Wade Lipscomb

Wade Lipscomb

  • Year Inducted : 2004
  • Sport : Athletic Administrator

About Inductee


Wade Lipscomb grew up in Macon, Mississippi, and graduated from Macon High School. In 1969, Lipscomb received a B.S. Degree from Livingston University, and in 1974, he received his M.S. Degree from Jacksonville State University. Wade Lipscomb began his coaching career at New Hope High School in 1969 and continued his coaching at Jacksonville State University. Lipscomb came to Huntsville High School in 1974, where he taught General Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry and Advanced Math. During his 21 years at Huntsville High School, Lipscomb coached Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf and Swimming. From 1995 to the present, Wade Lipscomb has served as the Director of Instructional Support and Athletic Director for the Huntsville City School System. Wade Lipscomb is known statewide for his work in athletic administration. During his tenure as Athletic Director at Huntsville High School, from 1978 until 1995, HHS won 41 state championships and finished as state runner-up 39 times. In 1978, Lipscomb, along with Sherry Ammons and Jim Oaks, started the first Girls State Basketball Tournament. What Wade has done is to be an advocate for high school athletics all around, but for the girls tournament he was the lynch pin that held it all together, said former colleague Sherry Ammons. In 1983, Lipscomb started a sixteen-team holiday basketball tournament, which two years later would become The Huntsville Times Classic. Wade recently completed his 21st year as tournament director of this event, which is considered by many to be the premier holiday basketball tournament in Alabama. Lipscomb, along with Oktay Akbay, also started the first Boys and Girls State Soccer Tournament in 1991. Lipscomb was named Athletic Director of the Year for the State of Alabama in 2000, and in 2001, he completed all requirements to become a Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. In 2003, Wade Lipscomb became only the seventh person from Huntsville and Madison County to be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Lipscomb is the past President and current Secretary-Treasurer of the AHSAAs District 8 Legislative Council, where he has served for 10 years. For the past 6 years he has represented District 8 on the Central Board of Control of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Wade Lipscomb has devoted his life and professional career to education and athletics.

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