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Montgomery Academy Eagles

 John Tatum 

John Houston Tatum Jr. played running back and defensive back at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery. Tatum received his undergraduate degree in Art and Physical Education from Troy University, and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

While at Troy, Tatum was a letterman on the football team in 1964-65.

Tatum became the head football coach at Walker high in Atlanta in 1979 where he served for four seasons with a 26-17 record.

In 1984, Tatum accepted the head coaching position at Montgomery Academy. Over the next 23 seasons his teams won 170 games with 95 losses.

His teams made the playoffs 18 times and won a state championship in 1986 with a perfect 14-0 record and a 13-6 win over Billingsley in the title game.

His teams won eight region titles during his career. Coach Tatum was named as a head coach for the North and South All-Star football game in 2007.

Tatum retired from the active coaching ranks after 38 years following the 2006 season. Following his retirement from the football field, Coach Tatum worked with the athletic departments of schools across the State of Alabama to introduce STAR Sportsmanship to coaches, parents, and athletes.

In the 12 years as athletic director at Montgomery Academy the sports programs won 28 State Championships and 19 State Runner-ups spots. In July 2009. Tatum, a 38 year education veteran was named to the position of High School Principal at St. James School in Montgomery.

Coach Tatum was named the Class 1A Coach of the Year by the ASWA in 1987. Tatum was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sadly, he passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Alabama Record:  170-95-0   64.2%
Other States Record:  26-17-1   60.5%
Overall High School Record:  196-112-1   63.6%
 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 
Montgomery Academy
Montgomery Academy2006 3A12-14782072-19162R3#7-0282102
Montgomery Academy2005 3A6-63192661-14249R25-2221116
Montgomery Academy2004 3A9-33221961-14429R2#7-021696
Montgomery Academy2003 3A8-43011681-12927R2#7-024446
Montgomery Academy2002 3A11-33961393-18538R2#7-026438
Montgomery Academy2001 3A4-71602000-1719R23-3108107
Montgomery Academy2000 3A7-41821580-1712R24-2108111
Montgomery Academy1999 3A8-2310105R51-25633
Montgomery Academy1998 3A11-23841502-16644R52-15532
Montgomery Academy1997 2A9-43201142-15823R7#3-0550
Montgomery Academy1996 2A6-62042031-11728R71-27280
Montgomery Academy1995 2A2-895196R61-23361
Montgomery Academy1994 2A3-81032200-1928R62-13628
Montgomery Academy1993 1A4-71651700-1027R51-14820
Montgomery Academy1992 1A6-4208170R50-22336
Montgomery Academy1991 1A7-31761240-1628R50-1725
Montgomery Academy1990 1A7-32191260-1026R50-169
Montgomery Academy1989 2A4-5144126R72-14848
Montgomery Academy1988 2A10-32751413-16742R7#3-08221
Montgomery Academy1987 1A14-0515725-011318R6#3-011510
Montgomery Academy1986 1A11-2429593-112121R6#3-012219
Montgomery Academy1985 2A4-6124157R61-24048
Montgomery Academy1984 2A7-41591650-1021R62-12033
 23 Years170-955988363224-1776254265-2422611119
 23 Years170-955988363224-1776254265-2422611119

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Walker, Georgia
4 Years26-171-3 
Totals Alabama and Other States
27 Years196-112-125-20 

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