BAP is to make every effort possible to help these student athletes succeed not just for today but for the future. These experiences and opportunities to be a part of a team help to guide and give direction. BAP is always a phone call away. BAP is eager to continue to strengthen and grow this program for the benefit of our future student-athletes of the Birmingham City Schools. We have included some quotes from coaches and athletic directors.”