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 Robby James 

Robby James was named to the 1967 honorable mention All-State team by the Birmingham News as a running back and defensive back at Foley High School his senior season. He was also a star performer on the field for Livingston University and played on the 1971 NAIA National Championship team.

Coach James accepted his first head coaching job at Catherine Academy in 1983. Over the next fourteen seasons his teams combined for a 113-52-1 record with eleven playoff appearances. The Colts won AISA titles in 1983, 1985, 1991 and 1992.

In the fall of 1994 James moved to Morgan Academy where the winning continued. His Senators won 77 games and lost only 10 over the next seven seasons while making the playoffs every year. He won titles in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Faith Academy in Mobile was the next stop for Coach James. He helped transform the Faith Academy program from an AISA doormat into a state title contender, compiling 69-24 record in eight seasons. He led the Rams to AISA title game appearances in 2001, 2007 and 2008. The Rams fell to 3-7 in 2008 in the first season as part of the AHSAA ranks and James resigned his head football coaching duties in early 2009.

Robby James, who had experience coaching eight championship teams in the AISA, brought his expertise as the new head coach at Marengo Academy in 2008. He replaced Jesse Little, who led the Longhorns to a 6-6 record in 2008.

Marengo Academy was needing a headmaster and football coach and called upon Coach James. He has remained with the program ever since. Entering the 2015 season his teams at Marengo have gone 39-30 with four playoff appearances and a state championship in 2013.

Coach James was named the AISA Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2003. He was also inducted into the Alabama Independent School Association Hall of Fame in 2003.

He retired following the 2014 season as one of the winningest coaches in state history.

His overall record is 298-116-1 with a playoff record of 46-19 in twenty-eight playoff appearances. He has been a head football coach for 35 seasons and won a total of nine state championships. James coached undefeated teams in 1985, 91, 92, 98, 2000 and 2013.

Known Record:  298-116-1   72.0%
 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 
Marengo Academy
Marengo Academy2014 AISA-AA10-25201412-112963R1#4-018110
Marengo Academy2013 AISA-A13-05671163-012556R2#6-030348
Marengo Academy2012 AISA-A7-52991931-12845R24-220598
Marengo Academy2011 AISA-AA2-8149363R21-581221
Marengo Academy2010 AISA-AA2-8195341R20-6115250
Marengo Academy2009 AISA-AAA5-72593210-11355R23-3155135
 6 Years39-30198914756-329521918-161040762
Faith Academy
Faith Academy2008 5A5-5223220R12-5122172
Faith Academy2007 AISA-AAA9-44582812-16860R15-2292135
Faith Academy2006 AISA-AAA11-24281232-16739R1#7-028959
Faith Academy2005 AISA-AAA9-24031241-14446West5-120959
Faith Academy2004 AISA-AAA11-14101101-15739West#5-014730
Faith Academy2003 AISA-AAA12-1393902-16523R2#7-023055
Faith Academy2002 AISA-AAA7-42201740-1035R24-3145105
Faith Academy2001 AISA-AAA5-5181214West-10-22876
 8 Years69-24271613368-630124235-131462691
Morgan Academy
Morgan Academy2000 AISA-AAA13-04051333-06226East-1#3-011320
Morgan Academy1999 AISA-AAA12-15441293-013730Central#5-021539
Morgan Academy1998 AISA-AAA13-04761193-011533Central#5-023837
Morgan Academy1997 AISA-AAA12-1441873-0849Central#4-019925
Morgan Academy1996 AISA-AAA7-42651650-11424Central3-113462
Morgan Academy1995 AISA-AAA9-22671050-11320West6-115852
Morgan Academy1994 AISA-AAA11-23861332-17726West#7-022662
 7 Years77-10278487114-350216833-21283297
Catherine Academy
Catherine Academy1993 AISA-A10-2329511-15814West
Catherine Academy1992 AISA-A13-0520903-08328West#
Catherine Academy1991 AISA-A13-0413883-0973
Catherine Academy1990 AISA-A10-32531212-13734
Catherine Academy1989 AISA-A5-61312071-13127West4-18780
Catherine Academy1988 AISA-A5-62081940-106West4-216481
Catherine Academy1987 AISA-AA6-71682292-14757
Catherine Academy1986 AISA-AA9-32661181-13522
Catherine Academy1985 AISA-A12-0434482-09314West
Catherine Academy1984 AISA-A9-33132011-13459West
Catherine Academy1983 AISA-A11-12921132-03918
Catherine Academy1982 AISA-A2-8101197
Catherine Academy1981 AISA-A1-10119258
Catherine Academy1980 AISA-A7-3-1202118
 14 Years113-52-13749203318-75542828-3251161
 35 Years298-116-111238571546-19165291194-3440361911

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