Ed Odeven Reporting

16561644162_095aa20da8_bAlabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey honors longtime Auburn High School boys basketball coach Frank Tolbert for his 700th career win on Feb. 17, 2015. FLICKR

This feature on Auburn (Alabama) High School head coach appeared in The Birmingham News on March 3, 2000.

Wheelchair coaching
Tolbert has Auburn High in semifinals

By Ed Odeven

Most head basketball coaches like to pace the side of the court, yelling instructions at a player or choice words at a referee.

Auburn High School coach Frank Tolbert, however, lets his assistants do the pacing and yelling. Tolbert coaches from his wheelchair.

The disease that put Tolbert in the wheelchair in 1994, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, has not interrupted his success on the court. After guiding Auburn to the Class 6A runner-up spot in 1987 and 1991, Tolbert takes his team against Jess Lanier in the Class 6A semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state…

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