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Alfred "Al" Austin

Inducted 2003

Ribault High School girls basketball coach Al Austin has had reason to celebrate in 2003. In addition to his selection to the FHSAA Hall of Fame, he completed his 25th season with a fifth consecutive state championship, a breakthrough in Florida girls basketball history. His 695-56 record makes him the all-time winningest coach in Florida. In recognition of his achievements, Austin was selected as the head coach of the USA South team for the second annual USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival in June.

A graduate of New Stanton High School in Jacksonville, Austin set a state record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.6 seconds in 1957. He became a standout track & field athlete at Florida A&M University, earning conference honors in the javelin throw and running the 440-yard relay with future Olympic gold medalist and Dallas Cowboy Bob Hayes.

Austin began teaching and coaching at Ribault in 1975, assisting in football and track for the first few years. He became the head girls basketball coach in 1978. His teams have amassed 22 district and 18 regional championships, 13 appearances in the FHSAA Finals, and eight state titles. Under Austin’s leadership, Ribault won 101 consecutive games from January 2000 through January 2003, and has never lost more than five games in a season.

In 2002, Austin was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today and Student Sports Magazine. He has been named the Florida Dairy Farmer’s State Coach of the Year four times. Austin is a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and FAMU Halls of Fame.