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 Don Woods 

One day in 1969, while serving as an assistant coach to David "Bucky" Pitts at Cookeville High School in Tennessee, Don Woods found himself following Pitts across the state line into Alabama, bound for a small town called Hartselle. It was to be the perfect setting for a 28-year coaching career.

Coach Woods served as an assistant from 1969-79 until he was named as the head football coach in 1979.

Hartselle lost to Charles Henderson of Troy 14-7 in the state 3A title game of 1980. The next year the Tigers again made the championship round, falling to Eufaula 39-20.

Except for the 1986 season, Hartselle continued to make the football playoffs throughout Woods tenure. The school moved up to Class 5A in 1984 and 6A in 1994. The Tigers posted a 5-6 record in 1996, the only losing mark under Woods and the schools first season under .500 since 1977.

Coach Woods resigned following the 1996 season after 11 years as an assistant and 17 more as the head football coach at Hartselle. While he was the Hartselle head coach, the Tigers won 137 games and lost just 64, twice played for the state championship, made the playoffs in all but one season and averaged nearly nine wins.

His playoff record is a respectable 15-16. His teams won nine area and region titles over the years. Woods was a two time president of the states coaches association.

Known Record:  137-64-0   68.2%
 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 
Hartselle1996 6A5-61972010-1614R142-14729
Hartselle1995 6A7-42711800-1637R142-110063
Hartselle1994 6A10-23411851-15626R14#3-06957
Hartselle1993 5A6-62822221-14628R151-15540
Hartselle1992 5A7-42602170-12639R151-13447
Hartselle1991 5A8-53322052-18255R133-112478
Hartselle1990 5A7-43171600-12127R13#4-013842
Hartselle1989 5A8-42341511-16255R13#3-07421
Hartselle1988 5A9-32831071-11416R13#3-08623
Hartselle1987 5A7-42501630-11424R151-25062
Hartselle1986 5A6-4210165R151-25064
Hartselle1985 5A9-22441560-12835R152-16653
Hartselle1984 5A8-32611520-12135R15#3-08240
Hartselle1983 3A8-42601181-14131R14#2-06914
Hartselle1982 3A8-52452232-16655R13#2-02414
Hartselle1981 3A12-24111913-110483R13#3-010614
Hartselle1980 3A12-23851223-110128R13#4-013628
 17 Years137-644783291815-1669458840-101310689
 17 Years137-644783291815-1669458840-101310689

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