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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Coaching Changes 

Class 4A
New Hires: 12
Best Hire:
Chris Musso, Locust Fork
Hardest to replace:
Steve Giddens, Central Clay County
Best Job:
Central Clay County, a new program but should be a big time winner.
Toughest Job:
Carbon Hill, 15 wins in 10 years.

Region 1
Clarke County -
Junior Kelley takes over the reins at Clarke County. He is the fourth head coach in the least five seasons for the Bulldogs. Kelly replaces Jason Massey who went 10-11 over the last two seasons in Grove Hill resigned to take over the football program at Leroy High School.   

Region 2
Alabama Christian -
Bill Moore comes from Houston Christian School where he was the head coach since 2009. His team went 4-6 last year. He is a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas in 2000. Moore replaces Leslie Mote who produced a 9-11 record in two seasons as the head coach. Mote took over the football program at Good Pasture High School near Nashville, TN.

Region 3
Beulah -
Jarrod Wooten arrives from a one year stint as the head football coach at Parrish High School where he led the Tornados to a 5-5 record. He was at Houston County (2008-09) where he was also the head coach with a record of 13-18. Wooten replaces Craig Hill who resigned in July after only one year at the helm with a 5-5 slate. The Beulah program has struggled in the past with only one playoff appearance since 1995.

Central Clay County -
Kris Herron spent three seasons as the head coach who replaced Danny Horn at Clay County. He served under Coach Giddens last year before taking over the program this year. He led Clay County to a 33-8 record and two deep runs into the playoffs. Steve Giddens stepped up to the Athletics Directors job at Central after one year at the new school. He won 138 games over his 14 seasons at Lineville and Central.

Dallas County -
Barry Colburn was the head football coach at Florala from 199-200 with a 8-15 record. His last team finished 0-10. Colburn comes from a coaching family . His father and brother have also been coaches. Colburn replaced Chris Littleton who went 2-8 as his only year at the helm. Dallas County has struggled recently and has not made made the playoffs since 2004. In the past seven seasons they have won only 15 games under five different coaches.

Region 4
Carbon Hill -
Rodney Dollar takes over the football program from Royce Young. Dollar has 21 years of head coaching experience in Alabama with six different schools. His overall record is 149-85 and he is a proven winner. Winning at Carbon Hill could prove difficult. In the past ten seasons the team has won only 15 games and last reached the playoffs in 1999. Young was 4-26 in three seasons at the helm.

Jemison -
Jacob Hogan takes over the football program at Jemison. He served as the offensive coordinator last season for the Panthers. Hogan is a native of Leeds and spent four seasons at Lafayette, GA as the offensive coordinator. Merritt Bowden took an assistant position at Hoover High School. Jemison has qualified for the playoff in nine of the past ten seasons but came away with only one win. 

Region 5
Lincoln -
Brad Wallace, 36, comes from Washington County High School in Georgia where he was the defensive coordinator. He returns to his alma mater where he graduated in 1995. Wallace earned his degree from Jacksonville State. He is the fourth head football coach in as many seasons at Lincoln. Wallace takes over from Ryan Herring who went 6-6 in his only season with Lincoln. He resigned to take the head coaching job at Oxford.

Region 6
Crossville -
Brian Clowdis comes from Gaylesville where he put up a 44-81 record over the past dozen seasons. He becomes the seventh head coach in ten seasons for the Lions. Crossville football team has not made a playoff appearance since the 2004 season. Clowdis replaced Robi Coker who went 1-9 last year.

Locust Fork -
Chris Musso moves over from the head coaching job at John Carroll High School. He was 23-29 in five years at Carroll. Musso was a graduate of Locust Fork and is returning home. The Hornets have not made the playoffs since 2002 and are on their sixth head coach since then. Musso takes over from Mike Bramblett who resigned to take an assistant position at Hoover High School. 

Region 7

Ardmore - Clint Legg, 43, replaces Shannon Brown at Ardmore. Legg, with 18 years of coaching experience, was the offensive coordinator the past year. He has served at Hazel Green, Lee Huntsville, Sheffield and West Limestone as an assistant. Brown resigned at the end of last season to take a position with the Huntsville Center for Technology. He compiled a 13-27 record over four seasons at Ardmore.

North Jackson -
Tony Johnson was the offensive line coach most recently at Leeds. He has been an assistant at Hewitt-Trussville, Ashville and Pinson Valley. He was the head coach at Dora for one season (2007) with a 1-9 record. He takes over after David McKinney changed his mind in January, going to Winfield after accepting the North Jackson job earlier. Johnson replaced Shawn Peek took the head coaching job at Pisgah.

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