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Theodore Spradley III, born in 1949, graduated from Mobile County Training School (MCTS) in 1967. While attending MCTS, Theodore Spradley participated in three sports: football, basketball, and track and field.

By Dr. Brandon Spradley |

Theodore Spradley III, born in 1949, graduated from Mobile County Training School (MCTS) in 1967. While attending MCTS, Theodore Spradley participated in three sports: football, basketball, and track and field. He was a member of the 1966/67 MCTS state championship football team, which maintained a perfect record throughout the entire season. After graduating high school, he received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), but eventually switched his scholarship to track and field in which Spradley garnered many accomplishments. After college, Spradley became a science teacher and coach for the Mobile County School System, in addition to working with the Mobile Recreation Department. Mr. Spradley was inducted into the Tuskegee University Athletic Hall Fame in 1997. Spradley also founded Port City track club in 1999 to help young people develop in the sport of track and field.


Head Coach Theodore Spradley and Blount High School’s Track and Field Team in 1989. First state championship in the history of the school.

Theodore Spradley III won six state championships (indoor/outdoor track and field) for Blount High School in the span of four years. He was the first coach to win a state title for the school in any sport. In addition, Spradley was voted Teacher and Coach of the Year multiple times throughout his teaching and coaching career.

Name: Theodore Spradley III

Primary Sport: Track and Field

High School: Mobile County Training School (Mobile, Alabama)

College: Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University)

Dr. Brandon Spradley is the chair of sports management at the United States Sports Academy. He recently discussed issues related to the rise of eSports in the sports profession.

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  1. Oh wow! This gentleman was my 6-8th grade science teacher and track coach! (Him and Mrs. Roberts) Honestly he turned me on to science and wonder! This man was also one of my track coaches, he made me believe I could do and BE ANYTHING I wanted to be, matter of fact I told him I wanted to join the Navy because I wanted to see the world. This kind man actually listened to me and asked me what I wanted to be after that! I told him I wanted to be an Electrical Engineer! I was in the 6th grade! He was the only person I had ever told this too! He told me I could do both!!! He was # 1 of my 3 favorite teachers! It’s sad that they don’t make them like him anymore! This man truly cared for his students and you always knew his concern was genuine! Besides my parents, if I could say anyone impacted my life on a VERY positive level, it was this gentleman, Mr. Theodore Spradley! I thank you Sir! Your positive encouragement changed my life! Continuous Blessings to you sir!❤️

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