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 Bob Finley 

Bob Finley graduated from Fayette County High School and received his degree from the University of Tennessee.

Following graduation, Finley worked as an assistant at Walker High School and Fayette County before landing in Birmingham.

Finley accepted a position as an assistant coach at W.A. Berry High School (Hoover) in 1963 under Larry Wilson. He also served as the head basketball coach. Finley would spend 27 of his 30 years in athletics and education at Berry.

Finley became the head coach at Berry in 1968. His first team finished with a 9-2 mark. The following season was even better as the Bucs finished 11-1, losing only to Robert E. Lee of Montgomery in the State Championship game.

Over the next 26 seasons his teams won 198, lost 87 and tied 5 games. They also won two state championships, one in 1977 and the second in 1982 when the Bucs tied Enterprise 10-10 in the championship game.

The Bucs shutout Walker 21-0 in the 1977 title game. Berry also finished as runner-up in 1988 when they were beaten by possibly the best team in Alabama high school football history, Vigor, 41-7.

His teams won seven area tittles and 18 playoff games in 14 appearances. Finley took over the duties as the girls basketball coach in 1984 where his teams made 12 playoff appearances and reached the final four on eight occasions.

He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 1992. The football complex at Hoover was named in his honor in 1979. Finley died suddenly after mowing the grass on the football field on July 31, 1994.

Known Record:  198-87-5   69.5%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Berry1993 6A11-33511983-110986R92-17338
Berry1992 6A8-32111230-11013R9#2-16948
Berry1991 6A9-42261452-14153R9#4-010021
Berry1990 6A7-3188102R92-27738
Berry1989 6A5-61642150-12141R113-15159
Berry1988 6A11-42701934-18991R11#3-18638
Berry1987 6A6-4192109R111-23735
Berry1986 6A4-6144151R111-23938
Berry1985 6A8-31921440-1745R112-14321
Berry1984 6A5-5160116R111-24648
Berry1983 4A2-871136R71-44157
Berry1982 4A9-3-22461323-0-19937R7#4-19253
Berry1981 4A10-12571170-1021R7#4-012545
Berry1980 4A6-51341080-107R73-16647
Berry1979 4A8-31921390-1721R6#3-05114
Berry1978 4A10-12441041-12728R6#3-05018
Berry1977 4A13-1287814-07911R63-15527
Berry1976 4A5-4-115197R62-23820
Berry1975 4A8-217294R63-15725
Berry1974 4A6-4184138R6
Berry1973 4A7-3177115
Berry1972 4A7-2-121697
Berry1971 4A7-2-124976
Berry1970 4A6-4245114
Berry1969 4A11-1294701-13814
Berry1968 4A9-21671090-1042
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