Arab's Brian Privett

Arab grad Brian Privett during his playing days at Faulkner University.

Two Arab High School graduates are set to enter the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday evening.

One starred at Arab before moving on to bigger and better things, including a successful coaching career. The other was born and raised in Arab but made his mark in high school coaching outside of Marshall County.

The induction banquet starts at 6 p.m. today at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. Tickets are sold out.

Brian Privett was a three-sport star for Arab in the 1990s who went on to play college basketball for Jim Sanderson at Faulkner University in Montgomery. He helped Faulkner reach the NCAA Elite Eight in 2000.

Privett compiled a 297-99 record as Madison Academy’s girls head basketball team, guiding the Mustangs to the Class 3A state championship in 2011 and the 4A state title in 2017.

He currently serves as principal of Madison Academy’s upper school.

The late Paul Cooley was born in Arab but gained legendary status as Pisgah’s boys basketball coach. His 17 Pisgah boys teams compiled a 410-103 record and won three state championships.

Cooley also coached six years at Scottsboro. His combined record was 536-150.

The other six new inductees are:

• G.B. Beasley, Albertville

• Christi Martin, Boaz

• Kimberly Nedeau Driscoll, DAR

• Kenneth Adams, Douglas

• Joe Teal, Douglas/DAR/Guntersville

• Simone May, Guntersville

Look for more on the banquet and Privett and Cooley next week.

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