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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Deshler Tigers

 Tandy Gerelds 

Tandy Gerelds received his degree from Auburn University.

Coach Gerelds became the head football coach at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham in 1971. Over five seasons his teams finished 36-14. In 1976 he resigned to enter the insurance business.

In 1984 he returned to the sidelines and accepted the head coach and athletic director position at Deshler High School. His Tigers won 101 games over the next eleven seasons, making the playoffs every year. They also won eight area and region titles. His region record at Deshler was 34-3.

His 1990 team finished 15-0 and won the State Championship by defeating T.R. Miller 28-27 in the title game. The next season they went 13-1 running his wing-T offense.

He also served as the principle at Shoals Christian in Florence in 1997. Geralds started the football program at Shoals Christian and served as the first head coach and athletic director.

In 2001 he left for Belmont High School in Tishomingo County Mississippi where he became the head football coach. He would coach for one season before being diagnosed with brain cancer. He remained on the sidelines for one more season in 2002, finishing 5-5.

Over his 16 year career as a head football coach his teams finished with a 137-50 record. Coach Gerelds was named the Coach of the Year in 1991 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Coach Tandy Gerelds, 60, passed away at his home on January 10, 2003.

Alabama Record:  137-50-0   73.3%
Other States Record:  7-12-0   36.8%
Overall High School Record:  144-62-0   69.9%
 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 
Deshler1994 4A9-32861481-12817R15#3-09041
Deshler1993 4A8-43321702-18328R15#3-09632
Deshler1992 4A8-32581651-15540R15#3-08133
Deshler1991 4A13-14001624-1133100R15#3-09021
Deshler1990 4A15-06001605-018972R15#3-014227
Deshler1989 4A9-42511542-14742R152-16522
Deshler1988 4A8-43571601-14929R15#3-010623
Deshler1987 4A11-25221573-115251R16#4-020040
Deshler1986 4A9-33401242-17751R16#4-015112
Deshler1985 4A7-52431791-14734R163-110749
Deshler1984 4A4-71412000-1728R163-17149
 11 Years101-363730177922-1086749234-31199349
Woodlawn1975 4A8-2178770-1019R9#
Woodlawn1974 4A9-123581R8
Woodlawn1973 4A8-219190
Woodlawn1972 4A6-4131120
Woodlawn1971 4A5-5140163
 5 Years36-148755310-10190-000
 16 Years137-504605231022-1186751134-31199349

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Belmont, Mississippi
2 Years7-120-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
18 Years144-6222-11 

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