E.A. Sports Today

Making a difference

Ohatchee principal Tittle recognized for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in his school, community

By East Alabama Sports Today

MONTGOMERY – Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle is among seven winners of this year’s AHSAA “Making A Difference” Award for going beyond their normal duties as a coach, teacher or administrator to make a positive impact in their schools and communities.

Tittle has spent the last decade as an administrator and the last six as principal at Ohatchee working tirelessly to bring back the tradition in sports and academics the school once stood for.


Assistant principal Michael Graham said Tittle’s leadership has brought back a real sense of pride in the community and fans now flock to sporting events at the Class 3A school for all sports. The football team reached the semifinals of the state playoffs for the first time in 20 years last season finishing 12-2. The baseball team won its first area title in 31 years.

Academics, other sports and extracurricular activities are thriving as well; the school received an A-plus College Ready Grant totaling more than $240,000 for his school.

“He’s one of the best administrators I’ve ever worked with,” Indians football coach Scott Martin said. “He knows how to organize and lead people and be under the radar while doing it.

“He’s fair but firm when he has to be, has a great understanding of what it takes for a school to be successful and knows what ingredients make for a school climate.”

Tittle credits his own high school coach at Brilliant, Hall of Famer Glendon Gibbs, for providing the role model that he has tried to emulate.

Tittle graduated from Jacksonville State in 1999 and immediately began teaching music education and serving as band director at Carbon Hill High School. He later held the same positions at Wellborn and Clay County. He moved into administration as assistant principal at Talladega in 2007, became principal in 2010 and moved to Ohatchee in 2012.

He was the host principal for all the Calhoun County Tournaments this past academic year.

“Mr. Tittle is the best administrator I have ever worked for,” Indians cross country and track coach Casey Howell said. “He is one of the best Christian leaders I have ever met. If you ever get the opportunity to meet him you can tell his heart is in the right place. A lot of that comes back to his family; they are amazing people.”

The other award winners, one each from the AHSAA’s seven classifications, include Winterboro football and baseball coach Alan Beckett (1A); Lamar Brooks, G.W. Long High School (2A); Charles McCaleb, Bibb County High School (4A); Lawrence County football coach Richard Dutton (5A); Chelsea assistant athletics director Janiece Calhoun (6A); and Buckhorn softball coach Alvin Rauls (7A).

The honorees will be recognized at the Championship Coaches Banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center July 21 at the end of the 2017 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week for member schools.

“The recipients in this 2017 Making a Difference class are excellent examples of men and women who take their positions as role models for their students, faculty and community very seriously,” AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese said in a news release. “They are each outstanding choices for what this award stands for. Each has had a major positive impact in their communities and schools and across the state.”

You must be logged in to post a comment Login