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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.






Coaching Changes 

Class 5A
New Hires: 15
Best Hire:
Keith Register, Hayden
Hardest to replace: 
Sam McCorkle at Etowah.
Best Job:
Vigor, won a title in 2010.
Toughest Job:
Talladega, have not won more than three games in a year since 1995.

Region 1
B.C. Rain -
Tellis Stone, 32, replaces Brent Dearmon at B.C. Rain. Stone graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in 2000 and Alabama A&M in 2005. He was an assistant at Benjamin Russell from 2006-08 before spending two seasons at Pike County where he coaches the linebackers. He was the secondary coach at Alma Bryant for a year before serving as the defensive coordinator last year. Dearmon accepted an off the field job at Auburn earlier this year. The Red Raiders were 19-51 over the last seven seasons.

Vigor - 
Ashley Johnson, 39, began his coaching career at Opelika where he was an assistant for two years. He landed at Mary Montgomery when Scott Lesley took over the head coaching duties in 1999. He stayed for four years before taking the head coaching job at Citronelle for two years (2003-04) with a 14-8 record. Johnson spent returned to Mary Montgomery for four seasons before moving over to Vigor in 2010.He replaces Kerry Stevenson, who was 85-40 over the past ten seasons at Vigor and won a State Championship in 2008. The Wolves were 8-4 last year. Stevenson took an off the field position at Alabama on Nick Saban's staff.

Region 2
Carroll -
Roger McDonald, 45, is a native of Chambers County and has been the head coach at Beauregard (2001-03 with a record of 18-13 and at Valley High School (2005-08) where his teams went 30-15. Prior to becoming a head coach he served as an assistant at Valley and Handley. He was the head coach at Greenville, Georgia the past two seasons with a 14-9 record. McDonald replaces Ken Valrie who took over last year when Stacey Watters was killed in an automobile accident. Valrie stepped up to the athletic directors job at Carroll.

Rehobeth -
Frankie Clark is a 1981 graduate of Rehobeth and has been at the school the past ten years as an assistant coach. He has spent 22 seasons in the Houston County School system. He was the offensive coordinator for three seasons before serving as the Middle School program last year. He replaces Marcus Taylor who was hired as an assistant at Opp after resigning at Rehobeth. Taylor was with the program only one season with a 1-9 record. Rehobeth is 14-56 over the past seven seasons.

Region 3
Citronelle -
Barry Gibson, a native of Moss Point, MS, has been the head football coach at Ardmore (2002-05), Spanish Fort (2006), Holtville (2008-11) and Winfield (2012). His teams have gone 36-57 in nine seasons. Gibson served as offensive coordinator under Eddie Stephenson at Citronelle previously. He has won over 100 games as a head coach in four states. Gibson replaces Billy Gardner who resigned in December after going 6-14 in his two years at the helm of the Wildcats.

Satsuma -
Scott Rials' head football coaching record is 115-58 at Elba (2004-12) and South Montgomery Academy (1998-03). His 2011 team at Elba went 15-0 and won the Class 2A State Championship. He is the fourth head coach at Satsuma since 2008. Since 1993, the Gators are 44-157 with one winning record over the past 20 years under seven different coaches. Rials replaces Kevin Williamson who had been hired on an interim basis last summer.

Region 4
John Carroll -
Tim Sanders has a 114-114 record in 21 seasons as a head football coach in Alabama. He has served at Ohatchee (1984-85), Warrior (1986-91, Leeds (1992-03) and Shades Mountain Christian in 2006. He spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Newton High School in Mississippi. Sanders coached at John Carroll a couple of seasons (2004, 2007) serving as the secondary coach. Sanders graduated from Huffman High School and Troy State in 1978.  Sanders replaces Chris Musso left to take over at Locust Fork, his alma mater.

Talladega -
Robert Herring Jr. comes to Talladega from B.B. Comer where he was the defensive coordinator last year. He has been an assistant at Newnan, GA, Shelby County, University of West Alabama and Sumter Central before landing at B.B. Comer. His father is in the AHSAA Hall of Fame and his brother is in his first season as the head coach at Oxford. Herring replaces Chris Mahand. Since 1996 Talladega is 27-143 and have not made the playoffs since 1995.

Region 6
Center Point - 
Bennie Hall, 58, takes over at Center Point. Hall served the past seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at the school. He has over 30 years of coaching experience but has never been a head coach. Hall coached in Louisiana for 27 seasons before coming to the Birmingham area. He replaces Willie Miller who retired after nearly 30 years in coaching. Center Point was 4-7 last year.

Hayden -
Keith Register moves over from Fultondale where he built a winner. His last two teams produced back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time in school history. Each team reached the semi-finals for the first time also. His nine year record is 47-51. He was also a long time assistant at Mortimer Jordan. Register replaces Steven Kerby who was 14-26 in four seasons at Hayden including 2-8 last year.

Mortimer Jordan -
Dustan Goode, 42, was an assistant at Mortimer Jordan last year. He was the head coach at Dora in 2011 with a 9-3 record. Goode has also served as an assistant at McAdory, Thompson, Cordova and Newman, GA. He played football in high school at Sparkman and West Alabama. Goode replaces Greg Watts who resigned after 14 years with the program and a 79-71 record.

Region 7
Boaz -
Eric Whaley, 35, has been the defensive coordinator at Boaz for the past thirteen seasons. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State.   Whaley replaces Drew Noles who resigned after 13 years as the head coach and 22 years with the program. His record was 80-63 with 9 playoff appearances. His eleven wins in 2003 were the most in school history. Boaz has been a consistent, but not spectacular, winner the past ten years.

Etowah -
Drew Noles moves over from Boaz where he led the football program for 13 seasons. Noles replaced Sam McCorkle who took over the football program at Parrish High School. Etowah has been an up and down program the past dozen seasons since Raymond Farmer left.

Scottsboro -
Patrick Nix is a former quarterback at Etowah High School and Auburn University. He spent the last three years as the offensive coordinator at Charleston Southern. He also served at Miami (2007-08), Georgia Tech (2004-06), Jacksonville State and Samford. He was the head coach at Henderson State for two seasons. This will be his first shot as a high school head coach. Nix replaces Swane Morris who moved over to Gaston after going 5-25 in three seasons at Scottsboro.

Region 8

West Point - Don Farley spent the last few years as the defensive coordinator and a total of 15 seasons at West Point as an assistant coach. Farley replaces A.J. Lamar who resigned in July. Lamar was 12-28 in four seasons at West Point. their last winning season was in 2005.

  dparker@ahsfhs.org






Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

In 1970 Monroe Academy won the first championship in the A.I.S.A. by defeating Lowndes Academy 6-0.