• 93°
The Sweatman family: Anna, clockwise, Matthew, Allie and Mac. Matt Sweatman has accepted the positions of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Discovery Middle School. CONTRIBUTED

Discovery hires Sweatman as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

MADISON – After establishing a solid record at Bob Jones High School, Matthew Sweatman will work now as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Discovery Middle School.

In 2015, then Principal Robby Parker hired Sweatman as head wrestling coach, football offensive line coach and special education teacher. In 2021, he joined Coach Whitney Deaver’s softball staff. “I learned a tremendous amount from Coach Deaver,” Sweatman said.

For nine years, he has worked in these areas with Principal Sylvia Lambert.

As Discovery Athletic Director, Sweatman will direct all sports. “I’ll be working daily to help streamline our middle-school athletics and better prepare them to compete at the highest level (at) Bob Jones,” he said.

“As an Assistant Principal, I’ll wear multiple hats, including discipline, busses and curriculum,” Sweatman said.

“I’ve always been known as a disciplinarian but most of it comes from being consistent and maintaining that in all situations,” Sweatman said. “I’m very routine-based and think students, faculty and community members respect honesty, accountability and an open line of communication.”

Sweatman believes an outstanding school culture depends on building relationships, keeping a high level of consistency and communicating appropriately. “Luckily, Discovery’s current administration and faculty have an outstanding reputation in all these areas. I look forward to joining the Discovery team and contributing.”

At Bob Jones, Sweatman’s major successes involved the wrestling team’s qualification for in back-to-back years. “Winning the state title in 2018 and being runner-up in 2019 will always hold a special place in my heart due to work by those young men and faith in me to get them to that level,” Sweatman said.

“Wrestling is such a tough sport,” he said. “The daily grind to get to that level is a compliment to the wrestlers’ mental toughness, community support and administration backing.”

Because wrestling is so difficult, student-athletes improve as better men and women, he said. “As a coach and a parent, I appreciate successes of our former student-athletes. (Since 2015), our program has produced doctors, military personnel, veterinarians, college football players, college wrestlers and a plethora of other highly successful adults.”

Sweatman is filling the vacancy left by Kurt Yancey, who has transferred to Bob Jones as Athletic Director.

Matthew and his wife Anna have been married 10 years. Their children are seven-year-old Allie, a student at Madison Elementary School, and three-year-old Mac who will later attend West Madison Pre-Kindergarten Center.

Matthew coaches his daughter’s 7u travel softball team, affiliated with Impact Gold. “I’m a very competitive person. I’ve played in a men’s 25+ baseball league (since 2019) that my childhood best friend, Haydn Hayes, and I started with friends named ‘Madison Expos.’”

A native of Trion, Ga., Sweatman worked as student manager for the University of Alabama with Coach Nick Saban from 2008-2011.


“I’m Meant To Be Here”- Dell Pettus Signs With New England Patriots- Former Sparkman Player Goes Pro


Get those pumpkins planted: Halloween starts in July


CAFY Back to School event to be held Saturday at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus

Bob Jones High School

Teachers support DIAL Scholarship program at UAH


Joe Davis Stadium to host UNA vs. Jax State collegiate soccer match Aug. 18


UAH announces search for a master developer to enhance college-town experience


Huntsville Parks & Recreation to host inaugural Color Jam Family Fun Run & Walk


Fernandez named Assistant Coordinator of Accountability and Innovative Programs


ALEA reports 9 traffic deaths, 3 drownings over July Fourth travel period


Management institute awards scholarship to Michelle Epling


Sarah Crouch’s debut novel, ‘Middletide,’ sets whodunnit in Puget Sound

Liberty Middle School

White named Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist


Nominations open for chamber’s Annual Gala Awards

Bob Jones High School

MCCL wishes good luck to 4 graduating seniors


DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology


Workers and high school students learning new skills at Calhoun Construction Academy

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – July 10, 2024


Bodybuilding Championships To Showcase Body Perfections


Arrest made in shooting death of teen in Madison shooting


Garbage truck slams into Madison house injuring one




Historical society accepts Alabama House resolution at picnic


Madison Station Historical Preservation Society reaches 40th anniversary


Audience can chill to Calypso Vision on July 11