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

The Greatest Coaches in Alabama High School Football History

          Who is the greatest coach in Alabama high  school football history? Well, honestly I will leave that debate to our friends over at Recently they did a series of articles and polls on the best players and coaches in the high school ranks and the history of the sport.

        It makes for great debate and argument among football fans but in reality it is impossible to determine which coach is considered the best. I know who I believe is the best in state high school history but will keep that to myself for the time being.

 has declared July as Alabama High School Football Coaches Month. Not that we have the power to declare a holiday but we just thought it would interesting to spend an entire month looking at the men who have spent so very much of their time on the sidelines of the gridiron here in the state over the past century.

          At the end of the month we will not determine who is the best coach of all time nor will we conduct a poll to decide who is the greatest coach. Instead we will leave that to be debated among the fans across the state.

Glenn Daniel 
          The first problem in determining who is the best high school football coach in Alabama is to decide the criteria. Is it the coach with the most wins? Is it the coach with the best winning percentage? Is it the coach with the most playoff wins or most state titles? Maybe it is the coach with the most region wins or best region winning percentage. Possibly it is the coach that has turned around two or more programs during their careers.

          As you can see it is nearly impossible to get a consensus of fans to agree on a single coach when it comes to this issue. Therefore we would prefer to let you, the fans, decide who you think is the greatest coach.

          What we will do is give the high school football fans a series of articles based on the numbers involved with coaching high school football. Such things as; most wins highest winning percentage, most region wins, most playoff wins, most region and state titles and a few others tidbits along the way. Based upon this information hopefully fans will get a more thorough understanding of where their favorite coaches stand in each category against the other coaches from around the state.

          Along the way you will learn a little about these men, their teams and careers. If you have comments or corrects to our articles I encourage you to email us at the email address below. We always appreciate your comments and thoughts.

          NEXT: Coaches approaching milestones in the 2013 Season.

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The Alabama High School Athletic Association was first organized in 1921.