Message from the AD

  • Welcome to the 2019-2020 Athletic Season! The Athletic Department at Athens High School has a long and proud tradition of success, and we are excited to begin another competitive season. Golden Eagle Athletics commits to high standards as we strive to be a championship institution.

    Our Athletic Department mission is to promote the education and development of students through healthy, balanced and constructive competition. We promote an attitude of discipline, sportsmanship, integrity and leadership to our student-athletes. Our players, coaches and support staff dedicate themselves in making the athletic program a source of pride for the students and the entire Athens community. The Athletic  Department oversees both Athens High and Athens Middle School Athletics in grades 7-12.

    As a part of Athens City Schools, we are commited to the vision of being a community connected by education. In this spirit of One Athens, we sincerely hope our students, boosters, fans and community members will enjoy the journey of Athens Athletics with us for the upcoming season. It's great to be a Golden Eagle!

    Dr. Rick Carter, Athletic Director

Meet the Athletic Director

Dr. Rick Carter

Phone: 256.233.6613


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Rick Carter

Dr. Carter is a graduate of Chipley High School in Chipley Florida. He earned his bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees all from Jacksonville State Univeristy. He completed his doctorate at Lipscomb University.

Dr. Carter brings years of experience and leadership to his role as Executive Principal. He was named 1st ever NASSP National Principal's Advocate Champion in 2018, Alabama’s Principal of the Year in 2013, Nominee for National Principal of the year in 2014, and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Leadership Award Recipient for Alabama in 2013.  He led his previous school in a transformational one to one initiative with Apple earning the National Apple Distinguished System title in 2014-15. Currently, Dr. Carter serves as a mentor for new principals and assistant principals for the Alabama State Department of Education.  He received his mentor certification from The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Dr. Carter speaks frequently on school improvement, school culture, and technology integration on both the national and state levels.  As an active member of the AASSP affiliate since 2004, Dr. Carter has served in numerous leadership roles including a position on the AASSP board of directors. He currently serves as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) State Coordinator for Alabama.  An advocate for public education, he is frequently asked to speak to local and federal legislators about issues relating to Alabama's education system. Through his consistent advocacy efforts in Montgomery, Ala., and Washington, D.C., speaking on issues which have implications for public education, Dr. Earl Franks, NAESP Executive Director, stated “Dr. Carter has gained the respect and appreciation from his colleagues throughout the United States, especially those in Alabama.”  

He is married to Shannon Carter, counselor at AHS. They have three daughters; Helen, Katelyn, and Sarah.