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John Torisky Named Red Bay Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for 2015-16

 

RBHS hires boys basketball coach

Published 8:23am Wednesday, July 8, 2015

 

For the FCTimes2015

 

Red Bay High School hired John Torisky to take the helm of its boys basketball program last week.

Torisky is a native of Illinois with strong Red Bay basketball ties. He is the son-in-law of the girls basketball coaching legend Donnie Roberts. In fact, Torisky has been the assistant to Roberts for the past three seasons helping guide the girls program to the state finals twice and winning the 2A state championship last season.

He said he believes that experience will prove to be beneficial as he transitions to the boy’s program.

“I enjoy coaching the game of basketball, whether it’s boys or girls,” said Torisky. “I have two young boys, and that is what swayed me toward wanting to coach boys. I want to build a program for the long term.”

He added, “Coach Roberts has taught me too many things to mention, but I would say the most important thing he taught me is that being a good person is more important than being a good coach.”

Torisky said the transition from coaching girls to boys will be a challenge, but he feels like his experience as a high school player in Illinois will prove beneficial.

“Basketball is to Illinois what football is to Alabama,” said Torisky. “It is taken very seriously.  I would eat, sleep and drink basketball. I see a lot of potential with our boys program at Red Bay. Hopefully, my love and passion for the game will rub off on our kids.”

Torisky said he is going to start with the basics to build a success basketball program.

“My immediate goals are to install a program that builds a foundation for success,” he said. “I want to put our guys in a position to win on a nightly basis.”

Longterm, however, Torisky wants the boys basketball program to be on the same level with the girls program.

“I want to take this program and make it a yearly contender,” he said. “These boys can have success just like the girls have; we just have to lay the foundation and work hard.”

Torisky is married to Leah Roberts Torisky.

 

 

 

 

Noah replaced Greg Cash who resigned after 8 years. Red Bay boys only area championship under Cash was in 2012. Cash's teams won three Franklin County Championships.

The last regional appearance for Red Bay Boys was in 1995. Previous recent coaches were Rory Carpenter 2003-2005, Micah Jackson 2000-2002, Kenny Sparks 1996-1999, Max South 89-95, Donnie Roberts 88, Harold Entrekin 78- 87, and Larry Durham 70-77.

None of these coaches could duplicate the success of the 1995 Elite Eight team coached by deceased coach, Max South , who led the boys team to a regional final at Wallace State in Hanceville with a 26-5 record. The 95 team lost to State Runnerup-Cold Springs in the region final. South's teams won three county championships in his six years including back to back in 1994 and 1995. Red Bay defeated Class A Runnerup Belgreen in the 1994 county championship.

The 1995 team is one of a few with 20 wins in a season in the history of Red Bay Boys Basketball. The 1957 team under Coach J.U. Blacksher were defeated in the state tournament. The 1959 boys team under Harold Owens, whose 59 team finised 20-7 is another 20 win season for boys at Red Bay. They lost in the district and narrowly missed out on the state tournament. Also, Kenneth Cain led Red Bay to a state tournament birth in the early 60's. Red Bay also had the 1935 team advance to the state tournament.

History of Red Bay

Boys Basketball Area Championships:

1987 Head Coach Harold Entrekin

1988 Head Coach Donnie Roberts

1995 Head Coach Max South

2005 Head Coach Rory Carpenter

2012 Head Coach Greg Cash

 

 

Red Bay Varsity Boys Basketball     2012-2013   Schedule/Results  
DateParticipantsReqSite LocationGame NameResults
11/26/2012 @ 05:00 pm Hatton High School (2A)   Hatton High School   L 43 62
11/27/2012 @ 07:30 pm Belgreen High School (1A)   Belgreen High School   L 38 62
11/29/2012 @ 04:30 pm Winfield High School (3A)   Winfield High School   L 38 61
12/04/2012 @ 04:30 pm Colbert Heights High School (2 R Colbert Heights High School   L 41 47
12/07/2012 @ 06:00 pm Phil Campbell High School (2A) R Red Bay High School   L 48 60
12/11/2012 @ 05:00 pm Cherokee High School (2A) R Red Bay High School   W 52 43
12/15/2012 @ 11:30 am Rogers High School (4A)   Red Bay High School Tharptown Wildcat Classic L 44 55
12/15/2012 @ 05:30 pm Winston County High School (3A   Red Bay High School Tharptown Wildcat Classic W 57 53
12/17/2012 @ 05:00 pm Winfield High School (3A)   Red Bay High School   W 46 43
12/21/2012 @ 05:00 pm Belmont High School, MS (4A)   Belmont High School, MS   L 44 50
12/26/2012 @ 04:00 pm Phillips High School (1A)   Phillips High School Hatton Christmas Tourn. W 60 56
12/27/2012 @ 04:00 pm East Lawrence High School (4A)   Red Bay High School Hatton Christmas Tourn. L 45 52
12/28/2012 @ 04:00 pm Muscle Shoals High School (5A)   Muscle Shoals High School Hatton Christmas Tourn. L 34 66
01/03/2013 @ 05:00 pm Hamilton High School (3A)   Red Bay High School   L 37 51
01/04/2013 @ 05:00 pm Cherokee High School (2A) R Cherokee High School   W 64 57
01/07/2013 @ 03:00 pm Hamilton High School (3A)   Hamilton High School   L 36 61
01/08/2013 @ 05:00 pm Tremont High School, MS (5A)   Red Bay High School   W 60 34
01/11/2013 @ 06:00 pm Phil Campbell High School (2A) R Phil Campbell High School   L 55 56
01/15/2013 @ 07:00 pm Vina High School (1A)   Red Bay High School Franklin Co. Tournament W 72 37
01/17/2013 @ 08:00 pm Belgreen High School (1A)   Belgreen High School Franklin County Tournament W 61 59
01/19/2013 @ 07:00 pm Phil Campbell High School (2A)   Phil Campbell High School Franklin Co. Tournament W 56 48
01/22/2013 @ 05:00 pm Tremont High School, MS (5A)   Tremont High School, MS   L 49 53
01/24/2013 @ 05:00 pm Colbert Heights High School (2 R Red Bay High School   L 60 71
01/25/2013 @ 05:00 pm Tharptown High School (1A)   Red Bay High School   L 42 61
01/28/2013 @ 04:30 pm Tharptown High School (1A)   Tharptown High School   L 36 39
01/31/2013 @ 05:00 pm Belmont High School, MS (4A)   Red Bay High School   L 55 71
02/01/2013 @ 07:00 pm Belgreen High School (1A)   Red Bay High School   L 57 67
02/04/2013 @ 05:30 pm Hatton High School (2A)   Red Bay High School   L 47 58
02/08/2013 @ 06:00 pm Phil Campbell High School (2A) R Colbert Hts HS Area 16 Tournament W 49 46
02/11/2013 @ 07:00 pm Colbert Heights High School (2 R Colbert Heights High School Area 16 Finals L 49 59
02/15/2013 @ 07:00 pm Tanner High School (2A) R Tanner High School 2A Sub Region L 44 80
                                                                                                                                       Record 10-21