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Coach Mike Boyd to be namesake of HBS gymnasium

Published 10:52am Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Horseshoe Bend School gymnasium will be renamed to honor longtime basketball coach and athletic director Michael Boyd.

The Tallapoosa County voted to approve the naming the building the Thomas Michael Boyd gym at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

“I think that anytime a community nominates something to be named in honor of a person, that speaks volumes about what that person has committed to that community,” said Joe Windle, superintendent of Tallapoosa County Board of Education. “I don’t think there is any question what Coach Boyd has meant to the athletic programs at this school, in particular basketball.”

HSB principal Casey Davis said that Coach Boyd came back to Alabama in 1976 after teaching a few years in Georgia. The majority of his career has been spent here in Alabama, Davis said.

“Coach Boyd has been here at Horseshoe Bend since this school started in 1992,” Davis said. “He is an institution – he is teaching the children of his former students now.”

Though many coaches retire before having a building or field named after them, Davis said Boyd is not retiring at this time.

“We just thought it was time to honor Coach Boyd for his commitment and dedication to this school,” Davis said. “We felt like it was an honor that should be bestowed upon him while he is still here.”

Windle said that Boyd was deserving of the honor for many reasons.

“Certainly his record would warrant the recognition, but it is (because of) the lives of young people he has affected in a positive way,” WIndle said. “It is (because of) the life skills he teaches using sports as a tool to do that, and he is one of the best at that.”

Davis said that the school is planning to have a ceremony Jan. 25, which will also feature a basketball matchup versus Central-Coosa County High School. Details will be announced as they become available.

The Tallapoosa County BOE will meet at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse for its next work session Feb. 11 at 4 p.m., with the regularly scheduled meeting to follow at 5 p.m.

 

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