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
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.
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