Baylor, 'Bama Football Alum Now Coaching Hoops

John Clay Coaches Nashville Select in AAU Tourney

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Former Baylor School football All-American John Clay knows something about winning with two national championships on his resume.

He was an offensive guard on the 1992 Alabama national championship football team and coached a Nashville 4th grade girls’ team (Tennessee Pride) to an AAU Level I national basketball title in 2011 in Orlando.

Today, coach Clay’s Nashville Select 7th grade girls’ team plays in the 7th-8th place game at 10:15 a.m. at UTC’s Maclellan Gym in the final day of the National AAU Level II tournament.

“I coached youth football in Nashville for awhile, but I have one daughter Maddie, 15) who plays ASA softball and another one (Abbey, 13) who is on this team (Nashville Select) so I quit coaching football, “ said Clay who was all-state, second team All-South and honorable mention All-American at Baylor in the fall of 1998.

1992 Bama Team: “We knew we had a great defense that year and were confident we could beat Miami (34-13) for the national championship and we did.”

Miami was the defending national champion and the Alabama defense did not allow an offensive touchdown in the game.

Clay, owner of Bread and Company in Nashville, has now instilled that confidence to win in his young basketball players with one national hoops title and a top 10 national finish in a four year period.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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