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 Jackie Ferguson 

Jackie Ferguson was a high school head coach for 21 seasons in Alabama. Ferguson graduated from Hazlewood High School in Town Creek and Florence State University before embarking on a coaching career.

In 1966, Ferguson became the junior high coach at Muscle Shoals for one year before moving over to Athens High School as an assistant coach for four seasons.

His first head coaching position came in 1971 at West Morgan where he remained for three successful seasons before moving over to Brooks in 1974.

Ferguson stayed at Brooks for two seasons with a record of 15-5. His next stop was at Hazlewood from 1976-1979 where his teams compiled a record of 37-9. His 1978 team finished 13-1 with an undefeated regular season. In 1980 he got a fresh start at Athens where he remained for five seasons before returning to his alma mater in 1985.

This time around things clicked and in five seasons the Golden Bears won three state championships. His record for these five years was 59-9. His teams also won four consecutive region titles.

He also coached the track team to state titles in 1986, 1988 and 1990. Ferguson retired following the 1989 season.

The 40-year coaching veteran stayed close to football, however, coaching at Bethel College in Tennessee and as an assistant at Coffee High and Colbert County in 2008. He took over the head job at Colbert County in 2010 for another two years.

Compiling an overall football record of 171-66-2, Ferguson was named coach of the year three times. He is a member of the Lawrence County Hall of Fame, coached in the North-South All-Star game twice and in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Ferguson was named Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers in 1985 and 1988. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2006.


Known Record:  171-66-2   72.2%
 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 
Colbert County
Colbert County2011 3A3-794263R83-467147
Colbert County2010 3A5-62232420-1614R84-3165109
 2 Years8-133175050-16147-7232256
    
Hazlewood
Hazlewood1989 2A13-15141005-024734R16#3-010820
Hazlewood1988 2A14-14611515-015221R16#3-012312
Hazlewood1987 2A12-2433923-114215R15#3-012329
Hazlewood1986 2A9-2296751-14415R15#3-01139
Hazlewood1985 2A11-34271825-019158R133-113657
 5 Years59-9213160019-277614315-1603127
    
Athens
Athens1984 5A7-42061720-1635R152-14042
Athens1983 3A2-9113230R132-25367
Athens1982 3A7-3172132R143-19451
Athens1981 3A7-2-1170112R132-18039
Athens1980 3A4-6101165R130-1026
 5 Years27-24-17628110-16359-6267225
    
Hazlewood
Hazlewood1979 2A8-2250125R136-015760
Hazlewood1978 2A13-1306833-17226R13#7-016535
Hazlewood1977 2A10-2210461-13120R13#7-01263
Hazlewood1976 2A6-4147115R134-310295
 4 Years37-99133694-21034624-3550193
    
Brooks
Brooks1975 2A8-220692R13
Brooks1974 2A7-3205131
 2 Years15-54112230-0000-000
    
West Morgan
West Morgan1973 2A7-2-124199
West Morgan1972 2A11-12971161-13120
West Morgan1971 2A7-319583
 3 Years25-6-17332981-131200-000
    
TOTALS
 21 Years171-66-25267280624-792225855-171652801


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