An Oxford High graduate and a former coach at Anniston Middle School, Doss has his initial J.O. Johnson boys basketball team in Saturday’s Class 4A finals, which is 33 years after he first took a team to the state championship game.
In 1981, his first Hayes team won the 4A crown. Doss followed with another title at Hayes in 1982. Both squads featured Buck Johnson, a future star at Alabama and with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Doss won five more state titles at Butler High in Huntsville in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011. A sixth crown eluded him in 2012 when Midfield banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to beat Butler in the finals.
Doss, 66, has won 715 games, and if you want to rate the best prep basketball coaches ever this state, you could put him on the short list of consideration.
Another title this week would add significantly to Doss’ resume. Eugene Mason won seven titles at R.C. Hatch, and Doss could break a tie between the two state basketball legends. A crown also would give Doss state titles at three different schools, matching Danny Petty, who won one state title apiece at Bob Jones, Madison Academy and J.O. Johnson.
The team Doss inherited at J.O. Johnson reached the 4A state finals a year ago, so we know he has players who are accustomed to winning. But teams still need good coaching to achieve, and Doss is doing that.
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