2019 Championship photo from The Tuscaloosa News
The Central High School Girls Basketball program competes in Class 5A play. The Lady Falcons continue their long tradition of excellence every year in The Falcons Nest.
The program boasts four state championships (1982, 1984, 1996, & 2019), ten State Final Four appearances, and has produced thirteen All State Players.
2019-2020 Lady Falcons Coaching Staff
Head Coach Michael Rivers
Coach Michael Rivers
Head Girls Basketball Coach
2019 5A Coach of the Year
Coach Michael Rivers is married and has two children and two granddaughters.
He’s entering his 9th season as head coach of the Lady Falcons with a record of 208-39. During his tenure at Central, Coach Rivers has led the Lady Falcons to one state title (2019) and two state runner-up titles (2016, 2018). Under his leadership, the Lady Falcons have advanced to the Final Four 3 times, the Elite Eight 7 out of 8 years, and they’ve been Area Champs 8 years in a row (2012-2019). Within this time, Coach Rivers has also produced 13 1st and 2nd team All-state players, while at the same time having had 21 girls sign basketball scholarships to Division 1, Division 2, NAIA, and JUCO colleges. Last year, Coach Rivers was name 5A Coach of the Year.
Coach Eric Steele
My coaching career spans over a total of 17 years, all at Central High School. In that 17 years, I have had the opportunity to coach the boys’ varsity football, where we won a state championship in 2007-2008. Also, during this time, I had the opportunity to coach the boys’ varsity basketball which ended up spanning over a total of over 12 years. We were successful in winning several area championships,2 regional championships, and 2 final 4 appearances. I also had the opportunity to coach the girls’ varsity basketball team, where we won several area championships, 3 regional championships, and played in the 5A state championship game for 3/4 years. Two of those years were back to back, in 2018 and 2019, and we were successful in claiming the “5A State Championship.” It has been my pleasure to work with Central High School, but my greatest achievement is knowing the impact that I have had on so many children’s lives. I am thankful to the Tuscaloosa City School System for providing me with this opportunity.
Coach NeQuesha Jones
NeQuesha Jones joined the Central High girls’ basketball staff in 2018 as an assistant coach. NeQuesha coached at Eastwood Middle from 2006-2009. NeQuesha coached at Paul Bryant from 2009-2017. NeQuesha obtained a bachelor in Physical Education from Stillman College and a masters in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. NeQuesha has one son, name Marcus Muse Jr. who is 10 years old.
Coach Kelvin Bentley
I am Kelvin Bentley, Assistant Coach at Central with the Lady Falcons’ basketball team. I am a Tuscaloosa native and proud alumnus of Central High School, Lawson State Community College, and Alabama State University. I have been coaching for about three years now. Within my short time of coaching, I have coached in a Para league at the YMCA in Miami, FL and won back to back championship with U8 and U14. I coached my first season with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) this past summer and won runner up in Pleasant Grove church league. I couldn’t be any humbler this past year to be apart of the coaching staff at Central High School with the Lady Falcons to be crowned 2019 5A State Champions. I got my first insight of wanting to coach when I shadowed Coach Robert Watson as a manager during my high school journey as a student and that later paved the way for me to get an athletic manager scholarship to Lawson State Community College. There were many coaches such as Aubrey Wiley, Michael Rivers, Phillip Shumpert, Robert Watson, and many more that motivated and aspired me to follow my passion and never stop learning. I am proud to be apart of the coaching staff here in the Tuscaloosa Public School System.