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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.






Alabama High School Football Coaches

    
        AHSFHS.org has put together a couple of interesting lists on the coaches that work so very hard each and every season to give the fans something to cheer about each Friday evening. With so many coaching changes the past few season, which coaches have the longest tenure at one school? Which football coaches have won the most games at one school?

        Lamar Harris and Buddy Anderson have been the head football coach at their respective schools for the past 36 seasons. Coach Harris began his head coaching career in 1978 at 1A Hubbertville with a 6-4 record. His best team may have been his most recent. Last year Hubbertville made it to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history and finished with a 9-4 record.

          Coach Anderson became the head coach at Vestavia Hills the same season and immediately led the Rebels to the 1978, 1979 and 1980 state title games winning the championship in 1980 with a 15-13 win over Parker.


   
Coach Woody Clements
          The all-time record for Alabama belongs to Woody Clements who spent 41 years as the head coach at Holt. His head coaching career spanned from 1952 until he retired following the 1992 season. Along the way his teams amassed a record of 238-167-7 winning four region championships. His 1971 Holt team completed the season with a perfect 10-0 mark while outscoring their opponents 367-51. Coach Clements never won a state championship at Holt.

        Lou Scales spent thirty-eight years as the head coach at Alexandria. His overall record stands at 219-143-13 including one season at Thompson prior to his arrival in Alexandria in 1948. Coach Scales won a state championship in his final season in 1985. The amazing thing about Alexandria is that between 1948 and 2006 they had exactly two head coaches as Larry Ginn served twenty-one seasons between 1986-2006.

          After a successful stop at Pine Hill, Coach Glenn Daniel arrived at Luverne as the head coach in 1955. He would remain as the head coach for thirty-eight season until his retirement in 1992. When he finally hung it up he had amassed a total of 292 wins which was the most in state history until recently. His last ten teams qualified for the playoffs, winning a state championship in 1991. 

          Harlan Robinson arrived at Ranburne in 1962 as the head coach after quarterbacking the team from 1955-57. He would remain as the head coach for thirty-seven years until his retirement following the 1998 season. Between 1964 and 1968 his teams were unbeaten in twenty-nine straight games. His 1975 team won a state championship. He also coached eight undefeated teams through the regular season and his team made eighteen playoff appearances.

          Coach Buddy Anderson is closing in on the all-time wins list for Alabama high school football with 296 wins. The record was set just recently in 2010 by Waldon Tucker of Fayette County fame where his teams won 309 games during his historic career. Vestavia Hills would need to win a total of fourteen games this season for him to surpass Coach Tucker.




Active Coaches with Longest Tenure at One School
    Years Won Lost Tied
Lamar Harris Hubbertville 36 188 180 0
Buddy Anderson Vestavia Hills 36 296 123 1
Russell Jacoway Sand Rock 31 216 123 0
Jackie ONeal Reeltown 26 221 96 0
Dale Pruitt Plainview 25 198 87 0
Jamie Riggs T.R. Miller 25 261 56 0
Randy Ragsdale Trinity 25 218 66 0
Fred Yancey Briarwood 24 225 72 0
Trent Taylor Straughn 24 155 101 0

Most Wins at One School All-Time
    Years Won Lost Tied
Buddy Anderson Vestavia Hills 36 296 123 1
Jamie Riggs T.R. Miller 25 261 56 0
Glenn Daniel Luverne 38 251 138 12
Harlan Robinson Ranburne 37 237 116 9
Woody Clements Holt 41 238 167 7
Waldon Tucker Fayette County 28 234 96 0
Danny Horn Clay County 20 225 40 0
Fred Yancey Briarwood 24 225 72 0
Jackie ONeal Reeltown 26 221 96 0
Lou Scales Alexandria 38 219 139 12
Randy Ragsdale Trinity 25 218 66 0
Nolan Atkins Sweet Water 25 216 50 5
Russell Jacoway Sand Rock 31 216 123 0
Bill Bacon Enterprise 27 212 83 1
Jimmy Foshee Stanhope Elmore 25 209 83 1
H.L. Shorty Ogle Decatur 31 208 71 13
Bobby Overton B.B. Comer 36 203 175 4
Bob Finley Berry/Hoover 26 198 87 5
Larry Ginn Alexandria 21 196 53 0
James Glover Etowah 31 189 100 16

Longest Tenure at One School All-Time
    Years Won Lost Tied
Woody Clements Holt 41 238 167 7
Lou Scales Alexandria 38 219 139 12
Glenn Daniel Luverne 38 251 138 12
Harlan Robinson Ranburne 37 237 116 9
Bobby Overton B.B. Comer 36 203 175 4
Lamar Harris Hubbertville 36 188 180 0
Buddy Anderson Vestavia Hills 36 296 123 1
Louie Coshatt Oak Grove 35 56 142 11
John Cox Childersburg 33 180 121 13
Terry Burt Elmore County 31 182 130 3
H.L. Shorty Ogle Decatur 31 208 71 13
James Glover Etowah 31 189 100 16
Dovey Anderson Thomasville 31 179 81 25
Doug Lockridge Valley 31 169 111 10


          NEXT: Coaches that have been the most successful at turning around programs.


David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org



 




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