Clinic honors ex-Selma coach

Published 8:31 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BIRMINGHAM—Georgetown Coach John Thompson III and Alabama State Coach Lewis Jackson will be among coaches and special guests to participate in the Coach Andrew A. Sewell Youth Basketball Clinic in Birmingham.

The free basketball clinic will be held at the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon for 100 pre-registered youngsters in grades 2-6. 6th.

The clinic is hosted by Birmingham attorney Terri Sewell in honor of her father, retired coach of Selma High School. The one-day clinic is a prelude to the renaming of the Selma High School Gymnasium in Selma in honor of Sewell on Aug. 15.

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Terri Sewell is a native of Selma whose mother, Nancy Sewell, served on the Selma City Council and father coached at Selma High School for 30 years before suffering a series of strokes that left him in a wheelchair and caused his early retirement in 1997. Her father played at ASU and Coach Lewis Jackson and her brother, Assistant Coach Anthony Sewell are also participating.

Applications for the basketball clinic are available at The A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club (2900 South Park Drive, SW, Birmingham, AL 35211; phone (205) 923-3377) through July 31.

Thompson begins his fifth season as men’s basketball coach at Georgetown University with a record of 100-36.

A two-time winner of the Black Coaches Association Male Coach of the Year, Thompson has been named 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Coach of the Year.

Last season his team earned a 28-6 mark, going 15-3 in Big East play for the second consecutive regular-season championship.