Randy D. Putman - 1991
Randy grew up in Birmingham and graduated
from Erwin high School in May, 1973. He signed with Calhoun Junior College and
played one year before returning home and playing his final year at Jefferson
State Community College.
After leaving Jefferson State, Randy
played two years with Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
During his senior year, Randy was selected to the All-Conference and
All-District teams and was ranked seventh nationally in home runs with 13. He
also set the record for the most doubles in a season (16) in the Gulf South
Conference, while compiling a .404 batting average. After Randy was drafted by
the Kansas City Royals, he played Class-A baseball during the 1977 season. In
the off-season, Randy was traded to the San Diego Padres and played two years,
1978-7979, in Class A-A baseball.
Following his senior year of competition
at Jacksonville State, Randy enrolled at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
where he completed his B.S. degree in May, 1982.
Immediately, he enrolled at the
University of Alabama, Birmingham and received his Masters Degree in physical
Education in August, 1983. While attending UAB Randy served as a graduate
assistant baseball coach under former Head Baseball Coach Harry
After completing his work at UAB, Randy
accepted the baseball coaching job at J. M. Tate High School in Gonzales,
Florida and coached there from 1984 to 1989. His teams compiled an overall
record of 152 wins with only 28 losses. In 1984, the Tate High School baseball
team, with an overall record of 38-1, was selected National Champions by
Collegiate Baseball. As a result of his teams’ success, Randy was voted
“Southeastern Region Coach of the Year”. Tate High School under Randy’s
leadership, won two Florida 4A baseball Championships and five district titles.
During his five year tenure at Tate, Randy had eleven players drafted by
professional baseball teams with one player going first round. In total,
thirty-eight of forty seniors either signed professional baseball contracts or
were offered collegiate baseball scholarships.
In 1990, Randy accepted the baseball
coaching position at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama.
His team compiled a 34-13 record, finishing in first place in the Northern
Division, Alabama Junior College Baseball.
Randy is married to the former Danna
Hadden and they have a daughter, Shelby.
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