MONTGOMERY—The basketball teams at Auburn University at Montgomery have long and storied histories, and several of the former student-athletes at AUM are now passing on their knowledge of the game to their high school teams.
Three former AUM basketball student-athletes have led their respective high school teams into the AHSAA Final Four this week. And another three led their teams into regional tournaments.
Chauncey Shines is the head coach at Brewbaker Tech. He has led Brewbaker to a 24-5 record this season and will face Ramsay (23-8) in the Class 4A State Championship tomorrow at 11 a.m. Shines played for AUM's legendary coach Larry Chapman from 1989-1991.
LaKenya Knight played at AUM 1994-96. She is head coach at Jeff Davis High School and has led the team to a 25-10 record. JD plays Hoover (30-1) in the Class 6A Girls semi-finals today (Friday).
Tiffany Frederick was also a member of the Lady Senators and played at AUM 2002-04. She is head coach at Fairfield High School, which is also her alma mater. Fairfield is 28-8 on the season and will face Carver (23-7) in the Class 5A State Championship tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m.
Other former AUM student-athletes who led their teams into the Regional Tournaments were Tonya Hunter, who not only played at AUM, but also spent several seasons as the assistant coach. She is the head coach at Shades Valley High School.
Ken Klinger played at AUM 1995-97. He is the head coach at Montgomery Catholic High School.
Katie Barton also played for the Lady Senators from 1996-2000. She is a member of the AUM Athletic Hall of Fame and is the head coach at St. James High School.
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