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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.




Coaching Changes 

Class 1A
New Hires: 19
Best Hire:
Sam McCorkle at Parrish.
Hardest to replace:
David Lowery, Brantley
Best Job:
Brantley, difficult shoes to fill, but a great program for many years.
Toughest Job:
Waterloo, only won five games the past four seasons. 

Region 1
McIntosh -
Former Etowah High School and Mississippi State tight-end Kendric Cook takes over at McIntosh. It is his first job as a head football coach. Cook replaces Renald Davis who went 20-17 in his three seasons as the head coach. 

Region 2

Brantley - 
Ashley Kilcrease lands the head coaching job at Brantley after serving as the offensive coordinator the past eight seasons.   Kilcrease takes over from David Lowery who went 156-27 in 14 seasons leading the Bulldogs. His teams won two State Championships including the last Class 1A title.

Florala - 
Bubba Nall is a 1986 graduate of Excel High School and Troy University. His coaching career began at Americus, GA, in 1992. He spent the next year at East Lawrence before moving home to Excel in 1994. In 1996 he served two seasons as the head coach at Sweet Water with a 13-9 record. His other coaching stops included Trenton, FL, Chiefland FL and Enterprise. He landed in Florala for the 2011 season. Nall replaces Justin Jones who resigned after leading Florala to a 6-4 record last year and 8-12 over the past two years as the head coach.

Georgiana - 
Ezell Powell, the defensive coordinator at McKenzie last year takes over at Georgiana. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Rosedale High, MS before landing the head coaching job at JFK Memorial for two seasons where his teams went 18-6. Powell takes over from David Watts who went 3-17 in the past two years as the head coach.

McKenzie - 
Josh McLendon was hired from his offensive line coaching position at Greenville High School. He served at Greenville the past five years. Miles Brown stepped down after seven seasons as the head coach to  become the principle at the school. Brown won 47 games in seven seasons at the helm of the Tigers.

Red Level - 
John Godwin takes over the football program at Red Level. He inherits a team that won only a single game over the past two seasons. Godwin replaces Tony Ingram's whose team finished 0-10 in 2012 and won only eight games the past four seasons.   

Region 4
St. Jude -
Fred Brock, 38, replaces Wade Manora at St. Jude. He was an assistant coach at Huntingdon last year. Brock graduated from Jeff Davis in 1992 and played three years in the NFL for the Cardinals and Browns. Manora went 27-9 the past three years making the playoffs each season.

Wadley -
Ken Fordham is a former assistant at Handley and was ahead coach at Beulah (1999-2001) and Chambers Academy (1995-97). He was at Handley the past eleven seasons. His overall record at both schools is 30-33.     Darrell Roach stepped down after two seasons with a 7-13 record.

Winterboro -
Alan Beckett moves over from Collinsville where he posted a 43-23 record over the past six seasons with the program. Beckett replaces David Nurnberg who finished 3-8 in his only season at the helm of the Bulldogs.

Region 5
Lynn -
Jon Randolph was the head coach came at Coffeeville High School in 1999-2000. He spent two years at Highland Home High School (2001-02) where his team went 17-6. From there, Randolph moved to Destin, Florida, and worked in real estate. He returned to coaching as the head coach at Headland High School in 2006. Randolph served as the offensive coordinator at Dothan High School in 2007 before landing at Early County High School in Georgia. Philip Smith went 67-35 in 9 years as the head coach of the Lynn Bears.  

Parrish -
Sam McCorkle moves over from Etowah where he went 27-17 in four seasons. He was also the head coach at Cordova (1978-79) and Columbia (2008). McCorkle takes over from Jarrod Wooten whose teams finished  5-5 in his only season at the school.

Region 6
Shades Mountain Christian -
Dickey Wright accepts the head coaching job for the Eagles. He was the head coach at Homewood from 1006-10 where his teams went 25-27 playing a Class 6A schedule. He replaces Richard Richardson whose team went 1-8 in his only year as the head coach of the Eagles.

Southeastern -
Drew Barnett, a native of Florence and a graduate of Rogers High School takes over the Mustang's football program. Barnett was an assistant at Locust Fork last year and had previously served at Hueytown as an assistant coach. He replaces Keith Moore who led the Mustangs to an 0-9 record in their inaugural season in the AHSAA.

Sumiton Christian -
Zach Holmes, 29, becomes the Eagles eighth head football coach. He is a 2001 graduate of Falkville High School and earned his degree from Huntingdon in 2006. He served as a graduate assistant for one year before moving to Sumiton Christian where he has been the offensive coordinator the past four years. Holmes takes over from Greg Patterson who went 14-26 in four seasons as the head coach at Sumiton Christian before resigning in December.

Region 7
Collinsville -
Ernie Willingham, a Collinsville graduate, retired from Appalachian in 2011 but will return in 2013 at Collinsville. He led the Panthers from 1998-2002 before taking over at Appalachian (2004-10). His overall record is 82-54 in 12 seasons as a head coach. Willingham replaces Alan Beckett who finished 43-23 in six seasons at the helm of the Panthers. Beckett moved over to Winterboro.

Coosa Christian -
Scott Clifton takes the helm at Coosa Christian after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Cedar Bluff. Clifton replaces Van Owens whose Conquerors went 7-13 the past two years under his direction. Owens left in January to take a teaching position at Hewitt-Trussville.

Gaylesville -
Kyle Garmon replaces Brian Clowdis at Gaylesville. Garmon graduated from Cherokee County High School in 2000 where he played football. He earned his degree from Montevallo and has been an assistant coach at Gaylesville. Clowdis put up a 44-81 record over the past dozen seasons at Gaylesville. He resigned to accept a job at Class 4A Crossville.

Region 8
Phillips -
Steven Spiller takes over from Gary McCarley at Phillips High School. He is a 1976 graduate of Phillips received his Bachelor's degree from North Alabama. Spiller taught at Haleyville High School for the past 29 years and served as an assistant football coach for 18 years. He was head football coach at Haleyville from 2000-08, where his teams went 52-43 in nine seasons. Spiller replaces Gary McCarley who finished with a 68-137 record over the past 20 seasons as the head coach at Phillips.

Shoals Christian -
Jason Anderson takes over as the athletic director and head football coach at Shoals Christian. He has been the Flames defensive coordinator the past eleven seasons. He has also been the head baseball coach during his tenure at the school. Anderson replaces Patrick Odom who left to become the head basketball coach at Belgreen.

Waterloo -
Matt Brooks takes over the football program from Issac Fuller. The team finished 3-17 in his two years leading the Cougars.




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