Former Huntsville City Schools athletic director dies

Former Huntsville City Schools athletic director dies
Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 9:22 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - School and sports officials confirm that Huntsville sports leader Wade Lipscomb has died.

His death was confirmed by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The announcement was retweeted by Huntsville City Schools.

The cause of death has not been confirmed but he had been battling cancer.

Lipscomb was a retired athletic director with Huntsville City Schools. He was also the secretary-treasurer and former president of the AHSAA.

He became the seventh person from Huntsville and Madison County to be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

He also was on the chair for the annual Times Classic High School Boys basketball tournament held during the Christmas holidays.

Here is an excerpt from his biography on the Huntsville Madison County Hall of Fame website:

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.

Florence Middle School Principal Kevin Wieseman said, "Fortunately I had the pleasure to work and serve with Wade Lipscomb. Recognized as one of the best Athletic Directors in the state of Alabama. The quality of high school athletic programs and championships today can be contributed to his vision and efforts"

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