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Tommy Suitts

Tommy Suitts was a Coffee High School basketball star. In 1965 he was All-Tennessee Valley Conference, All-Region, and All-State. He went on to play at the post-collegiate level at the Marion Institute for two years before continuing play at the University of Alabama. At the Marion Institute he made six all-tournament teams, plus MVP honors of two tournaments. He was All-Dixie Conference for two seasons, All-Region for two seasons, and All-American for one season. While playing under the helm of Coach C.M. Newton at the University of Alabama he was a starter in his final season and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic team. He led the team in field goal percentage and was second on the team in scoring and free throw percentage. He was voted as the team’s “Best Defensive Player”. After his own basketball career he became a coach at the high school and college level. He coached high school in Alabama and Texas and his collective high school coaching win number was over 300. Crowning the 300 wins are five county championships, six area championships, four region championships and three Final Four showings. Suitts coached at the college level at institutions such as Alabama, North Alabama, Rice, Chicago State, and Marion Institute. He had four conference championships, two with the University of Alabama and two with the University of North Alabama. He had two Final Four appearances and a NCAA Division II national championship with UNA. Three times his teams at Alabama, UNA, and Marion Institute had the best win-loss percentage in school history.