Coach Ronnie Stapler

Former Guntersville basketball coach and current Westminster coach Ronnie Stapler picked up his 800th career win last Thursday night.

Former Guntersville boys basketball coach Ronnie Stapler picked up his 800th career win Thursday night and becomes the fourth winningest high school coach in Alabama history.

The only active coach ahead of Stapler in wins is Jack Doss with 815 who is currently the head coach at Grissom. Willie Scoggins, who coached from 1962-2001, has 864 wins and Eugene Mason, who coached from 1968-2005, leads with 919 total wins in his career.

Stapler is currently the coach at Westminster and has been since 2013. His current record at Westminster is 135-81.

He left Guntersville in 2007 after five seasons where he posted a record of 113-53. Stapler also led the 2007-2008 Wildcats to the AHSAA Final Four in Birmingham, the last time Guntersville has been to state. 

In 2013, Stapler took over at Westminster and went to work quickly. In his second season at the helm, he had his team in the AHSAA Final Four. Then, he ended the 2015-2016 season with a record of 30-3 and a state championship. Stapler and the Westminster Wildcats made another Final Four appearance in the 2018-2019 season.

This season, Westminster is 11-3 in Class 4A. The Wildcats are scheduled to take on a Guntersville opponent in Arab on Jan. 29.

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