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 Jerry Elmore 

Jerry Elmore was a great athlete during his playing days at Athens High School.

After playing for his father, Ferman Elmore at Athens, Jerry went to Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship. A knee injury ended what was a promising career for Elmore, but his football days were far from over.

Elmore was influenced by his Hall of Fame father and turned to coaching. He became a graduate assistant coach while earning his Masters degree in 1971 from the University of North Alabama. Elmore made the move to high school coaching when he became an assistant coach at Austin and Cullman high schools.

In 1979, Elmore became the head coach of Cullman High School where he took the Bearcats to the state playoffs in his first season.

Coach Elmore then moved to Oneonta for one year and a 8-3 record with the Redskins. He then accepted the head football coaching job at Class 5A Fort Payne where he soon became a legend after leading the school to its first playoff game in 1984.

Elmore coached at the school until 1998 and left as the winningest coach in Fort Payne history. Elmore won five area championships and led Fort Payne to its first 10 win season during his tenure.

His overall coaching record is 122-88-1 in 20 seasons as a head coach at three schools.

Coach Jerry Elmores son, Chris, is well on his way to following in his fathers and grandfathers footsteps having served as the offensive coordinator at Hueytown High School and in 2013 was named the head football coach at Chelsea.

Elmore was inducted into the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Known Record:  122-88-1   58.1%
 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 
Fort Payne
Fort Payne1998 5A5-5232197R152-3120117
Fort Payne1997 5A7-3274192R142-17767
Fort Payne1996 5A4-6247333R140-363112
Fort Payne1995 5A5-5113136R131-23841
Fort Payne1994 5A5-5197159R131-25264
Fort Payne1993 5A6-61991851-13620R14#2-06222
Fort Payne1992 5A8-43062621-12019R14#2-06123
Fort Payne1991 5A4-6179176R121-24060
Fort Payne1990 5A7-3222158R121-26283
Fort Payne1989 5A6-4265167R121-25928
Fort Payne1988 5A8-32541580-107R12#3-06944
Fort Payne1987 5A6-416692R162-27450
Fort Payne1986 5A7-3231129R162-26855
Fort Payne1985 5A10-22601561-12840R14#3-09060
Fort Payne1984 5A7-42541450-13538R14#2-17039
 15 Years95-63339926453-511912425-221005865
Oneonta1983 2A8-3219160R115-114185
 1 Year8-32191600-0005-114185
Cullman1982 3A4-6156124R131-24847
Cullman1981 4A5-4-1206162R12NE1-2-16171
Cullman1980 4A3-7144166R12NE2-15649
Cullman1979 3A7-52621601-14960R14#5-014833
 4 Years19-22-17686121-149609-5313200
 20 Years122-88-1438634174-616818439-28-114591150

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