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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Coaching Changes 

Class 3A
New Hires: 13
Best Hire:
Jimmy Gay, Cordova 
Hardest to replace:
David McKinney, Gordo
Best Job:
Gordo, a proven winner, 20 consecutive winning seasons.
Toughest Job:
Catholic Montgomery, two winning seasons in the last 16.

Region 2
Catholic Montgomery -
Gregg Baker has been the offensive coordinator at Charles Henderson the past season. He was the head football coach at Faulkner University for three seasons prior to his stop in Troy and spent two seasons as the head coach at Alabama Christian (2006-07). Mike Shatzer was released of his duties earlier this year.

Slocomb - 
Jon Cooper takes over as the head football coach and athletic director. Cooper was the defensive coordinator at Daleville the past two years. He played at Lee Montgomery and West Alabama serving as a graduate assistant in Livingston. He has been an assistant at Enterprise, Pike County and Carroll before landing in Daleville. Mike Bennefield left to take a position at Jacksonville State on Bill Clarks new staff.

Region 3
Gordo -
Ryan Lolley, 33, has been a longtime assistant with the program before getting a promotion to the head coaching job. He served as the wide receiver and linebacker coach last year at Gordo. Lolley played football at Marion County, graduating in 1997. He earned his degree from Athens State. David McKinney left to become the head coach at North Jackson but resigned to accept the same position at Winfield. He was 52-22 at Gordo in six seasons.

Greensboro -
Jerome Franks takes over the Greensboro football program. Curtis Graves stepped down in January. He was 17-15 at Greensboro.

Region 5
Ashville -
Steve Martin, 49, played football at Locust Fork and walked-on at Alabama. He stayed in the college ranks following graduation as a graduate assistant at Alabama (1988-89), Auburn (1990-91), TCU (1992-96), Alabama (1997) and UAB before coming to Ashville prior to last season. Martin replaced Mark O'Bryant after only only season. 

Cleveland -
Gardner Gilliland, a 1988 graduate of Cleveland, was the head football coach at Oneonta from 2005-09 with a 40-18 record. He was an assistant with the Redskins before landing the head coaching position. Gilliland spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Boaz. His overall coaching record is 75-62 in a dozen years as a head coach. Gilliland takes over for Danny Adams who posted back-to-back 3-7 seasons. 

Region 6
Brindlee Mountain -
Chris Littleton was the head coach at Dallas County High School last season. His team finished with a 2-8 record. He was the offensive coordinator at the school before taking over the program.  Littleton replaced Ron Reece who went 4-26 in three seasons at Brindlee Mountain.

Holly Pond -
Mike Bates has been around the coaching circuit in the high school ranks. Since beginning his head coaching career at Marion County from 1981-86, Bates has made stops at six other schools. They include Lawrence County (1987), Curry (1989-92), Cullman (1993-2000), Bob Jones (2001-03) and St. Paul’s (2007-08). His overall record is 150-110 in 24 seasons as a head coach. He has not stepped on a football field the past five years. Bates replaces Nate Ayers 

Pisgah -
Shawn Peek resigned at North Jackson in January before taking over at Pisgah. He is a 1985 graduate of the school and played linebacker on the 1983 team that finished 11-1. Peek was the head coach at North Jackson (2008-12) and North Sand Mountain (1991-98) where he compiled a 88-56 record at both schools. Terry Kenimer went 22-51 in 8 years leading the Eagles.

Sylvania -
Roger Haynes was the head football coach at Sparkman from 2003-11 with a 40-55 record before resigning the position but remained as a teacher. Haynes replaces Alan Clayton who went 9-3 last season and 41-25 in six seasons at the helm of the Rams. His teams qualified for the playoffs four times during his tenure.

Region 7
Cordova -
Jimmy Gay grew up in Cordova and played football for the Blue Devils (1988-90). He spent the last six seasons as the offensive line coach at Walker High School. He was the head football coach at Parrish (2003-04) with a 21-4 record and a Class 1A State Championship in 2003. He played football at North Alabama, graduating in 1995. He also served as an assistant at Dora. Gay replaced Woody Smothers after two seasons with a combined 9-12 record. 

Winfield -
David McKinney takes over after going 52-22 at Gordo in six seasons. He accepted the had coaching job at North Jackson before changing his mind and taking the Winfield position. Barry Gibson stepped down to accept the head coaching job at Citronelle High School.

Region 8
Clements -
Dan Beavers takes over the program at Clements. Beavers is a 1988 graduate of Rogers High School and played football at Troy (1988-91). He served as the head coach at Rogers from 2001-11 and compiled a 75-50 record. His last five teams qualified for the playoffs. Beavers replaces Michael Brown who resigned in December and only managed to win three games in three seasons as the head coach at Clements.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Bart Starr received coaching from Kentucky great Babe Parilli his senior season at Sidney Lanier in hopes of joining Bear Bryant at Kentucky. He had to settle for Alabama.