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 Ed Bruce 

Herbert Edwin "Ed" Bruce, Jr. was a graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School. Bruce played quarterback for the University of Chattanooga and Maryville College, TN. He received three degrees from the University of Alabama

Bruce coached at the now-closed Phillips and Jones Valley High Schools in Birmingham. His 1971 Phillips team enjoyed the schools first winning season in 10 years. In two seasons at the helm, his teams went 9-11. In 1973 he moved over to Jones Valley where in two more years his squads finished with a 10-9 slate.

Coach Bruce accepted the head coaching job at Gardendale in 1975. He guided the Rockets for the next eight years on the football field. His teams enjoyed four seasons with 10 or more wins, including an undefeated regular season in 1982.

His overall record with Gardendale was 67-33-1. Five of his teams reached the playoffs and all five won area titles.

His overall record as a head football coach was 86-53-2 in 12 years. Bruce left coaching after that undefeated regular season, finishing his educational career as principal at Corner High School until he retired in 2001. He served in the Jefferson County, Birmingham and Bessemer school systems over the course of his 38 year career.

Bruce also coached track and started the wrestling program at Phillips and the soccer programs at Jones Valley and Gardendale. He was an Elder at Five Mile Presbyterian Church and was a Mason and Shriner.

Gardendale honored him with a commemorative plaque overlooking Driver Field. In 1998, he was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The former Gardendale football coach died Thu August 26, 2010 of an apparent heart attack at the age of 68.

Known Record:  86-43-2   66.7%
 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 
Gardendale1982 3A11-1210821-12424R10#6-014042
Gardendale1981 4A10-2284901-12427R6#4-012629
Gardendale1980 4A8-215580R63-16828
Gardendale1979 3A9-3225851-14033R10#6-011019
Gardendale1978 3A10-32331442-16540R10#5-113466
Gardendale1977 3A10-22641141-13434R10#5-012521
Gardendale1976 3A5-4-1157118R105-113135
Gardendale1975 3A4-696187R10A
 8 Years67-23-116249006-518715834-3834240
Jones Valley
Jones Valley1974 4A6-4190127R5
Jones Valley1973 4A4-5-1150131
 2 Years10-9-13402580-0000-000
Phillips Birmingham
Phillips Birmingham1972 4A4-6133148
Phillips Birmingham1971 4A5-5173116
 2 Years9-113062640-0000-000
 12 Years86-43-2227014226-518715834-3834240

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