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 Richard Gilliam 

Richard Gilliam began his career at Verbena High School in 1961 where he was the head football coach for five years. In 1965, he accepted the head coaching position at Calera for a seven year stint as their head coach before joining the Montevallo program in 1972 as an assistant football coach.

Gilliam became head coach at Montevallo High School in 1973 where he remained for the next fifteen seasons. His 1977 Bulldogs went 9-0-1 in the regular season before losing in the first round of the state playoffs. Gilliams record at Montevallo was 83-76-1 from 1973-1987.

Following the 1987 football season, Gilliam retired from the football field but not the classroom. He continued to teach for many years to come. In 2005 Gilliam retired from teaching and coaching at Briarwood Christian, where he spent 10 years helping coach the junior high boys football teams and girls basketball teams.

He was a well-respected coach for Montevallo High School. Coach Richard Gilliam was killed in an automobile crash on April 3, 2010. He was living in Clanton at the time of the crash.

Because of Gilliams contributions to the high school and the entire Montevallo community, Montevallo honored Gilliam by renaming their football field Richard Gilliam Field at Theron Fisher Stadium on Sept. 15, 2006 before the Bulldogs game against Marbury.

Known Record:  147-124-9   54.2%
 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 
Montevallo1987 4A1-969296R61-24173
Montevallo1986 4A6-412297R61-23040
Montevallo1985 3A2-8108203R51-26351
Montevallo1984 3A7-62381542-17237R52-18836
Montevallo1983 2A10-22971331-15647R7#5-014844
Montevallo1982 2A6-4154121R74-19263
Montevallo1981 2A6-4136159R73-27255
Montevallo1980 2A3-7136220R72-36966
Montevallo1979 2A3-7104190R72-27161
Montevallo1978 2A8-42691211-13835R7#3-112239
Montevallo1977 2A9-1-1225960-1612R7#6-015051
Montevallo1976 2A10-23131421-14130R7#6-020048
Montevallo1975 2A7-42311820-11421R7#4-09135
Montevallo1974 2A4-6137215R7
Montevallo1973 2A1-8-1118219
 15 Years83-76-2265725485-622718240-161237662
Calera1972 1A6-413598
Calera1971 1A4-5-1161121
Calera1970 1A4-6126138
Calera1969 1A4-6114158
Calera1968 1A6-3-1209118
Calera1967 1A6-4298172
Calera1966 1A6-4212134
Calera1965 1A6-3-1190133
 8 Years42-35-3144510720-0000-000
Verbena1964 1A8-127575
Verbena1963 1A5-2-316259
Verbena1962 6-3-1161166
Verbena1961 3-783174
 4 Years22-13-46814740-0000-000
 27 Years147-124-9478340945-622718240-161237662

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